The workplace has changed dramatically over the past decade. More people than ever have given up the grind of commuting to and from an office job in favor of working remotely. While it’s certainly convenient to work from your own home, the truth is that when you work remotely, you can work anywhere.
Before you hit the road for some far-off land and buy a new laptop, it’s important to take into consideration a few things about your proposed destination. First off, you need to consider the cost of living where you’ll be working remotely. As a rule, freelancers working remotely don’t make a ton of cash, so be careful you don’t go in the hole just so you can say you’re living and working in Tokyo. Another important factor to consider is the strength of internet connectivity. If you can’t get online, you can’t work.
With these considerations in mind, here’s a look at some of the best places in the world to live and work remotely.
If you’re looking for solitude, the occasional trip to a gorgeous beach, and some incredible cost-of-living advantages, it doesn’t get any better than the outskirts of Chang Mai Thailand. One of the biggest benefits of living and working in Chang Mai is the food. The meals are delicious, and in most cases, they’ll cost you less than $1 (you can splurge for a “fancy” meal, which will cost you around $10). If you can manage to make $700-$900 per month, you can cover the entire cost of living for the Chang Mai area.
Cancun is one of the most popular spring break destinations in the world, so you might expect it to be one of the most expensive places to live and work. In actuality, it’s pretty cheap. The cost of living is $700-$1,000 per month. It’s probably on surprise to learn that the food is pretty amazing, and each meal will only cost you a couple of bucks.
If you’re looking for a place to live and work with some serious history to appreciate, Kyiv has tons of amazing historical sites to explore. The city also has a bustling nightlife, with tons of bars and clubs. But at some point, you’ll actually need to get some work done, and luckily the city has excellent internet connectivity. The cost of living in Kyiv is $900-$1,300 per month.
If your idea of the perfect life is working for a few hours and then taking a long walk on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Canggu is the place for you. When you’re not working, you can explore jungles, swim in the ocean, or visit a Hindu temple. The cost of living is $800-$1,300 per month. There is a slight downside to all of that paradise. The internet tends to be a bit spotty, so you’d better plan accordingly and have a backup.