I don’t know about you, but for me, 2019 will be a year full of both travel and work. I love to explore new destinations that are beautiful, unique, and full of life-- but that also have favorable conditions for getting some work done.
With that in mind, here are my picks for destinations in 2019 that offer a lot to digital nomads-- those of us who want to see amazing places and work a little in between.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Haaaaaayyy! That’s me in Playa del Carmen having a little after work tipple. Playa del Carmen is brimming with beautiful cafes with strong wifi, just 10 steps away from the ocean. Each morning, you can walk along the main beach drag and choose a new spot to work from for the day. Some of my favorites are Lido, Thompson Beach, and the Starbucks on 5th Avenue.
Playa del Carmen is also a great place to get some much-needed beach time or to launch into some of the nearby Mayan ruins, such as beachfront Tulum or the iconic Chichen Itza; you could also hop over to Cozumel to do some snorkeling or rent a scooter to drive around the island. And you won’t be disappointed if you’re craving a good night out, because Playa del Carmen is full of bars and dance clubs; just take your pick! You can also stay a weekend in nearby Cancun if you’re looking for even more nightlife.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Join me in Buenos Aires! South America has a similar time zone to the US, which makes it easier to coordinate with coworkers back home. Buenos Aires in particular is full of culture and beauty, with lots of cute cafes to choose from. It’s also got great nightlife and a good cost of living.
There are many coworking spaces popping up around Medellin, with digital nomads flocking there for its low cost of living and slightly new-to-tourism vibe. Explore the beautiful colonial architecture, check out the growing, cosmopolitan city center, enjoy the mountainous jungly vibe-- and also get a bit of work done.
Imagine starting your day off with some surfing, checking in with work, enjoying some amazing fresh seafood, and then enjoying some of the world’s best nightlife? This is what you get when you’re based in Lima.
Bangkok has long been a favorite for digital nomads, and 2019 should be no different. The low cost of living, the amazing food, the cultural access, and the modern amenities are some of the things that make Bangkok a great place for nomads.
Ubud is a popular place for yoga and meditation retreats, but with more and more places having fiber optic internet, it’s turning into a great place for digital nomads too. Some of the highlights of Ubud include being surrounded by the rainforest, visiting the Monkey Forest, learning traditional Gamelan playing or Balinesian dance, and of course, access to many vegan food options and yoga centers.
Affordable living, moderate climate, access to beaches, good wine and food, sweeping city views, and palpable history. Lisbon has a lot, and it’s starting to attract a global community. It’s a great place for design lovers too, due to its charming old Architecture juxtaposed with modern interiors.
Try Valencia for gorgeous weather, palm tree-lined streets, great walkability, and plenty of coworking spots. Enjoy their beaches, one-of-a-kind architecture, and plentiful parks. Make sure to have some paella valenciana for me.
Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg is the trendy spot for international residents and forward thinkers. Berlin is packed with culture, great nightlife, many parks and museums, and plenty of interesting design. And, of course, the beer.
Basel exudes style and beauty. You’ll love wandering around the city and exploring its beautiful coffee shops, floating down the city center’s large river in warm weather, enjoying the booming local art scene, and getting a taste of the unique melting pot culture of this small country. It’s a bit more expensive than other spots on this list, but definitely worth spending a bit of time and money.
Need some more travel inspiration for 2019? Check out this list of travel instagrammers who will be keeping things interesting for us all year!
There you have it…
These are my picks for the best places to work and travel in 2019. Will I see you there?
Who Wrote This?
I’m Renee Hyde and I’ve been a digital nomad freelance writer since 2012. So far I’ve visited 60+ countries and counting! On this blog I share tips about dreamy travel destinations, travel hacks, ways to work remotely and travel, and advice for living your best nomadic life!