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5 Great Places to Travel & Work from as a Digital Nomad

Have you ever been on vacation to a place so AWESOME you just wished you could stay there forever?

 

Ok, not forever ever, but at least long enough to need a vacation away from it.

 

I’ve found five such places already in my quest to drive all the way to the “ends of the earth.”

 

Each place will be appealing to Digital Nomads for their own reason.  If you visit them in the right season, they become darn near-magical.

 

In order of first discovery, I’d love to live long-term in one of the following places:

 

Quebec City’s Old Town, Canada

 

While I’ve never been to Europe, what is known as Quebec City’s Old Town is as close as you can get to an European city without leaving the American continent.

 

To say Quebec City is “pretty” is like saying Aretha Franklin can “sing a little”.

 

Cobblestone streets, beautifully conserved historic buildings, and amazing food are part of the package.  Add the fact that French is the official language and it’s not difficult to imagine you’re a world away while in Quebec City.

 

I’d love to live here one day, if only to learn French and stuff myself with warm croissants every morning.

 

Oui!

 

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Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

 

Nova Scotia had been on my “bucket list” for a long time.  When I finally visited last year, I was blown away.

 

This is one of those places that pictures don’t do justice to.

 

I stood along Cape Breton’s rocky coast, soaking in warm sea breezes, while witnessing the most stunning sunset I’ve ever seen.

 

In Nova Scotia I also found the friendliest, most down-to-earth people I’ve yet to meet in my trip.

 

I mean, wouldn’t you be relaxed and in a constant good mood if this is the place you called home?

 

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Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

 

I’ll be honest.  As far as long-term destinations,  Mexico was pretty far down the list of places I wanted to stick around in.  An unpleasant experience with Mexican customs at the border may have had something to do with it.

 

It wasn’t until I reached Puerto Vallarta, in the beautiful Riviera Nayarit that I started warming up to Mexico.

 

And no surprise, as Puerto Vallarta, with its beautiful coast, clean streets and decidedly laid-back ambiance won me over.  I wasn’t shocked to learn that it is home to a big expat community.

 

I wouldn’t mind make it my home one day too.

 

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The pic below is from Puerto Escondido, further down south and with a more authentic “beach” feel to it.

 

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Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

 

This is not a city per se, but a collection of towns and villages surrounding what is arguably the most beautiful lake in the world.

 

This is a great place to live if you want to immerse yourself in the Mayan culture and engage in a slower-paced lifestyle.

 

Those that live around the lake cherish it.  Many decide, often during their first visit, that this is the place they want to live in the rest of their life, even if only part-time.

 

I would love to live here one day, just to wake up every morning to amazing views, cup of coffee in hand.

 

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Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

 

Ok, I’m bending the rules here a bit since I’ve actually checked this one off the list when I moved here in March.

 

Antigua totally draws you in the first time you visit.

 

I remember pledging to one day live here, when I visited two years ago. Haven’t regretted it one bit.

 

This city is small enough not to be overwhelming, but big enough that you find pretty much anything you could ever need.

 

With its cobblestone streets, this Unesco World Heritage site (like Quebec City’s Old Town) retains the same charm it had when it was founded hundreds of years ago by the Spaniards.

 

The yearly processions are really a spectacle that is not to be missed.  World class.

 

If the world wasn’t so full of wonder just waiting to be explored, this could easily be home for me for a long time.

 

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 What place that you’ve visited has stuck with you the most?

About Rich Polanco

Fan of dogs + all things tech. Love a great pizza. My goal is not to travel to every country in the world. I only want to get to know my favorite ones REALLY well. Check out the big bio here. Follow @RichPolanco and connect on Facebook.
Currently exploring: Guatemala.

Comments

  1. Chris T. says:

    Awesome trip! Enjoying the stories so far. Congrats.
    ~CT~

  2. Debbie Knows says:

    I’ve been to Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco on cruises before. Love PV. Interesting place to live.

    • Rich says:

      I agree Debbie! I really liked it and wish I’d spent more time there.

      Thanks for the comment!

      -Rich

  3. Anony-mouse says:

    Hey Rich, great article! I’m planning a trip to Nova Scotia sometime soon. Do you have any idea what the cheapest way to get there is from the U.S. east coast? I’m even considering walking. Any advice/tips are greatly appreciated!

  4. I like the places in your list.

    One of my favourite Digital Nomad places is Bocas del Toro, Panama and for unreal scenery you have to check out San Pedro de Atacama and surroundings in Chile.

    I guess you will pass by both of them if you want to make it all the way down to Patagonia! Enjoy the trip!

