If you’re considering working remotely from another country to save some money and experience a new culture, I’ve rounded up the cheapest places for digital nomads in 2022.
I’ve been living and working remotely around the world for over two years and have managed to spend less than I would have living in Canada, which is pretty amazing.
Not only does remote work allow you the flexibility to live anywhere you want, but it gives you the potential to save money or live a better lifestyle by living in a country that has a comparatively cheaper lifestyle than the one you come from.
Here are 20 cheap digital nomad destinations to inspire your next home!
10 Cheapest Places For Digital Nomads In 2022
1. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Mexico is fast becoming one of the most popular places for digital nomads, especially those who need to stay in a North American time zone.
Mexico is one of the countries Canadian passports can enter without a visa and has zero covid restrictions, making it one of the most hassle-free destinations to live and work remotely in 2022.
I spent winter 2021 living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and loved every minute of it. The cost of living in Puerto Vallarta was around 1500 USD/month for me, sharing a 3-bedroom apartment with two other nomads.
Although prices of apartments have increased quite a bit in the last year as it gains popularity, you can still expect low costs when it comes to living expenses like groceries, transportation, cell phone data, and eating out (especially if you eat local).
There are so many reasons to move to Puerto Vallarta. The fantastic weather, abundant marine life, delicious cuisine, and endless outdoor adventure are right at your doorstep.
2. Ko Lanta, Thailand
Ko Lanta is one of Thailand’s most beautiful islands, known for its pristine beaches, rainforests, and world-renowned diving and snorkeling.
Compared to Chiang Mai, which tops many lists of best places for digital nomads, Ko Lanta offers a quieter, more authentic Thai experience with much less pollution, two common complaints of digital nomads in Chiang Mai.
Ko Lanta also boasts an incredibly low nomad cost of just $360!
Thailand offers a double-entry tourist visa, with each entry valid for 60 days. Each entry can be extended to 90 days, granting a total of 180 days. Add in the delicious Thai food and I’m completely sold on Ko Lanta!
3. Medellin, Colombia
Medellin, the city of eternal spring, is one of the best cities for digital nomads in South America.
It’s now considered relatively safe to live in, especially in the El Poblado neighborhood where most coliving and coworking spaces are.
Besides an active digital nomad community, low cost of living, and amazing weather, Medillin offers a great lifestyle with world-class restaurants and nightlife.
According to the nomad list, average expenses are just above 1000 USD per month. I’ve only been to Medellin as a backpacker but would love to return and live as a digital nomad.
As a Canadian, American, or EU tourist, you can stay up to 90 days visa-free. You can then leave the country and return for another 90-days, to a maximum of 180 days per year.
4. Ubud, Indonesia
The digital nomad cost for Ubud is a low $452.
There is a very healthy digital nomad community that offers co-working spaces and networking opportunities, not to mention the chance to meet new friends who understand the lifestyle.
The area is known for friendly locals, beautiful scenery, and a great vegetarian scene.
US, UK, and Canadian citizens can secure a 30-day tourist visa upon arrival, which can be extended an additional 30 days once. For longer visits, you’ll need to apply before you arrive.
5. Dahab, Egypt
never would have considered Egypt as a digital nomad destination, but after spending February living in Dahab, I found what might be one of the cheapest digital nomad locations.
You can find guesthouses online for as low as $20-30/night, and if you pay monthly rent it will be much cheaper.
There are endless cafes and restaurants on the sea where you can get a wonderful meal for less than 100 EGP (6 USD). If you eat local, it’s ridiculously cheap. For example, a falafel wrap only costs 10 EGP (less than a dollar).
Dahab is a magical town on Egyp that’s perfect for diving lovers. With immediate access to the red sea, you can be in a dreamy underwater world full of beautiful corals in minutes, and a single dive is only 30 USD. It’s also got depth close to shore, which attracts free divers from all over the world.
But it’s not all about the sea; Dahab is surrounded by mountains making it perfect for activities like hiking and rock climbing. From Dahab, you can take an overnight trip to hike Mount Sinai, the mountain where many believe Moses received the ten commandments from god.
6. Da Lat, Vietnam
In comparison to other Vietnamese hot spots for digital nomads, such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Da Lat has the lowest crime rate and nomad cost.
Da Lat also sets itself apart from many other Vietnamese locations because of its temperate — as opposed to tropical — climate. The city is sometimes called “The City of Eternal Spring” and the beautiful weather lends itself to tons of natural beauty.
Yet another distinctive characteristic of Da Lat is the architecture.
French settlers once inhabited the area, leaving behind a European feel, the reason behind Da Lat’s other nickname, “Little Paris”.
The nomad cost for Da Lat is just $600. Vietnam’s visa requirements seem to change fairly often, but currently, tourist visas are available for 30-90 day visits.
7. Lisbon, Portugal
When talking about the cheapest cities for digital nomads in Europe, Lisbon often makes the top of the list. I fell in love with Lisbon living there last year and am in the process of relocating to get a permanent residency.
What makes Lisbon so appealing to many nomads is that they offer a path to citizenship through the D7 visa. Although if you are only coming for a few months, it’s easier to live there on the 90-day Schengen zone visa.
Many people say Lisbon is where digital nomads go to die. I can see why life is good in Lisbon. It’s got the cutest cafes to work from, warm winters for Europe, and an overall magical vibe.
