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Ask HN: If your job was remote, which city would you choose to live in?
76 points by arikr on July 31, 2019 | hide | past | favorite | 137 comments
Curious which cities people like

My job is remote. I moved to a hobby farm on the outskirts of Brisbane, Australia. So 45-70min commute to the CBD depending on traffic

Is a great lifestyle if you like the outdoors whiles giving access to a major city. I used to live in Sydney but couldnt buy a farm without being 2+ hours commute to CBD.

The blend of being on the keyboard most of the day but jumping on the tractor/motorbike/chainsaw etc at the end of a day gives a feeling of balance. Its hard work and takes over your life with animals, but if you like this stuff is really wholesome living.

What does CBD stands for? Google is not being helpful, unless you do mean weed.

Seems to be a common Australian abbreviation. Only other place I've ever heard it (central business district) is on an Aussie TV show.

Yes was referring to 'central business district'.

And good to find out it's an Australia centric expression. Thanks.

CBD is an expression also used by Kiwis (New Zealanders).

Central Business District

Ah fellow Queenslander, I'm about an hour and a half north of Brisbane. My grandparents own a farm about that same distance north of Brisbane as well though.

I'm north side of brissy too. Hello from Wamuran Basin :)

this is my dream! and goal

I had that same question a few years ago and made a site to answer it (for myself and others) called https://nomadlist.com.

Personally, I like cities with lots of nature in or around it, with low people density (not crowded), with a creative culture (like art, but also startups), in mild climates (like 20'C - 30'C, 68'F - 86'F), where it's not humid (so between 30% and 65% humidity).

any examples of such cities?

Yes, cities like Budapest, Prague, Austin, Medellin, Tbilisi tick those boxes.

If you don't care about humidity, the usual nomad hot spots come up like Chiang Mai, Ubud etc.

If you don't care about humidity and don't care about it being a bit crowded, you also get Canggu (which can be busy now), Bangkok, Taipei and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

Asia is just very humid.

My personal challenge is that I don't like sweating all day, even if A/C is available. I want to live somewhere where it's moderately mild/warm and where you can walk outside without getting drenched in sweat.

Definitely agree with you on the weather. At least in the tropical part of Asia it is either too hot, too humid or too dark. Personally I am not sure about Eastern Europe long term, it seems to be going the wrong way politically. Which is just a bother.

There seems to be an inverse (I guess pretty unsurprising) relationship between being decent and being cheap. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be 1 to 1. But almost everywhere attractive in Europe is now very expensive. Cities like Berlin, or even Lisbon, are pricing themselves out of the race. The US doesn't seem to be worth it anymore overall for Europeans.

So what I have managed to find on paper is Slovenia which supposedly has low taxes and decent quality of life but is tiny, relatively inaccessible and still a bit expensive. Another option seems to be something like a second tier city of a bigger country. Like Porto, Valencia and Montpellier and maybe Hamburg.

What sort of surprises me is that I haven't really been able to find any, at least not European, city which seem to want to attract people based on quality of life. All these "next silicon valley" type statements always only talks about things that largely doesn't matter. Not how to live there for 1 week, 1 month or 1 year. Have you noticed any city, or even region, doing better in this regard?

Great post, agree on all this.

One thing though: I think many cities as you say are now overpriced. Even with all the qualities of expensive cities like London, you get very little for what you pay for. That means there's an (economic) information lag where many people don't realize this yet. I hope my site helps reduce that information lag.

I think cities attracting people will happen organically as it's mostly always has been. People go to cheaper/better places to save money, then those places develop, get expensive/crowded etc.

In terms of non-organic ways of attracting people, I know governments in Spain, Ireland, France, Georgia, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia and a few more countries where ministries (eg of tourism) are actively aware of remote work, nomads and wanting to attract them.

The challenge is that the things remote workers are attracted by in a city are either fixed (weather) or slow to change (internet speeds, infrastructure, safety).

