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15 Cheapest Places for Digital Nomads & Remote Workers 2021

One of the benefits of being in the privileged position to work from anywhere, aside from the wonderful travel opportunities, is the potential to save some money by living in a country that has a comparatively cheaper lifestyle than the one you come from.

Walking through the streets of the old town

Speaking as people who are from the UK, and who primarily earn in USD, being based almost anywhere else works out in our favour. If you’re very careful with the country you choose, you can not only enjoy a beautiful culture different from your own but also save some money, which is always a bonus.

Whether you’re looking to stay within the Schengen Zone, spend time in South America, Asia, or North Africa there’s a country here for you. Here are the cheapest places for digital nomads and remote workers.

We’ve listed countries below that offer a cheaper lifestyle (when compared with regions such as Western Europe and North America) and explained what’s special about each one. You will also find our complete guides to these countries where you can find out all the information you need about basing yourself there for a while including visas and cost of living.

For current costs of living in the city you’re interested in, check out Numbeo and Nomad List for a full database on average costs.

If you’re wondering about the visa options currently available for remote workers for legally working and living long term abroad then don’t miss our helpful guides:

Cheapest Countries for Digital Nomads and Remote Workers

We have fond memories of so many of these countries and wholeheartedly recommend them all to remote workers. I have also travelled to and lived in these countries as a solo female traveller and am confident in recommending them while observing basic safety measures.

1) Romania

Romania is a fantastic choice for anyone looking for a cheap country in Europe that has a solid digital nomad community, plenty to get up to whatever your interests are, and fast WIFI.

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Romania is now one step closer to offering the most accessible remote worker visa yet with a lower earnings requirement than other visas and a two-year duration. While many choose to base themselves in the capital Bucharest, being based in Transylvania offers a lot more in terms of hiking and historic day trips.

The colourful city of Brasov, at the centre of Transylvania, is a favourite of remote workers and, while we based ourselves in Bucharest during our time remote working there, next time we’re certainly choosing Brasov as we fell in love. You can live a full life in Romania, including rent and bills for $1000 or less (in our case).

Romania is also in an excellent location for seeing more of eastern Europe as it borders five other countries: Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia, Moldova, and Ukraine

Read our Guide to Romania for everything remote workers need to know in terms of cost of living, best cities, visa options, and more.

2) Georgia

Georgia is another hotspot for remote workers at the moment, partly down to its friendly tourist visa policy (particularly for Americans) and remote worker visa ‘Remotely in Georgia’ and also its ease of living.

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This is another country where you can comfortably live for $1000 or less and access great WIFI and coworking facilities. Food, and especially wine lovers, will be very happy here as eating out is incredibly affordable and there’s a fascinating and indulgent cuisine to enjoy here.

Like Romania, hikers and history buffs will feel very at home here with some truly incredible day trips available from the capital Tbilisi, where most people choose to be based. With legendary hospitality and widely spoken English, it’s no wonder many people who arrive in Georgia wind up staying much longer than planned.

You’re also surrounded by the Caucasus and countries such as Armenia, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Russia so there’s plenty nearby to keep anyone busy. Being at the border of both Europe and Asia offers a lot of scope for travelling further East.

Read our Guide to Georgia for everything remote workers need to know in terms of cost of living, best cities, visa options, and more.

3) Malaysia

Malaysia is a wonderful choice if you’re looking to live in Southeast Asia, love wildlife and nature, and food! The food scene here is famous throughout Asia with Malay, Chinese, and Indian cuisines all ready to indulge in.

guide to Malaysia for digital nomads

One of the cheapest places to live on this list with a strong remote worker community, but not as saturated as Thailand and Indonesia, Malaysia is welcoming to people looking to work there and has a number of visa (and retirement!) options available.

Depending on your lifestyle, many people choose to opt for colourful, and more laid-back, Georgetown on Penang Island or Kota Kinabalu to be closer to the rainforests of Borneo. Though for those who love a true metropolitan lifestyle Kulaur Lumpur has everything you could possibly want while also having easy access to Singapore via coach. Bordering Thailand, trips into Southeast Asia are easy making this a great base to explore some of the wonderful countries nearby.

Read our Guide to Malaysia and complete guide to Kuala Lumpur or everything remote workers need to know in terms of cost of living, best cities, visa options, and more.

4) Portugal

While not one of the cheapest places to live on this is, it’s certainly the cheapest if you’d like to be based in Western Europe. And with the many benefits that come with living in Portugal, it’s no wonder it has become such a coveted destination for remote workers in recent years.

