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๐ŸŽ–2yrs | Digital Nomad | Analytics & BI Infrastructure Specialist | Location Independent Since March 2018 | Founder of www.projectbi.net and www.feedio.co | Enjoy Reading, Chelsea FC, and Coffee.
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 15 Jan1yr31 Jan '2131 Jan '21
15 Jan

Da Nang

25ยฐC
Vietnam
2019
 17 Nov '192mo15 Jan15 Jan
17 Nov '19

Chiang Mai

30ยฐC
Thailand
 
 23 Sep '192mo16 Nov '1916 Nov '19
23 Sep '19

Budapest

23ยฐC
Hungary
 
 30 Jun '193mo22 Sep '1922 Sep '19
30 Jun '19

Port Elizabeth

20ยฐC
South Africa
 
 12 Jun '1918d30 Jun '1930 Jun '19
12 Jun '19

Tel Aviv

29ยฐC
Israel
 
 28 May '1914d11 Jun '1911 Jun '19
28 May '19

Las Vegas, NV

25ยฐC
United States
 
 26 Apr '191mo28 May '1928 May '19
26 Apr '19

Santa Teresa

31ยฐC
Costa Rica
 23 Apr '193d26 Apr '1926 Apr '19
23 Apr '19

San Josรฉ

27ยฐC
Costa Rica
 
 25 Jan '193mo23 Apr '1923 Apr '19
25 Jan '19

Medellรญn

25ยฐC
Colombia
 19 Jan '196d25 Jan '1925 Jan '19
19 Jan '19

Lisbon

14ยฐC
Portugal
 13 Jan '196d19 Jan '1919 Jan '19
13 Jan '19

Valencia

16ยฐC
Spain
2018
 14 Dec '181mo13 Jan '1913 Jan '19
14 Dec '18

Barcelona

16ยฐC
Spain
 
 30 Oct '182mo14 Dec '1814 Dec '18
30 Oct '18

Athens

25ยฐC
Greece
 
 3 Sep '182mo30 Oct '1830 Oct '18
3 Sep '18

Chiang Mai

31ยฐC
Thailand
 29 Aug '185d3 Sep '183 Sep '18
29 Aug '18

Siem Reap

31ยฐC
Cambodia
 
 3 Jul '182mo29 Aug '1829 Aug '18
3 Jul '18

Chiang Mai

31ยฐC
Thailand
 
 19 Apr '183mo3 Jul '183 Jul '18
19 Apr '18

Port Elizabeth

21ยฐC
South Africa
 18 Apr '181d19 Apr '1819 Apr '18
18 Apr '18

Reading

12ยฐC
United Kingdom
 15 Apr '183d18 Apr '1818 Apr '18
15 Apr '18

Edinburgh

11ยฐC
United Kingdom
 7 Apr '188d15 Apr '1815 Apr '18
7 Apr '18

Reading

12ยฐC
United Kingdom
 26 Mar '1812d7 Apr '187 Apr '18
26 Mar '18

Athens

18ยฐC
Greece
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Getting started: where to?


by @vforvalerio87 |  | 3 comments

Hi everybody!

I just joined this community because Iโ€™m currently in a place in life where I can live the digital nomad lifestyle and I feel like I would really be missing out if I didnโ€™t catch this opportunity. I work fully remotely, no fixed hours, I currently live in northern Italy and I basically have no partner or kids.

So, the question isโ€ฆ where to? I would love to hear the advice of more experienced digital nomads!
Laptop and internet is enough for me to work but I need decent internet for conferencing and I really have to put in the hours: some days are more relaxed, others Iโ€™ll have to work all day and night.
I enjoy more temperate climates, so no torrid heat or unbearable humidity, if possible.
I like decent food but Iโ€™m very adaptable in terms of tastes: anything is fine as long as quality is good and sanitary conditions are acceptable.
I absolutely do not enjoy the club life and would just rather go hiking during the weekends and pubs (or breweries) during the evenings. Iโ€™m a social person though and I donโ€™t particularly enjoy places where people are too introverted (been in Seattle for four monthsโ€ฆ the freeze is real); I really look forward to making friends or acquaintances wherever I end up.
I enjoy decent transportation so places where thereโ€™s a viable metro system or Uber actually works would be nice.
I prefer places with a bit more of history and culture (this is one of the reasons why I absolutely loved Portugal, for example).
Iโ€™d like to spend under $3k average per month for rent, food and going out.