Places that have become hotspots for nomads like Chiang Mai and Bali mostly did because they already had a giant tourism industry and supply of (cheap) accomodation, were relatively safe and had usable internet. It "happened" to them, not the other way around.

Good points.

I think the key for those places wanting to attract people is to not be beholden to overall developments. On the one hand they can't rely on large changes because they take too much time and often are marginal. Instead of making the Internet better overall (which of course be the ideal thing) they could make sure that hotels in one area have good Internet, and that there is for example a lesser tax rate for monthly stays. On the other hand they also need to offset local changes, like the area becoming expensive, to keep the ball rolling.

I think that is partly why these places became hotspots. Because as you said they already had the backpackers, expats, surfers or fighters, and therefor the facilities. But also because when things got popular, they just move down the road and open up another place. And it seems that places like Lisbon can't really compete in that way. When it gets more popular it gets less accessible and more expensive a lot faster than opportunities to for example stay longer. So they end up in the same place as somewhere like London, but on a smaller scale.

I guess they would see it as a good thing as it makes more money, but it also hiders the "catalyst" or the further development, which should be their ultimate goal. At least that is my current impressions, but maybe that is just the way of the world and part of the fun. It just seems like a bit of a wasted opportunity. I guess I will know a bit more when I travel again in the autumn.

Sofia. Air quality is not that great, unless one lives in the part of the city near the mountain.

love your site man

thanks croh!

Haven't explored internet options up there. But the UP of Michigan, it's beautiful country and it's been far too long since I've had a pasty. It doesn't have the scale of Washington or the weather of California, but it is so much beautiful unspoiled wilderness. It's really hard to describe. Honestly the best show to capture it is Joe Pera talks with you.

Grew up in the UP. Of course it depends on location, but DSL has been available for about 10 years. It helps to be close to a trunk. The phone company said they will be running fiber to all their existing customers in the next two years. I think there might be subsidies because it is so remote.

Cable is probably confined to the biggest towns.

Yes, I occasionally spend time at our cabin north of Iron River. Cell coverage is not great except near the "bigger" towns like Houghton (Michigan Tech) and Marquette (Northern Michigan). But I love the UP and its remote northwoods wilderness.

I know of some electric cooperatives in the lower peninsula bringing fiber to the home, but where in the UP are fiber lines planned?

On a side note. I haven't been able to find full episodes anywhere besides Delta's in flight entertainment. Confusingly not listed under Adult Swim, but only shown in the All Titles section.

Not fully remote, but my wife is.

We enjoy Pittsburgh, big city feel (not massive though), decent public transit, gigabit ethernet.

Decent airport (well kinda we have to do a lot of connections when flying to SF or Europe). Easy to get to DC, NYC though via plane or car. Everyone is pretty nice here (bias I did grow up around here, though I can tell you driving has gotten worse..still far better than DC).

Edit: Given the chance to live anywhere we'd probably go back to Europe, lived there for about 4 years with my previous job. It fit our lifestyle a bit better than the US does. Probably pick a place like Berlin, Copenhagen, Amsterdam-area.

I'm in Pittsburgh as well, but I don't think I'd agree on our public transit and airport being decent or having a big city feel. Our downtown is pretty much an industrial park, it's nearly a ghost town most evenings. Other areas like Lawrenceville, the Strip district, and the Mexican War Streets are nice, but they feel a bit inauthentic. The bus system is really lacking, it's something that should be light rail instead.

I take the bus every day to/from work (live and work inside the city) and am able to get pretty much anywhere with the bus, I don't really see a problem with it.

Pittsburgh would not work with a lightrail the city is a triangle with crazy ass intersections and "tiny" streets, not a grid. A lightrail would be very ineffective (see Baltimore's that just runs pretty much one line in the city to the airport), or would require the city to pretty much destroy all existing streets and try again.

Los Angeles would be more ideal if you don't have a commute, I think. Just stay in your little beach community around Venice or Long Beach.

I'm often wishing New Orleans had a bigger tech scene, it's a beautiful town.

