10 Under-the-Radar Cities for Remote Workers
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10 Under-the-Radar Cities for Remote Workers

by Murray Brennan Elphick, Writer
10 Under-the-Radar Cities for Remote Workers
  • 1. Tbilisi, Georgia: Embrace the Slow Life
  • 2. Porto, Portugal: A Foodies' Feast
  • 3. Kraków, Poland: Festivals Galore
  • 4. Chiang Mai, Thailand: When Nature Calls
  • 5. Medellín, Colombia: An Urban Explorer's Playground
  • 6. Tallinn, Estonia: Techie's Paradise
  • 7. Seville, Spain: Dance the Night Away
  • 8. Da Nang, Vietnam: Calling All Beach Bum's
  • 9. Plovdiv, Bulgaria: Art, History and Culture
  • 10. Valletta, Malta: Sun Seeker's Dream
  • Pack Your Bags

Tired of the same old routine? These 10 under-the-radar cities offer a great work-life balance for those looking to spice up their remote work life. Pack your bags, kiss the home office goodbye, and get ready for an adventure.

Ever feel stuck in a rut? 

You wake up, grab a coffee, work from the same spot you always do, and...well, that's kind of it. You traded the corporate cubicle farm for the freedom of remote work, remember?

Remote work is all about deep work when you need it, but your life doesn't need to stop when your laptop closes. 

As a remote worker, the world (or at least a really cool new city) is your oyster.

With more and more people working remotely, why not spice things up and try something new? 

With unique vibes and built-in escape plans for your free time (when adventure calls), these 10 under-the-radar cities await.

1. Tbilisi, Georgia: Embrace the Slow Life

An illustration showing a remote worker sitting on the walls of Narikala Fortress. The remote worker is watching the sunset over Tbilisi, Georgia.

It’s a Monday. Why not ease into things? 

Wander the maze-like streets of Old Town, grab a coffee at Café Leila, and then get down to business.

After work, walk the Narikala Fortress for epic city views and a breath of fresh air. Wander back down to the city to unwind in the relaxing 5th century sulfur baths of Abanotubani.

Tbilisi is a city where adventure waits around every corner. Just embrace it at walking pace.

With stunning architecture, vibrant street art, and oodles of history, this is a city life worth living.

Don't forget to try the Khinkali dumplings. They’re soupy, comforting deliciousness in every bite!

2. Porto, Portugal: A Foodies' Feast

Fuel your morning with a coffee and Pastel de Nata from Manteigaria

Porto is a foodie's city with waterfront views to match.

Close your laptop, grab your keys, and head out for a sunset walk along the Dom Luís I bridge (did you know it was designed by a student of Gustave Eiffel!). 

Continue along the Vila Nova de Gaia waterfront, scoping out the legendary Douro river, and decompress with a port wine in hand at one of the city's historic cellars.

Feeling peckish? Head back across the bridge to Ribeira where medieval streets and a classic Portuguese spread is waiting. 

Give grilled sardines (sardinhas assadas) a try at Restaurante Casa Adão. You’ll thank us later.

3. Kraków, Poland: Festivals Galore

An illustration showing a remote worker taking a morning walk with a steaming cup of coffee in hand. The remote worker is walking through Rynek Główny, Kraków's main Market Square.

Kraków offers a unique blend of history and culture.

After grabbing your morning cup of Joe, take a stroll through Rynek Główny, medieval Europe's most expansive Market Square

It’s been a social and political center since the 13th century and is a breathtaking place to start your day. 

After closing up with work, soak in the history of Wawel Castle, a former royal residence that whispers tales of Polish kings and queens. 

For something more lively, visit Kazimierz Jewish Quarter, a neighborhood known for its art scene and nightlife.

With almost 80 festivals a year, Kraków keeps its cultural calendar filled to the brim. 

Whether you're drawn to jazz, street performers, historical reenactments, or art exhibitions, you'll never be far from the center of action.

4. Chiang Mai, Thailand: When Nature Calls

Chiang Mai is a paradise for nature lovers.

Hit your workload hard during the day, then disconnect with a relaxing hike up to Wat Pha Lat temple

This short one-hour trek through nature is a true insider's gem and a great way to disconnect after work.

For longer weekend adventures, grab hold of the lush Chiang Mai landscapes with longer hikes. The Doi Inthanon National Park offers tons of great options for more seasoned trekkers.

Looking for a different outdoor adventure? Visit the Elephant Nature Park or take a boat ride on the Mae Ping River.

Chiang Mai's stunning surroundings and affordable living make it a dream for remote workers craving nature's embrace.

