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33,083

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 27 Dec '157d3 Jan '163 Jan '16
27 Dec '15

Hong Kong

21ยฐC
China
 
 9 Nov '152mo26 Dec '1526 Dec '15
9 Nov '15

Taipei

24ยฐC
Taiwan
 
 26 Sep '151mo9 Nov '159 Nov '15
26 Sep '15

Tokyo

26ยฐC
Japan
 
 25 Mar '1511d5 Apr '155 Apr '15
25 Mar '15

Nairobi

29ยฐC
Kenya
 
 11 Jan '152mo15 Mar '1515 Mar '15
11 Jan '15

Las Palmas, Canary Islands

20ยฐC
Spain
2014
 29 Dec '1410d8 Jan '158 Jan '15
29 Dec '14

Kuala Lumpur

32ยฐC
Malaysia

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๐ŸŒ Top countries

  • Spain

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 2.98/5
    8322 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 30° 86° 28° 83°AQI 33
    2mo
    $2,921 / mo
    22Mbps
  • Taiwan

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.19/5
    1708 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 43° 109° 32° 90°AQI 44
    2mo
    $1,657 / mo
    18Mbps
  • Japan

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 2.84/5
    6868 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 30° 86° 26° 79°AQI 28
    1mo
    $2,946 / mo
    20Mbps
  • Kenya

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 2.85/5
    658 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun bad
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety bad
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 29° 83° 25° 76°AQI 18
    11d
    $1,489 / mo
    8Mbps
  • Malaysia

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.08/5
    2728 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety okay
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 42° 108° 32° 90°AQI 21
    10d
    $1,112 / mo
    9Mbps
  • China

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 2.74/5
    33782 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet very bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun bad
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 44° 111° 32° 90°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI 59
    7d
    $1,393 / mo
    2Mbps
  • ๐Ÿ›ฌ Most visits

  • Kuala Lumpur

    It's funny how 15-20 years ago, KL was almost devoid of travelers - presumably because "Muslim country", 9/11, whatever. THAT was actually a time when not only was everything ridiculously cheap; the locals were happy, friendly, courteous, always giving you a huge smile. I have so many happy memories of back then. Fast-forward to 2019: Yes, KL is now "on the map". Yet the cost of living is exploding; much of the city's heritage has been bulldozed away; a high-rise is going up at every corner; and more and more people are visibly stressed, frustrated, hostile. As a foreigner, I encounter silent treatment every day; have people shut the elevator door in my face; rarely get a Please or Thank You or even Excuse Me; the little annoyances just keep mushrooming. But all in all, and especially for those who never experienced the fun and relaxed KL of yesteryear, it's still a relatively safe and affordable place. Nowhere near as pricey as Singapore, and also not as prone to power cuts and violent crime and accidents as Thailand or Philippines. I see private doctors, and they are excellent, London/Cambridge-trained and yet affordable. Also, phone apps work quite well when it comes to payments, booking a Grab car or ordering food / groceries. And of course, the sky is blue and the sun is shining all year round.

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.59/5
    186 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun bad
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety okay
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 42° 108° 32° 90°AQI 29
    1x
    $1,395 / mo
    9Mbps
  • Las Palmas

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.48/5
    221 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 25° 77° 23° 73°AQI 46
    1x
    $2,141 / mo
    22Mbps
  • Nairobi

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 2.82/5
    180 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety bad
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 24° 75° 21° 70°AQI 18
    1x
    $1,316 / mo
    8Mbps
  • Tokyo

