If you are a remote worker tired of sitting all day at your principal residence or working in grey cubicles at a remote office, here’s a group of exotic locations that offer you not only a stunning change of scenery but also dependable internet speeds and infrastructure necessary for remote work. From pristine beaches to tropical rainforests and paradise islands, there’s something in this list that is sure to make you want to book your ticket now and even consider these locations for a leased or purchased second home.
Galapagos Islands. West of continental Ecuador lies the isles made famous by Darwin’s studies of the natural world that would result in the Theory of Evolution. A natural paradise filled with stunning vistas, pristine beaches, and some of the most exotic wildlife in the world, the Galapagos Islands are a real paradise on earth.
Galapagos has a population of only 25,000 people, setting the standard for the word remote. Nevertheless, they offer a reliable infrastructure for remote workers, with most hotels offering free Wi-Fi and most housing areas, including a good connection as well. While Galapagos is by far not the cheapest option on the list, you can expect prices similar or slightly less expensive than living in the continental USA.
Costa Rica. Costa Rica, the country with the most amazing biodiversity on the entire planet, has long been espoused as a real paradise for ex-pats. Not only does the Central American country offer dense tropical rainforests, volcanoes, and tropical climate, but also some of the best beaches in the world – featuring crystal clear water and pristine sand.
Santa Teresa is one of such beaches and is one of the most visited by tourists for many a reason. Not only does Santa Teresa have some of the best surf you will find in the world, but it also features a large town and tightknit community that offers plenty of yoga retreats, delicious food, thriving nightlife, and fantastic weather you could expect.
You will come for the surf and natural beauty, but you will stay for the people – a collection of ex-pats from around the world and locals that live the “Pura Vida” (Pure Life) lifestyle and always boast a smile on their face.
Morocco. Located not be too far off the coast of its northern neighbors in Spain, Morocco might as well be a galaxy apart. This diverse land containing four different mountain ranges, deserts, and Mediterranean beaches has been the setting for many iconic movies throughout the years, including Lawrence of Arabia, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Gladiator, and even Star Wars.
But what truly makes Morocco so special, and attracts millions of tourists each year, is its perfectly preserved culture and traditional architecture. The market town-turned-city of Marrakesh has been a crossroads for culture and trade for close to ten centuries. Featuring gorgeous oriental architecture and thousands of captivating smells and colors, the streets through the bazar hold plenty of secrets within them – from delicious honey drizzled pastries to sensual belly dancers.
A very low cost of living country, Morocco has been evolving technologically at a breakneck pace in the last few years and has plenty of co-working spaces available for digital nomads, as well as surprisingly fast internet connections for rental homes.
Bali, Indonesia. Another location famous for its beaches and surf, the Island of Bali, is often touted as a real heaven on earth. Boasting mind-blowing beaches, volcanoes, mountains, coral reefs, and overall nature, Bali can easily compete with any location on this list and come out ahead on most aspects.
In Ubud, the cultural center of the island and home of the ex-pat community, you will find the spiritual hippies and yogi types. In contrast, in the southern Bukit Peninsula, you will find the perfect location to surf in legendary breaks like Padang Padang, Dreamland, and Uluwatu.
What few people know about Bali, however, is that it has been building a burgeoning startup ecosystem with all kinds of entrepreneurs, initiatives, tech talent, and startups springing up all over the island. To satisfy this demand, Bali has seen a large number of co-working spaces pop up across the island, each one providing more than adequate commodities for digital nomads, who are not only attracted to the island’s legendary beauty but also its low cost of living and housing.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Touted as one of the best cities for remote workers around the world, Ho Chi Minh City is a colorful, vibrant, and creative metropolis in the south of Vietnam that has plenty to offer for digital nomads, tourists, and ex-pats alike.
A highly developed city bursting with cafés that offer fantastic coffee and an even better internet connection, the former Saigon is filled with culture, commerce, art, and plenty of beautiful natural and human-made sites to behold.
Visit the Ben Thanh Market and its iconic clock tower to buy all sorts of goods ranging from clothes to electronics to groceries for excellent prices, provided you are willing to haggle a little. The food is absolutely delicious and incredibly cheap, with Vietnam having one of the lowest costs of living in this entire list.
For those who prefer to work in office environments, Ho Chi Minh City has plenty to offer, including the fantastic Dreamplex co-working space, which features the fastest and most reliable internet in the city, as well as excellent ergonomic chairs.