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Portugal has also made it much easier for digital nomads to base themselves there, with remote work visas and even digital nomad villages available.

If you’re looking to be based in Lisbon, then you should ideally be earning around $2000 to account for rent, though it’s possible to get by on much less if you’re frugal. In return, you can enjoy Portugal’s year-round excellent weather, incredible coastline, and all the hiking and surfing opportunities you could want. Portugal offers an exciting, late-night lifestyle and excellent food, not to mention treats such as the affordable wine and pastel de nata at every bakery.

Bordering Spain, with easy access to countries such as Morocco, France, and the UK, Portugal, offers plenty to explore nearby as well as within its own borders.

Read our Guide to Portugal for everything remote workers need to know in terms of cost of living, best cities, visa options, and more.

5) Croatia

With Croatia’s new residence visa, specifically aimed at attracting remote workers to Croatia, there’s never been a better time to consider remote working from there. Shot to fame amongst tourists after the Game of Thrones series, it didn’t take long for remote workers to realise the advantages of being based in Croatia.

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Lovers of history and food will be very happy here, not to mention the stretches of impressive coastline, stunning architecture, and a relatively low cost of living. It’s no wonder that digital nomads have fallen in love with this country.

Most people base themselves in the capital of Zagreb but Split is also very popular with people who prefer to be by the sea. The cost of living is relatively low at around $800 for a rental and the excellent food and lifestyle will make you not want to leave.

6) Bulgaria

With a strong digital nomad community especially in the mountain town of Bankso, where many remote workers have chosen to invest in property, the capital Sofia and the colourful city of Plovdiv. Bulgaria is an excellent place to remote work from and you may even find yourself staying.

The cost of living is incredibly low and this is certainly the best country to work from in Europe if you’re a low earner or would like to save some money. A single person can rent and live for around $700 so it’s incredibly easy to save or have a more luxurious life than you could at home (speaking of luxury, go to the cinema in Sofia if you want to enjoy true luxury. ). History buffs and hikers will love Bulgaria and there’s ample room for travel as it borders Turkey, Romania, North Macedonia, Greece, and Serbia.

Currently, there is no official visa for remote workers but as Bulgaria isn’t in the Schengen Zone, many people stay there for ninety days before heading back into the Schengen Zone.

7) Czech Republic

A very popular destination for digital nomads, with Prague, in particular, being home to a growing number of foreigners who call it their home. The cost of living certainly draws people in especially when you consider its central Europe location with easy access to Germany, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary — the day trip opportunities are truly endless.

An average rental will cost around $750 a month. People with a love of architecture will be charmed by Prague.

Bridges of Prague, Czech Republic

Transport is excellent within Prague which has both an underground metro system and the infamous trams which trundle around the gothic cobblestoned city. A monthly unlimited transport card costs the equivalent of $30 though walking around Prague is a pleasure. Food and drink are excellent and the beer and coffee prices, in particular, are a welcome surprise to anyone used to the prices in Western Europe coming in at around $2.50.

With ample coworking spaces and a freelancer visa available, Czech Republic is certainly a place that digital nomads can find a convenient temporary home with so much to do.

The second city Brno also has a lot to offer for anyone who wants a quieter and less touristy place but still with plenty going on as it’s predominantly a student city. It’s also slightly cheaper to live in with easy access to Vienna and Slovakia.

8) Mexico

While many remote workers flock to East Europe and Southeast Asia, Mexico provides everything most people are looking for in a good place to live and work temporarily and is potentially more convenient for those coming from the US and surrounding countries.

Mexico is a fascinating country with excellent food, warm and friendly people, and beautiful cities. In fact, the hardest part is going to be choosing your base with so many cities to choose from.

The climate is dryer in the north and more tropical in the South which may influence your decisions and the WIFI connections tend to be more reliable in the north of the country. Most nomads tend to base themselves in Playa del Carmen for a comfortable city with beach access, Mexico City with Roma and Juárez being some of the most popular neighborhoods in this sprawling metropolis, and Guadalajara which blends financial hub and historic city together perfectly.

The total cost of living in Mexico varies between $900 -$1500 a month depending on what city you choose.

9) Egypt

A place close to my heart as I’m a British Egyptian and spent summers there growing up, it also happens to be an increasingly popular and cheap place for digital nomads. It’s particularly popular with people who enjoy warm weather, beaches, water sports, and, of course, ancient history.

