In the last few years, millions of Americans have joined the remote workforce. With more people working out of the office than ever before, it’s no surprise that many have opted to become digital nomads. When the world is your oyster, there’s no limit to what you can see and do in your free time. Of course, narrowing down your options can be a challenge in itself.
Wise – a service that offers universal accounts to move money internationally – has done the research to help you find the ideal place to play and stay this winter. They looked at cities within plus or minus-one hour of continental U.S. time zones and whether or not they offer digital nomad visas. The scores were based on cost of living, weather, and overall safety. So if you’re a digital nomad, keep these destinations in mind as you plan your travels this winter!
Where to Play and Stay This Winter
Mexico City, Mexico
Digital nomads seeking warmer temperatures should definitely place Mexico City high on their list of potential winter hot spots. This international city has a large community of digital nomads, with plenty of coworking spaces from which to work. The weather is ideal this time of year, too! Enjoy basking in the sun at the multitude of gorgeous parks located around town, or take in the architecture of buildings dating back to the time of the Spanish conquistadors. Mexico City also serves as an excellent home base for exploring all the country has to offer.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
If you’re searching for a unique blend of culture, affordability, and mild temperatures, head to Buenos Aires. Because the city is located in the southern hemisphere, Buenos Aires enjoys warm weather during our coldest months. A relatively affordable metropolis – especially when compared to other capital cities – Buenos Aires offers no shortage of excitement. Known as a city that never sleeps, the town is famous for its nightlife. Whether you stick to traditional neighborhood taverns or dance the night away at underground clubs, you’ll never be bored in Buenos Aires!
San Jose, Costa Rica
Eager to travel on a budget? Head to San Jose, where the cost of living is just a fraction of the average American city. As the capital and largest city in Costa Rica, San Jose is brimming with gorgeous architecture, delicious food, and majestic parks. Visit a volcano, take in a dinner show, or shop at the Central Market. You’ll make memories that last a lifetime – and enjoy affordable rent while doing so. There are plenty of adorable cafes and convenient coworking spaces to use as your home base. When the work day is through, you’ll find no shortage of amazing ways to spend your time. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting to make a permanent move to this vibrant city.
There’s something truly magical about the seaside town of Montevideo. The beaches are sparkling, Old Town is home to stunning art deco buildings, and the food is to die for. It’s no wonder so many digital nomads are flocking to this gorgeous city. While not quite as affordable as some of the other options on this list, Montevideo still offers a fantastic value for the money. Laid back, scenic, and safe, this town is definitely a worthy contender for the best international city for digital nomads.
If you’re in search of an especially vibrant, lively town to call home for a few months, Cali should definitely top your list of options. This beautiful town is known for its great weather, friendly locals, and salsa dancing street parties. It’s incredibly affordable, too, with many hotels and apartments offering competitive monthly prices. Set up shop in a charming cafe or convenient coworking space. Either way, you’re certain to fall in love with the relaxed lifestyle and sunny afternoons.
Nestled in a valley at the base of the Andes Mountains, Quito, Ecuador, is a charming city built on the ruins of an ancient Incan settlement. The town itself is bursting with opportunities for connections with locals and fellow digital nomads alike. An affordable cost of living means you can ball out on a budget, dining in the nicest restaurants and enjoying all the local boutiques. There’s a rich architectural heritage here, too, making for ideal sight-seeing opportunities. Mild temperatures make Quito even more appealing for digital nomads seeking to escape the harsh winter weather.
Find Your Ideal Winter Destination
Cental and South America are highly underrated options for digital nomads seeking an affordable, warm place to spend the winter months. If you’re hoping to make the leap, keep these options in mind. Even a few weeks abroad can have you completely rethinking what you know about these vibrant cultures. Great weather and affordability makes these thriving cities well worth a visit!
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Chelsea DeAngio is a freelance writer based in Greensboro, NC. Inspired by a rootless childhood as a Navy brat, she enjoys traveling every chance she gets. Pop culture often drives her trips. Whether channeling her inner Lady Mary at Highclere Castle in the UK or noshing on nachos at Showgirls filming locations in Vegas, Chelsea is always in search of a little silver screen glitz.