Got Wi-Fi? These Are the Best Places in the World to Live, Work and Play

Imagine sticking your toes in the sand while you work on a beach in Bali, having a business meeting in a bistro in Budapest, or knocking off work to go surfing in the Canary Islands. Have WiFi, will travel could be the byword of many remote workers, if all they need is a laptop and a decent internet connection. 

Nomad List, a crowdsourced database founded by Dutch coder Pieter Levels, dynamically analyzes hundreds of thousands of data points in over 1,200 cities around the world and ranks them based on things like cost of living, current weather, traffic, air quality and, of course, internet speed, to help its base of 100,000 digital nomads find places to live, work, play and connect with other nomads.

In Nomad List's ratings, the highest weight is given to affordability, current temperatures (it should be comfortable), internet speed and safety. Other indicators such as air quality, low racism, gay/LGBTQ friendliness and nightlife are also considered.

Nomad List's costs of living is based on a single remote worker living in a private room for up to three months in the city center and eating out three times a day. While the lists are constantly changing, here are some of the places with the highest 'Nomad score' for remote workers:

Canggu, Bali, Indonesia
Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

  • Cost: $1,263 a month
  • Internet speed: 20 mbps

One user on Nomad List called Canguu a great place to be a digital nomad. "Internet is great. Food is insanely good, people are very nice."

Above, a beach bar on the Canggu beach.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

  • Cost: $1,073 a month
  • Internet speed: 17 mbps

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Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

  • Cost: $1,399/ month
  • Internet speed: 22 mbps

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Cost: $1,265/month
  • Internet speed: 7 mbps

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Prague
Prague

Prague

  • Cost: $1,971/month
  • Internet speed: 17 mbps

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Ubud, Bali
Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

  • Cost: $1,220/month
  • Internet speed: 6 mbps

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Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw, Poland

  • Cost: $1,685/month
  • Internet speed: 19 mbps

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Sofia, Bulgaria
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia, Bulgaria

  • Cost: $1,334/month
  • Internet speed: 24 mbps

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Taipei, Taiwan
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei, Taiwan

  • Cost: $1,810/month
  • Internet speed: 20 mbps

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Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain
Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain

Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain

  • Cost: $2,252/month
  • Internet speed: 27 mbps

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Mexico City
Mexico City

Mexico City

  • Cost: $1,501/month
  • Internet speed: 15 mbps

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Budapest
Budapest

Budapest

  • Cost: $1,636/month
  • Internet speed: 34 mbps

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Madrid
Madrid

Madrid

  • Cost: $2,789/month
  • Internet speed: 20 mbps

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Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

  • Cost: $1,873/month
  • Internet speed: 12 mbps

Above, Lisbon's Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology. 

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Seoul
Seoul

Seoul

  • Cost: $2,400/month
  • Internet speed: 20 mbps

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Belgrade, Serbia
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade, Serbia

  • Cost: $1,400/month
  • Internet speed: 21 mbps

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Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Kaohsiung, Taiwan

  • Cost: $722/month
  • Internet speed: 29 mbps

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Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

  • Cost: $1,957/month
  • Internet speed: 21 mbps

PIctured is Teresitas beach near Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

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Berlin
Berlin

Berlin

  • Cost: $2,811/month
  • Internet speed: 27 mbps

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Antalya, Turkey
Antalya, Turkey

Antalya, Turkey

  • Cost: $1,014/month
  • Internet speed: 7 mbps

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Gdansk, Poland
Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk, Poland

  • Cost: $1,418/month
  • Internet speed: 19 mbps

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • Cost: $1,017/month
  • Internet speed: 9 mbps
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Barcelona
Barcelona

Barcelona

  • Cost: $2,887/month
  • Internet speed: 37 mbps

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Medellin, Columbia
Medellin, Columbia

Medellin, Columbia

  • Cost: $1.217/momth
  • Internet speed: 8 mbps

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Shanghai
Shanghai

Shanghai

  • Cost: $1,764/month
  • Internet speed: 9 mbps

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Valencia, Spain
Valencia, Spain

Valencia, Spain

  • Cost: $2,477/month
  • Internet speed: 15 mbps

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Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Hong Kong

  • Cost: $2.974/month
  • Internet speed: 54 mbps

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Krakow, Poland
Krakow, Poland

Krakow, Poland

  • Cost: $1,486/month
  • Internet speed: 19 mbps

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia

  • Cost: $1,903/month
  • Internet speed: 24 mbps

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Tokyo
Tokyo

Tokyo

  • Cost: $3,356/month
  • Internet speed: 21 mbps

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