10 Best Locations For Digital Nomads [3 are in Europe]

10 Best Locations For Digital Nomads | DigiNo

There is no better time to become a Digital Nomad.

Technology is growing and the possibilities to earn passive income from your laptop are becoming frequently more prevalent.

So what are the best locations for a Digital Nomad to set-up shop and live a life of simultaneous work and vacation?

And what exactly is a Digital Nomad?

Here are 10 of the best locations for Digital Nomads (DigiNos):

1) Berlin, Germany – Best Locations For Digital Nomads

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Lifestyle

The German capital has become a hub for Europe’s finest up-and-coming start-ups. Berlin attracts an unorthodox breed of creative people which allows for great networking opportunities…especially in the summer, when a whole heap of DigiNo’s flock to the city’s vibrant surroundings.

Cost of living

For a European city, Berlin’s living expenses and food are cheap…which is probably why Berliners have an infectious love for fun! This is notable by the buzz of the city.

Perks

A great place to set-up shop, and with other European destinations just a short flight away, you are sure to find a great work-life balance. Last minute flight to Spain, anyone?

But first…

Find yourself a flight to Berlin

 

2) Chiang Mai, Thailand  Best Locations For Digital Nomads

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Lifestyle

Chiang Mai has become popular as a winter location for Digital Nomads. Escape the cold for the Asian sun and as you lock yourself away on your laptop in one of the many cafes and co-working spaces.

Cost of living

The cost of living is incredibly cheap…and when you combine this with the good Wi-Fi, even better weather and friendly locals, it’s no wonder that Thai city has the hightest concentration of DigiNos anywhere in the world.

Perks

When you manage to peel yourself away from your laptop, Thailand has wondrous nature for you to experience, and it is incredibly tourist friendly country, so you should find it easy to get around and explore. Great for a someone at the beginning of their Nomad journey.

Find a flight to Chiang Mai

And make sure you get yourself some travel insurance before darting off across the world!

Here’s a decent one I use:

Travel insurance: simple & flexible

You can buy and claim online, even after you’ve left home. Travel insurance from WorldNomads.com is available to people from 140 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.

 

3) Sofia, Bulgaria – Best Locations For Digital Nomads

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Lifestyle

Eastern Europe is on the rise. Sofia is the underdog of this list and is the perfect opportunity for a DigiNo on the rise to come and build your empire in a creative metropolis that is reinventing itself.

There is also wonderful co-working culture so you won’t b

e short of other creatives to bounce ideas off of.

Sofia is a safe city and beautiful place with helpful locals. You cannot beat the combination of Southern Europe with a touch of the Balkans to provide a great quality of life.

Cost of living

Cheap rent and low cost of dining in restaurants – so that’s food and shelter sorted!

Perks

There is a great party culture to blow off some steam after a long day of key-bashing on your MacBook and making the most of the flourishing internet speed.

Or if partying isn’t your thing, hit the slopes! Sofia is equipped with some of the most awesome skiing areas in the region.

Find a flight to Sofia

 

4) Bali, Indonesia – Best Locations For Digital Nomads

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Lifestyle

The high quality of life and low cost of living in Bali has turned it into somewhat of a haven for globe-trotting entrepreneurs. It’s DigiNo community is in a state of growth so it might be time for you to jump on the wave.

Cost of living in Bali

$1000 a month can see you living well in Bali. This cost ultimately depends on where you lay your hat on the island, but I’m sure you’ll agree it is an incredibly affordable price – especially considering all of the perks…

Perks

There are plenty of co-working spaces with super-fast internet for all you work needs.

And on your days off, you can explore through the lush natural terrain with glorious sights aided by tropical weather. You can hike and surf or even kickback in a spa.

The holistic vibe of the place is rife in both Ubud and Canggu also, so health-nuts and yogis will be sure to find their own personal zen in Indonesia.

