You’ve probably heard it before: telecommuting is pretty much awesome sauce because of, well, everything about it.
- No time wasted chatting up colleagues around the respective water cooler or over sub sandwiches during lunch.
- No time wasted on a (sometimes hours-long) commute.
- No lag time between punching out for the day and hanging out with you loved ones.
Yep – telecommuting is definitely an awesome way to work, if you can hack the lonely days and have an innate ability to govern your time well.
While the freedom to come and go as you please, as well as the benefit of not having to fight traffic every day are certainly on the top of the list of perks for telecommuters, there is also another “telework perk” that many remote workers or digital nomads, as they are also called, take advantage of. What is that perk?
The ability to satiate their wanderlust.
Yes, I am talking about traveling – something pretty much everyone wants to do, but that few find the time to make happen.
We should be able to work from places that inspire and delight us. The featured image above? It’s from the little slice of heaven I get to call home. The views from where I live and work are unreal, and they make me beyond excited to get up and get going each day. If you are not tethered to a chair in a corporate office, you are probably free to work from wherever you wish as well, provided you have a stellar Internet connection and a laptop.
If you do even a basic Google search, you will find countless suggestions for travel destinations – some close to your home and others that are literally a world away. The list of locations below have been selected as some of the top places to visit in the world, and not just by little old me. They range from huge, sprawling cities to quiet, secluded communities. I have no doubt that these jaw dropping beauties will have you itching to pack your bags and take a little trip for yourself in the near future. Enjoy!
Kraków was named “The City of Literature” in 2013; as the city hosts close to 30 book festivals each year, it is definitely a haven for book lovers and lifelong learners. Kraków is also home to several beautiful museums. Coffee shops and cafes abound, making it a remote worker’s paradise, especially if you like to be surrounded by centuries-old architecture. If you want to escape into nature, you can easily head out of the city and find beautiful vistas and take part in outdoor adventures as well.
The Hague, Netherlands
Boasting a fantastic city-wide Internet speed and a mild climate that will appeal to anyone, The Hague is a cultural gem filled with countless inspiring remote work locations. Gorgeous architecture (like the image above) fills the city, and there are also several co-working spaces available for rent if you prefer not to work from your home or apartment. Beachgoers will be delighted in the waterfront opportunities available here, and if you are looking for great shopping and resort-style options, you can find those here as well.
Livibility.com ranked Missoula as number 8 in its top 100 places to live for 2015. That is due in large part to the city’s mountain ranges, rivers and available parklands. Several fantastic craft breweries dot the cityscape, as well as cafes, restaurants, and coffeeshops. For remote workers looking to mix up their workspace each week, this college town is definitely the place to go, and the low cost of living makes it a perfect long-term telecommute location as well.
Canmore is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream location. Hiking, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking and countless other outdoor fun is available, and the city also boasts 5 huge ski resorts, if you are into skiing or snowboarding. Canmore is also home to more than ten nightlife hotspots, and offers a much more affordable living or traveling lifestyle than its more expensive neighbors, including Banff.
Yet another gorgeous old city, Lyon is a fantastic example of old-world living with new world style. It is a city that prides itself on its tolerance and acceptance of all lifestyles, and it also places huge emphasis on the beautiful nature and landscapes surrounding the city. For digital nomads, it is a high-speed Internet mecca, and has multiple remote work locations available – both in the coffeeshop/cafe and co-working space varieties.
Manarola is a “charming rainbow of brightly colored houses carved into an impenetrable wall of stone,” as referenced by Distractify.com‘s listing of the most beautiful small towns in the world. It is one of the oldest towns in the area, and is famous for its wine and fine art. If you are looking to truly get away and work in a place free of distractions and filled with natural beauty, then this is the location for you.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
It is no secret that Rio de Janeiro is home to two of the world’s most gorgeous beaches, but it is also home to a vibrant community that will no doubt fuel your inspiration. It also boasts amazing co-working opportunities. As the Rio Times put it:
“From Centro to Barra da Tijuca, there are a bundle of co-working spaces to choose from in Rio. One example is Templo Co-working, a two-level, indoor-outdoor co-working space in Gávea where professionals benefit from a cozy garden, unlimited hours and unlimited use of the conference rooms, discounted homemade lunches and a fully equipped kitchen.”
Palo Alto, California
Yet another top 10 Livibility.com listing, Palo Alto is a town with breathtaking views and a small-town feel. It is a just short jaunt to larger California cities, and – for those in need of a flawless Internet connection – the 30+ mile dark fiber ring around the city gives you access to some of the best internet speeds available anywhere. With a tremendous percentage of the population falling into the “highly educated” category, palo Alto is a great place to head if you are looking for an educational hub filled with like-minded individuals and colleagues.
It is rare to find a community of approximately 5,000 people that still has big-city amenities and attractions, but Camden definitely delivers in both respects. Camden is a great place for outdoor enthusiasts, offering opportunities to go hiking and mountain biking, sailing, paddle boarding, snowboarding, and so much more. This is the place to go if you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of a larger area, but still want to be just a short drive from multiple big cities.
Traverse City, Michigan
Traverse City has truly reinvented itself from its past, even going so far as to turn former state hospital into The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, a network of shops, restaurants, homes and offices. This renovation was one of the largest historic preservation and re-use projects in the country, and – when paired with the long stretches of beaches that are perfect jumping-off points for kayaking or fishing – you have a recipe for an inspiring work/life location that is unlike any other.
Amsterdam has one of the world’s highest qualities of life despite being one of the post highly populated cities in the world as well. This distinction is due in large part to the beautiful, clean, historic community and the stunning waterways that weave their way through the city. Amsterdam is home to many acclaimed museums, making it a cultural retreat for anyone that loves the arts and is inspired by a perfect blend of new and old.