When you are an online publisher earning money for your content, the world is your office. You can work anywhere you want – all you need is internet and inspiration. Boost the News was initiated with the aim of helping publishers to monetize content – so as part of our service to you, the lucky publishers, here is a list of great places where you can find both fast internet and never-ending inspiration. These are the world’s “seven wonders” of digital nomads, the ideal “hotspots” for those who can work remotely. Ready? Take your laptop and go create great content! Oh, and don’t forget to send us a postcard!
Tel Aviv, Israel
Imagine a city with a yearly temperature average of 20c, with a 15km-long coastline by the Mediterranean sea. A cosmopolitan city, where virtually everybody speaks English, and has been chosen as the gay-friendly capital of the world for several consecutive years. Add to it a free municipal Wi-Fi network that runs throughout the whole city, which means you can work while sitting in a beach, a park, or in the beautiful 3000-years-old ruins of the old city of Jaffa. Take your work to one of the most fascinating cities in the world, where cultures, languages and religions mix in the speed of light, discover how “the people of the book” became the world’s “start-up nation” – work remotely from the city where “inspiration” is more than just a word.
The city that inspired masters like Antoni Gaudi, Montserrat Caballé, and Lionel Messi, will for sure inspire you! Art and passion are everywhere in the city that is the dream of every writer or creator. 700 free Wi-Fi hotspots spread across the city will, of course, help a bit with the practical aspects of the work, and a mild Mediterranean climate will do the job to keep working conditions at their best.
‘Eua Island, Tonga
How does working at “the most remote free Wi-Fi hotspot in the world” sound to you? In order to get to the hideaway in ‘Eua Island, Tonga, you will need to fly to Auckland, New Zealand, then take a 3-hour flight to Nuku’alofa, capital of Tonga, and then a ferry to ‘Eua (3 more hours – but you can also take a flight, which lasts 8 minutes – the shortest scheduled flight in the world, according to RealTonga Airlines).
If you manage to make it through the trip, this will be your new office. No need to scream “serenity now!” anymore, is there? Total peace of mind to concentrate on your writing is assured.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
When you hear that Chiang Mai was chosen by nomadlist as the best city in the world for digital nomads, it may raise one or two of your eyebrows. One of the oldest cities in the region, “the rose of the north” is considered rather as a cultural and touristic center, with its main attractions being its breathtaking ancient temples and astonishing natural resources.
But when you hear about the city’s low costs of living (which give you a softer start), the unbelievable amount of internet cafes from which you can work, the high number of expats and the friendly treatment they get from local residents, this choice doesn’t seem so awkward anymore – Chiang Mai is definitely a great pick for those looking for a different work routine.
The deadline is closing up, you need to upload this article as soon as possible (in fact, it should have been there already yesterday), but the internet just won’t move…welcome to the nightmare of every person who ever took a “WFH” day.
This is not the kind of problem you will meet if you decide to work in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. When Rotten Wi-Fi decided to check the average speed of public Wi-Fi networks in 172 countries, they probably didn’t expect to find in the first place (way, way before the U.S., Japan or South Korea) the tiny European country of Lithuania. With the fastest Wi-Fi in the world, you will have one worry less when you decide to take your work outside, and much more time to explore the pearls of this beautiful city.
Panajachel is the leading representative of the American continent in this list. Maybe the picture will help you understand why. Laying by the coast of Lake Atitlan, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, with a comfortable cost of living, good connections to the capital Guatemala City, and a vast number of hotspots and internet cafes, it is no wonder that Panajachel is building its reputation as a popular destination for expats and digital nomads.
In March 2014, the authorities of Nakuru, Kenya, launched a 2-million USD project to connect the whole city to a free wireless network. The city was the third in Africa (and the 16th in the whole world) to be completely covered by a free Wi-Fi network, in a step that was aimed at boosting the local economy and social mobility.
What it means to you, is that you can join this economic and educational center, and enjoy one of the fastest-developing business hubs in Africa. As a bonus, living and working in Nakuru you find yourself in close proximity to Lake Nakuru National Park, a breathtaking natural resort known for the millions of flamingos arriving to it each year. When in Nakuru, don’t forget to dedicate a moment to nature!