These are the top 5 fastest growing destinations for digital nomads right now

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If the world of remote work were high school, digital nomads would be the date every nation would want to prom.

Many countries see the benefit and potential of having a population of international workers living in their cities.

A woman looking at a yellow building in Penang, Malaysia

Over the past couple of years, destinations around the world have been on the rise with a growing population of digital nomads. According to a report nomadlist.comSome countries have seen a 200% growth in their digital nomad population.

If you’re curious about these digital nomad hotspots, here’s a list of where they are and why they attract so many travelers.

5. Penang, Malaysia

Malaysia’s second smallest state is a mighty place divided into two parts, Penang Island and Seberand Perai. Over the past three years, Penang has grown into a destination for digital nomads.

The level of culinary diversity with dishes influenced by Indian, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine, here are some of the reasons why many digital nomads are on the radar:

Beautiful building in Penang, Malaysia

Options for places to stay and work

Penang offers a variety of affordable accommodation options, including hostels and co-working spaces, where digital nomads can live and work.

Places to explore

Digital nomads often seek adventure and culture with their freedom to work anywhere. Penang offers visitors the opportunity to visit ancient temples such as Keg Lok Si Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia.

Accessible Digital Nomad Visa

With the DE Rantau Nomad Pass, those who earn more than about $25,320 per year and pay a visa fee of $233 can apply to live in Malaysia for 3 to 12 months.

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Female traveler at Keg Lok Si Temple in Georgetown, Penang Island, Malaysia

4. Seoul, South Korea

Seoul is the country’s largest city, with more than 10 million people living and working in the mega-city. In addition to being the capital, it is also a hub for major technology companies such as LG, Samsung and Hyundai.

No wonder digital nomads want to be a part of this high-tech city. Yet Seoul offers much more than the city’s flashing lights and skyscrapers.

City view with boats on water

Busy city life without spending too much

Seoul offers the excitement and entertainment of enchanting big city life at a reasonable price. Living in the city is affordable, with average rental prices 64.6% less than rent in the US., according to Numbeo.com. Affordable prices plus extra cash for gym memberships, shopping at markets, luxury stores, and seemingly endless karaoke bars.

No visa required

For United States citizens, you can live and work in South Korea for up to 90 days without a visa. You can apply for a long-term visa if you want to stay longer.

Seoul, South Korea

3. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysia is back on the list with its largest city, Kuala Lumpur. A major city known as the fashion and retail capital of the country.

However, designer clothes don’t lead many digital nomads to this area. Kuala Lumpur was voted the best place for ex-pats to live and work in 2021, according to a survey by the International.

Downtown Kuala Lumpur at night

Low cost of living and great Wi-Fi

The average cost of living in Kuala Lumpur, excluding rent, is around $500. Whether you prefer to work from home or work out of cafes, you’re sure to get reliable and fast internet wherever you go.

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Best place for digital nomads working in IT

As mentioned earlier, the Digital Nomad visa allows low income earners to stay for up to one year. The visa targets freelancers or full-time remote company workers and particularly welcomes those working in cybersecurity, digital marketing, software development, and digital content creation and development.

A female tourist at Ten Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Copy

2. Da Nang, Vietnam

Da Nang, a vibrant city in Vietnam, welcomes digital nomads with free Wi-Fi in the downtown area. Yes, there is free Wi-Fi everywhere, not just hotels or cafes.

Besides being generous with their Wi-Fi, Vietnamese people are known for being welcoming and friendly.

Giant hand held bridge.

Amazing places

Did you know there is a Disneyland version of Da Nang? Ba Na Hills, also known as „Da Lat of Danang Province”, is a hilltop resort. From the outside it looks like an old fort. Inside, however, there are elegant restaurants and an imaginative park.

Apart from the resort, another hot spot includes My Kay Beach, known as one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet.

You can stay and work on a tourist visa

For American digital nomads, you can Apply online easily A tourist visa to live and work in Vietnam for up to 90 days.

A young woman walks on the Golden Bridge, a famous bridge supported by two giant arms near Da Nang, in central Vietnam, Southeast Asia.

1. Tokyo Japan

The number one fastest-growing hub for digital nomads is Tokyo, Japan, a world-renowned destination for its cuisine and culture. The city of cherry blossoms offers digital nomads a lot for a change of scenery.

Gathering at the Japanese-Summer-Festival-in-Tokyo

Attention and safety

One of the great things about living in Japan is that it is a very safe country. As stated therein Table of Safest Cities By the Economist Intelligence Unit, accessed in 2021, Tokyo was the 5th safest city.

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One reason is that the Japanese have a tremendous respect for people’s personal possessions. If you leave your phone or bag on a park bench, you’ll come back and find it waiting for you right where you left it.

The city that never sleeps

Over 40 coworking spaces and numerous cafes are open at all hours, making it easy to work across time zones. Plus, Japan is known for having the fastest internet in the world, so you don’t have to worry about your videos freezing badly.

Sensōji-ji Temple in Asakusa is the oldest temple in Tokyo and the most important temple in Tokyo, Japan.

When you leave work, you can enjoy the bustling nightlife of the city.

There is no specific digital nomad visa

Although there is no specific visa for working remotely in Japan, US citizens can enter Japan on a tourist visa and continue working at a company outside of Japan.

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