There is plenty to love about being a travel writer – the freedom to explore the world and do what you are passionate about. However, choosing where to base yourself can be a challenge – there are just so many amazing options. Here are five we like! Do you write and travel? What are some of your favorites?
Some key things to look out for include affordability, access to reliable (and fast) wifi, and of
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
Over the years, Chiang Mai in northern Thailand has established itself as the remote work capital of the world. It seems you can hardly grab a coffee or a pad thai in this bustling city without bumping into another laptop-carrying freelancer.
Its reputation is well-deserved. The internet is lightning fast, there are plenty of co-working spaces and the cost of living is very affordable. Then add in the fact that the food is mouth-wateringly delicious (with lots of different options, including vegan places) and the scenery is jaw-droppingly beautiful. It’s definitely an inspiring place to live and write!
Well and truly breaking away from its Soviet past, Estonia as a whole has enthusiastically embraced the digital age. They’ve invested heavily in technology and made their country extremely friendly for remote workers, including writers.
They have some of the fastest internet speeds in the world, and there’s a fabulous cafe culture if you like to write and sip coffee (who doesn’t?). Plus, the cost of living in Tallinn is much lower than western Europe, while the city is extremely well-connected to the rest of Europe by train and plane. It’s perfect for a travel writer who can’t sit still for too long!
Limón, Costa Rica
If tapping away writing your masterpiece amongst the canopy of a lush forest sounds like a dream come true, then you’ll love Costa Rica. The country has made every effort to protect their amazing environment, so the country is truly a nature lover’s dream.
Although it’s a little more expensive than some of the other options on this list, Costa Rica is still very affordable. Plus, they have fast wi-fi, some of the best coffee in the world, and high-quality infrastructure. As for exactly where to work in Costa Rica, there are many options – but bustling Limón has it all; spectacular scenery, laidback beaches and rich culture.
Mexico City, Mexico
If you’re the kind of person who gets energy from writing in a vibrant environment, then Mexico City is perfect. It doesn’t get much more vibrant than this, a sprawling metropolis of almost nine million people.
Mexico City has long inspired creatives of all types, and it’s not hard to see why. The city has it all: great cafes and restaurants, amazing historical sites and beautiful art galleries and cultural attractions. Plus, every neighbourhood has its own distinct character and feel, meaning you never have to travel far to be inspired by a whole new location.
Lisbon is one of the most popular travel destinations at the moment, and it’s also the perfect base for travel writers. Life is good in Portugal – think beautiful warm sun, ample (and delicious) wine, and friendly people.
Even in sprawling Lisbon, it’s not hard to make friends and there are many great cafes and coworking spaces. So, if you’re someone who enjoys the company of others, it’s a great choice. It’s also one of the most affordable cities in Western Europe, yet you can find yourself in Barcelona, Paris or Madrid with just a short flight or train ride. What’s not to love?