Cheap (but great) places to travel as a digital nomad in 2018

Cheap digital nomad destinations 2018Although there might be many different factors for digital nomads when choosing a travel destination, the cost of living is one of the most critical ones, especially for those who are just starting.

This is why we wanted to feature some of the best cheapest destinations to choose from: Which are the cheapest but also attractive and safe places with good enough internet connection to travel in 2018? Here you have some of them:

1. Morocco

The country’s culture is both dynamic but also strong in traditions, where you can experience the Arabic lifestyle. Apart from traditional mint tea and shopping in a swarming bazaar, there are beautiful beaches with surfing, fishing villages, and breathtaking towns.

Morocco offers plenty of authentic experiences, with Essaouira and Al Hoceima, which are some of the most exotic beaches in the region; Sidi Kaouki known for windsurfing, El Jadida, a historic coastal town; Khenifa with the best view of the Atlas Mountains. Quarzazate is also known to be a popular shooting scene for Hollywood desert scenes and Casablanca if you want to experience more of a city lifestyle.

While it is a prime destination, Morocco can be one of the cheapest countries to go to, as an standard hotel room with stable Internet connection can cost around $40 US Dollars per day. You can also consider renting a Riad (a colourful traditional housing with a swimming pool and courtyard) to experience the Arabic culture fully.

2. Thailand

Thailand is known to be a hot spot for digital nomads due to the beautiful natural environment, unspoiled beaches, delicious food, welcoming people, and tropical climate that for just around $35 per day guarantees you a well-furnished hotel room with super-fast Internet. The country hosts numerous sports and social festivals in 2018 that will add to your experience.

If you love partying, Patong beach and Chaweng beach are the places for you. Lounge bars, live music, dance clubs, cocktail lounges, and all late night activities characterize the European style pubs. Floating markets in Bangkok, Khao Yai National Park, Prasat Hin Phimai with impressive ruins, Hua Hin beach perfect for getaways, Sukhothai Historical Park, and Wat Arun the lavishly adorned temple are among the destinations you should visit.

3. Colombia

Colombia is one of the cheapest digital nomads destinations. Diversity in cultural heritage is a significant characteristic of the country. You will get to learn Spanish, Indian, and African culture.

Besides the vibrant culture, the country has numerous scenic destinations including swaps, mountains, and beaches surrounding the Amazon River. You would enjoy your stay more if you travel out of cities to the historic sites and national parks. Popayan a city with chalk-white buildings, San Andres and Providencia Archipelago islands are close to Nicaragua, San Agustin beautiful landscapes, Zona Cafetera on slopes of the Andes, Bogota, and Tayrona National Park are hot destinations you should not miss out.

The cost of transportation is low and there’s availability of Uber, taxis, metro, as well as buses. In cities like Medellin, you can find accommodation from as low as $200 per month.

4. Bali, Indonesia

If you love surfing and yoga, the coast of Indonesia is the place for you. Bali is the heart of leisure and entertainment in the country for digital nomads. The island has numerous sites ranging from white-sand beaches and rice terraces to coral reefs, temples, and waterfalls. Safari tours, wreck diving, snorkeling, and water rafting are also among the endless outdoor activities in Bali. Indonesia is also famous for its 150 active volcanoes. Moreover, Bali boasts of a tropical and warm weather that is perfect for beach activities. Scooters and bikes are also the most common means of transport in the island.

Despite the influx of tourists, Bali and Indonesia in general is still inexpensive and considered to be among the cheapest digital nomads countries to travel. As usual, the cost will highly depend on the type of comfort and quality you’re looking to have on food, drinks, accommodation, and transportation besides entertainment and leisure, although $700 is usually enough to have a comfortable stay in this prime destination.

5. Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon has been one of those hidden European gems, a colourful city that has a lot to offer but that has been in the dark for a long time, until now. The red tile rooftops dominated city is built on seven hills facing the Atlantic giving an amazing sea view, besides offering beautiful sceneries with castles, monasteries, and museums, as well as a delicious gastronomy all with a more than comfortable weather all year long and lower prices than other western European capitals. Lisbon has also an efficient and affordable transportation system with a great availability, with trams, buses and metro.

6. Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

If you have a laid-back personality, Puerto Viejo, in the caribbean coast of Costa Rica, is the place for you. The town offers unspoiled beaches where you can not only surf but also get the perfect environment to focus and work, with reliable internet connection available. The town is located at a natural rainforest paradise, with constant temperatures -although relatively high rainfall throughout the year-, offering a safe and still low-cost environment to live.

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