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Here Are 10 Nations Where Digital Nomads Can Make Their Monthly Subsistence Of Less Than $1000


Some countries put off digital nomads with their high cost of living, but these 10 allow them to live cheaply while offering the best experiences.

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  • The number of digital nomads has increased by 130% compared to 2019, with many countries offering affordable cities to work and live in.
  • Bulgaria, Croatia, and India are among the top countries where remote workers can live for less than $1000 per month.
  • These countries provide affordable rentals, coworking spaces, and a variety of attractions, making them ideal for digital nomads on a budget.

A report from Statista shows that by mid-2022, the number of digital nomads had increased by a whopping 130 percent compared to 2019. However, the freedom to work from almost anywhere in the world has one significant downside - some places can be expensive. But thankfully, most countries, including those in Europe, have the best and most affordable cities to work and live in, thanks to their pocket-friendly rentals, easy means of transport, and availability of many coworking stations. Beyond being affordable, these countries have their fair share of mind-blowing attractions, from historical sites to natural wonders waiting to be explored. With that in mind, here’s a list of the 10 best countries where remote workers can live for less than $1000 per month.

The cost of living has risen globally over the past months, so it’s best to research more on the current market prices for a particular country. Additionally, check the digital nomad visa requirements for each country as they vary. We’ve also suggested a hotel rated 8.0+ with excellent amenities like workstations and high-speed internet to suit digital nomads.

Bulgaria

Aerial view of the National Palace of Culture in Sofia and other buildings, Bulgaria
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Aerial view of the National Palace of Culture in Sofia and other buildings, Bulgaria

Bulgaria has a reasonably priced cost of living, making it a top destination for digital nomads. Varna is one of the country’s best places that attract remote workers with its affordable rentals, natural attractions, friendly people, authentic restaurants, and vibrant culture. Sofia, another hub for remote workers in Bulgaria, has several coworking spaces with inspiring designs to fuel creativity. Studios outside the city center start from as low as $260, but there are better and more spacious options, so one will have a variety to choose from.

While trying out different meals in a new country is fun, it can be expensive when done excessively. So, balancing dining out as a digital nomad is vital, especially when on a tight budget.

Aerial view of the National Palace of Culture in Sofia and other buildings, Bulgaria
Rosslyn Central Park Hotel Sofia

Amenities
Restaurant, Free Wi-Fi, Business center

Price
$

Croatia

Dubrovnik West Harbor and its ancient city walls as people kayak in the sea, Croatia
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Dubrovnik West Harbor and its ancient city walls as people kayak in the sea, Croatia

Zagreb is by far one of the best cities in Croatia for digital nomads, and it’s even more fascinating that it has events dedicated to nomads. Workers aren’t limited to working from their rentals only, as the city has some incredible coffee shops with free Wi-Fi and energy-inducing coffee. Zadar and Split are other impeccable destinations with affordable flat rentals and a community of like-minded individuals. Aside from that, visitors will love exploring some of Croatia’s most marvelous natural wonders.

Snow on Medvednica, view from the river Sava in Zagreb
Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

Amenities
Fitness center, Free Wi-Fi, Restaurant

Price
$

India

A beach in Goa, one of the cheapest places in India for digital nomads

India has a thriving digital nomad community and an affordable lifestyle that attracts those who want to live below that $1000 mark. Digital nomads will be spoiled for choice on the best places to live in as India has a variety, from Bengaluru to Goa. The rentals range anywhere between $250 and $400, depending on the level of luxury. Those who choose Goa also enjoy the convenience of spectacular beaches, each with a unique character perfect to please different visitors.

Currently, India doesn’t offer a digital nomad visa, but visitors can enjoy the convenience of a long-term visa (of up to 5 years) that allows them to work remotely.

A beach in Goa, one of the cheapest places in India for digital nomads
Fairfield by Marriott Goa Calangute

Amenities
Outdoor pool, Fitness center, Free Wi-Fi, Restaurant

Price
$

Colombia

Striking view of Medellin at night in Colombia, one of the best countries for digital nomads

Colombia has become a popular destination for digital nomads, and it’s easy to see why. Medellin is one of the best cities in South America for digital nomads that offer a perfect balance of affordability and exciting adventures. One can get a one-bedroom apartment in a well-developed neighborhood for about $400 a month and a week’s worth of groceries for less than $50. This gives tourists sufficient money to cater for utilities, transport, eating out (occasionally), and budget-friendly excursions.

