Author: Jocelyn ter Morsche, marketer at remote company Xoxzo

Although living the ultimate digital nomad lifestyle may not be possible yet this year, it’s always exciting to look for new opportunities and dream of new adventures for the future. That’s why we researched the top 20 best remote work cities for 2021! Without further ado, let’s see if this list can surprise you. 

20. Kyiv, Ukraine 

Kyiv capital city of Ukraine. Aerial view.

Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine is a gorgeous city and also safe for travelers. With speedy wifi and plenty of coworking spaces available Kyiv made it to this list of the 20 best remote work cities this year. In addition, the city is also very affordable when it comes to housing and eating out. 

19. Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Have you always wanted to live in a tropical paradise? Look no further than Playa Del Carmen, Mexico! Known for its well-connected expat community, beautiful beaches, and laid-back culture, this city may make your remote worker’s dream come true.

18. Vilnius, Lithuania

Lithuania is one of Europe’s countries with the highest internet speed at 45 Mbps, and not only that: the city also has a thriving tech scene, making it an attractive destination for remote workers. The city itself is affordable and has plenty of entertainment to offer. 

17. Malta

The Mediterranian island Malta has lots to offer to remote workers: a high standard of living, a low crime rate, and tax perks. While still getting the laid-back ‘living on an island’ culture, it’s easy enough to travel to other places in Europe.

16. Thessaloniki, Greece

Experience traditional Greek culture at its best while living in the picturesque city Thessaloniki. Amazing food, friendly locals, and charming cafes and coworking spaces spread throughout the city. In combination with a low cost of living, reliable internet it’s no wonder that this Greek city made it so far up the list. 

15. Shanghai, China

If you’re looking to live an exciting city life while also wanting to explore a history-rich culture, try Shanghai. You’ll never get bored in this ultra-modern city with cafes and coworking spots galore and plenty of living accommodations to choose from. 

14. Austin, Texas

Austin often makes it to the top of best places to work and live in the US, naturally attracting remote workers as well. If you’re a music lover this might be the place for you: Austin is known as the music capital of the world. There are plenty of places to work from, a great food scene, and many outdoor activities available: all-in-all a great choice for remote workers! 

13. Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul has it all: a rich culture, amazing food, affordable accommodation, and speedy internet. Having freelancer-friendly visas available, Istanbul attracts remote workers from all over the world. 

12. Saint Petersburg, Russia

Bronze equestrian monument of Nicholas I of Russia on St. Isaac’s Square. Saint Petersburg, Russia

If you can brave the cold of Russian winters, come to Saint Petersburg for the charming atmosphere that the city has to offer. The location of this affordable and remote work-friendly city makes it easy to travel to Russia and Europe.

11. Vancouver, Canada

Although Vancouver may not be as affordable as other remote work cities on this list, the city itself has so much to offer! Beautiful nature, a thriving tech scene, and a well-connected city. You can also easily travel to surrounding cities like Seattle, Portland, and Silicon Valley.

10. Ljubljana, Slovenia 

Ljubljana is a charming European city and a great home base for remote workers. Just a few hours away from the Croatian beaches and beautiful Italian cities this city is conveniently located and has affordable accommodations.

9. Hanoi, Vietnam

Amazing street food, a rich culture, and crazy affordable: Hanoi is a remote worker’s heaven! Due to the well-established digital nomad community, plenty of coworking spaces are available and when work is done the opportunities of having fun in this city are endless. 

8. Buenos Aires, Argentina

We’ve already praised Buenos Aires as a remote work city in this blog post before, so we’re not surprised to see that this South American city made the top 10 as a long-established remote work hub.

7. Singapore

Beautiful architecture building exterior cityscape in Singapore city skyline with white cloud on blue sky

It’s a well-known fact that Singapore is one of the best places to live in the world, including for remote workers. A vibrant and safe city with many business opportunities in particular for the Asian market: this could be the place for you!

6. Berlin, Germany

Berlin is one of the biggest cities in Europe and has loads to offer: from culture and art to beer and parties. Germany’s lenient freelancer visa makes it easy to settle down for remote workers for longer periods of time. A high standard of living and economic security makes Germany an attractive place to be. 

5. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Phra Singh temple at night in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Chiang Mai has become a booming digital nomad city with everything you’d expect such a city to offer: countless of coworking spaces, fast internet, visa flexibility, and a well-connected expat community. 

4. Bali, Indonesia

Bali pagoda , Indonesia

By now, everyone should know that Bali is a remote worker’s mecca. The relaxed atmosphere, beautiful scenery and culture, and affordability put Bali high on this list.

3. Belgrade, Serbia

Vibrant, historic, and culturally rich: Belgrade has countless shops, cafes, and galleries to entertain yourself. Some other things that make Belgrade appealing are the insanely low costs of living and fast internet.

2. Tbilisi, Georgia

You may not have heard of Tbilisi before but this upcoming digital nomad city should not be overlooked! In light of the pandemic, the city even introduced a special visa for remote workers. What makes Tbilisi so great are the diverse and unique neighborhoods, internationally well-known coworking spaces, and affordability. 

  1. Tallinn, Estonia

There’s no doubt that Tallinn is the no.1 digital nomad city in the world! Remote workers can even obtain a yearly visa to stay and work in the Estonian capital. The picturesque European city in fact also has a booming digital economy: 99% of digital services are available 24/7! Combined with a low cost of living, it’s no wonder that Tallinn is the best city for remote workers in 2021.

Which of these cities would you choose to work remotely from? Let us know in the comments below!

Jocelyn ter Morsche
Originally from the Netherlands.
Living in Tokyo since 2017.
Remote worker since August 2020.
Favorite thing about remote work: Playing the guitar or cooking during my break and comfortable clothes.

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