Although it may still be scorching hot in parts of the western hemisphere, the winter months are approaching…fast. The good news is, that it’s easier than ever to pick up and work from anywhere in the world.

Several of today’s top tech companies have adopted remote work culture in order to attract top talent regardless of their location. And with 34%of the workforce (expected to grow to 40% in 2016) being independent workers, we’ll continue to see more people adopting the remote work lifestyle, working with each other from opposite corners of the world.

Working from a beach when half of the U.S. is covered in snow sounds pretty great. To help you escape to paradise, we scoured Nomad List and reflected on our own experiences to identify the ten best places to work from in the coming winter months and beyond.

1) Budapest, Hungary

budapest-parliament1

NomadScore: 100%
Cost of living: $1,600/month

Budapest (once two cites: Buda and Pest) is a favorite among digital nomads, offering decent internet, free wifi everywhere, reasonable cost of loving, great food at cheap prices, efficient public transit, a ton of sites to see, plenty of places to work and a high quality of life. Oh, and the thermal baths. What many people don’t realize before visiting Budapest is how truly beautiful it is. However, unless you like cold weather, you might want to save Budapest for the warmer months as the average temperature in November is 45°F.

The cost of living for a nomad is about $1,600/month with a one-bedroom running $543/month and coworking spaces at about $450/month.

2) Chiang Mai, Thailand

Photo source: iaggchiangmai2015.com
Photo source: iaggchiangmai2015.com

NomadScore: 99%
Cost of living: $794/month

If you are running away from the cold weather, Chiang Mai is the perfect place for you. Although it’s generally hot and humid — typical to its location in the tropics — Chiang Mai is known as the ‘cool capital’ with a climate far more temperate than the sweaty heat of Bangkok. The preferable cool season is December through February — perfect timing for your winter escape.

It costs approximately $794/month to live and work in Chiang Mai with a studio or one-bedroom apartment running you about $160-$300/month. You can find places to work for free as long as you buy a drink, or you can rent a coworking space for $100-150/month. Within recent years, the city has also seen a huge improvement in internet speed and wifi.

3) Taghazout, Morocco

Photo source: taghazoutsurflifemorocco.com
Photo source: taghazoutsurflifemorocco.com

NomadScore: 94%
Cost of living: $1,400/month

Known for its surfing opportunities and sunshine, Taghazout is an ideal location for ocean-loving nomads. Average cost of living for a nomad is about $1,400/month with a one-bedroom apartment costing $260/month and coworking space at $124/month. A coworking and living community like SunDesk is an option if you’re looking to stay and work with fellow nomads. There’s not much to do in Taghazout other than enjoy the amazing weather, sun, surf and fishing, but it’s an excellent base for exploring the rest of beautiful Morocco.

4) Charleston, South Carolina

Photo source: harbourviewcharleston.com
Photo source: harbourviewcharleston.com

NomadScore: 90%
Cost of living: $2,400/month

You don’t have to necessarily leave the country to escape the winter. Charleston has a lot to offer for nomads and residents alike. The city offers a vibrant nightlife, cute shops, great food, a healthy amount of tech innovation, an emerging startup scene and beaches! The weather is mild year-round with the cold season running from December through February with an average daily high of 63°F. Arguably, the best part about Charleston is all the amazing, fresh food it has to offer at very reasonable prices.

It will cost a nomad about $2,400/month to live and work with one-bedroom apartments running at about $1,000/month and coworking spaces at about $350/month.

5) Austin, Texas

Photo source: John R. Rogers via Flickr
Photo source: John R. Rogers via Flickr

NomadScore: 86%
Cost of living: $2,470/month

As the second fastest growing city in the U.S., people are flocking to Austin for its warm weather, burgeoning tech scene, reasonable cost of living and rich culture. This all explains why keeps appearing on the best places to start a business lists. If you’re into art, music and keeping it weird, Austin is the place for you. As for the weather, winters are comfortable compared to much of the country with average highs in the mid 60s and lows in the low 40s.

The only downsides are that wifi has only been rated as “okay,” and cost of living is more than many of the other locations on our list at $2,470/month for nomadic living. A one-bedroom apartment will run you about $1,500/month (although you can find one with roommates for much less) and a coworking space will cost about $100/month.

