Gone are the days of sitting in a stuffy office working nine to five. Now more than ever, people are ditching their cubicles in exchange for digital nomad life. Whether you are already a digital nomad and looking for your next destination to spend some time exploring, or are about to take the leap into digital nomad life and want to start off with a bang, we uncovered ten amazing places in Europe to live as a digital nomad. Get ready for some serious wanderlust. Let’s take a look!
How Much Money Do You Need To Make To Be A Digital Nomad?
How much you need to make to be a digital nomad will depend upon a few things. Digital nomads typically make upwards of $2000 per month, however, how much you must make will vary. Firstly, where you travel will have a major influence on your budget. Traveling in Europe or North America will cost significantly more than traveling through South East Asia or Central and South America.
Additionally, your personal spending habits will also need to be considered. If you enjoy fine dining your food budget will rack up quickly. Whereas, if you prefer to do more hiking or nature activities that are typically free, how much you spend on activities while traveling will be lower. Before you hop into digital nomad life, do a realistic calculation of how much you spend monthly, research the destination you will be traveling to and how much the cost of living is, and consider the cost of activities you will be doing while traveling.
What Are Digital Nomad Visa Programs?
Many countries are now realizing that digital nomads can have a major economic impact on travel destinations. Due to this, governments are now offering digital nomad visa programs. While some digital nomads prefer to hop around to a new destination every few days or weeks, others prefer to slow-travel through a destination and spend months at a time living in a country.
General tourism visas allow visitors to stay for short periods of time, but the development of digital nomad visas makes it easier for online workers to base themselves for an extended period of time. Some places that are hopping on the trend of digital nomad visa programs include Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and more.
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What Are The Best Places In Europe To Live As A Digital Nomad?
Whether you want to live in a spot for a few weeks or months or are looking to extend your stay for a year or more, the following spots in Europe are perfect for digital nomads seeking an adventurous city to explore while working online. Key things considered when finding the best places in Europe to live as a digital nomad include the affordability of the country, Wi-Fi speed, co-working space availability, and digital nomad community presence.
Croatia was one of the first major countries in Europe to offer a digital nomad visa and provides great support for digital nomads setting up a home base in the country. While the country of Croatia is on the expensive side, there are plenty of free things to explore and a vibrant digital nomad community.
When workloads start to feel overwhelming or uninspired, a trip to Florence is a must. Even for those who aren’t big art fans, it is hard to go to Florence and not get a burst of creativity. Fuel up for your workday with some of the best pizza, pasta, and gelato that Italy has to offer, or take an afternoon work break to stroll through the cobblestone streets of Florence’s city center. The best part of basing your digital nomad journey in Florence is how accessible it is to other Italian cities and small towns thanks to the great network of trains that leave from Florence daily.
While many visitors flock to the famous Santorini and Mykonos to live their Mamma Mia dream, Paros is a lesser frequented island in Greece making it the perfect home base for digital nomads. Go island hopping on daily trips to the surrounding islands or enjoy exploring Paros during your free time.
If you believe in relaxing just as hard as you work, the Algarve region of Portugal is the perfect place to stay for an extended period of time as a digital nomad. Spend your days relaxing in the sun and sand and working in the evening. You’ll love the laid-back lifestyle Algarve, Portugal offers for digital nomads.
Prague, Czech Republic
Let every day feel like you’re living in a fairytale by heading to the Czech Republic. Prague has been a digital nomad hub for years. With affordable housing and food, plenty of historic charm, and tons to explore, Prague is the perfect home base for digital nomads wanting to explore Europe.
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If you’re looking for a place to save money while living the digital nomad life, Tallinn, Estonia is the perfect place to base. Estonia offers a relatively easy to access digital nomad visa, affordable living, and lots of charm. While it is not the most common location for digital nomads to explore, Tallinn is most definitely an up-and-coming hot spot for visitors from all around the world.
With plenty of cute cafes to work in, a bustling but safe city feel, and a lively nightlife scene, Copenhagen is ideal for digital nomads looking to enjoy a city atmosphere. Live the Nordic dream by exploring Copenhagen in your free time or popping over to Sweden or Norway for a quick trip on your days off.
This tropical paradise is perfect for nature lovers and beach bums looking for an epic destination to base themselves while living the digital nomad life. Located close to the coast of Morocco, this Portuguese island is full of scenic nature activities. For the outdoor enthusiast, living in Madeira will make it difficult to want to spend time on your laptop working.
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While Amsterdam tends to get most visitors' attention when traveling in the Netherlands, Rotterdam makes for the perfect home base for digital nomads. With high-speed internet connections and multiple co-working spaces, Rotterdam is perfect for digital nomads who are ready to get down to business.
Located in the stunning region of Andalucía, Spain, Malaga makes for the perfect spot for foodies, beach fans, and history lovers. With a vibrant digital nomad community and a plethora of foreigners visiting the region, Malaga is the perfect hub for digital nomads seeking community and culture. Spend your days eating churros con chocolate while working in a café and evenings relaxing on the beach.
Life on the go as a digital nomad can get tiring after a while. Instead of getting burnt out, settle down in one of these ten amazing European destinations to refuel while you work. With vibrant cultures, unique cuisine, fun activities, and more, you are sure to find a place to call home… at least for a little while. Bon voyage!
Which of these ten amazing European spots do you want to travel to first? Tell us in the comments!