When we talk about best nomad destinations we tend to focus our attention on some of the cheaper economies in the world. After all, those are the easier places to get started on your nomad adventure and every financial advantage you can get counts in those early days.

It’s not always going to be like that, though. Soon enough you’ll have the budget to live it up in some of the world’s more extravagant places so let’s preview a few of the best nomad cities for bigger budgets.



Singapore NDP 2014 Rehearsal Fireworks MBS Sky Park

One city, a small cluster of islands and a whole country at the same time. There really is only one Singapore and what a place it is. You’ll never see such a clean city in your life and few more impressive. The city infrastructure is flawless, the food is insanely good and you’ll struggle to find more cultural diversity in such a small place.

Alternatives: Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur




Melbourne is widely known as one of Australia’s most diverse cities and often cited as one of the best cities in the world to live. It also puts you slap bang in the middle of Victoria state, surrounding the modern city life with natural beauty. I think it’s also fair to say Melbourne is Australia’s best city for food and easily one of its best for simply strolling around.

Alternatives: Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Auckland, Adelaide


Rio de Janeiro



Rio de Janeiro is one of those cities you can’t do justice with words alone. It’s hectic, it’s exotic and it’s the kind of place you’ll only be able to leave when you just can’t take it any more. The biggest problem with Rio is you’ll struggle to get work done because there are distractions everywhere here. Everywhere.

Alternatives: Sao Paolo, Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Medellin, Santiago de Chile


Cape Town


Cape Town is a metropolitan city wrapped inside the horseshoe of Table Bay. Natural beauty literally surrounds the city, on view no matter where you go, and the relaxed vibe around Cape Town acts as the perfect companion to its surroundings. If you prefer chilled nights and adventure seeking by weekend this is a must-visit place.

Alternatives: Johannesburg, Durban, Kimberly, Dar es Salaam, Addis Ababa


Okay, so that wraps it up for our first look at the best nomad cities for a bigger budget. We’ve haven’t even touched on Europe, central or north America yet so we’ll venture to those parts in our next article.

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