For now I was thinking either:

  • Staying close to home for a first experience, so something like Vienna or Berlin
  • South East Asia; Iโ€™ve been to Hong Kong a few times before, now I was thinking either Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi, or possibly Thailand
  • South America, especially Colombia. I also have some people I know in Bogota and in Medellin, which I think would be a plus

When? Ideally I would leave anywhere from mid to late March and stay away for 2 or 3 months.

Sorry for the long read, I hope to get some input. Thank you for your time, if we ever meet in person I owe you a beer (or whatever youโ€™d prefer).

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๐ŸŒ Top countries

  • Vietnam

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
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    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun very bad
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    11mo
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  • Thailand

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿ˜ Cheap
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐Ÿคฌ Unusably slow
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun very bad
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    6mo
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  • South Africa

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿ˜ Cheap
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐Ÿคฌ Unusably slow
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun very bad
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety very bad
    Tap to open
    5mo
    ร—
  • Colombia

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿ˜ Cheap
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐Ÿคฌ Unusably slow
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun very bad
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    3mo
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  • Greece

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿ˜ Cheap
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐Ÿคฌ Unusably slow
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun very bad
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety very bad
    Tap to open
    2mo
    ร—
  • Hungary

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿ˜ Cheap
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐Ÿคฌ Unusably slow
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun very bad
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety very bad
    Tap to open
    2mo
    ร—
  • Spain

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿ˜ Cheap
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐Ÿคฌ Unusably slow
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun very bad
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety very bad
    Tap to open
    1mo
    ร—
  • Costa Rica

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿ˜ Cheap
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐Ÿคฌ Unusably slow
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun very bad
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety very bad
    Tap to open
    1mo
    ร—
  • ๐Ÿ›ฌ Most visits

  • Chiang Mai

    Chiang Mai used to be N.1 for the digital nomad life. It is still great and you can find really cheap apartments (300-400$) and restaurants (2-3$ for a main). Wouldn't recommend staying there during the burning season. The best area is Nimman, but it's also the most expensive. You can stay in the old city that's very nice but that gets noisy during the weekend for the night markets. Last but not least, very safe city. All in all would go back in a heartbeat.

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 30° 86° 27° 81°AQI 87๐Ÿ˜ท
    3x
    $1,109 / mo
    24Mbps
    ร—
  • Reading

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿง Pricey
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒฆ Feels  37°  42°AQI 21
    2x
    $3,822 / mo
    22Mbps
    ร—
  • Athens

    Like all cities that have lots of tourists, it's best to explore a little and get off the well beaten track. There are literally thousands of small cafes and bars that have free, fast WiFi, cheap coffee and good kebabs. If you stay in the absolute cheapest part of town, you will get a different vibe. There are a lot of AirBnB springing up and in the off-season these are very reasonably priced. I can't understand how you could be bored in Athens. So many places to see, so many museums and histo

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿ™‚ Okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 18° 64° 17° 63°AQI 57
    2x
    $2,910 / mo
    12Mbps
    ร—
  • Port Elizabeth

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐Ÿ™‚ Good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety bad
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 20° 68° 20° 68°AQI 38
    2x
    $2,239 / mo
    8Mbps
    ร—
  • Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is one of my favorite cities and I've spent quite a bit of time here. It's charming, friendly, beautiful, and walkable, and has a range of cafes and coffeeshops with fast wifi. The downsides: it's pretty expensive (housing especially), and there doesn't seem to be much of a nomad scene. The general tech scene seems to be smallish but growing (CodeBase seems cool), but not many nomads seem to come here.

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
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    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
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    ๐ŸŒง Feels  37°  44°AQI 28
    1x
    $3,760 / mo
    24Mbps
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  • Siem Reap

    Siem Riep has a nice suburb feeling. At first sight it seems there's not much to do besides Angkor Wat and Pub Street, but you can go swimming, do bicycle tours, floating village day trip... I don't have best social skill, but in Siem Reap it was so easy to make new friends. Locals and tourists! I've worked at Garage Society Coworking Space. Pretty nice place. I don't understand the cons of slow internet. I've bought an LTE 4G Sim card for 10 USD with 10 GB. There's also free and mostly fast

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
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    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety okay
    Tap to open
    โ˜€๏ธ Feels 30° 86° 28° 82°AQI 56
    1x
    $1,040 / mo
    8Mbps
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  • Barcelona

    During winter is quite safe plus much cheaper. Some nightclubs are free and yet there is still a lot of people. Great por lgbtq+ community.