6) Berlin, Germany

Photo source: hotelroomsearch.com
Photo source: hotelroomsearch.com

NomadScoure: 83%
Cost of living: $2,588/month

Berlin is the epicenter of all things cool in Germany with favorable ratings on everything from high-speed internet to leisure and nightlife, and beyond. Our own community pro, Kat Loughrey is currently living there and fully enjoying the food, cafes and live music. At $2,588/month, cost of living as a nomad is on the pricier side, but still considerably more affordable than New York or San Francisco. You can find a one-bedroom apartment for about $794/month and a coworking space for about $415/month. If you’re looking to escape the city, there’s a neat coworking / coliving space an hour and a half outside of Berlin called Coconat that looks like it’s worth checking out.

Berlin might not be the best for escaping winter weather, as the patterns are similar to those in New York. In November through February, the average high temperature is 44°F. So if you’re looking for more temperate weather, you might want to wait till the spring and summer months.

7) Melbourne, Australia

St Kilda Foreshore

NomadScore: 65%
Cost of living: $2,373/month

The vibrant city of Melbourne has been named the most livable city in the world for five years straight for good reason. For one, it’s summer in Melbourne when it’s winter in the U.S. with temperatures ranging from a low of 55°F to a high of 75°F in December. The trendy city continues to make its place in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and is home to hidden bars, cobblestone laneways, live music, and of course flat whites and avo toast.

Like Berlin, the cost of living is closer to what you’d expect in parts of the U.S. at about $2,373/month to live and work as a nomad. A one-bedroom apartment will cost about $1,240/month on the lower-end, and coworking spaces are a few hundred dollars plus per month on average.

Our founding software engineer, Mat is from Melbourne and Kate lived there for a while too. Melbourne is actually where Kate founded The Fetch (our sister company) and where the idea for CloudPeeps was born! She also started #socialmelb there – regular gatherings of Melburnians interested and/or working in social media and the web. The group is a great way to connect with locals in the industry!

8) Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Photo source: thereefplayacar.com
Photo source: thereefplayacar.com

NomadScore: 59%
Cost of Living: $2,050/month

Playa del Carmen is one of those places where the infrastructure isn’t quite the quality you’d find in the States, but it offers amazing leisure and nightlife activities, beautiful surroundings and incredible food for cheap. There isn’t much free wifi and the internet is just okay, but the cost of living is reasonable at about $2,050/month, with a one-bedroom running about $1,000/month and coworking at about $300/month.

The weather is unbeatable from October through March — dry with highs in the high-80s and lows in the high-60s. Located along the Yucatán Peninsula’s Riviera Maya strip of Caribbean shoreline, Playa del Carmen is known for its palm-lined beaches, coral reefs and scuba diving. Who wouldn’t want to live in a lovely resort beach town during winter?

9) Ubud, Bali

Photo source: Huffingtonpost.com
Photo source: Huffingtonpost.com

NomadScore: 54%
Cost of living: $898/month

Kate spent some time in Ubud a couple years ago at Startup Abroad, and it still holds a special place in her heart. The internet isn’t the fastest, but with an estimated cost of $898/month to work and live as a nomad, Ubud presents an opportunity to live in paradise on a budget. An Airbnb apartment will run you about $28/day or you can rent a one-bedroom apartment for $420/month. A co-working space will cost you about $85/month.

Regarded as the cultural center of Bali, Ubud’s ultimate perk is quality of living. It has tons of things to do with great restaurants, cafes and streets of shops. Then there’s the weather. Even in January, the temperature doesn’t drop below the mid 70. January through March see quite a bit of rain, but October through December are known as beautiful transition months with just enough rain to keep things green.

10) Grand Canaria, Spain

Photo source: André Gussekloo
Photo source: André Gussekloo

NomadScore: N/A
Cost of living: $2,000/month

The Canary Islands are one of the most underrated destinations for digital nomads. Politically they’re part of Spain, but geographically they form part of the African continent. Sharing the same latitude as Florida and Western Sahara, the islands are known as the best place to visit in Europe during the winter months. It’s capital city, Las Palmas offers shopping, cultural events and close proximity to Playa de Las Canteras, Europe’s best city beach. Other activities include pretty much any outdoor sport you can think of, such as surfing and mountain biking and eating like a king for cheap.

The islands also offer a ton of cafes, restaurants and coworking spaces with free wifi. Surf Office – another coworking / coliving space – has a location there as well. It’s also very affordable with a studio apartment costing about $400/month.

