Top ten cheap destinations for digital nomads
Posted on 02/06/2015 , Modified on 06/10/2015

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DIGITAL NOMADISM: It's a growing trend, the decision to put your job 100 percent online and take off to travel the world, but where on earth do you start?

The world of digital nomadism is growing at a startling pace. Freelancers, startup founders and web developers are all hitting the road with laptop in hand, on a quest for new horizons and a good internet connection.

The problem startup founder @levelsio encountered was finding out which cities would be most suitable for a member of this new-age community. His answer? Nomadlist, a website which compiles reams of information from digital nomads in cities around the world, on everything from rent prices and living expenses to air quality and internet speeds. The site even allows you to organise the cities by a range of indicators - price or weather, for example.

Price seemed like a pretty important place to start, so we set to compiling ten cities from the website's info which really fit the bill in terms of keeping your living costs low. Pack. Your. Bags.

Island paradise: Goa, India

Island paradise: Goa, India
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Average rent: £96 pcm
Basic meal: £1.31
Total living costs: £295
White sandy beaches, balmy afternoons and the glorious Arabian Sea. All of this and more is yours for under £300 a month if you spend wisely. Nuff said.

Heaving city: La Paz, Bolivia

Heaving city: La Paz, Bolivia
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Average rent: £143 pcm
Basic meal: £1.30
Total living costs: £397.50
Mountains loom in the background and buildings cling impossibly to the hillsides in Bolivia's largest city. The locals are always friendly, street markets appear at every turn and the coffee is superb...

Exotic Asia: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Exotic Asia: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Average rent: £306 pcm
Basic meal: £2.65
Total living costs: £531.50
Submerge yourself in the bustling streets of Camodia's capital, with its robed monks, glittering temples and up-and-coming café culture. If ever you were looking for an exciting place for an office, this is it.

Historian's dream: Arequipa, Peru

Historian's dream: Arequipa, Peru
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Average rent: £156.40 pcm
Basic meal: £2
Total living costs: £368.60
UNESCO World Heritage sites and great food await the lonely nomad who dares to venture into the bounds of Arequipa. It may not get as much press as Cuzco, but who wants tourists when you have to work?

Natural haven: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Natural haven: Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Average rent: £194.50 pcm
Basic meal: £1.35
Total living costs: £335.10
Surrounded by some of Thailand's most picturesque countryside, Chiang Mai is a constant favourite with digital nomads and perfect if you like to stay active once the day's work is done.

Central-European splendour: Split, Croatia

Central-European splendour: Split, Croatia
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Average rent: £238 pcm
Basic meal: £2
Total living costs: £507.20
A buzzing cityscape on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, Croatia's second-largest city is already a firm favourite amongst Brits looking to unwind. Imagine what a three-month stay could do for you...

Challenge-hungry: Surabaya, Indonesia

Challenge-hungry: Surabaya, Indonesia
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Average rent: £323.30 pcm
Basic meal: £.130
Total living costs: £499.50
This Indonesian city is a challenge, to say the least. But if you have a couple of months at your disposal, you'll have time to uncover the city's lost corners like the sprawling Chinatown and the intricate Arab quarter.

Chaotic metropolis: New Delhi, India

Chaotic metropolis: New Delhi, India
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Average rent: £143.90 pcm
Basic meal: £2
Total living costs: £344.30
To say New Delhi is an architectural mix is an understatement. If you like to wander through complex bazaars and climb medieval fortresses, Delhi is the place for you. This is a city which lives life in the fast lane.

Industrial hub: Bar, Montenegro

Industrial hub: Bar, Montenegro
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Average rent: £216.20 pcm
Basic meal: £1.40
Total living costs: £348.90
It may not be a pretty sight, but the prices are low and the transport connections are great in Montenegro's main port city. Make Bar your base and you'll find Europe opening up at your fingertips.

Ocean-side excellence: Bodrum

Ocean-side excellence: Bodrum
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Average rent: £122.90 pcm
Basic meal: £2.65
Total living costs: £329.85
It started life a simple fishing village and now Bodrum has become one of Turkey's biggest seaside destinations. For the wayfaring digital nomad, it provides a great range of cafés, beach-related leisure and even better prices.


If none of these locations float your boat, you can find more in-depth stats and indicators for cities all over the world on the Nomadlist website.

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