I'm doing that in Orange County at the moment. John Wayne Airport is a pleasure to fly out of. Newport Beach offers the beach home life and Irvine/South Coast Metro bring the big city tech offerings. Other responses go for more cost effective options with more rural nature. However for me, the temperate climate and urban/suburban pace of life works best.

John Wayne, what a guy to name an airport after!

I'll have to take a look at newport beach sometime, thanks for the tip :)

Since nobody put it, I've been fully remote for the past 5 years, used to live in San Diego but 2 years ago moved up to SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA.

Great small town, 30 minute scenic drive down to Costco/Trader Joes in Carson City. Reno airport is 1 hour away.

There are tech meetups here and tech community at the local CoWork Tahoe co-working space is thriving.

Winters are epic: take a long lunch, do a few laps up at Heavenly, be back in time for a 2pm call. Do a late start every other week and get a half-day in down at Kirkwood.

Summers are crowded but once you get on a trail there's nobody around.

Spring and Fall are quiet and you feel like you have the place to yourself.

Only down side is still paying CA taxes, stings more when Nevada is 2 miles from my house...

I'm in Philadelphia. Taxes aren't the best, but not as bad as some cities. For me it hits all the major check boxes. The other thing to me is I weigh cities on how much they give, versus how much they take.

* Lower cost of living * Close to other cities * I walk almost every where. Groceries are the exception once a week for a 20 minute subway ride. * A lot to do and see here. Admittedly I'm biased of all the cities I've been it's my favorite. * Transit. I visit other cities (NYC primarily). Buses are under 10, and most trips are two hours or so. * Decent tech scene, and start up scene.

The biggest con as a remote employee. Is Comcast, their internet leaves a lot to be desired.

My job is remote I used to live in Grass Valley, a town of 3K that is 1 hour drive from Sacramento. No cell phone reception 1/3 of teh population is on Dial up, I was fortunate to have AT&T DSL 760 kiloBits per sec 75/month Moved to LA to get decent internet of 100 MegaBits per sec 70 per month Used to own, now I rent So much for living the good life

Hi from Grass Valley :)

I've been working remote here for a few years and have had a different experience. Verizon cell phone coverage is fine for me here (tho it was terrible on AT&T). Agree that broadband access can be really spotty, but if you live in town the options are ok. We have 250Mbps at the house, and Comcast says they offer gigabit, but I haven't tried it. Anyway, it's possible things have gotten better, or else it just depends a lot on the available infrastructure where you live/work.

I'm fully remote, enjoying Western Montana. I'm in a small town on Flathead Lake with mountains in my backyard. I couldn't imagine much better. ATVs, archery, guns, fishing, boating, and more.

Hey! I’m from the Flathead valley (Yellowbay & Kalispell). We should get coffee when I’m back in town.

For sure! My email is in my profile. Hit me up. I'm in Polson.

Do . . . . do people in Montana really just meet each other on the Internet and get coffee?

Well no.. because I’m in California currently. But, yeah we have civilization in Montana. Also, the place in question is small enough that you can get to know a double digit percentage of the population within 30 mins driving distance if you wanted to, so it’s not entirely unlikely that there wouldn’t be a couple mutual connections anyhow.

I'm jealous if it wasn't apparent from my question

London. I like big, dense, multicultural cities with lots to do at any moment of time, lots of different people and high-quality food from as many cultures as possible readily available. On that measure I think the only city that compares (and is probably better) is New York, but I have a citizenship and lots of family + friends in the UK so it's a much more convenient place to be.

I'm working on moving there to do not-remote development at the moment, incidentally.

London is rapidly losing all appeal. The pound is tanking. Brexit is going to totally decimate the economy long term.

If you're working remotely, the pound tanking is a good thing, isn't it?

It's sad that people are willing to sacrifice culture and sovereignty because they're scared of a temporarily weaker economy.

Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Fast growing 400k people city in Transylvania.

Moved here almost four years ago from western Europe. Romanian people are very warm and friendly. Cluj grows and develops at an astonishing rate. Summers are nice and warm, but not too warm. Winters are cold, but not too cold.

