Today I’m back with another look at some of the best nomad cities for digital nomads on a bigger budget. Instead of running over the usual suspects in Southeast Asia and ‘affordable’ cities around the world we’re focusing our attention on some of the most desirable places to visit and live.
This time, we turn our attention to the Americas and Europe, which we didn’t touch on in the last post. So here goes!
Newly crowned as the best city to live in the world, it only seems right to start with Austria’s capital Vienna. The elegant city combines everything you would expect from Europe’s elite cities: classic architecture, streets laden with cafes and plenty of green spaces to escape the busiest parts of the capital. The city is incredibly clean and culture is popping out of every street corner. The cost of living is quite reasonable too, considering, and an annual pass on the public transport network costs only a euro per day.
Alternatives: Zurich, Amsterdam, Copenhagen
Santa Barbara, California
Listed fourth on Liveability list of best places to live in the US, Santa Barbara puts you in good stead to enjoy the best of the American dream. Beaches intertwined with mountain views get this city off to a great start and the outdoor actives that come with them keep this a great place to stay for the duration.
It also puts you in the midst of California’s coastline between San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego. You’re also never more than a border away from the Las Vegas lights to your east and the Mexican border to the south. Needless to say, it’s a pretty good place to be.
Alternatives: San Francisco, Fort Collins (Colorado), Chicago, Phoenix, Denver, New York, Seattle
Honolulu is widely considered the cultural hub of Hawaii, mixed with the premium end of high living across the islands. It’s not the cheapest of places to live but the year-long tropical vibe more than justifies the cost. Not to mention the fact you’re nestled right between the other Hawaii islands – what more could you ask for?
Alternatives: Roatán (Honduras), Ambergris Caye (Belize), Bocos del Toto (Panama)
Canada’s got some great cities going for it and Toronto is definitely one to check out. Highly cultured, equally cosmopolitan but still holding onto that relaxed city feel, Toronto is an incredibly easy place to live. Late spring and early summer are the best months to enjoy walking around this fabulous city – and it really is a cracking place to stroll around. You won’t be disappointed.
Alternatives: Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Quebec City, Edmonton, Victoria
If you’re looking for the prestigious side of Spanish lifestyle, then Barcelona is certainly the place to start. It’s not my favourite Spanish city by any means but it’s the place big budget travelers and expats can’t resist trying out. It’s certainly a cool city to live in and the best place to get the upmarket version of Spain’s Mediterranean lifestyle.
Alternatives: Valencia, Malaga, Mallorca, Granada, Seville or Portugal’s Lisbon and Porto
Over the last two articles looking at the best nomad cities on a budget I’ve tried to cover the full spectrum in a very short space. From the luxurious heights of Singapore and Asia’s other exciting capitals to the classic comfort of Europe’s major cities, the whole world really is your clichéd oyster if you have the budget.
You don’t have to spend all your time in the pricey and prestigious cities, of course. You can mix it up between budget ranges throughout the year and get the full spectrum of global travel – that’s why we’re in this game after all. Don’t think the US, Europe or other places considered to be more expensive aren’t without their bargains either. The cheapest place I ever stayed was Valencia in Spain and it’s an absolutely cracking place.
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