Striking view of Medellin at night in Colombia, one of the best countries for digital nomads
Dann Carlton Medellin Hotel

Amenities
Fitness center, Restaurant, Outdoor pool

Price
$

Brazil

A panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and its numerous rock formations
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A panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and its numerous rock formations

Brazil is one of the countries in South America that offers a digital nomad visa, allowing remote workers to enjoy its beautiful beaches and stunning architecture at a reasonable price. The temporary permit is valid for one year and can be extended for another year. Brazil also offers remote workers an incredible work-life balance, as it’s a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Some experiences and attractions cost a few bucks, so visitors don’t have to spend more than their planned budget.

A panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and its numerous rock formations
Vila Galé Rio de Janeiro

Amenities
Outdoor pool, Spa and wellness center, Fitness center

Price
$

Vietnam

 A bird's eye view of a beach in Da Nang, Vietnam 

Digital nomads can never go wrong with Vietnam, widely known as the cheapest country in Southeast Asia. Most of its cities, like Hanoi and Da Nang, have remarkable coworking spaces and cheap rentals that don’t skimp on quality. Additionally, given Vietnam’s unique history, impeccable culture, and countless mind-blowing attractions, it’s easy to see why most digital nomads will love being here for the longest time.

Adventurers spend their free time visiting bustling markets, exploring their neighborhoods using motorbikes, sampling local foods, and touring historical places. The best thing is most of these experiences won’t cause a notable financial strain.

A bird's eye view of a beach in Da Nang, Vietnam
Hilton Garden Inn Da Nang

Amenities
Outdoor pool, Free Wi-Fi, Fitness center

Price
$

Romania

Historic cobbled streets and architecture in Bucharest, Romania

Romania implemented a digital nomad visa on December 2021. Since then, it has attracted thousands of remote workers looking to immerse themselves in a country full of culture, ancient structures, and stunning natural landscapes. Cluj-Napoca, the second-largest city in Romania, is one of the best places to live for less than $1000 per month. The accommodations are reasonably priced, and there’s high-speed internet even in most cafes, so workers can complete tasks from anywhere. Bucharest is also another excellent option for digital nomads who want access to a variety of attractions and modern infrastructure.

Historic cobbled streets and architecture in Bucharest, Romania
The Marmorosch Bucharest, Autograph Collection

Amenities
Fitness center, Restaurant, Indoor pool

Price
$

Mexico

Tamul waterfall at Huasteca Potosina in San Luis Potosi, Mexico
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Tamul waterfall at Huasteca Potosina in San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Mexico has some of the best cities digital nomads can work and live in for less than $1000 per month. However, it’s possible to survive on a tighter budget when in less touristy cities and towns. Campeche is an excellent example of a place that is off the radar, and it’s possible to get a one-bedroom ranging between $260 and $320 and budget the rest for utilities, eating out, and transportation. Besides its cost of living, Mexico has a wide array of attractions, from beautiful beaches to historical structures that tourists can explore while getting their job done.

Tamul waterfall at Huasteca Potosina in San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Safi Royal Luxury Metropolitan

Amenities
Outdoor pool, Fitness center, Restaurant

Price
$

Thailand

Wat Lok Moli, Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand

With an affordable cost of living, even in notable cities, friendly locals, fast internet plans, and gorgeous landscapes, Thailand is a remarkable country that impresses digital nomads. Besides these applaudable features, most remote workers love Thailand for its incredible visa options. The Long-Term Residency Visa is the recent addition to the category of Remote Worker, which grants a stay for up to 10 years.

Wat Lok Moli, Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Shangri-La Chiang Mai
Hotel Chain

The Kuok Group

Amenities
Outdoor pool, Spa and wellness center, Fitness center

Price
$

Indonesia

View of Pantai Dreamland Beach South Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

Indonesia is one of the best countries for digital nomads, thanks to its low cost of living, even in cities with well-developed infrastructure. Bali nicknamed the ‘Vatican for digital nomads,” is by far the best city to live in for less than $1000 per month. The food is also affordable and delicious, plus moving fun around with motorbikes adds more authenticity to the stay without breaking the bank. Remote workers also have much to enjoy in Bali, including some of its most beautiful beaches, historical attractions, and other breathtaking natural features.

Pantai Dreamland Beach South Kuta, Bali
RIMBA by AYANA Bali

Amenities
Infinity pool, game room, salon, outdoor grill

Price
$$

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