Cost of living is high for the average Romanian. However, salaries for software engineers are at least two or three times the average and if you're a little better, it's five or six times more.

All you have to do is get over the fact that it's an ex-communist country. Behind on infrastructure development with a corrupt national government. Local government in Cluj is actually really nice and develops like crazy.

My job is remote, and I chose Melbourne, FL. No income tax, great weather, and it feels like a small town with big town amenities. I may move again when my rental time is up just to see more, but this place is quite nice.

My first serious programming job was fully remote I immediately moved to the island of Guadeloupe. It was great.

My current job is fully remote... I live in the San Francisco Bay area, am I doing this wrong?

Paying Bay Area prices when you don’t have to seems silly.

totally i was being glib, I live here currently to support family

I am currently in Stockholm and would probably move somewhere more remote in Sweden, where I can pursue my dreams of running a small chicken rescue operation.

Um... do chickens need rescuing? Could you explain what that means?

When egg-laying hens at big factory farms get past their prime and don't lay as many eggs anymore they are often killed and disposed of or sent to be turned into pet food. My farm would take as many of these older chickens as I can to let them live out the rest of their lives on a spacious farm where they have room to roam, and die of old age. I would still likely get some eggs out of them too (since they often still produce eggs, just not at a rate the factories deem profitable).


I've been working full-time remotely for past 5 years and tried many cities to live in. I feel like it might come down to personal preferences but I noticed a pattern in where I felt the best. London, Berlin, Chicago, Frankfurt, Bologna and Neapol would definitely take the bottom of my list. They are crowded, expensive and people are absolutely tired of tourists. Not to mention that all of them have some nasty places you wouldn't want to end up in by mistake and get mugged.

The top ones however would be in the order from least to most recommended: Ann Arbour (MI), Bari (IT) and my absolute Italian gem: Macerata. It's a 4k people historic city filled mostly with students. People rarely speak English and it doesn't make it any harder to make friends. Everyone welcomes you with his arms wide open and the city is lively. The food is absolutely amazing but that's Italy for you in general.

As a side note I'm Polish and in my mid twenties, I was born in Kraków so I skipped this city as it'd be hard for me to be objective about it.

P.S. I will be checking out Faenza (IT) this year as well

My job is remote. I decided to relocate from big European city to very small asian tropical island in the middle of nowhere. Best decision ever.

What is the visa situation? The only thing stopping me from doing something like that is that I dislike the idea of border hopping every 3/6 months and I am definitely not going to go through the hassle of obtaining permanent residency in such a country.

In Thailand you can stay one year on a tourist visas. Every 3 months you have to go a Thai embassy outside of Thailand to get a new tourist visa. Then you have to go somewhere else for a few month and you can repeat the one year cycle.

I did got through the hassle and setting up a Thai company. This gives me a 1 year multiple entry visa and a work permit. Cost around 2.000 USD. An agency will handle the paper work for you.

It is a hassle no matter if you choose to do what i did or if you do the tourist visa, but it certainly is possible to stay and work for years in Thailand and many do although it is getting more difficult.

So yeah, it is possible to try to live here for a year on tourist visa, and if you fall in love with the place as I did, you have options in regards to make a life time stay and to get that work permit so you are legit.

I have been working remote from here for 6 years so far and counting )))

Nice! Which island?

Koh Phangan, Thailand

What's the internet like?

I have an unlimited 50/50 fiber connection for around 25 USD a month. 3/4G is also fast and reliable but not unlimited.

San Luis Obispo. Charming college town which has restricted growth.

What do you mean by "restricted growth"? Not much to do around SLO though?

You are about an hour from SB, which has more of the trappings of a city

I've been remote the past 3 years and live in Bangkok ~6 months out of the year (visa issues staying any longer than 6 months per year) - still love it! Been to almost every other country in Asia but Bangkok feels most like home to me.

Big tech community, events every night, cheap delicious food, nice people, I like the weather, and more

Could you share more?

Is it a safe city?

