The term “digital nomad” is often overlooked as nothing more than a buzzword, or a synonym for remote work.
However, there’s more to it than most people think.
A digital nomad is someone that combines their online strategy for work with a passion for travel, flexibility, and agility.
According to some studies, there could be 1 billion digital nomads roaming the world by 2035.
Although there’s more to being a digital nomad than jumping from one destination to the next in search of your next Instagrammable view, the flexibility of the nomad lifestyle makes it so appealing.
You can work from anywhere, with no limitations on what your office needs to look like, means you’ve got the freedom to find your “best life.”
So, where should Digital Nomads be looking to roam in the years ahead?
We have 5 excellent ideas to share, along with some insights into how your roadmap could change going forward.
#1 Canggu (Bali)
The go-to destination for those in search of a bohemian lifestyle, Bali is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and it also is a popular location for business-minded people too.
When you’re looking for stunning sights combined with coworking spaces and plenty of internet connections, you can’t go wrong with the versatility of Canggu.
You’ll have turquoise oceans and unique beaches to explore, and also find a variety of amazing spas and relaxation areas in Canggu, so you can unwind after a hard day connecting through the cloud.
There’s even a black sand beach that’s popular for surfers.
#2 Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Buenos Aires is the capital city of Argentina.
It’s far removed from the exotic experience that you’ll get in Bali, but if you’re looking for something thriving, cosmopolitan, and brimming with culture, then this could be just the destination for you.
If you’re more intrigued by incredible architecture than dreamy beaches and oceans, then Argentina has you covered.
Not only is Buenos Aires one of the most diverse environments you’ll find when you’re looking for a place to lay your hat as a digital nomad, but it’s particularly welcoming too.
The city has a fantastic vibe that’s supported by extra welcoming locals who are always ready to lend a hand to those in need.
Buenos Aires also is home to hundreds of coworking spaces too!
#3 Chiang Mai (Thailand)
Back to a location perfect for those with an eye for beauty, Chiang Mai is one of the most wonderful destinations on earth for taking in phenomenal sights.
This is a destination that you should visit during your life, even if it’s just to see the fantastic Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, with its unique forestry, waterfalls, and ancient temples.
Chiang Mai also provides an exceptional cost of living for digital nomads that want to keep their expenses low.
If you’re looking to keep things simple in between your work sessions, then this could be the place for you.
Also, there are plenty of meditation and yoga retreats to explore when you need a break from the virtual office.
#4 Budapest (Hungary)
If you’ve been an avid traveler for a while now, you’ve probably considered visiting Budapest before. Although this might not be the most exotic destination for digital nomads to visit, it’s packed full of culture and history.
You’ll have no problem finding transport for when you want to get around the city, either by bus or boat.
Budapest is known around the world as one of the most stunning cities in Europe.
It’s also an affordable place to live and work compared to other areas around Western Europe.
There are plenty of cafes available with Wi-Fi, and lots of coworking spaces to choose from too.
Plus, the city is very safe, so you don’t have to worry too much about losing your laptop.
#5 Krakow (Poland)
Pretty much everyone should spend some time in Krakow.
Not only is it a beautiful destination by anyone’s standards, but Krakow also happens to be one of the most affordable places in Europe, which is excellent for frugal nomads.
Despite its affordability, the internet speeds are fantastic, and you will find plenty of places to spend your time.
You’ll be able to find great deals on everything from accommodation to co-working spaces and even guided tours.
If you’re interested in exploring Poland a little further, you can also check out Warsaw, which is far more business-oriented but doesn’t quite have the diversity that you get from Krakow.
Just remember to wrap up warm if you’re visiting in winter.
Digital Nomadism is Growing in Popularity
As you’ll notice from our list above, most of the best places to explore as a digital nomad combine beautiful sites and great atmospheres with plenty of options for Wi-Fi via coworking spaces and cafes.
However, this might not be the case for much longer.
The advancement of the 5G mobile network means that digital nomads tomorrow will be able to work from virtually anywhere in the world – no matter how removed it might be.
Although it could be a while before 5G makes its way into all rural environments, it’s safe to say that access to this wireless network will make it easier for remote workers to choose anywhere on the planet as the location for their virtual desk.
Whether you’re new to digital nomadism, or you’re already deep into your new lifestyle, there are plenty of places that you can visit to make the most out of your flexible working lifestyle.
In the years to come, the number of remote working environments available to digital nomads will continue to evolve thanks to the availability of better bandwidth, latency, and connections with 5G.
Ashley Wilson is a digital nomad writing about business and tech. She has been known to reference Harry Potter quotes in casual conversation and enjoys baking homemade treats for her husband and their two felines, Lady and Gaga. You can get in touch with Ashley via Twitter.