Digital nomads live a lifestyle that many people envy; traveling around the country or even abroad while working from just about anywhere can be extremely fulfilling and exciting. Some cities are better than others for working remotely, however, especially if you’re trying to build a business. As an entrepreneur, you may be looking for destinations that offer co-working spaces where you can work on tasks without distractions or a low cost of living that allows you to secure a great apartment temporarily. Make a list of your needs and check them against this guide, which will help you choose the best cities to work in while you travel.

DENVER, COLORADO

Denver is a great place to live and work as a digital nomad because the weather is great for many months out of the year and because high-speed wifi is readily available in most spots. Not only that, there are plenty of outdoor spaces to check out when you need a break from work, especially if you like staying active. The average rent for a one-bedroom is $1,876, and you can scout a variety of Denver apartments online before you arrive by using a rental property listing site. Narrow down the search according to the number of bedrooms you need or which amenities you’re looking for, and take a 3D tour so you can get a feel for the space virtually.

AUSTIN, TEXAS

Like Denver, Austin has a ton of experiences to offer, both outdoor and indoor. With great weather, much of the year, and a large creative scene–not to mention a big foodie population–Austin is a fun place to live that also offers a variety of coworking spaces, furniture rental, and other resources for those who aren’t sure how long they’ll be in the city. The real estate market is pretty competitive in the area at the moment, with the average cost of rent sticking at around $1,690, so you’ll want to do your research on available apartments well before you're ready to move.

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Brooklyn is full of great resources for entrepreneurs, including professional communities that will allow you to network and lots of public transit options to keep you connected to surrounding areas. Brooklyn offers a more laid-back vibe, with several cafes and locally-owned shops to work from if you enjoy being around people. Rent will vary depending on the number of bedrooms you’re looking for and the neighborhood you’re interested in, averaging anywhere from $1,735 to $3,000 per month, and like Austin, the market is always hot so it pays to be ready to put down a deposit as soon as you find a place you like. While this puts Brooklyn at the top of the list cost-wise, it may be worth it to you if you plan to take meetings in the city and need to stay close.

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY

Looking for something more cost-efficient? Louisville has a relatively low cost of living compared to other large cities–rent averages between $850 and $1,050 depending on the neighborhood–but still has a lot to offer entrepreneurs and digital nomads, including a major airport, high-speed wifi, and affordable co-working spaces. Louisville also has quite a bit of history and is a great city for those who love the funky and offbeat.

Traveling while you build your business can be challenging, but as a digital nomad, you have quite a bit of freedom. Planning out each destination carefully will ensure that you’re able to stay on budget while enjoying everything these cities have to offer. You can also look for apps and other online tools that will be helpful as you travel.

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PUBLISHED: May 1, 2022

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