3 of the best countries for digital nomads

An aerial view shows Halikounas beach in Corfu, Greece

With 16% of businesses worldwide now operating fully remotely, it’s easier than ever to become a digital nomad. Referring to individuals “who are location-independent and use technology to perform their job, living a nomadic lifestyle”, digital nomads don’t need to live in the same country as their employer.

This lifestyle offers many potential benefits, including the freedom to travel, the chance to experience a new culture, and a lower cost of living. Statistics show that 72 million Americans alone are looking to become digital nomads in the near future. But which countries are best as a base? Below are three destinations digital nomads should consider making home in 2023.

1. Dominica

Nicknamed the “Nature Island of the Caribbean”, Dominica certainly lives up to its moniker. Boasting remarkable rainforests, beaches, mountains, waterfalls, and many other natural features, digital nomads can spend their free time exploring the great outdoors on this small yet spectacular island.

Beyond its incredible landscapes and year-round sunshine, Dominica also offers an affordable cost of living, low taxation levels, a laidback lifestyle, and proximity to the rest of the Caribbean.

It’s also fairly easy to gain the right to live and work on the island nation. The country’s Work in Nature (WIN) visa enables individuals to become residents and live and work in Dominica remotely for up to 18 months. Alternatively, you could explore citizenship by investment as an option. As CS Global Partners explain, individuals simply need to invest a minimum of $100,000 in Dominica by either buying local real estate or making a contribution to the Economic Diversification Fund (EDF).

2. Costa Rica

The Central American country of Costa Rica is another sun-kissed destination that offers boundless benefits for digital nomads. Similar to Dominica, Costa Rica is blessed with natural beauty and biodiversity. It’s also home to bustling cities like its capital San José and Cartago.

A major reason many digital nomads relocate to Costa Rica is its “pura vida” lifestyle. Translating to “pure life”, the saying encapsulates the priorities of the locals: relaxation, peacefulness, coexisting with nature, and getting joy from the small things. It’s therefore no surprise the country has consistently topped the Happy Planet Index.

Moving to Costa Rica is straightforward, with the country’s recently launched digital nomad visa enabling non-nationals to live and work there for up to a year, with the possibility of renewal. It is one of the only programmes of its kind in the region. In order to then become a naturalised citizen there, individuals must live in Costa Rica for at least seven years.

3. Greece

Greece is another fantastic choice for digital nomads. Beyond its iconic historical landmarks like the Acropolis to the Pantheon, Greece is also renowned for its world-class beaches, idyllic and luxurious islands, and various other natural charms.

It’s not just all the things you can see and do that make Greece such a delight. Its cuisine is among the best in the world, with the Mediterranean diet — which involves staples like olive oil, seafood and fresh vegetables — originating from Greece. Add in aspects like the country’s affordable cost of living, relaxed pace of life and great healthcare system, and it’s easy to see why Greece is a fantastic place to live.

In order to become a digital nomad there, individuals can apply for the dedicated Digital Nomad Residence Permit, which enables remote workers to live in Greece for up to 24 months. This involves meeting various requirements, like earning at least €3,500 a month and providing proof of remote work. To become a Greek citizen, individuals need to live there for at least seven years.

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