Ever Wanted To Switch Your Office For The Beach? Here Are 10 Of The Best Places To Work Remotely From…

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Fancy swapping Peckham from Penang??. Photo: iStock/Howen Sia

Are you lucky enough to work for yourself? Or maybe your company lets you work remotely? If you answered yes to either of those questions, what are you doing here? Seriously.

Why are you paying ridiculous rent to live in a country where everybody hates each other. Where the sea is cold and summer rarely shows.

Instead of sitting on your sofa trying to block out the radgy car beeps from the street, you and your laptop could be logging in from anywhere in the world that has a decent internet connection.

Nomad List provides intel for the growing number of digital nomads. They rank cities according to the cleanliness of the air, internet speed, weather and rent cheapness.

We’ve picked our 10 favourite suggestions from the site. They all scored “great” for air quality, all except three had an internet speed of 5 MBPS and above, and the average monthly cost of living for each was 1400 US Dollars (£920) and below. With some as low as 453 US Dollars (£300)! The weather doesn’t look half bad either.

What are you waiting for?

1. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Photo: iStock/Holger Mette

Best for…climbers, jungle trekkers, folk that love Thai food.

Average monthly cost of living…478 US Dollars

Internet speed…5 MBPS

Good recce place to stayGreen House Backpacker

Any downsides? Scam merchants skim money at some ATMs, so it’s best to use the ones inside banks or hotels.

2. Taghazout, Morocco

Photo: iStock/Earth Flyer

Best for…surfers, kitesurfers, stand up paddle fans, yoga-lovers.

Average monthly cost of living…1175 US Dollars

Internet speed…5MBPS

Good recce place to staySurf Maroc

Any downsides…the roads can be a bit nuts and it gets super-super-hot in summer.

3. Surabaya, Indonesia

Photo: iStock/SuperJoseph

Best for… foodies, urban lovers, who also want to live a 2 hr train ride away from a volcano and two amazing national parks.

Average monthly cost of living…947 US Dollars

Internet speed…5 MBPS

Good recce place to stayHotel Cendana

Any downsides? The city can seem big and congested but nature is not far away.

4. Canggu, Bali

Best for…good surfers, yoga lovers, foodies, mindfulness converts.

Average monthly cost of living…973 US Dollars

Internet speed…5 MBPS

Good recce place to stayFRii Hotel

Any downsides? The sea at this stretch is quite gnarly for swimming. 

5. Penang, Malaysia

Photo: iStock/Filmlandscape

Best for…sea swimmers, jungle hikers, cyclists, twitchers.

Average monthly cost of living…1041 US Dollars

Internet speed…4 MBPS

Good recce place to stayRyokan Chic Hostel

Any downsides? The monkeys can be feisty. Oh and they kill drug smugglers.

6. Cordoba, Argentina

Photo: iStock/Holger Mette

Best for…paragliders, trekkers, history fans; those keen on horse-back riding.

Average monthly cost of living…1011 US Dollars

Internet speed…10 MBPS

Good recce place to stayTango Hostel

Any downsides? Rabid dogs, but luckily they don’t usually bite!

7. Kingston, Jamaica

Photo: iStock/Peeter Viisimaa

Best for…Reggae fans, Bob Marley groupies, sea swimmers, hikers, people who like pot-holing.

Average monthly cost of living…848 US Dollars

Internet speed…5 MBPS

Good recce place to stayReggae Hostel

Any downsides? Robberies aren’t uncommon so don’t carry too much cash and dial down the bling.

8. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Photo: iStock/Mustafa6noz

Best for…city dwellers, jazz fans, coffee lovers; foodies.

Average monthly cost of living…453 US Dollars

Internet speed…30 MBPS

Good recce place to stayAtelefugne

Any downsides? Violent crime is rare but watch out for pickpockets, especially those who accidentally spit on you, as that’s randomly all part of their scam.

9. Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Photo: iStock/FotoTrav

Best for…divers, snorkellers, hikers, animal lovers, especially Orangutan fans.

Average monthly cost of living…973 US Dollars

Internet speed…5 MBPS

Good recce place to stayJessleton Hotel

Any downsides? Some think construction in the town is getting out of control.

10. Cochabamba, Bolivia

Photo: iStock/Bartush Hendrikse

Best for…jungle hikers, twitchers, foodies, party people.

Average monthly cost of living…1223 US Dollars

Internet speed…3 MBPS

Good recce place to stayEl Jardin Suites

Any downsides? The area around the bus station can be dodgy after dark.

Read more at Nomad List

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