The cost of living in Lisbon is not as cheap as it used to be because apartment rentals have gone up significantly, but you can still get by on around 1500 USD/month, especially if you are sharing an apartment.
Staying in a coliving will add to your expenses (I paid 900 euros for a month), but food and transportation are very affordable. And if you decide to get residency, the taxes are very favorable.
Lisbon is a relatively small city, and one of the best things to do here is walk around the hilly streets, stopping to take in the gorgeous viewpoints (miradouros).
It’s very easy to make friends in Lisbon as the digital nomad community is so active – they host multiple events every week, which you can sign up for on Meetup.
8. Siem Reap, Cambodia
So, Siem Reap appears to be an up-and-coming hotspot for digital nomads for two reasons: the easy visa process (30 days upon arrival with the ability to extend an additional 30 days) and the low nomad cost of $690.
Siem Reap has co-working spaces and cafes with acceptably fast WiFi connections and nearby are the famous temples of Angkor Wat.
9. Tenerife, Spain
I have mixed feelings about Tenerife overall, but the cost of living here is very reasonable for Europe. Your biggest expense will be rent, which will vary depending on if you live in the north or south of the island, in a coliving, with others, or in your own apartment.
Coliving spaces are extremely popular in Tenerife, and you can find them all over the island. I paid 800 euros a month for a coliving space near Puerto de la Cruz and then moved to an apartment in the south with two other nomads for 680 euros/month.
Car rentals are expensive in Tenerife, so if you can get by without one, this will reduce your expenses considerably. Fresh produce is very cheap, and there are plenty of free things to do to keep you busy, like surfing, rock climbing, hiking, diving, or simply relaxing on the beautiful beaches. The landscapes in Tenerife are breathtaking.
10. Belgrade, Serbia
Serbia is often overlooked by digital nomads, but those who have spent time working in Belgrade seem to have had very good experiences, noting the friendly people and reliable internet.
And, with a nomad cost of $750, Belgrade is the cheapest city in Europe on the list.
Best of all? No visa is required for US, UK, and Australian citizens for visits for up to 90 days.
11. Tbilisi, Georgia
Georiga has been on my nomad bucket list for so long! Most remote workers base themselves in Tbilisi, the capital city known for its kind hospitality, fantastic food and wine, charming architecture, and low cost of living. According to Nomad List, average expenses are around 1200 USD/month.
Tbilisi is a great base to access the incredible outdoor adventure that Georgia offers. The Caucasus mountains nearby make for great hiking in the spring and skiing in the winter season. In the hot summer months, the black sea coast offers seaside retreats.
The location is also on the border of Europe and Asia, so you’ll be able to easily explore other nearby countries like Armenia, Turkey, and Azerbaijan.
Another reason that makes Georgia one of the best places for digital nomads is that it offers a remote work visa called ‘remotely from Georgia,’ which allows foreigners from 95 countries to stay in Georgia for up to 360 days.
12. Ljubljana, Slovenia
For eco-conscious nomads, Ljubljana is one destination you’ll want to bump up your list. It was the European Green Capital in 2016, has one of the largest public green areas per resident, and was named by Lonely Planet as one of the top sustainable destinations for 2022.
According to the nomad list, the cost of living is just under 2,000 USD/month, which is higher than what you would spend living in Asia, but still a relatively low cost of living for Western Europe.
The opportunities for outdoor adventure in Slovenia are endless. You can go hiking in the Julian Alps, mountain biking through the Vipava Valley, or kayaking on Lake Bled. Slovenians know how to coexist with nature, making this one of the best digital nomad destinations for nature lovers.
You’ll also be surrounded by Austria, Italy, Hungary, and Croatia, so the opportunities for traveling within Europe are endless.
13. Tirana, Albania
So, Tirana is one of the cheapest places for digital nomads in Europe, with a nomad cost of only $820.
And, Tirana has personality, featuring colorful buildings, street art, and statues scattered around the city. Albania as a whole is known for delicious, fresh food.
Greece, Macedonia, Kosovo, and Montenegro are all neighboring countries, meaning if you do get tired of exploring the hidden beaches and old-fashioned villages, you can take a quick trip out of the country.
Another huge perk for American citizens is the ability to stay in Albania for up to one year with no visa. Citizens of Australia and the UK are allowed 90 days with no visa, and Canadians are given 30 days.
14. Colombo, Sri Lanka
Many digital nomads pass up Sri Lanka because of spotty WiFi, but I’ll let you in on a little secret. Sri Lanka has some of the cheapest prepaid data in the world and prepaid SIM cards are easy to find.
Colombo’s nomad cost is $1,059.
The biggest upside to Sri Lanka is in its landscape, wildlife, tranquility, and relatively high number of English speakers.
Digital nomads do not need a visa for stays up to 90 days in Sri Lanka.
15. Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Digital nomads in Kaohsiung can enjoy a cheaper cost of living, better weather, and a more relaxed atmosphere than their counterparts in Taipei.
You can get your culture fix at one of Kaohsiung’s carnival-like night markets, sip some of the best tea in the world, and try out the exciting culinary flavors that the Taiwanese are famous for.
Oh, and did I mention that statistically, Kaohsiung is the safest place on our list? The nomad cost in Kaohsiung is $1,150 but I’ve read several accounts of digital nomads finding significantly cheaper accommodations through short-term apartment leases.
There’s no visa required for stays up to 90 days for citizens of the US, UK, Australia and Canada.