Can you walk in random directions without fear?

How difficult is to get visa?

Do they speak English?

What kind of expenses are you looking at monthly?

As someone with fully remote job, I am wondering whether I should go couple of months there. I am on the verge about it.

Just go.

Random walking is my all time favourite thing to do in Bangkok. Although I'd recommend getting out of the CBD. Yes, tech events are great, but I prefer the slower, quiet pace of somewhere like Southern Phuket, or the diving in Koh Tao.

Visa is trivial, English is everywhere, if you're splurging, you could spend however much you want, but it's easy to live cheaply. Rent is something like USD500-800 for the month if you don't even shop around. Food is pretty cheap that I'm not even sure how much stuff costs. A 1 hour massage is about USD10, although you could splurge to about USD20 if you really want to.

That said, while I love Thailand, I'd have to say that Vietnam is still my all-time favourite SEA country to visit... but Thailand does keep drawing me back. I have a favourite beach spot and Kana Moo Grob really hits the spot.

Very safe, most dangerous thing here are the roads. High death count, 80%+ occurring on motorbikes. Not much crime, I feel safe walking down any random alley at 3am. So yes, you can walk anywhere without fear. Bad things happen, but it feels much safer here than anywhere in the US.

English is spoken almost everywhere, at least basics. 35m+ people travel to Bangkok every year and the tourist industry here is large.

I spend about $800/mo on rent but I have a very nice condo with gym + pool within 5 minutes walking to the sky train close to the center of downtown. I also do month to month with no contract, if you do a 6 month contract you can find a studio for $200/mo ~15 mins walking to the train - I just prefer convenience and luckily make enough income to cover the costs. Maybe spend another $500-700 a month on food and transportation.

Going out to eat is about the same cost and buying food/cooking and the food delivery services here are great (either free delivery or 50 cents for delivery). Most my meals average $5 usd but I usually eat at higher end place, you can do $1-2/meal if you want but it's lower quality food and ingredients typically. I like to go out, but don't drink often so alcohol isn't a big cost in my budget. Beer is usually $3-5 a bottle at most bars compared to somewhere like Vietnam where everywhere has beer for $1.

I initially went for 1 month (1 week in BKK -> 1 week in chiang mai -> 1 week in Koh Lanta -> back to BKK) and ended up staying for 5 months total the first year while traveling to Cambodia and Vietnam for visa runs. I definitely recommend 3-4 weeks your first time to see if it's for you with a similar route to me to get a feel of the different cities. I liked chiang mai more at first but grew to love Bangkok the most now.

Don't worry about booking much accommodation far in advance as there's much readily available. I just like to book a nice place for my first week to recover from jetlag before I head out and play the rest by ear.

Hope that helps!

I was in Bangkok for a month and have a couple of friends living there and would say it's very safe. Safer than any big city in the U.S.

My job is remote and I choose to live in Los Angeles, CA. This is the same city as when I worked in an office, and with family, friends, my wife's job, and my daughter's school and friends it would be hard to leave. The weather, diverse population, entertainment, and the beach are huge draws as well.

I'm fully remote now, and am currently still in the bay area (used to work in SF), but planning to move to the Sacramento area by next year.

Why Sacramento? 1) Wife and I still have family members in the bay area and we'd like to stay within driving distance, 2) Still get to enjoy California weather, without the possibility of a 8.0+ earthquake looming over our heads, 3) Better school for our kid while spending less than half the amount to buy a house vs similarly good school districts in the bay area, 4) I'm not very into snow, which eliminates much of the northern half of the country as candidate cities to choose. If I'd also like to avoid hurricanes, tornadoes, and huge earthquakes, that eliminates most of the country. The Greater Sacramento area actually fits that bill.

I grew up around Sacramento. One nice thing was that we actually had 4 seasons, unlike SF. 100+ degree summers were sometimes rough though.

I'm thinking about Boulder Colorado or Eugene, OR, but I haven't been to those places yet.