Digital nomad resources

If you’re looking to for some new scenery and want to give digital nomadism a try, we suggest reading up on people’s experience and what you can do to prepare for your travels. Here’s some of our favorite resources:

Many of our freelancing Peeps work remotely as digital nomads. Follow along with their journeys:

Have you worked from an amazing location that should’ve made this list? Let us know in the comments below! 

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  • Such a great list! We spent last winter in Chiang Mai and it’s one of our favourite places to have lived in.
    Melbourne is such a great city too and the North American winter (Australian summer) is a great time to be there because Melbourne winters can be pretty dreary.

    We’re currently based in Guadalajara, Mexico and love it here. We miss the beach but it’s so non-touristy, it’s a great spot to set up for a little while. Plus, there is an excellent coworking space so that just makes things even better!

  • This list rocks! I just went to Budapest for four days, and it is indeed an interesting, beautiful and inexpensive place to spend time. Definitely want to make it to Melbourne and Ubud in the next year, so this info is super helpful. PS: thanks for the mention! 🙂

  • Was Cape Town in the consideration?

  • Lindsey Morse

    Don’t forget to check out Outsite Santa Cruz and Outsite San Diego if you want to spend the winter co-working and soaking up some sun in California! http://www.outsite.co

  • Does anyone know how cold and miserable it is in Berlin and Budapest in the winter? Months of grey skies and freezing temperatures! Not for me thank you. You should check out these destinations instead – http://www.workingnomad.com/endless-summer-digital-nomad/

  • Nice round up of digital nomad spots! I’ll be in Ubud, Bali this winter. That place is about as close to paradise as it gets, especially for conscious entrepreneurs interested in exploring their minds.

  • Ubud is great but the wet season starts in November and it’s very wet in Ubud!

  • I would consider Amsterdam as a perfection location…. and for some more sun Lisbon or Porto is amazing!

  • NO Bangers?

  • I think that you have incorrect information about Chiang Mai. I sure. It’s been two years now.

    1. The cold capital of Thailand is most likely Chiang Rai, or Pai. Not Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai is the cultural capital. There are places where it is much colder.

    2. Preferred season October – January. In mid-February the smog is already starting.

    3. What is it costs approximately $794 / month? What is included in this price? Here you write that the cost of the studio is from $160. But this is incorrect information. For this money, you will most likely rent a room with neighbors. Because for 2-3-4 months at this price no one will give you room. Such prices for housing with a contract of 1 year or more. Or it will be far from the city, where there is no infrastructure.

    The normal price for a room with very bad Internet, furniture, bedding, microwave, refrigerator and hot water(!) $ 200- $ 250 and above. If there is still an air-conditioner, then if it is within the city, then $300-350. Remains 400-500 dollars a month for living.

    Of these, you will have to pay for electricity and water. Approx $50. And now you have only $ 10-15 for daily spending, including clothes and food. And you need to rent a motorcycle that costs $ 70-120 + do not forget about gasoline for it. Total, remains $ 5-10 for “life”. Life? Hm… “Life”, sure =)

    Can I live on this money? Theoretically yes. Practically – not sure.

    If you want to stay in Chiang Mai for 2-3 months, then you need to start counting from $ 1000.

    UPD: If you rent a room in a student dormitory, if you do not care about the size of the room (16-18sqm), if you do not care about the availability of home appliances(zero), if you do not care about mileage from the city(5km and more), if you do not care that a karaoke sings round the night(look like wild cat hahaha) … Yes, yes … You can try to find Something for $ 160 on October – January =)

    • Frank Green

      Chill out Mr. Scooter…

      I pay $160 a month to live in a modern one-studio apartment in a western building in central Chiang Mai (fully furnished, TV, air-condition, GREAT internet… all the good stuff my man).

      It’s a SHORT-TERM agreement (I can leave with 2 week’s notice and come back instantly if the place is still free).

      Check your facts, sir.

      • This is only 5000 per month. Not believe you. What about name of this condo?

      • Константин Живенков

        Tell me name of this condo, please. Somewhat very terrible as PP or SR Condominium? Very old condo’s with local slum around? =)

        • Frank Green

          I will not tell you the name because I want to keep living happily in it with few people. No terrible quality… it’s a perfect quality place but I NEVER use real estate agents.

          Take the motorbike, ask directly to the condos that you like around good areas (Nimman, Old Town, etc.) and you’ll find something nice for 5000-10000 baht easily. That’s how I found my place. Good luck!

          • mr. Key

            Of course. I knew that this place would turn out to be secret =) I did not expect any other answer =) Ok. Deal.