Top Cities for Freelancers to Live and Work

With the digital resources we have at our disposal in this day and age, freelancers can viable live and work anywhere in the world, promoting and marketing their goods or services to an international market. The rise of the ‘digital nomads’ has been rapid, and certain cities are now home to thousands upon thousands of enthusiastic entrepreneurs leveraging the digital world to get ahead and achieve career success. If you’re considering embarking on solo travel to broaden your career horizons, we’ve put together a list of the top destinations for freelancers to live and work – one from each continent (besides Antarctica), to keep things interesting. Start planning your itinerary now!
LAURENT GOFFINON
Founder & Ambassador

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

St Augustine

Europe – Budapest, Hungary

The Hungarian city of Budapest is one of the world’s foremost destinations for freelancers, with a few key reasons: the cost of living is incredibly low here, there are plenty of coworking spaces, and if you’re an EU citizen, you can live and work here for up to 90 days without gaining access to a visa or work permit. The thriving, cosmopolitan city is welcoming to digital nomads, and the business scene itself is booming. Digital businesses founded here include Ustream, LogMeIn and Prezi.

North America – Austin, Texas

Austin is one of North America’s fastest-growing hubs for entrepreneurs and tech startups. Forget Silicon Valley – TX is where it’s at! The city has a fierce creative streak, and isn’t afraid to be different. In fact, the motto of the Austin Independent Business Alliance is ‘Keep Austin Weird’! Around 7% of people in Austin are self-employed, so you’ll certainly find a friendly community to engage with if you decide to set up shop here for a while.
South America – Santiago, Chile

Set against a stunning mountain backdrop, and with all of the culinary delights associated with Latin America, Santiago is a wonderful place to live and work. An emerging art scene and an abundance of museums and galleries make it a real cultural hub, and there’s a program called Start-Up Chile which will help you to find your feet here.

Asia – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thailand has to be the dream destination for digital nomads and the self-employed. With paradise beaches on the doorstep, as well as a wealth of thriving, business-oriented cities like Bangkok, you’re sure to find a home here. Chiang Mai has emerged as the premier destination for freelancers – it’s incredibly cheap, which means you can afford to take risks and know you’re not going to end up homeless at the end of it.

Africa – Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town has it all – a beach, a thriving city and a majestic mountain backdrop. There’s an emerging tech scene here, and despite the infrastructure not being quite as strong as in some of the other cities on the list, it’s a real up-and-comer. Coworking spaces are on the rise, and you can stay for up to 90 days without a visa or work permit. You can also renew your visa once, meaning you could potentially stay here for half a year without going through the visa application process.

Australasia – Wellington, New Zealand

With fast internet connections and more restaurants and bars per person than New York itself, Wellington is a prime choice for freelancers who want to work hard and play hard. It’s home to many of New Zealand’s top firms, and there’s been an enormous increase in coworking spaces over the last few years, as the city caters to its increasingly entrepreneurial demographic.

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”

Henry Miller

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Stay Hungry,

Laurent

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