If you're a digital nomad and you want to live in a cheap city, it's all about location. And while the cheapest cities for digital nomads aren't necessarily the most fun, they'll keep your bank balance healthy and your travel adventures going. You'll find plenty of great food, nice weather and friendly locals wherever you go in these ten cities!
Da Nang, Vietnam
Da Nang is one of the cheapest cities for digital nomads in Southeast Asia. The cost of living is low, with a rent of $130 per month on average and $5 for lunch at a local restaurant. You can also expect to pay less than $1.50 for an hour-long massage. The weather is warm year-round, but it's worth noting that the rainy season (May–October) can get hot. And it also gets humid in Da Nang during summertime (July–September).
Da Nang has been named among the safest cities in Vietnam by several sources including Numbeo and TripAdvisor. Crime rates are low overall; however, you should still practice street smarts and avoid leaving anything valuable unattended. There are also some scams that travelers should be wary about when staying here; make sure not to fall prey by checking reviews before making reservations through Airbnb hosts who seem too good to be true—and always ask if there's an extra charge upfront instead if possible so nothing gets hidden later down the line!
Valencia is a coastal city in eastern Spain. With a population of 1.5 million people, this city is the third largest in Spain and also home to the largest port in Spain. Valencia has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters, making it an ideal place for digital nomads due to its affordability, relaxed lifestyle and safety.
The average cost of renting an apartment in Valencia is $390 per month. This price includes utilities such as electricity and water but does not include internet service or cable TV. And if you’re looking for a place to eat in Valencia, the average meal costs between $9-$15. If you’re planning on eating out every day, this will add up quickly. To avoid spending so much money on food, consider cooking your own meals or eating at home as often as possible.
Budapest is the capital of Hungary. It’s a very affordable city, and it’s a great place for digital nomads to live. The cost of living in Budapest is 17% lower than in New York City or London according to Numbeo, which has been called “the world's largest user-contributed database about cities and countries worldwide!”
It is also a very culturally diverse city—so much so that there are more museums here than in any other European capital city.
Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria and a member of the European Union. It has a high quality of life, and low crime rates and is considered one of the safest cities in Europe.
Bulgaria is also quite inexpensive compared to other EU countries, so it’s an excellent choice for digital nomads who want to live cheaply.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai has become one of the most popular destinations for digital nomads. There are many reasons for this, but it mainly comes down to affordability.
Rent is cheap in Chiang Mai. According to Numbeo data, rent per month averages $500 USD, which makes it much cheaper than in Bangkok and other cities in Thailand. This makes it easier on your wallet when you need a place to stay while you're there or if you want to stay longer than 30 days at a time (which requires getting a visa).
Food is also very affordable as well—especially compared with most major cities around the world! You can easily get some great street food for just under $1 USD, which should be plenty for even the hungriest nomad's appetite—and that's if they eat two meals a day! Even better yet? You'll find plenty of places selling bowls of noodles with pork belly ($1-3) or other local favorites like green curry chicken ($2-3), all washed down by cold beer or Thai iced tea—a total steal at anywhere from 50 cents-$4!
Krakow is a great city for digital nomads, especially those who need to be connected to the internet. The average cost of internet per month is $50 and the average speed is 15mbps. It’s one of the cheapest places in Europe for accommodation and food too!
There are plenty of coworking spaces to choose from, but if you want to get some work done outdoors, try one of the many parks. Krakow also has a great nightlife scene with lots of pubs and clubs that are open until 4 AM.
Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia
Estonia is a relatively small country, but it boasts a high standard of living and plenty of digital nomads. In addition to being home to Skype, the Estonian capital city of Tallinn has become an increasingly popular destination for remote workers thanks in part to its emerging startup scene and several co-working hubs where you can meet other digital nomads. If you want to get away from city life (or just need some quiet time), then head up north about two hours by bus or train to Tartu which is known as the cultural capital of Estonia.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
In Buenos Aires, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a big city with plenty of things to do, but also plenty of nature. The weather is great and the food is even better.
This city is famous for its tango culture, so if you're learning Spanish in Argentina or anywhere else in Latin America, this city will be your best bet for meeting other people who speak English as well as Spanish.
I hope that after reading this article you feel a bit more excited about your own travels. If you are planning an extended trip or even just a short one, these cities offer some great opportunities for digital nomads. I think it's important to note that there are many different factors involved in choosing where to live while working remotely. If you want to work on your Spanish-speaking skills or learn more about the culture of South America, then obviously Buenos Aires would be a great place for you! But if you're looking for something cheaper with good internet access then Da Nang might be perfect!