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Top 5 Destinations For American Digital Nomads In 2024 Revealed

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More Americans than ever before are living the digital nomad lifestyle, and these are the top five destinations abroad they're living in.

According to recent statistics, at least 17.3 million Americans consider themselves to be digital nomads.

Woman in Lisbon Portugal

Many of these digital nomads are living and working in international destinations, from Europe to Latin America to Asia and beyond.

Based on surveying our readers, consulting expert sources, and utilizing current cost of living data, these are the top digital nomad destinations around the world right now.

1. Lisbon, Portugal

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

Lisbon is the best city in Europe for digital nomads.

With a relatively low cost of living that is certainly cheaper than anywhere else in Western Europe, Portugal is an attractive destination for digital nomads.

Lisbon in particular has been exploding in popularity with American digital nomads.

This beautiful city was recently named the best destination in Europe and it's a great place to live thanks to its top-notch quality of life and affordable prices.

Americans can stay in Lisbon for up to 90 days without a visa, but in order to live there long-term, you will need a visa such as Portugal's one-year digital nomad visa, which requires you to demonstrate earnings of at least €3,040 ($3,256) per month.

2. Mexico City, Mexico

Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City shot from above

If you don't want to go too far from home, Mexico City is the perfect destination for American digital nomads. CDMX is a world-class city that is just a short flight from many cities in the United States, and it's in the Central Time Zone so it's easy to continue working U.S. hours.

It's the most popular destination in Mexico for digital nomads, and many of the 1.6 million Americans living in Mexico call this city home.

Americans can stay in Mexico for up to 180 days without a visa, and if you want to live in Mexico City for longer, you can apply for temporary residency.

The city has an affordable cost of living, delicious food, great culture, and tons of fun things to do so that you'll never be bored.

3. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Woman visiting temples in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Moving over to Asia, Chiang Mai is another one of the top destinations for American digital nomads.

If you're looking for an affordable destination, it doesn't get much cheaper than Chiang Mai. This lovely city in the mountains of Thailand is an extremely popular base for digital nomads thanks to its low cost of living and high quality of life.

Americans can stay in Thailand for up to 90 days on just a tourist visa, and long-term residency is also an option if you want to call Chiang Mai home for a longer period of time.

4. Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Beach in Playa del Carmen

Another Mexican city to make the list is Playa del Carmen. This destination shares many of the same perks that Mexico City offers — it's affordable, it's convenient to the United States, and you can stay for up to six months without even needing a visa.

However, the difference between Playa del Carmen and Mexico City is that Playa del Carmen is located directly on the beach! If you're looking for a tropical destination to call home, you'll love Playa del Carmen's proximity to the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea.

Located in Quintana Roo, Playa del Carmen is just an hour south of Cancun. It's a mega-popular hub for digital nomads looking for a more relaxed pace of life.

5. Medellin, Colombia

Sunset in Medellin, Colombia

Finally, Medellin is a hotspot for American digital nomads. This beautiful city is known for its year-round mild climate, lending itself to the nickname The City of Eternal Spring.

Medellin is a very affordable city for American digital nomads, and you can enjoy a good quality of life for a fraction of what it would cost in the United States.

One of the biggest draws of living in Medellin as a digital nomad is the ease of obtaining a visa — Colombia's digital nomad visa only requires that you earn $684 per month, and you'll receive a one-year visa that is renewable indefinitely.

This makes it a very attractive option for American digital nomads wanting to relocate permanently.

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