I lived in Eugene for school a while back. It was a great town, lots of outdoor stuff, coast is an hour away. The college is a major influence on the town but the summer, when most students leave, is one of the most enjoyable places to be as long as you’re not allergic to grass seed

Consider Corvallis as well. Bit better food and bar scene than Eugene despite being smaller.

Maybe Portland Maine, seems like a nice little city on the coast, plus the lobster is dirt cheap.

Grew up there. Live in Portland OR now. I'd like to be remote someday exactly so I can move back, though probably just to one of the quieter (cheaper) surrounding areas... Hard to beat actual seasons and interesting weather. You can drive for 20 minutes in any direction and find yourself alone in nature. Boston is just 2 hours south and the ocean is everywhere you look. Winters are long and harsh, though.

I would try Austin, Texas. The weather is not extremely cold or hot. The cost of living is reasonable. It's not super crowded. And if I lost my job, there's a growing demand for tech workers.

Are there any Austinites that can comment on this?

I would disagree about the weather, we definitely skew on the hot side (some would argue humid too, like my coworkers who came from the desert, but as an ex-Floridian I usually find it pretty dry.)

The cost of living is okay, though we're one of the fastest growing cities so rents are going up. Right now 2/1 homes built in the 40s and on flood plains will run you over 300k. It's about 200k for a small condo or 500k minimum for a small family home.

While it doesn't feel crowded due to everything being so spread out, the traffic is an absolute bear. My old commute was 3.9 miles and usually took between 45 minutes to an hour by car. I've since moved and started using public transportation (it's fine, but nothing to write home about, though our commuter train is a joke) and it takes as long but at least I can get plenty of reading in. The city is really not friendly to bikers either outside of a few very select areas.

I should also note that North and South Austin do not mix. We're South Dallas to them and they're North Mexico to us. Because of the aforementioned traffic and sprawl you tend to stick to your side of the river. Oh, and because of all the events and conventions that happen here there are just random weeks where everything is confusingly crowded.

That said I do love this city. Tons of culture and awesome food. My partner is always surprised at the variety of things we can do, whether it's queer-friendly indie wrestling matches, or one-off rap musicals, or interactive pop-up art exhibits or boozy morning goat yoga.

The average high is 90 or above for the entirety of the summer, and above 95 for an entire month. That is pretty hot in my book.

I've been working remotely from Austin (well, Northern suburbs for a bit under a year now, and after San Jose absolutely love it.

If you have to commute it might be tough (number of people here is growing faster than number of roads), but for remote work it's perfectly fine. And when I want to get to downtown, it takes me about the same time it would've taken me in San Jose (and I lived in SJ itself), but unlike SJ there's actually something to do in Austin.

It certainly does get hot here in the summer, but I like that there are seasons here.

Cost of living is significantly better than the Bay Area (and I would argue the quality of life isn't any worse either). And salaries, unless you're aiming for top position at a FANG aren't that much worse.

Also, people are much nicer around here.

Seemed like the kind of place you have to drive around a lot, which you may or may not care about. Not super crowded == everything is spread out. The vegetation was lush and the public bike infrastructure was pretty legit downtown at least, so its got that going for it.

I absolutely love it. Got a home in the 400s with a 10 min drive to downtown (I actually bike instead, there's some very bike-friendly roads. Just under Bay area pay for much lower cost of living.

You never run out of things to do. The only downside is the traffic going north to south - if you find a place to live close to work you're fine. If you get a house, then later work at the other side of town, you might have to put up with a 1hr commute.

It is getting super crowded and cost of living is skyrocketing. It's been near 100 degrees for a month with no end in sight. Nobody knows how to drive, but they drive aggressively. Also, there's definitely not enough water for everyone who wants to move to Texas. (Can you tell that I'm ready to leave?)

Also, someone said that there are seasons, which is a lie. Fall is basically: One day it rains pretty hard and all the leaves fall off the trees. Winter is: Leaves are off their trees for six months and it's kinda chilly. Then it rains a lot in "Spring", then it's 100 degrees until you think you can't take it anymore.

