5 excellent locations for remote workers
Itching with wanderlust but have to work? We feel you! When you’re ready to take off on a serious adventure but have to pay the bills, there’s one increasingly popular solution: become a digital nomad. Cut your ties to the office and take your laptop across the country with you.
Not sure where to live, work, and play first? Check out our recommended cities for digital nomads. Stay as long (or as little) as you’d like, then move on to the next destination.
This idyllic town is actually way more digitally equipped than its quaint mountain appeal would lead you to believe.
Tucked away at the foot of the Appalachians, it offers majestic views and easy access to natural wonders such as the Blue Ridge Mountains. But head downtown and you’ll find several co-working spaces where you can get inspired by your digital nomad tribe.
The lively city is also known for friendly locals, bluegrass music, and its delicious down-home cuisine.
Another plus? Asheville has the highest number of breweries per capita in the U.S., earning the city its nickname: Beer City, USA.
If one of your main reasons for choosing to be a digital nomad is to get out of the office, then Boise is certainly the place to do it. Idaho’s sunny capital is an outdoor lover’s dream. We’re talking rivers, lakes, biking and hiking trails, and so much more.
On the work front, surprisingly trendy cafes and coffee shops offer work spots. You can also “rent an office” from one of the many coworking spaces in downtown Boise.
And if you’re looking to make pals on your journey, Boise is also a great city for getting to know your fellow remote workers. Outdoor festivals and regular social events offer plenty of opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals.
Are year-round sunshine and warmth on your wish list? Then don’t skip over Jacksonville, with its unbeatable climate and prime location: right on the Atlantic Ocean, with 22 miles of gorgeous beaches.
Like our other favorite cities for digital nomads, Jacksonville has a number of shared office spaces downtown. The local restaurant scene is also flourishing, with recent additions bringing cuisine from all over the world.
And should we mention the excellent golf courses? Because you don’t want to be all work and no play!
Unlike its famous neighbor to the south (Miami Beach!), Jacksonville is actually quite affordable, with the average cost of living well below the national average, while the rest of the Sunshine State tends to be over.
San Jose, CA
It really shouldn’t surprise you that the heart of Silicon Valley is chock-full of everything you could possibly need as a digital nomad: free WiFi spots, co-working spaces, and ample opportunities to mingle with fellow nomads.
But you may be surprised to learn that San Jose is also a hub for outdoor activities. Grab a bike or your favorite sneakers and explore the Los Gatos Creek Trail, ten easy miles that end at the Lexington Reservoir. Or check out the trails at Almaden Quicksilver County Park, a former mining site turned outdoor rec area.
If being a techie is your “thing,” you can celebrate your passion at the absolutely incredible Tech Museum of Innovation, devoted to science and technology.
Although it’s last on our list, Seattle might actually be first in our digital nomad hearts. The city ranks number one in the country for the number of WiFi spots available. And with this being “the coffee capital of the world,” you can enjoy a delish cup of joe while you work.
When you take a day off from remote work and want to get lost in the Great Outdoors, stunning Mount Rainier is the perfect day trip.
You’re also just a quick Uber ride to a major airport, a big plus for when you’re ready to move on to your next remote work location.
Ready to turn the world into your office? Make sure you spend some time in one of our recommended cities for digital nomads to enjoy everything that the remote work lifestyle has to offer.
Of course, not everything about being a digital nomad is easy-peasy. One of the biggest challenges can be having to schlep your home and your office from one destination to the next. No worries, we’ve got you covered. For less than the average price of a checked bag, you can ship your stuff to your next city with LugLess. No luggage hassles, just you (and your laptop) cruising through the airport.