Sometimes you simply can’t take a full vacation, but just because you have to work doesn’t mean you can’t travel. It just means you might need to take some things with you and work during the downtime or when the vacation slows down.
Alternatively, many people are picking up the lifestyle of a digital nomad and travelling from city to city all over the world as they work remotely, living a life filled with new experiences.
Either way, if you have to work but still want to go somewhere, we suggest the following cities.
Thousands of people are flocking to Denver and other Colorado cities on a regular basis, and for good reason. Denver is one of the healthiest cities in the country, it has beautiful views and a wonderful environment, and it’s developing a culture all its own, and it has everything, including great internet service and related infrastructure, that remote workers could ask for.
New York City, New York
New York City is expensive, it is expansive, and there is just no place on earth like it. And while for some people it might be a bit overwhelming if they just want to relax and get some work done, we can also say that it will have absolutely everything a remote worker will need, with a coffee shop on every block and free internet effectively permeating throughout the entire city.
St. Louis, Missouri
While it’s right in the middle of the country, St. Louis is one of the cheapest places to live in the United States when it comes to larger cities, and for many that might mean it could be a great place to spend a few remote working months. But it also has a blooming cultural life, the beautiful Forest Park, and there are many more remote workers making St. Louis home every year, so it may be a great place to get to know for a little while.
Perhaps it isn’t the most logical choice and it may not have everything other cities might have for remote workers. But don’t you want to be able to brag that you’ve worked from Hawaii for a period of time, answering emails at your leisure from the beach around one of the most beautiful places on the planet? Sure you do.
Similar to New York in its size and the availability of everything you need, but different enough to have its own flavor, its own sights to see, and a multicultural touch, if you haven’t been to London, it can be an eye-opening experience. Whether you want to work outside in one of its many beautiful parks or find a nice place to base yourself on a rainy day, London has options for you.
Things to Look For
We can’t list every single city in the world that would be a great place to go to if you would still need to work while you travel. What we can say, however, is that there are some common threads and factors that can make a city great to work in while you’re travelling.
Excellent Public Transit
You probably aren’t bringing your car with you if you’re working on the go, and even if you are, you don’t want to bring it with you everywhere in cities with lots of traffic to slow you down. An excellent public transit system can let you work around the city and keep costs relatively low by cutting cab fares and car costs.
Plenty of Places to Work
If you’re both working and travelling, you aren’t going to be wanting to spend all of your working hours in a hotel. You instead want to visit a city that has plenty of coffee shops, book or internet cafes, or just small places you will feel welcome to work with as you get a drink or a local snack.
Beautiful Views and Environments
We can all agree that it’s that if we have to work while we travel, it’s far better to have a working perch with a great view and a comfortable environment than the usual four walls. Even the change of pace from the usual can give you a new perspective.
Similarly, you can find a place with a clean environment that has plenty of natural scenery. This can make even the most difficult of projects feel much easier.
Whatever your work is and whatever your travel plans are, we hope you have a wonderful time. And while not every city may be for you, we hope that one of our choices piqued your interest. Whether you need to work vacation or are planning a nomad lifestyle, there are fewer limits than ever.