Find a flight to Bali

 

5) Buenos Aires, Argentina – Best Locations For Digital Nomads

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Lifestyle

Buenos Aires is one of the most popular locations for dynamic DigiNos with its flourishing culture. Expect it to be busy between the months of October and April in the city’s cafes and co-working spaces.

Cost of living

Argentina attracts hoards of DigiNos with its affordable costs of living.

Perks

Tuck in to a mouth-watering steak to a fuel you for an evening of scintillating tango.

Location independent entrepreneurs should also check out Palermo valley, where the internet startup scene is really taking off!

Find a flight to Buenos Aires

 

6) Southern Thai Islands, Koh Phangan and Koh Lanta -Best Locations For Digital Nomads

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Lifestyle

Koh Phangan (East coast) and Koh Lanta (West Coast) are rife with co-working spaces. However, these spaces stand-out as they are set amongst tropical gardens and white sand beaches…and the internet speed is as hot as the weather!

Cost of living

The cost of living in the southern Thai islands is ultimately dependent on the season, but in general they are low.

Perks

Koh Lanta is home to fantastic white beaches, incredible diving spots and friendly vibe throughout the community.

Koh Phangan is all about that relaxed vibe, entrepreneurial scene and infamous nightlife.

You can keep fit on both of the stunning island with plenty of yoga, crossfit and the fresh fruits of nature.

Find a flight to Koh Phangan

 

7) Ho Chi Minh City (Formerly Saigon), Vietnam – Best Locations For Digital Nomads

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Lifestyle

The great weather and frequent use of the English language has helped Vietnam experience a rapid increase in tourism – yet Ho Chi Minh City still remains a top pic for location independent DigiNos.

Cost of living

The internet speeds are soaring in Ho Chi Minh City…but that doesn’t mean the prices are! The affordable cost of living and great networking and business opportunities makes this city a winner.

Perks

High season business booms in Chiang Mai are also felt in Ho Chi Minh City!

The networking opportunities are a real bonus with a Digital Nomad communities hosting regular meet-ups in the Vietnamese city.

Find a flight to Ho Chi Minh City

 

8) Medellín, Colombia – Best Locations For Digital Nomads

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Lifestyle

Medellín is new on to the illustrious list of must-live Digital Nomad locations. Colombia is regarded as one of the more creative countries in South America, which explains the current rise in its digital scene.

With this digital innovation, comes a reform in reputation for the once capital of cocaine. The Colombian city is now a safe place with an expansive DigiNo community – basking in the stability of the internet and quality of the working spaces of course!

Cost of living

The cost of living is affordable, the temperature is warm and locals are friendly. You don’t have to break the bank to live amongst vibrancy!

Perks

Medellín’s size should ensure that you don’t get lost in your new home. However there are plenty of pass-times for you to get lost in, such as outdoor activities and awesome nightlife venues.

Find a flight to Medellín

 

 9) Lisbon, Portugal – Best Locations For Digital Nomads

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Lifestyle

Lisbon is fiercely becoming one of the best Digital Nomad capitals in Europe. Fast internet speeds keep the travelling entrepreneurs ticking, and unique co-working spaces allow for inspirational levels of productivity and a flux of networking opportunities.

Cost of living

Despite Lisbon being a Western capital, the cost of living is still affordable, with good deals on housing available.

Perks

Lisbon is rich in tradition as well as modern bohemia. You can explore through the hidden paths of the cosmopolitan streets,  witness a stunning sunset shining across the city or join the buzz of the nightlife in the world-class bars and restaurants.

Find a flight to Lisbon

 

10) San Diego, USA Best Locations For Digital Nomads

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Lifestyle

San Diego is essentially the ‘final boss’ of Digital Nomad destinations. It is perfect for escaping the soaring prices of San Francisco, yet still being exposed to the infamous entrepreneurial and creative vibe of California.

You can also expose yourself to the best rated weather in the USA, with sunny weather across summer and winter. This is sure to put a spring in your step as you collaborate with other high-flying entrepreneurs in co-working spaces.