Former Austinite here, I would not recommend it. It has very little to offer and has terrible traffic.

I'm remote and live in Glasgow, Scotland. My partner is tied down with their location so I don't travel as much as I might otherwise, but I like it here and we have already lived abroad so it works out pretty well.

Eastern Tennessee in the Smokey Mountains, preferably near a college campus.


It’s not a city, but I’ve just spent 10 days working remotely from the Isle of Jura, population 200, off the west coast of Scotland. I work in finance as a programmer, and whilst often need to spend time with traders and quants, this time away was a great opportunity to get my head down and get stuck into some issues that I normally don’t get time for. The best thing was that my daughter could spend time with her cousins and I could do trail running at random times of the day. Seriously considering doing this more often!

My job is remote, and the wife and I just took the leap of moving from the Seattle area to a small town north of Houston. The weather, cost of living, and pace of life is just so much better.

Which town? (I'm in Houston)

My job is remote. I moved to a hobby farm in Utah on what was (at the time) the dividing line between suburbia and farmland, and an hour from SLC, so it isn't too far if I need a larger city. But I rarely actually go there.

Many people who joined our company moved because we were 100% remote until a couple years ago when we were acquired. I'd say more than half picked some small town. The specific small town varies greatly, depending on what you like to do and who/where your family is.

My job is remote. Moved to a lake near family in Alabama. Couldn't be happier. Very low cost of living. I also get to go wakeboarding on my lunch break

where abouts? i'm in birmingham and want to live on a lake or mountain

smith lake

I'm trying to figure this out myself. I have freelanced for years from Houston and it's been fine. I avoided moving somewhere more expensive because my income was inconsistent, but now I have a salaried remote job and no excuse. It's harder than I thought it would be to pack up and leave a place.

I'm headed to Austin for a month today, hoping to try Vegas later this year as well.

I'll let you all know when I figure this one out...

I live in Austin, which is expanding so quickly, it is no longer bringing me joy...

I'd be in Boise, near family, nature, isolation....

Sudsbury Canada I believe the name is. Cold, good internet, not too dense, low CoL. If I ever get a serious remote job I would definitely consider it, it would require me to emigrate for the US. If emigration wasn't realistic, I'd probably move somewhere in Minnesota (I like the cold for various reasons)

Nobody has mentioned http://nomadlist.com yet

And could mention (i m working on) https://reworkin.com/ as a hub for remote workers to connect with each other.

Tokyo, Manila, Cebu, Bali, Chiang Mai

I personally enjoy emerging economies - money goes far, people are fun, and you could loop yourself into a fun investment or two.

Tokyo/Japan is not emerging, but the language, culture and identity are fun parallels.

China is a maybe, even now, I would love to go to a Confucius Instuite and pick up Chinese.

I agree with any or all of these. Part of my fascination with living in Japan would be in being completely alienated. I currently feel disconnected from American culture and though I "blend", I feel the distance. I think it would be good to feel what that is like when it is overtly apparent.

Preferably in a state with no state income tax: https://www.investopedia.com/financial-edge/0210/7-states-wi...

Most of those states have a higher cost of living than other states, largely offsetting the relatively small benefit of state income tax savings.

Rent/mortgage/utility is likely a far bigger overall concern than state income tax in the bigger picture.

I work remote from Sydney's Northern Beaches. Life couldn't be better :)

I would move to Rochester, NY.

The Bad: Very long winters with lots and lots of snow. Not a whole lot of economic opportunity if you're not in healthcare.

The Good:

1. The most beautiful Spring/Summer/Fall seasons I have ever seen, and I've been lucky enough to see a good portion of the world.

2. Vibrant and walk-able downtown area. Arts/Culture/Music are taken very seriously there.

3. A ton of affordable yet beautiful housing in mostly desirable areas. Low cost of living in general.

4. Close proximity to beautiful countryside and the criminally underrated Finger Lakes (which are home to some of the best wineries in the USA).

5. Rochester Public Market. Think a farmers market that exclusively sells "ugly" produce for bottom dollar cheap. It's huge and quite fun to go to on the weekends.

