About this post: Ever considering that I embraced a digital nomad life-style, I’ve been on the lookout for digital nomad destinations about the globe. From Guatemala to India, these are my uncommon picks for the most effective digital nomad cities and offbeat digital nomad areas in 2019.
I normally lament becoming born a couple of decades as well late. Of missing out on a time when most locations about the globe had been nevertheless pristine, the original hippie movement was nevertheless taking shape, overtourism wasn’t a issue, plastic wasn’t a menace and the effect of climate transform wasn’t so evident. But then I have to remind myself that my digital nomad life-style, 1 that makes it possible for me to commit lengthy stretches of time functioning on line from unique components of the globe – likely wouldn’t have existed either.
More than the previous five years, considering that I gave up 1 location to get in touch with house, I’ve been fortunate sufficient to commit a month or two slow travelling in quaint Himalayan hamlets, hip European cities, the spectacular Caucasus area, Latin American villages steeped in the Mayan tradition and tropical Southeast Asian valleys with rice paddies.
Behold, my choose of somewhat uncommon digital nomad destinations that ought to be on your radar in 2019:
Back in 2014, properly ahead of Georgia identified its way to the tourist map, my companion landed an internship in its beautiful capital city Tbilisi – and I was sold at the concept of basing myself there for a although. It was enjoy at 1st sight, not only with the warmhearted locals, but also with the hills and canyons that surround the city, the delightful vegan-friendly Georgian cuisine, the nearby music scene and the shire-like way of life. The most effective element was the unbelievable Georgian countryside – the snow-capped Caucasus mountains, the rolling vineyards, the stark Black Sea coast – just a quick and very affordable mashrutka (mini bus) ride out of the city.
When I revisited in 2017, I was amazed to see that inventive cafes, co-functioning spaces, and international restaurants have sprouted up across Tbilisi, devoid of taking away from its exclusive heritage. Go although it is nevertheless on the verge of becoming “discovered” by digital nomads.
Also study: If You are Searching for the Shire, Come to Georgia!
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Lake Atitlan appeared pretty unexpectedly on my “digital nomad” radar through a solo trip across Guatemala. Immersing myself in its stellar beauty, I identified a small paradise that has drawn me back each and every other year. In contrast to the rest of the “modern” globe, this is a location exactly where you can nevertheless reside away from the chaos of site visitors and automobiles, go grocery purchasing on a boat, wake up to a pristine lake in your backyard, immerse in what remains of the ancient Mayan culture and watch a volcano erupting in the far distance – however have access to decent world-wide-web, vegan-friendly cafes, yoga classes, reside music and a neighborhood of folks who embrace mindful living.
Also study: Lake Atitlan, Guatemala: The Feeling That I’ve Discovered My Spot on Earth
Hpa An, Myanmar
Significantly like Lake Atitlan and Tbilisi, I fell instantaneously in enjoy with Hpa An (pronouced pa aan), a compact town usually made use of as a jumping point in between Myanmar and northern Thailand – but truly a excellent location for digital nomads in search of to get away from other digital nomads!
Hpa An charmed me with its rugged karst mountain scenery, spectacular sunrises, old Buddhist temples, ethnic traditions, riverside beauty and the ease of discovering it all on a scooter. It bust the myth that world-wide-web in Myanmar is poor as an alternative I identified that information is really low-cost and 4G performs properly in most locations. Charging points in outside cafes are nevertheless a bit really hard to come by, but now that I’m travelling with my newly acquired MSI PS42 laptop which has ultra-lengthy battery life, I’m not restricted by that any longer. And as opposed to the rest of Southeast Asia, I identified it simpler to connect with locals, several of who speak English, obtaining after been colonized by the British.
Also study: Confessions of an Indian Digital Nomad
Now that I appear back at my previous travels, Auroville – a somewhat utopic township close to Pondicherry in Southern India – was 1 of my earliest digital nomad discoveries in India. In the bubble of Auroville, I spent my days on a bike or bicycle, exploring the forested terrain, organic farms, wholesome eateries, film screenings and permaculture workshops. The Matri Mandir – the spaceship-like structure at the heart of the township and a most peaceful space for meditation – left me in total awe.
What I loved most was crossing paths with several passionate folks of all ages and nationalities who came to Auroville in search of an option way of life. Medical doctors turned organic farmers, policemen turned artists – for this is a location that makes it possible for you to rediscover your goal in life, and possibly subconsciously led to my embracing a digital nomad life-style. Circa 2013, wifi was only out there in Auroville till six pm, which meant I had to fight the usual distractions and wrap up my function by the evening I’ve heard world-wide-web is much more readily out there now – for improved or for worse!
Also study: A Guide to Auroville: Factors to Know Prior to You Go
Chiang Mai countryside, Thailand
I know, I know, a digital nomad in Chiang Mai sounds so 2014. There’s no doubt that I’m several years late to the awesomeness that is Chiang Mai, but the great news is, the magic hasn’t faded away totally however – specially if you reside away from the city and common neighborhoods like Nimman.
More than 2017 and 2018, we spent two.five months in Chiang Mai, living in a attractive self-catering abode subsequent to hills and rice paddies. There’s superfast wifi, of course, but also evening runs beneath the pink sunset sky, bike drives beneath the stars, hikes up to peaceful monasteries, unbelievable vegan meals, hipster cafes, nearby organic farmer markets, foreign language film screenings, cultural events, co-functioning spaces and some entirely beneath the radar escapes deep in the mountains and forests of northern Thailand. All this devoid of obtaining to break the bank!
Also study: Exactly where to Obtain Droolworthy Vegan Meals in Chiang Mai
I’d go back to every of the above spots in a heartbeat, but in 2019, I’m hoping to expand my digital nomad comfort zone by spending a month or two in Yerevan (Armenia), Cape Town (South Africa) and someplace in the Slovenian Alps. And who knows what unexpected surprises the road will throw up along the way?
What are your favored digital nomad spots, and exactly where do you hope to make it in 2019?
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