Cost of living

It is much more affordable than San Francisco, but we are obviously no longer in the pricing territories of Chiang Mai or Bali, so not ideal for beginner DigiNos.

Perks

Surf spots for all skill levels, along with awesome beaches and thriving bars, San Diego is somewhat of a paradise for a hard-working DigiNos on their days off.

Take advantage of San Francisco and Mexico being in close proximity…and why not pay a visit to Silicon valley for some real entrepreneurial inspiration!

Find a flight to San Diego

 

If you’re ready to start your life in one of these glorious places, then click the image below to discover the perfect job to get you started on becoming a Digital Nomad:

Become a Digital Nomad | DigiNo

Cheap Way To Create Multiple Niche Websites With HostGator

Cheap Way To Create Multiple Niche Websites | DigiNo

Creating a niche website is great way to earn passive income through affiliate marketing and Google Adsense.

However, to create a niche website, you need a domain, hosting and a website building platform such as Wix.

This could then become quite expensive if you then wish to create more than one niche website.

Expensive Domain Hosting Alternatives | DigiNo

Multiple Niche Websites = Multiple Incomes.

So it makes sense to make more than one.

But here’s the catch…

For each website you want hosted, you have to pay an individual monthly fee for each one.

This was a real kick in the gut for me as I suddenly saw all of my imaginary future profits disappear into hosting subscriptions.

But then I discovered HostGator. (I didn’t mean that to sound like an infomercial).

hostgator

They offer a deal in their ‘Baby’ plan which allows you to host unlimited domains under one monthly payment of around $8.

Compare that to the around $8 dollars for each separate domain if you choose to host with someone like Wix, then you don’t need to read the Slight Edge to see which is a better deal.

Try Your First Month of Hosting with HostGator Basically Free

As you are now part of the DigiNo family, you can also get your first month of hosting for a just one cent!

You just have to use this coupon when at the checkout for your hosting plan:

Create A Website For Just One Cent For Your First Month! Use Coupon: 1CENT.

 

But before you do that, you’re going to need a domain. So here is my go-to website for buying domains as I’ve found it to be really cheap and easy to use:

Namecheap

At Namecheap, you can get a domain for as cheap as $3.98 a year.

How To Get A Domain With Namecheap

So once you get to Namecheap.com, just type into the search box the keyword you want to be your domain.

If the ‘.com’ version of your desired domain name is taken, try ‘.net’ or ‘.org’.

Once you’ve found the domain name, just pay for it through the checkout on the website and bingo! It’s yours.

Now it is finally time to get that hosting account with HostGator.

The reason I like to use HostGator over other hosting sites is because they are really cheap and they offer some of the best support I’ve ever encountered.

How To Register Your Domain With HostGator

  • Head over to hostgator.com
  • Click ‘New Web Hosting Plans’
  • Choose the ‘Baby’ plan in the middle

Baby Plan | HostGator | DigiNo

  • Click the ‘Sign Up Now!’ button
  • On the next page enter your domain name, e.g. ‘yourdomain.com’
  • Enter the name in the ‘I currently have a domain name’ text box

Enter in the HostGator Coupon To Get The First Month For One Cent

In the appropriate text box, enter the coupon:

1CENT.

(click on the link above to be taken directly to the checkout screen for easy access)

So this means you pretty much have a whole month free to try HostGator out

After you have entered the coupon, pay for your hosting plan at the checkout.

Then it’s time to go back to Namecheap.

Link Your Domain Name To Your Hosting Account

  • Log in to your Namecheap account.
  • Go to the ‘Domains’ section located at the top.
  • Click the ‘Manage’ button next to the domain you have just registered.
  • On the left-hand side menu, click the link that says ‘transfer dns to webhost’
  • Then you’ll see text boxes called ‘Nameservers’  – this will just tell Namecheap where your website is located.