While there’s no specific digital nomad visa available, if you follow the correct procedures then your tourist visa can be extended up to a year though you aren’t allowed to earn within Egypt, only foreign sources. While Cairo is is the capital it can be quite chaotic so many remote workers choose to be based in other cities such as Dahab, Alexandria, or Luxor.

The WIFI can be slow so this would be a good country to make sure you have a portable WIFI hotspot on you just in case. The cost of living is around $750 – $1000 a month and eating out is particularly cheap, especially if you enjoy some of the excellent local cuisines.

10) Turkey

For history lovers, foodies, hikers, winter sport and beach fans Turkey has so much to offer combined with a lower cost of living, pleasant weather, and a relatively easy visa system. It’s also in an ideal location between Europe and Asia, so cheap flights and train trips to neighbouring countries are absolutely an option.

The cafe culture is extensive, especially in Istanbul as are the number of coworking spaces so there are plenty of opportunities to get work done. The cost of living in Istanbul, depending on your lifestyle, is generally between $900-1500 a month including rent but is cheaper in cities such as Izmir, Ankara, or Bursa.

Getting to enjoy the Turkish food and drink culture. is a big draw of being based here with Meditarraenian, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian, and European influences the dishes to indulge in are endless. That’s not to mention the tea and coffee culture.

The WIFI is generally good but can be slow in certain areas so worth having a backup source on you.

11) Cambodia

One of the hot spots in SOutheast Asia for digital nomads, Cambodia offers a perfect balance of excellent cuisine, exciting cities, great outdoor activity opportunities including beaches and islands to explore, an ideal location for further travel around the region, and comparably low cost of living at around $1000 or less a month.

Most remote workers gravitate towards Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Kampot with communities of fellow digital nomads already present making it easy to make connections. There’s a strong cafe culture and coworking spaces are becoming much more popular.

The WIFI is generally good but can be slow in certain areas so worth having a backup source on you. You can certainly get by with English in Cambodia, especially in the big cities but learning some basic Cambodian would be helpful.

Read More: The Best Cities in Southeast Asia for Remote Workers

12) Colombia

A geographically diverse country with beautiful cities and excellent food, Colombia is drawing more and more digital nomads and is one of the cheapest places to live when compared with the US at $1000 or less a month.

This is an ideal base if you love hiking and kayaking and is a perfect location for taking trips around Latin America. Healthcare is very high quality and affordable and many of the cities can be traversed on foot making for a healthier lifestyle.

Remote workers tend to base themselves in Bogotá for its art scene and wide range of networking opportunities, Medellín for its excellent weather, and Cartagena for its cobblestone streets and colonial architecture. Learning some Spanish would certainly make your life easier in Colombia and is a fun language to learn.

13) Vietnam

Vietnam is a dynamic country with world-famous cuisine, fantastic coffee, and amazing scenery. It has become a major hub for foreign workers and digital nomads so you will have no problem meeting people who are working and enjoying life there. People tend to gravitate towards Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh, although Hanoi makes an excellent base if you enjoy smaller cities with a historic vibe.

There are plenty of wonderful day trips to do within Vietnam as well as wider travel across Southeast Asia. The cost of living especially for food and drink is very affordable with an average cost of living between $800-$1000.

The WIFI is generally good in the cities but can be patchy at times so having backup WIFI is recommended.

14) Thailand

One of the first big digital nomad hotspots, Thailand has always been a favourite place for people looking to try out being a digital nomad in paradise. With its low cost of living, excellent food, and great location there’s very little to dislike about Thailand.

Remote workers tend to gravitate towards Chaing Mai as a city with proximity to Thailand’s nature but Bangkok always makes for an exciting base with its excess of cafes, coworking space, markets, and western conveniences.

If you’ve always wanted to try out island living then Thailand has plenty of options. Due to the high number of westerns who live and work. in Thailand, you’ll also find numerous housesitting opportunities so you may even be able to live rent-free but the cost of living is generally affordable at around $800 – $1000 a month.

15) Philippines

We’re big fans of the Phillippines and return frequently. It really is unparalleled in terms of its pristine beaches, diving opportunities, and friendly locals. The cuisine doesn’t get as much attention as other countries in Southeast Asia but is fantastic and it’s a haven for people who love mangoes.

One of the best bases is in Cebu offering the best combination of city life, beaches, and easy access to some of the Phillippines excellent islands such as Bohol and Palawan. You’ll also find plenty of cafes and coworking spaces in the city.

The cost of living in The Phillippines is comparatively low between $700 – $1000 a month and is a great place. to make new friends and enjoy a laidback lifestyle.

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