    Really fun city. I think the easiest big city in Asia for westerners to feel comfortable in. People are generally pretty friendly on a superficial level, quick to smile, laugh, and help. Unfortunately, becoming real friends with Japanese is much more difficult and most cannot speak English. Store staff are mechanically polite like robots, which is better than rude, but also a bit weird. A bit pricey and gets more expensive after a year of residence (after you get taxed based on previous year's salary, same for health insurance fees). You can drink in public at any time, though it's not really a drinker city like some European cities are known for. Clubs and music events are expensive unfortunately, though quite a few options. Great public transport system, can just be a bit confusing with all of the different names. The street layout is completely chaotic, which can be fun but also disorienting. You will often have no idea which direction you are facing, like you are in a giant maze. You can find most major international food options but not in great numbers. Obviously, Japanese food is everywhere though. It's technically on the water, though odds are you will live more inland. Still, you can reach the bay within an hour or so and an actual beach further south in Kanagawa within 90min. Japan itself has a lot of cool things to check out as well. Best time of year are spring (cherry blossoms) and fall (cooler, leaves changing cooler), though there are a series of summer festivals that start in August that are incredible (people dress in traditional clothes, food vendors all over, tons of fireworks, etc.) and they have a lot of Christmas lights and displays in December. Dating for men is not bad, just don't come expecting every woman wants you. As mentioned before, most cannot speak English and they're somewhat conservative overall, not big on casual sex. You may have an advantage in the dating pool if you're not an English teacher, since most western foreign guys there are and that job is known for not paying that well, and definitely do if you can speak Japanese near fluently. Some negatives besides those already mentioned: it's really humid and mold develops quickly, there are A LOT of crows that creeped me out and cicadas that are VERY noisy in the summer, finding the right specialist doctor that also speaks English can be tricky, the friends you make from other countries come and go constantly, a lot of guys with issues come here (socially awkward, major womanizers, right wing nuts, escaping something from their home country, stereotypical anime fanatics, etc.), Japanese men are not anywhere near as friendly as the women are and are more likely to be xenophobic (pretty much like every other country), living space is really small for the price, vegetable selection is pretty limited and expensive, a lot of food products contain soy, subways get really overcrowded during rush hour, popular areas get really overcrowded on weekends, it's not that English friendly especially dealing with contracts and anything government related (there is a free foreigner help service that can help you via phone and usually whatever government stuff you're dealing with will have at least one person on hand who understands English and can help you).

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.31/5
    213 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety great
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒฆ Feels 38° 100° 30° 86°AQI 1
    1x
    $3,681 / mo
    21Mbps
  • Taipei

    Really friendly and social people, laid back, easy to get around, food is good, 4g is great. Heavy clouds for the 4 days I was here in December, which was depressing as hell.

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.83/5
    200 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety great
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 43° 109° 31° 87°AQI 24
    1x
    $1,956 / mo
    17Mbps
  • Hong Kong

    It's possible to live in Hong Kong on the cheap. You've got to live far out in the New Territories, or on an outlying island. I spent a summer living happily on Lamma Island for ~$500USD/month in rent for one bedroom in a shared flat. Rent is really the only tricky part--everything else is relatively cheap.

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 2.99/5
    208 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 50° 122° 34° 93°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI 122
    1x
    $3,295 / mo
    42Mbps
  • ๐Ÿ›Œ Most visited

  • Las Palmas

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.48/5
    221 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 25° 77° 23° 73°AQI 46
    2mo
    $2,141 / mo
    22Mbps
  • Taipei

    Really friendly and social people, laid back, easy to get around, food is good, 4g is great. Heavy clouds for the 4 days I was here in December, which was depressing as hell.

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.83/5
    200 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety great
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 43° 109° 31° 87°AQI 24
    2mo
    $1,956 / mo
    17Mbps
  • Tokyo

