Now, remote working or digital nomading is quickly becoming the norm and, with no end to the pandemic in sight, the future. This trend has prompted Big 7 Travel to compile a list of the best cities to work from remotely in 2021.
The magazine’s assessment criteria include the core requirements of affordability and internet access, as well as additional features like specific Digital Nomad visas, availability of co-working spaces and expat friendly communities.
The Estonian capital Tallinn topped the list for a number of reasons. First, a not-so-new visa allows digital nomads to move to Estonia and work remotely there for up to a year. Secondly, the magazine cites Tallinn’s booming digital economy and seamless internet access with 99 percent of public services available online 24/7.
In the third place comes the relatively low cost of living, with rent in the city centre around USD 500 (EUR 411) a month. And last but not least, the capital city exudes charm and surprise which make strangers feel like they are immersed in “a real-life Baltic fairytale”.
One more reason to explain Tallinn’s allure to digital nomads is that the city is very small and compact, meaning that you won’t lose any time for transport or travelling, assures Visit Tallinn.
Georgia, for example, has been quick to introduce a remote worker visa during the pandemic, and its capital beats many Western European cities in terms of abundance of co-working spaces and cheap housing.
As British media have noted, there is not a single UK city in the Big 7 Travel ranking. 11 European destinations have made the Top 50 list besides Tallinn – Berlin (6), Ljublijana (10), Thessaloniki (16), Malta, listed as a country (17), Vilnius (18), Krakow (21), Porto (31), Madrid (32), Budapest (38), Lisbon (46), and Prague (47).
From Asia we find Bali, Indonesia on no. 4, Chiang Mai (Thailand) on the 5th place, Singapore on 7th place and Hanoi, Vietnam on the 9th place. The only South American city to make the Top 10 list is Buenos Aires, Argentina on the 6th place.
TOP 10 CITIES:
1. Tallinn, Estonia
2. Tbilisi, Georgia
3. Belgrade, Serbia
4. Bali, Indonesia
5. Chiang Mai, Thailand
6. Berlin, Germany
8. Buenos Aires, Argentina
9. Hanoi, Vietnam
10. Lublijana, Slovenia