The TL;DR I usually give people is that it's a Portland, OR that no one really knows about. It's the third largest city in New York State behind Buffalo and NYC. It's not a perfect place and it has its fair share of problems, but it is a great place to live. Assuming a decent tech salary, one could live very well there.

Honestly theres no where I'd settle, but I think some staying in some far out cities could be interesting for a few years. I'd try something like Juneau, Alaska a shot,despite being tiny, it looks beautiful

I'm from Europe so i would choose an European city - Wroclaw.

Polish city - so living is way way cheaper compered to the western Europe, while the city itself is neat and offers high standard of living.

Wrocław represent! I hate living here because of the winters, but still it's a great place to live for someone who doesn't mind the cold

Valencia Spain, most amazing city I've ever been, go visit :).

Kailua Hawaii. Just over the hill from Honolulu and Waikiki, just an hour from Maui and the Big Island. Hours from the rest of the world. *-

Scandinavian west coast may-sep (Sognefjord to Kungsbacka).

Zürich/Zug/Vaduz oct-apr.

Utrecht for the crowd, Tokyo for the food.

Want to try: Auckland, Singapore, Vancouver.

I’m currently working remotely from Sognefjord (just for a month or so). Plenty of rainy days where it’s not hard to stay inside and get stuff done. Still beautiful even in the rain!

For me, personally, the extended coastal region is all about the nature access. Without gear I have several months of great water for swimming, diving, sailing, etc. With a thin suit it's six months. Then it's the beautiful forests, allemansrätten in Sweden, low traffic, friendly atmosphere, etc.

From Sognefjord in the north to Kungsbacka in the south it's generally easy to choose the kind of weather you want, depending on how much work you have to get done :)

Society in the region is great, friendly people, internet coverage is good, industry is strong, education is very good.

But for winter I prefer Switzerland.

My city of choice would be Remote, NA. I'd be a full-time tech nomad traveling around North America in a converted bus.

Some beach. Maybe in Spain. I like fomenterra

Formentera could be a bit lonely on winter, but Spring is beautiful.

The problem is both Ibiza and Formentera are fully booked for summer season and, unless you by a property there, rent in July-September will be prohibitive.

My job is remote and I moved from London to Barcelona area. It's been two years and I'm still thrilled so far

What's the best and the worst thing about this city in your opinion? I'm dreaming about moving to Spain and hesitate between Barcelona and Valencia

I was also hesitating between Valencia and Barcelona. I ended up choosing Barcelona because there would be more job opportunities for my SO who doesn't work remotely.

Valencia is much cheaper than Barcelona but doesn't have a big airport nor as many good restaurants.

As for the best and worst things, I think they're valid for both Barcelona and Valencia:

The best thing is actually a combination of many: excellent weather conditions, relatively cheap cost of life, great food, access to the beach, overall good quality of life.

The worst things are the noise (cars and people) and communication.

- Zurich

- Los Angeles

- Mumbai

in the descending order of preference!

Rio de Janeiro or Florianopolis, Brazil (I currently live between both of them and some months in Buenos Aires).

West LA. Tough place to be getting remote pay unless they pay more for cost of living unfortunately.

Santa Barbara

Doesn't really matter if I have a remote job or not I'll pick Berlin

San Diego

12 different ones, then choose based on my mood.

Where can i find remote job?

Not the creator but this is pretty good if you are serious about finding remote opportunities:


There's good amount of filters to make it work for you.

Can't vouch for this but the podcast TechMeme Ride Home has been promoting weworkremotely.com

Bogota, Colombia. For sure.

Could you please tell me why would you choose Bogota?

Why Bogota over Medellin?

I am not GP but I found Medellin had a really dangerous vibe and a hideous city center. Bogota felt much safer for me and the center is really beautiful with lots to see and do.

I know that Medellin is said to be popular with nomads but I honestly have no idea why.

And has a terrible (and insecure) night life.

Oahu, Big Island, Maui

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