    Really fun city. I think the easiest big city in Asia for westerners to feel comfortable in. People are generally pretty friendly on a superficial level, quick to smile, laugh, and help. Unfortunately, becoming real friends with Japanese is much more difficult and most cannot speak English. Store staff are mechanically polite like robots, which is better than rude, but also a bit weird. A bit pricey and gets more expensive after a year of residence (after you get taxed based on previous year's salary, same for health insurance fees). You can drink in public at any time, though it's not really a drinker city like some European cities are known for. Clubs and music events are expensive unfortunately, though quite a few options. Great public transport system, can just be a bit confusing with all of the different names. The street layout is completely chaotic, which can be fun but also disorienting. You will often have no idea which direction you are facing, like you are in a giant maze. You can find most major international food options but not in great numbers. Obviously, Japanese food is everywhere though. It's technically on the water, though odds are you will live more inland. Still, you can reach the bay within an hour or so and an actual beach further south in Kanagawa within 90min. Japan itself has a lot of cool things to check out as well. Best time of year are spring (cherry blossoms) and fall (cooler, leaves changing cooler), though there are a series of summer festivals that start in August that are incredible (people dress in traditional clothes, food vendors all over, tons of fireworks, etc.) and they have a lot of Christmas lights and displays in December. Dating for men is not bad, just don't come expecting every woman wants you. As mentioned before, most cannot speak English and they're somewhat conservative overall, not big on casual sex. You may have an advantage in the dating pool if you're not an English teacher, since most western foreign guys there are and that job is known for not paying that well, and definitely do if you can speak Japanese near fluently. Some negatives besides those already mentioned: it's really humid and mold develops quickly, there are A LOT of crows that creeped me out and cicadas that are VERY noisy in the summer, finding the right specialist doctor that also speaks English can be tricky, the friends you make from other countries come and go constantly, a lot of guys with issues come here (socially awkward, major womanizers, right wing nuts, escaping something from their home country, stereotypical anime fanatics, etc.), Japanese men are not anywhere near as friendly as the women are and are more likely to be xenophobic (pretty much like every other country), living space is really small for the price, vegetable selection is pretty limited and expensive, a lot of food products contain soy, subways get really overcrowded during rush hour, popular areas get really overcrowded on weekends, it's not that English friendly especially dealing with contracts and anything government related (there is a free foreigner help service that can help you via phone and usually whatever government stuff you're dealing with will have at least one person on hand who understands English and can help you).

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.31/5
    213 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety great
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒฆ Feels 38° 100° 30° 86°AQI 1
    1mo
    $3,681 / mo
    21Mbps
  • Nairobi

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 2.82/5
    180 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety bad
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 24° 75° 21° 70°AQI 18
    11d
    $1,316 / mo
    8Mbps
  • Kuala Lumpur

    It's funny how 15-20 years ago, KL was almost devoid of travelers - presumably because "Muslim country", 9/11, whatever. THAT was actually a time when not only was everything ridiculously cheap; the locals were happy, friendly, courteous, always giving you a huge smile. I have so many happy memories of back then. Fast-forward to 2019: Yes, KL is now "on the map". Yet the cost of living is exploding; much of the city's heritage has been bulldozed away; a high-rise is going up at every corner; and more and more people are visibly stressed, frustrated, hostile. As a foreigner, I encounter silent treatment every day; have people shut the elevator door in my face; rarely get a Please or Thank You or even Excuse Me; the little annoyances just keep mushrooming. But all in all, and especially for those who never experienced the fun and relaxed KL of yesteryear, it's still a relatively safe and affordable place. Nowhere near as pricey as Singapore, and also not as prone to power cuts and violent crime and accidents as Thailand or Philippines. I see private doctors, and they are excellent, London/Cambridge-trained and yet affordable. Also, phone apps work quite well when it comes to payments, booking a Grab car or ordering food / groceries. And of course, the sky is blue and the sun is shining all year round.

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 3.59/5
    186 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun bad
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety okay
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 42° 108° 32° 90°AQI 29
    10d
    $1,395 / mo
    9Mbps
  • Hong Kong

    It's possible to live in Hong Kong on the cheap. You've got to live far out in the New Territories, or on an outlying island. I spent a summer living happily on Lamma Island for ~$500USD/month in rent for one bedroom in a shared flat. Rent is really the only tricky part--everything else is relatively cheap.

    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score 2.99/5
    208 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet great
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to Open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 50° 122° 34° 93°๐Ÿ˜ทAQI 122
    7d
    $3,295 / mo
    42Mbps
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