The Top 6 Countries that Appeal to Digital Nomads
Digital nomads have been on the rise for years. Thanks to technology, the way in which we work has completely changed. With more remote working opportunities, it’s goodbye to the office and hello traveling!
All of this can’t be done without a little planning beforehand. Before traveling, you’ll need to think about where to stay, time differences, hiring a private jet charter (if you love to travel in style), and accommodation costs amongst other things. So in order to help these decisions, we’ve made a list of the top six countries that appeal to digital nomads.
1. Bali, Indonesia
Bali is a destination that has been on people’s bucket lists for decades. With amazing beaches, affordable cuisine that offers so much variety, a booming nightlife and many unique areas to stay, Bali is a destination with so many benefits. Many nomad workers have made Bali a home away from home for lots of years, with a new digital nomad visa being on its way shortly. It is yet to be confirmed, but rumors suggest that it will last for up to five years, and if you hold this kind of visa, you won’t have to pay taxes for income earned outside of Bali.
2. Dubai, UAE
We know Dubai technically isn’t a country, but it is the UAE’s most popular spot for digital nomads. The reason for this is that Dubai recently launched a one-year virtual work program. This allows remote workers to work and live in one of the most sought-out travel destinations in the world. Compared with other countries, some of the general requirements are a bit strict. For example: health insurance, minimum monthly salary, etc. However, considering the cost of living, which is higher than a lot of other cities, it makes sense why these are in place.
If you’re a digital nomad with children, there are many great schools there that they could attend.
Croatia is another popular European destination that has a lot to offer to digital nomads today. It’s worth noting that in Croatia, you cannot apply for a work permit until you are physically in the country. However, you can visit for up to three months without needing a visa from other countries. It’s also worth noting that the Digital Nomad Visa is valid for up to a year. This means that you will have a lot of time to decide if you want to prolong it.
Home to some of the best beaches in the world, Barbados is a true jewel of the Caribbean. Barbados’ economy relies a lot on tourism, which has taken a huge hit over the past couple of years. In order to help restore its tourism economy, Barbados has now opened up for digital nomads to live and work there. If you are wanting to relocate to this gorgeous country, the first thing you need to do is apply for what is called a Barbados Welcome Stamp. This is a 12-month visa that was launched recently. If you’re tempted to stay longer and enjoy a little more of the fabulous Barbados lifestyle, there’s also an option to extend the visa.
5. Costa Rica
This sensational destination has become increasingly popular for both tourists, retirees, and remote workers. The lifestyle here has so much to offer. From the relaxing ambience, wonderful beaches, and gorgeous scenic views of jungles and waterfalls, there is simply too much to admire in Costa Rica. Similar to Croatia and a lot of other countries, you can work here with the Digital Nomad Visa for a year. You can also apply for what is called the “Rentista.” This is a freelance visa that permits you to stay in Costa Rica for up to two years.
Spain is a country with so much variety. For this reason, it has become very popular for both retirees and expats who want to relocate. If you want to live in Spain for a year or more, there are important things to consider. If you are a non-EU resident and want to live in Spain for more than six months, you need to apply for a TIE, otherwise known in Spanish as a ‘tarjeta de identidad del extranjero.’ All foreigners after six months in Spain need a NIE. As mentioned previously, if you are a non-EU resident, you will then need a TIE.
Although it sounds complicated, it’s a simple process to achieve. Once this is done, you can enjoy living in the vibrant capital of Madrid, with beautiful green parks, and hidden streets with great places to eat and drink. Or, you can travel to Spain’s popular beaches and explore. Spain is a tourist friendly country, with a low cost of living that makes it more attractive for people who are looking to branch out.
As you can see, the world is really your oyster if you are a digital nomad. Before any trip you’re planning, do your research, come with the correct documentation, and you’ll never have to set foot in your office again!