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The best countries to work remotely offer everything you need to get the job done while abroad. The combination of reliable infrastructure, high-speed internet, and established remote work communities in these places make it easy to transition abroad. They also have co-working spaces available and networking/socializing opportunities with other ex-pats working in the country.

More people than ever before are moving overseas to work remotely. While some choose to do a month-long remote work “vacation”, others are moving full-time overseas. However long you choose to go, the best countries to work remotely make it fun and easy .

The best countries to work remotely are:

  • Mexico
  • Portugal
  • Indonesia
  • Thailand

The best countries to work remotely

Mexico

Mexico’s low cost of living and time zone compatibility with the US are two of its biggest draws to remote workers. And there are plenty of cities with established digital nomad communities where you’ll find coworking spaces and socializing opportunities.

Playa del Carmen is a wonderful option for beach lovers. Situated right on the Caribbean sea, you can find modern apartment buildings (think rooftop pools and doormen) where rent will cost between $500-$1000 USD for a 1 bedroom. There are multiple coworking spaces and trendy cafes in the center. There’s also a large ex-pat community so you’ll have no issue meeting new people over trivia nights or beach bar happy hours.

Alternative cities in Mexico that are great for remote working include Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende, and Oaxaca.

Indonesia

The island of Bali in Indonesia has almost become synonymous with “remote work destination”. While not for everyone, plenty of digital nomads have found their paradise on the shores of Bali’s beaches.

Cities like Canggu and Ubud are hot spots for remote workers who appreciate the benefits of the island. One of these benefits is the plethora of options for healthy food, with loads of natural, vegan, gluten-free, you-name-it eateries. The cost of living is moderate but the value for money is great. Housing options include luxury, multi-bedroom villas that can be rented with friends long-term for as little as $1000/month.

There are also loads of nearby weekend getaways like Lombok, Seminyak, and the Gili Islands.

Portugal

For remote workers wanting to explore Europe, there’s no better home base than Lisbon, Portugal. With plenty of connections to the rest of the continent, Lisbon is an incredibly livable city. It has seen a huge boom in its ex-pat community in recent years.

The country has one of the milder climates in Europe, a low cost of living, and plenty of accessible day trips. There are great coworking options in many cities across Portugal. Month-long rentals in Lisbon can be found for around $1000/month on Airbnb or VRBO. But if you want to stay awhile, long-term rentals can be found for as little as $300/month on a lease.

Thailand

Thailand has long been a favorite of all types of travelers. In the past decade, it has become particularly popular with digital nomads. The cost of living is easily under $1000/month for most ex-pats. Remote workers can rely on the wifi in most places across the country. Chiang Mai, Koh Pha Ngan, Krabi, Bangkok, and many other cities across Thailand are great for digital nomads. Internet in the country is generally reliable and coworking spaces are easy to find.


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