5. Medellín, Colombia: An Urban Explorer's Playground

An illustration of a remote worker looking down on the colorful city of Medellín, Colombia. They are waiting to use the Medellín Metrocable.

Medellín, the "city of eternal spring," offers a vibrant energy that's perfect for urban explorers.

After work, ride the Metrocable for stunning city views or wander around the artistic Comuna 13 neighborhood. 

Thirteen years of urban transformation has changed this once dangerous district into one of the city's most well-known creative hubs.

Need a break from the buzz? Unwind at Parque Arví, a 16,000 hectare nature reserve great for long walks and longer picnics.

From innovative urban projects to serene green spaces, Medellín's transformation and vibrant culture make it an urban explorer's wonderland.

6. Tallinn, Estonia: Techie's Paradise

Estonia is known as the world's most advanced digital society, and Tallinn is its beating heart.

After work, connect with some of the brightest minds in tech and brain bash that tough challenge you're working on. 

Definitely check out community events at Lift99, a vibrant startup hub, or Tehnopol, Tallinn's leading tech incubator.

Tallinn's medieval streets offer a unique contrast, making it feel like a futuristic tech utopia meets fantasy land. For tech lovers, Tallinn offers an environment buzzing with innovation.

Get ready to plug into this digital powerhouse.

7. Seville, Spain: Dance the Night Away

An illustration showing two flamenco dancers dancing in Seville, Spain.

Seville pulses with vibrant Spanish energy and a rich blend of cultures. 

Tackle your workday head on, then immerse yourself in the city's infectious music and dance scene.

Witness the stunning Moorish architecture in the Alcázar Palace, then lose yourself in an evening of live flamenco at La Carbonería

Here, impromptu dance performances erupt, bringing the city's spirit to life right before your eyes.

Seville's blend of Moorish heritage and effervescent Spanish traditions, creates an unforgettable backdrop for remote workers.

8. Da Nang, Vietnam: Calling All Beach Bum's

For beach lovers, Da Nang is the ultimate escape.

Head to My Khe for an after work swim or catch some rays at Non Nuoc Beach

Enjoy fresh seafood on the water's edge (we recommend Banh Xeo - crispy pancakes filled with shrimp and pork) or breathtaking coastal views on the Hai Van Pass.

However you choose to spend your after hours, take a moment to breathe in that fresh sea air. With its stunning beaches and laid-back vibes, Da Nang is a great option for remote workers wanting to unwind on the waterside.

9. Plovdiv, Bulgaria: Art, History and Culture

An illustration showing an orchestra getting ready for a performance in Plovdiv's Roman amphitheater.

Plovdiv is a bucket list location for art lovers.

One of Europe's oldest continuously inhabited cities, Plovdiv's art and culture scene is more than 6,000 years in the making. 

After work, mosey around the Kapana Creative District, a maze of cobblestone streets bursting with street art and galleries.

Don't feel like walking? Take a load off and catch a show at the city's still used Roman amphitheater.

Walking through Plovdiv feels like traversing 6,000 years worth of European history— because, well, it kind of is!

Plovdiv's rich history and thriving art scene will feed any remote worker with a passion for art and culture.

10. Valletta, Malta: Sun Seeker's Dream

Valletta is perfect for those seeking sun-drenched adventures and a rich historical experience.

After a day of deep work, it's time to recharge. Set off to walk the historic streets of Valletta, described by UNESCO as "one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world."

The fortified city walls overlook the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, providing stunning views and a perfect spot for relaxation. 

Take a boat trip to the Blue Lagoon for crystal-clear waters and endless blue skies. Soak up the vibrant street life and embrace the laid-back Mediterranean atmosphere.

Valletta's sunny weather, vibrant streets, and rich history make it a dream destination. Say "hard pass" to gray and gloomy, and hello to sunny skies.

Pack Your Bags

With more and more people embracing the flexibility of remote work, these under-the-radar cities offer a great blend of work and play.

MBO Partners 2023 State of Independence research study found that 17.3 million American workers currently identify as digital nomads. 

Not enough? Google search data shows a staggering 1,135% increase in searches for "digital nomad visas" in 2024. 

Choosing an off-the-beaten-path city lets you escape the crowds and tourist traps, allowing you to immerse yourself in the local life. 

With unique experiences that look beyond the nomad hotspots, these cities offer ideal options for those looking for deep work with off-hours balance.

There’s no one best city for remote workers. But, from Tbilisi to Valletta, these are great options for remote workers looking for a slice of (productive) adventure. 

So, why not take the leap and discover a new place to call your temporary home? Your home desk will be ready and waiting when you get back.

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