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These Are 5 Of The Cheapest Cities For Digital Nomads In 2024

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Are you looking for cheap cities where you can make a digital nomad base for yourself in 2024?

Despite rising costs worldwide, these 5 cities are still a bargain for digital nomads. According to data from NomadList, you can live on less than $1,000 a month in these destinations.

Here are the most affordable cities for digital nomads right now:

Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon (Sacred Heart Church) better known as the Church of the Capuchins is located in the city of Cordoba, Argentina

1. Penang, Malaysia

Penang is one of the fastest-growing digital nomad destinations right now. This Malaysian city is safe, beautiful, and close to nature.

It's a great city for culture and food, and it's becoming incredibly popular with other digital nomads thanks to its affordable cost of living.

It also helps that Malaysia has one of the easiest digital nomad visas in Asia.

To qualify, applicants must demonstrate earnings of at least $2,000 per month in the “digital domain” (a broad category that applies to most digital nomads and remote workers) and pay a fee of $225.

Kok Lek Si Temple With A Cluster Of Skyscrapers In The Background, Penang, Malaysia, Southeast Asia

The visa entitles you to live in Malaysia for up to 12 months.

2. Da Nang, Vietnam

Next up on this list of the cheapest cities for digital nomads is Da Nang, Vietnam. This is another city in Southeast Asia that boasts a low cost of living while offering a great quality of life.

This gorgeous coastal city is growing in popularity with travelers and digital nomads alike. It's very safe, and it makes a great base for exploring more of Vietnam.

While there is no specific digital nomad visa for Vietnam, the country recently introduced a new 90-day tourist visa that makes it easier than ever to stay in the country for up to 3 months.

Bridge in Da Nang

3. Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh is another great destination for digital nomads where you can live on less than $1,000 a month. Cambodia is one of the cheapest countries in Southeast Asia.

And in Phnom Penh, the capital city, you can enjoy affordable prices while still benefitting from all the conveniences and amenities you'd expect to find in a big city.

This has made Phnom Penh a growing hotspot for digital nomads in recent years.

A Busy Road And Ancient Temples In Phnom Penh, Capital City Of Cambodia, Southeast Asia

While Cambodia does not have a digital nomad visa, many people stay long-term on an E-class visa, also known as an ordinary visa, which can be extended for up to 12 months.

Another option is a simple tourist visa, which is good for 30 days and can be extended for one additional month.

4. Cordoba, Argentina

Departing from Southeast Asia and heading to South America, we have Cordoba next on our list. Although the bustling capital of Buenos Aires is the most famous destination in Argentina, don't overlook the country's second-largest city, Cordoba.

Main Square in Cordoba Argentina

Cordoba has just 1.5 million people (compared to the 13 million in Buenos Aires), so it's a more relaxed city.

It's also more affordable than the capital in a country that is already one of the cheapest in South America right now. And it makes a great base for exploring the rest of Argentina.

Americans can stay in Argentina for up to 90 days on a tourist visa. The country also offers a digital nomad visa that is good for up to 180 days.

Cordoba Argentina at Dusk

5. Osijek, Croatia

Finally, the one city in Europe to make this list is Osijek, Croatia. Although Croatia has gotten more expensive in recent years, Osijek remains one of its most affordable cities for digital nomads.

This city, which is the fourth largest in Croatia, lies inland close to the border with Hungary and Serbia. It's a charming, historic city with a laidback atmosphere, which is making it increasingly popular with digital nomads.

The Neogothic Cathedral In Osijek, Capital Of Slavonia, A Region In Croatia, Central Europe

Croatia has a digital nomad visa which is one of the easier visas to obtain in Europe.

Applicants will need to demonstrate earnings of approximately $2,600 a month and once approved, the visa is good for up to 12 months.

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