Hi friends! This is Alex and the topic for today is the best 3 Digital Nomads – friendly destinations. This is an interesting topic for me, and I hope to experience a life as a digital nomad by myself. I think that more and more people will try to acquire skills to be able to work remotely and be independent from office hours and bosses.
This topic became especially relevant in 2020 when the covid pandemic came, and many people lost their jobs. Therefore, be able to work in internet is very useful for everyone nowadays. You can work remotely from anywhere in the world, but today we will consider places, that are the most friendly to digital nomads.
Portugal is a real mecca for a digital nomads now, and this is not surprising because of its mild climate, good infrastructure, awesome nature, rich history and culture, and a low cost of living. The country is trying to attract freelancers by doing a big investment in the high – speed internet and real estate market.
Another good thing to welcome digital nomads from around the globe is a special D7 visa for retirees or digital nomads, called passive income visa, which can be obtained, if you have passive income of at least 1000 euros. I think it is an awesome opportunity to attract a new residents and bust economy! There is a good resource for everyone, who wants to move to Portugal.
There are several reasons to make Portugal your permanent or temporary home:
- 300 days of sunshine – Lisbon is number two among the European capitals regarding the amount of sunny days, while Faro is the first on the entire European continent.
- A large community for digital nomads with amazing places to work, play, where you can find a new friends and any help you might need. There is a great website designed specifically for freelancers wanted to move Portugal – www.digitalnomads.pt. You can find here all the useful information about country, how to find accommodations and other advice.
- The Portuguese are extremely friendly and open minded people, and they make new friends easy. Even if you don’t speak Portuguese, almost everyone there speaks English, and you will have no problem with communication. Portugal is also renowned for its LGBT tolerance and freedom of speech.
- Portugal has the lowest cost of living among the Western European countries. If you choose to live in Lisbon, and if you have a family of two people, €2000 -2500 will be enough to cover your monthly expenses. You can rent an apartment for €700 – 900 a month in Lisbon and cheaper in Porto.
- The Portuguese government has invested a lot of money in real estate and high – speed internet to attract digital nomads from around the globe. Now there are a lot of new shiny units on AirBnb ideal for digital nomads. If you plan to stay here for a long period, it is better to book accommodation a month in advance, especially in summer.
- A dinner for two will cost you about €25 – 30 at a mid range restaurant, and utilities and internet about €100. The Portuguese people love to spend their time at a restaurant with friends having a good meal and drinks. Food is delicious and varies in every region – this is another reason to travel to Portugal:). All these benefits together with the amazing cuisine and relaxed lifestyle make Portugal a paradise for digital nomads.
Tallinn is becoming rapidly a huge hub for digital nomads nowadays. Just like Portugal, Estonia is trying to attract freelancers from around the world and makes for them the most favorable conditions, such as e -residency, which can be obtained easy and provides many benefits, including zero income tax.
Of course, the country doesn’t have such a mild climate like Portugal, but attracts with its wonderful nature, medieval and cozy towns and rich culture instead. Below we will consider several important aspects of life in Estonia for those, who wants to make this country their home for a few months or longer. More information about what to visit in Estonia.
- Tallinn and its Old Town are magnet for thousands of tourists from all over the world. The most famous sights are the Church of the Holy Spirit, the Town Hall, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Toompea and many more. Beyond the medieval walls you will find the modern town with its big glass buildings, co -working spaces and awesome cafes.
- Tallinn has an awesome public transport system, which is free for Estonian people but very affordable for foreigners. You need to go to any R -kiosk and ask for the public transport card. The card for one month will cost €23, but you can buy one -week or one -day card as well.
- Accommodations in Tallinn are still affordable compared to a Western European capitals, but the prices are gradually going up. You can rent an apartment in the range of €600 – 1000, but in the Old Town it can cost up to €2000 and even €3000. Therefore, it is more practical to live outside of the medieval walls, since the public transport works great.
- Food in Estonia is delicious, but only not very diverse. They have plenty of soups, dishes with vegetables, meat, and really good fish dishes, especially with salmon. A one – dish meal with a drink will cost you €6 -7, a cup of coffee €2,5, and groceries per week – €50 -60.
- Tallinn has a plenty excellent co – working spaces with prices ranged between €100 -200 per month. There are two famous – Lift99 and SpringHub, but they are quite expensive – €200 and €160 per month respectively. However, if you spend some time, you will be able to find a good place to work for around €100.
- Estonia was the first country offered e – residency program, which is suitable for digital nomads, freelancers, startups and entrepreneurs. Everyone can apply for this program, not depending on citizenship and nationality, and application costs only €100. E – residency gives you opportunity to start your company 100% online and operate your business remotely.
Buenos – Aires, Argentinа
If you think about a new place with a mild climate, low cost of living, excellent healthcare, great co – working spaces – Buenos Aires will be your next destination. During the past 150 years this town was welcoming immigrants from around the world, and now has a very relaxed immigration law.
Buenos -Aires attracts many expats and digital nomads with its multicultural traditions, great Coffee Shop culture, awesome nightlife and relaxed lifestyle. What is about the other benefits?
- Amazing climate. The most part of the country located in a temperate climate zone, and only a small part is in the tropical zone. Summer lasts from December to February – short and hot, while winter reminds the European spring.
- Low cost of living. According to Nomadlist, living cost in Buenos – Aires started from $595 per month, but I guess if you rent a good apartment, the cost will go up to $1000per month. Anyway it is very affordable to live in Buenos -Aires. A lunch will cost about $6, and a dinner with three – course meal for two persons with wine about $30.
- Amazing co – working places. The Argentine capital has a huge network of excellent co – working spaces and I will mention here only the most famous – WeWork, La Maquinita, and Urban Station. Some of them offer a beer happy hours at the end of the day, and all of them meeting rooms, lockers, public kitchen and event rooms. You can rent a desk or an office room.
- The best Coffee Shops. Buenos – Aires has a chain of awesome Coffee Shops such as Libros del Pasaje, Cafe Registrado, Santal, Cafe Flor. Besides making a great coffee often with a scientific precision, they offer a cozy atmosphere and a good Wi -Fi. For example, Cafe Flor offers coffee shop /co -working hybrid: you can pay an hour or a day rate, and this price will include a buffet, high – speed Wi-Fi and unlimited coffee!!!
- Accommodations. Many digital nomads, who already lived in Buenos – Aires, recommend for new comers to stay at NomadHub in Retiro. This is combines co -living and co – working in one space and offers smart rooms, good WiFi and community spirit, which is very practical until you get familiar with the city. Then you can check out some apartments on AirBnb.
Written by Alex