As the winter season has us all counting down the days until spring, it’s good to get a head start on where to go next.
Digital nomads are the absolute masters of being on the move, given stringent visa requirements and a never-ending sensation of wanderlust.
Their travel itch is never fully scratched with Europe consistently being a go-to destination with so many amazing countries to call home, even for a short time.
It’s clear the remote worker lifestyle is here to stay, so there’s no better time to take advantage and pack up your belongings.
A new report has been released revealing the top European destinations best suited for digital nomads.
These are the top 7 European countries for digital nomads:
Budapest stands out as the mecca for Hungary, but there is so much more to discover beyond the eye-popping capital city.
Digital nomads can seamlessly qualify for Hungary’s visa and discover a high quality of life with many charming towns to call home and stunning natural sights to explore if the city life isn’t your jam.
You may not see many Hungarian restaurants back home, but cheap eats aren’t hard to find here and will leave your tastebuds Hungary for more.
Not often discussed in mainstream travel news, some would still say Montenegro is a hidden gem of the Balkans.
Those in the know have long known of Montenegro’s appeal, drawing comparisons as an alternative to Greece with incredible beaches, a laid-back lifestyle, and even more affordability.
The capital city is Podgorica, but many consider it to be Boresville after an extended time. The real draws are the captivating Adriatic coast, scenic mountains and smaller cultural towns.
Remote workers should have no trouble obtaining a visa as it’s widely seen as one of the easiest to qualify for.
If you’re new to learning about Bulgaria, you have most likely seen the magnificent St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral – the capital city of Sofia’s main attraction.
Sofia is cool and all, but what about the underrated coastline along the trendy Black Sea? Digital nomads love coming to Bulgaria, but it’s not just these two locations reeling in remote workers.
Surprisingly, it’s the smaller city of Plovdiv and the unsuspecting yet gorgeous mountain town of Bansko emerging as digital nomad hubs.
Overall, Bulgaria has a low cost of living, enthralling cultural sites, and low qualifications for their visa.
Some would argue Albania has been the trendiest destination in Europe over the past year, especially in the world of digital nomadism.
This Balkan beauty is a step ahead of Montenegro but offers many of the same qualities digital nomads seek out, such as affordability, safety and endless ways to stay busy when it’s time to shut your laptop.
More importantly, digital nomads are welcome with open arms as one of the most inviting nations in Europe after a complete shift in policies.
Many say to skip the capital city of Tirana and venture off to the stunning coast for the best quality of life in Albania.
What’s left to say about Spain after such a massively successful year for the country?
With over 85 million tourists crossing Spain’s borders last year, the numbers say it all – Spain is the place to be, even for digital nomads.
Ranging from wine country, vast cultural cities, and breathtaking islands, digital nomads can take their pick or hop around.
Spain ranks highest in Europe for quality of life, and who can argue with endless free tapas?
Needless to say, Portugal has seen its fair share of tourism booms as of late. Rivaling next-door neighbor, Spain, in terms of food, quality of life, immaculate architecture, and stunning scenery, digital nomads will never find themselves bored or stressed.
Whether choosing to make your base in one of the most astounding islands in Europe or a cultural city, Portugal’s laid-back lifestyle is contagious and will have nomads wanting to extend their visa or perhaps secure residency – both easily doable here.
It’s Romania’s time to shine as the top spot for digital nomads wanting a taste of the European lifestyle.
While it’s tempting to make the only recognizable city (Bucharest) as your base, a little more digging will reveal Romania’s under-appreciated cities, such as Timișoara and Sibiu.
At first glance, Romania may not seem to check off all the boxes, but indeed it does. It is safe, cheap and offers a high quality of life.
Digital nomads can effortlessly acquire a visa and even residency to explore this historical country of vampire folklore, storybook castles, incredible landscapes, and unforgettable World Heritage Sites at a slower pace.
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