    • Rich says:

      Hi! Thanks for stopping by :)

      Bocas del Toro is definitely on the “must-visit” list. Still unsure if we’ll be settling in Panama or Costa Rica for a few months. But we definitely want to tour both countries.

      As for San Pedro Atacama, I’ve been looking forward to gazing at the stars when I get there for a looooooooooong time ;)

      Thanks for the interesting suggestions!

      -Rich

  5. Just make sure you also check out Panama before settling in Costa Rica, I prefere it a lot more over CR.

    Enjoy your trip Rich!

    • Rich says:

      Thanks for the insight!

      By the way, interesting book you have for Digital Nomads… Will have to check it out when I’m on the move again :)

      -Rich

  6. Hey,

    Glad you like it. Currently working on an update though…will let you know once its ready!

    Happy travels!

    Johannes

  7. All these places look fantastic. I have yet to visit a place I didn’t want to stay in, so I’ll bet that if I’m ever a nomad, I’ll move through places quite slowly. You’re right, the world is so full of wonder :)

  8. I wonder why you would suggest Canada, twice no less, has to be one of the most expensive places on earth compared to Asia/Latin America? As a Digital Nomad I don’t see the point of being based somewhere that’s going to eat into my profits/lifestyle.

    • Rich Polanco says:

      Hi Anthony!

      You pose a very good question, to which I’ve been giving a lot of thought to this morning before replying. I’ll try to be really brief :)

      The cities highlighted in the article are cities I’ve personally been to. I’m sure there are many wonderful places in the world to live, I just haven’t got to them… yet. The list is of great cities I enjoyed slow traveling through and would love to live in, not “top 5 cities in the world”. So many great and worthy destinations won’t be listed here simply because I don’t want to google and slap information together relying on second-hand information. My personal first hand accounts about business and travel are what this site is about. I’m sure many travelers will have their own choice of cities they would love to travel and work out of based on their own experiences :)

      The other notion is regarding the profits/lifestyle comment.

      Basically, it comes down to what drives each individual. Money is important (I do have a family to feed), but to me it’s not the end-all, be-all to my life. I try to not let it dictate my choices in life, even if it often does play a big part. Low cost of living locations are great for nomads that are starting out, since they allow us to pour more resources into the business and still keep an enjoyable lifestyle. But if it were keeping profits I was after, there are far cheaper places to live in Guatemala than Antigua. Heck, Nicaragua would be even cheaper. But it’s the interesting environment, one that indulges my slow travel senses, what keeps me here. Money doesn’t even enter into many times, because my favorite pastimes – such as walking about in this photographer’s paradise – are free, much like Quebec City, another wonderful place to soak in.

      The last point I want to make is even more crucial, as it refers to mindset.

      Is Canada more expensive than Guatemala, or southeast Asia as you pointed out? Absolutely! Does this mean I should forever cross it off my list? I’d say that’s dangerous, self-limiting belief.

      For example, I’d love to live one day in Paris, another slow travel wonderland. Is it expensive? Yes, sir! Will I need more money to live there well? Of course! Now, here’s the thing… I’m expecting to grow my business to the point that it will support me and my family living there. That’s the plan at least ;)

      By self-limiting to what we can or can’t do, we subconsciously place limits to what we can (or can’t) get out of life. I hope to grow my business to the point where saying something like “I’d like to spend a year in Hong Kong” – another super expensive city, is financially possible for me.

      Ever seen those cartoons where there’s a devil on the shoulder of the character and an angel on the other side? Well, that’s not too far off from real life. You have two dueling thoughts in your mind at all times: Doubt and Self-Belief. If you’re finding that a place is eating into your profits/lifestyle, Doubt will come at you using short-term thinking, screaming “You’re crazy to think you’ll ever afford that! Find a cheaper place!” Your smarter Self-Belief, will remind you to use long-term thinking. It will whisper in your ear “Hey, it’s time to grow this thing and make more money… You can make it happen if you really want to.”

      Every day we make choices as to who of the two we listen to. Whichever you listen to most consistently, will dictate your future.

      There might be no “point” as you say, to living in places that eat into your profit/lifestyle. That’s your decision – one you’re entitled to take. My decision is to be where I feel inspired by my surroundings, rather than whatever creature comforts I can keep to myself. Otherwise, I would’ve kept my great job in the US and have more toys and a greater “lifestyle”.

      I know this is a great topic of discussion not very well suited to the comments section. Hope to chat with you sometime if you visit. I’ll even show the best places to hang out here where your profits can stay safely tucked away in your pockets ;)

      -Rich

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