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
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    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety okay
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 11° 52° 12° 53°AQI 33
    1x
    $3,044 / mo
    39Mbps
    ร—
  • Valencia

    I spent 8 days in Valencia with my boyfriend for new years. We really enjoyed it honestly. We found the city quite walkable, even though it's relatively big, very bike-friendly, felt super safe riding around. Didn't find the public transport to be bad at all, but then again we come from a capital with much shittier public transport. Food is affordable, there's tons of cafes and restaurants everywhere (they were constantly full though). My biggest issue was that barely anyone speaks any English,

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    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety okay
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 11° 52° 13° 55°AQI 17
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    $2,635 / mo
    38Mbps
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  • ๐Ÿ›Œ Most time spent

  • Da Nang

    After having lived here for two months, I've got to say that this must be one of the worst places in Asia. The only reason I am still here is because I'm stuck due to the covid-19 situation. There is nothing to do here, except going for a walk at the beach. No events, no social life, no activities. Mind you, this has nothing to do with the current situation, it was the same before things got shut down because of the virus. The locals don't really like foreigners and you can feel that often, eve

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿ˜ Cheap
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    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety okay
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 24° 75° 24° 75°AQI 40
    11mo
    $967 / mo
    16Mbps
    ร—
  • Chiang Mai

    Chiang Mai used to be N.1 for the digital nomad life. It is still great and you can find really cheap apartments (300-400$) and restaurants (2-3$ for a main). Wouldn't recommend staying there during the burning season. The best area is Nimman, but it's also the most expensive. You can stay in the old city that's very nice but that gets noisy during the weekend for the night markets. Last but not least, very safe city. All in all would go back in a heartbeat.

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 30° 86° 27° 81°AQI 87๐Ÿ˜ท
    6mo
    $1,109 / mo
    24Mbps
    ร—
  • Port Elizabeth

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿ˜™ Affordable
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐Ÿ™‚ Good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety bad
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 20° 68° 20° 68°AQI 38
    5mo
    $2,239 / mo
    8Mbps
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  • Medellรญn

    We loved Medellin! Poblado is a magical enclave, unlike most of Medellin. Amazing restaurants, lots of nature, friendly people, gorgeous women, fast internet, tons of places to work.

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    ๐ŸŒง Feels 22° 72° 22° 72°AQI 53
    3mo
    $1,103 / mo
    14Mbps
    ร—
  • Athens

    Like all cities that have lots of tourists, it's best to explore a little and get off the well beaten track. There are literally thousands of small cafes and bars that have free, fast WiFi, cheap coffee and good kebabs. If you stay in the absolute cheapest part of town, you will get a different vibe. There are a lot of AirBnB springing up and in the off-season these are very reasonably priced. I can't understand how you could be bored in Athens. So many places to see, so many museums and histo

    โญ๏ธ Overall Score 
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost ๐Ÿ™‚ Okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet ๐ŸŽ Fast
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety good
    Tap to open
    ๐ŸŒง Feels 18° 64° 17° 63°AQI 57
    2mo
    $2,910 / mo
    12Mbps
    ร—
  • Budapest

    I stayed here for a month in July last year. There's lots of cool aspects to the city but I hated it when I was there. The city has a problem with British stag parties, so if you look like you're a British male and speak English expect to be treated with disdain (it's fair enough) The Hungarians can just generally be unfriendly, especially bartenders. It's a weird experience waiting to be served while 3 people ignore you. Or buying the same drink and getting charged whatever they want (700-1500

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    ๐ŸŒค Feels  45°  47°AQI 70
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    $1,541 / mo
    44Mbps
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  • Santa Teresa

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    ๐ŸŒง Feels 33° 91° 27° 81°๐ŸฅตAQI 5
    1mo
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  • Barcelona

    During winter is quite safe plus much cheaper. Some nightclubs are free and yet there is still a lot of people. Great por lgbtq+ community.

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    ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Safety okay
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    ๐ŸŒฅ Feels 11° 52° 12° 53°AQI 33
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    $3,044 / mo
    39Mbps
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