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These Are The Top 5 Sunny Destinations For Digital Nomads According To New Report

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Now that digital nomadism is really taking off, it’s easy to see just how much people seek warmer, sunnier places to call “home.”

Not only is sunlight a major factor linked to the improvement of human health but it’s also believed to have a notable positive impact on productivity – no wonder remote workers are naturally drawn to more tropical destinations; they help you improve your work-life balance and work performance all in one go.

woman in bali

However, there’s much more to a great digital nomad destination than just balmy weather, which is why Country Helper, in its newest ranking of the best sunny destinations for remote workers, also took into account criteria like cost of living, coworking spaces, internet connection, sightseeing and entertainment options, as well as community involvement.

After every major digital nomad destination in the world was put through this lens, these were the 5 places that were deemed the absolute best:

5. Cape Town: Africa's Unexpected Digital Nomad Hub

aerial view of cape town

Africa is one of the most overlooked continents among digital nomads.

While it’s true that infrastructure and internet quality in some countries leave a lot to be desired, there’s one place that’s truly an excellent choice for those looking to find a new place to stay beyond the more cliche hubs of Europe and South America.

Cape Town manages to perfectly combine untouched natural views with a burgeoning tech scene that leaves even many places here in the U.S. miles behind.

And since the city enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate, you won’t have to worry about dealing with the frigid cold or scorching heat, either – and you can’t imagine just how much these spring-like temperatures that last all year long can help boost your productivity and overall quality of life.

4. Barcelona: Work Hard, Play Harder (with Better Coffee)

Scenic aerial view of Port Vell from the top of Columbus Monument, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

This next entry on the list, you might’ve expected.

Barcelona has long been hailed as one of the best digital nomad hubs in Europe, and really, what’s not to love about it?

The city’s laid-back charm and incredible coffee culture will help even the most extreme workaholics finally take a step back and strive for a better work-life balance.

Don’t worry, your work won’t have to suffer either.

With so many coworking spaces and networking opportunities, you’ll never struggle to get things done here, which is why the slightly premium price point will feel worth it to many.

3. Bali on a Budget: Paradise Doesn't Have to Break the Bank

Manta Bay Or Kelingking Beach On Nusa Penida Island, Bali, Indonesia

While the whole world has fallen in love with Bali as the ultimate beachy haven, few people actually understand how great the province can be for longer-term stays.

I’m not going to start rambling about how stunning and surreal the nature and coastline are here, since everyone and their dog already knows all that.

What I want to focus on instead is the fact that you can live pretty well here for fairly cheap.

Take this – two people can eat a three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant for just $22.5 – you really can’t beat that.

Rent, on the other hand, is a bit more on par with other places you might’ve been considering but still pretty affordable since a 1-bedroom apartment in the city center costs only $670 and places located in more remote areas can go for as little as $433.

2. Where Digital Nomads Thrive: Chiang Mai's Secret Sauce

chiang mai

Moving over to Asia, the runner-up spot is occupied by Chiang Mai, a more traditional digital nomad hub that seems like it was made to help young professionals find their footing.

One of the city’s greatest draws is, of course, its affordability, though the many cultural and historical attractions, outdoor adventure opportunities, and the famous Nimmanhaemin Road that almost exclusively caters to tech enthusiasts and creatives don’t hurt, either.

1. Lisbon: Europe's Sunny Sweet Spot for Remote Workers

Lisbon, Portugal City Skyline with Sao Jorge Castle and the Tagus River

You’ve read that Lisbon, just like the country it represents, is cheap, sunny, and gorgeous – it’d actually be more surprising if it weren’t in the No.1 spot.

Nestled along the jaw-dropping Atlantic coastline, the Portuguese city promises to fulfill your dream of living in a trendy European capital (along with all of the perks and opportunities that come with doing so) without breaking the bank.

With more than 2,800 hours of sunshine a day, a thriving expat community, and a fantastic culinary scene, Lisbon just further cements its title as the world’s best sunny hub for digital nomads.

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