Nameservers | NameCheap

  • This may look a bit confusing, but don’t worry, it’s quite simple.
  • To get the nameservers, open a new tab and check your email inbox for the  first email from HostGator
  • Look for the 1st nameserver, which should list an address
  • And then a 2nd nameserver with another address
  • And copy these over into the text boxes on the Namecheap tab
  • Click save changes
  • Now your domain name and hosting account are  linked.




Now you can create your site through WordPress

  • Go back to the email from HostGator
  • Click the ‘Your Control Panel’ link
  • Now look for ‘Quick Install’

Quick Install | HostGator Control Panel | DigiNo

  • Once you’re in ‘Quick Install’, look for the WordPress option and click it
  • Then click the new installation button, then see a few textboxes, leave first one blank,  enter a username and password
  • Then add in a nickname, email address, a website name and website description.
  • Click the ‘Install WordPress’ button.
  • Click the ‘Finish Installation’ button
  • Now your website is ready to roll
  • On the confirmation page, you will see a link to admin area of yoursite, as well as your username and password – save this or write it down.
  • Now when you type in your domain name you just created into your brower, you should see your brand new wordpress site.

But it looks a little bland now right now…

Setting up your WordPress site

Head over to admin area by going to:

www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin

  • Login with the username and password you created (and hopefully wrote down somewhere!)
  • Then you can customise the look and feel of your website
  • Go to ‘Appearance’ section and click the ‘Themes’ button.
  • Find a theme you like, install and activate.
  • Then go to ‘Post’ section and click ‘Add New’. Add text and images and click ‘Publish’.

There are loads of features to get your site looking sharp! It may seem a bit fiddly at first, (trust me, I battled with WordPress for a while) but you’ll get the hang of it.

 

So now you are ready to create your niche site and make some sweet sweet online money!

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So here is the link again for Namecheap:

Namecheap.com

 

And here is your coupon for HostGator:

Create A Website For Just One Cent For Your First Month! Use Coupon: 1CENT.

Click on the link for easy access to where to paste the coupon.

If you would like to support DigiNo, then use these links. I earn a commission from purchases made by using them.

Good luck!

 

 

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What is a Digital Nomad?

Become a Digital Nomad | DigiNo

So you want to join us and become a DigiNo, but you have no idea what a Digital Nomad is?

Let me explain.

Have you ever been sat in your office looking out at the overcast sky at around 2pm? You’ve just had you half an hour lunch break that felt like 5 minutes and you are sat wondering what else is going on the big wide world whilst you spend the majority of your life in this grey office.

Sorry if that hit a little too close to the bone and made you fall off your spinny-chair, but it’s good to know that you are not alone in that feeling.

In fact, there are countless people who have ditched the office, swapped the desktop for a laptop and flocked to see what exactly is out there in the big wide world…without even filling out a holiday form.

The Life of a Digital Nomad

A Digital Nomad is not only someone who travels the world, but funds these travels by setting up online businesses and earning money from their laptop.

An awesome example of this is Journal of Nomads if you want to check them out.

Doesn’t it sound great?

Imagine typing away on your MacBook on a white sand beach, sipping Margaritas in between each big cash windfall.

Become a Digital Nomad | DigiNo

The Reality of Life as a Digital Nomad

Ok, ok, so it won’t necessarily be like this. Sand isn’t great for MacBooks, beaches don’t get great WiFi and online money isn’t an easy thing to acquire.

You can still have the Margarita, but it will most likely be inside a quiet cafe or co-working space.

However, the appeal of being a Digital Nomad is stepping out of that cafe after finishing your work and having the freedom to set-up your office anywhere.

One of the more popular places is East Asia due to the low cost of living. This allows your online income to stretch a little further. You could be a Digital Nomad in somewhere New York, but unless your start making a good deal of money online, then your travels may be cut short. If that happens, you may end up back staring out of that office window.

And we don’t want that!

So How Do You Become a Digital Nomad?

What is the best way to earn money online from your laptop and surf the WiFi  waves from routers all over the world?

Click the image below to read our post explaining one of the best ways to earn money online:

How Can I Earn Money Whilst Travelling | DigiNo