Lonely Planet Writer

The cheapest place to live as a digital nomad

The life of a digital nomad, with the ability to work anywhere in the world, has obvious appeal and is now an option for an increasing number of people. But things like internet speed, weather, safety, cost of rental, cost of beer and friendliness are all factors to be taken into account when deciding where to move to.  Nomadlist.com, a crowdsourced database of cities in the world, has compiled a listing of the cheapest places to live as a digital nomad.

The Nomad Cost is the typical cost for a digital nomad, based on staying short-term (up to three months) in a place, staying in a cheap hotel in the centre of the city and eating out three times per day.

Check out the top 10 in the list here:

1. Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The nomad cost is $956 per month. With dinner costing just over $2 per day. Image: Shutterstock
1. Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The nomad cost is $956 per month. With dinner costing just over $2 per day. Image: Shutterstock
2. Lviv, Ukraine.  Estimated costs for this Unesco-listed city that has been described as exuding the same authentic Central European charm as pre-tourism Prague or Kraków is $837 per month. Image: Shutterstock
2. Lviv, Ukraine. Estimated costs for this Unesco-listed city that has been described as exuding the same authentic Central European charm as pre-tourism Prague or Kraków is $837 per month. Image: Shutterstock
3. Nha Trang, Vietnam. This beach resort enjoys a stunning setting: it's ringed by a necklace of hills, with a turquoise bay dotted with tropical islands, estimated cost for a month as a digital nomad here is $539 per month.  Image: Getty Images
3. Nha Trang, Vietnam. This beach resort enjoys a stunning setting: it's ringed by a necklace of hills, with a turquoise bay dotted with tropical islands, estimated cost for a month as a digital nomad here is $539 per month. Image: Getty Images
4. Kathmandu, Nepal. With 805 listings on Airbnb and a cost of $651 per month for a digital nomad, Kathmandu can be an intoxicating, amazing and exhausting place.   Image: Getty Images
4. Kathmandu, Nepal. With 805 listings on Airbnb and a cost of $651 per month for a digital nomad, Kathmandu can be an intoxicating, amazing and exhausting place. Image: Getty Images
5. Hanoi, Vietnam. Hanoi scores high for walkability, places to work from and has a high start up score and a cost of $859 per month. Image: Shutterstock
5. Hanoi, Vietnam. Hanoi scores high for walkability, places to work from and has a high start up score and a cost of $859 per month. Image: Shutterstock
6. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Despite the noise and crowds, this is a city by the ocean of vibrant colours and rich culture, offering fascinating insights into the national psyche of Sri Lanka. And for $995 per month a digital nomad can live comfortably here.   Image: Shutterstock
6. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Despite the noise and crowds, this is a city by the ocean of vibrant colours and rich culture, offering fascinating insights into the national psyche of Sri Lanka. And for $995 per month a digital nomad can live comfortably here. Image: Shutterstock
7. Chiang Rai, Thailand. This small, delightful city is worth getting to know with its relaxed atmosphere, good-value accommodation and great local food, and a cost of $994 per month for a digital nomad to get by. Image: Getty Images
 Image: Getty Images
7. Chiang Rai, Thailand. This small, delightful city is worth getting to know with its relaxed atmosphere, good-value accommodation and great local food, and a cost of $994 per month for a digital nomad to get by. Image: Getty Images Image: Getty Images
8. Dalat, Vietnam. Dalat is an alternative Vietnam: the weather is spring-like instead of tropical hot, the town is dotted with elegant French-colonial villas rather than stark socialist architecture, and the cost to live as a digital nomad for a month is $909. Image: Zhukov Oleg/Shutterstock 
8. Dalat, Vietnam. Dalat is an alternative Vietnam: the weather is spring-like instead of tropical hot, the town is dotted with elegant French-colonial villas rather than stark socialist architecture, and the cost to live as a digital nomad for a month is $909. Image: Zhukov Oleg/Shutterstock 
10. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. With free wifi in the city and a reputation for being friendly to foreigners, the average cost to live here for a month is $947.
 Image: Shutterstock
10. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. With free wifi in the city and a reputation for being friendly to foreigners, the average cost to live here for a month is $947. Image: Shutterstock
10 Queretaro, Mexico. This is one of the fastest-growing cities in the northern hemisphere thanks to a booming aerospace and technologies industries. Added to that, the historic monuments zone of Querétaro are a Unesco Cultural World Heritage Site, making it very attractive to a prospective digital nomad who would pay an average of $847 per month to live here. The City of Queretaro - in the state of Queretaro, in Mexico - is one of the country's biggest cities and tourist destinations. This photograph is a part of a large photographic project on the downtown area of the city, which is one of its largest tourist draws. Image: Getty
10 Queretaro, Mexico. This is one of the fastest-growing cities in the northern hemisphere thanks to a booming aerospace and technologies industries. Added to that, the historic monuments zone of Querétaro are a Unesco Cultural World Heritage Site, making it very attractive to a prospective digital nomad who would pay an average of $847 per month to live here. The City of Queretaro - in the state of Queretaro, in Mexico - is one of the country's biggest cities and tourist destinations. This photograph is a part of a large photographic project on the downtown area of the city, which is one of its largest tourist draws. Image: Getty