As a freelancer, I’ve been lucky to work all over the world. I’ve definitely noticed that some places are much easier to work than others. At the top of the list? Chiang Mai for its great wifi and plethora of restaurants and cafes. At the bottom? Myanmar. Don’t plan to work here, have a digital detox instead since the wifi is so bad you won’t get anything done anyway.
Here are some of the best places to work remotely:
Whether you like to zip between coworking spaces and cafes on your bike or just want to freelance here on your way to the Alps, Munich is a great choice. You’ll have some of the best internet in the region, along with access to some of the biggest firms in Europe and quick connections to almost anywhere in Europe. This is a work-hard, play-hard destination, with outstanding concerts, museums, and art, along with great beer and the mountains, lakes, and woodlands calling for a weekend break.
Looking for somewhere a little more off-the-beaten-path? Latvia shook free of the Soviet Union in 1989, but the people here are humble- older generations have seen some tough times.
You’ll be surprised at the massive investments Riga has made in tech infrastructure, and you’ll also enjoy an exceptional cost of living if you’re hoping to save some cash. The nightlife ranges from a beer and smoked fish to sweating it out in a rock club. Only half of the people in Riga are Latvians, meaning there are plenty of internationals here as well.
London may seem like an expensive place to work remotely, but for people wanting to enjoy a world-class city, it’s an obvious choice. The best thing about London? There’s a neighborhood for every budget, and you’ll never run out of things to do. With Europe at your doorstep, it’s easy to take a quick trip to France or Italy when you need a break. Check out www.pallmallestates.co.uk/studio/ if you’re looking for a great place to live.
Budapest is no longer the best-kept secret in Eastern Europe. Prices are going up, but you can still live by yourself in a central, modern apartment with great wifi for less than $800 a month (utilities included). The beer and wine are cheap, there’s a huge expat community, and there’s also tons to do here. The architecture is incredible, and there are plenty of interesting museums (don’t forget to visit the House of Terror). Plus, Vienna is just two hours away by train- perfect for a day trip.