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Nomad List: Where are the best cities for digital nomads to live and work remotely

Many of us dream of the nomadic life where we can take off at a moment’s notice and make money even when our feet are planted on pearly white sands.

I’m talking about the wonderful world of a remote worker, where you can work in your PJs, not have to participate in office gossip, and travel wherever you like and whenever you like, yet still get paid because your boss also embraces the telecommuting policy.

And there just so happens to be a website out there to help those go about their nomadic lives, by supplying every piece of information you’d ever want as a remote worker.

Nomad List is a crowdsourced list of cities around the world that lets you sort through destinations based on criteria like air quality, safety, internet speed, weather, and the estimated cost of living.

Image via Nomad List

Image via Nomad List

The website is the brainchild of 28-year-old entrepreneur Pieter Levels, who is originally from Amsterdam but has been living in Tokyo since early 2013. He’s also launching 12 startups in 12 months, so to say he’s ambitious is quite the understatement.

“With costs of living in the west rising to ridiculous levels, it’s become almost impossible for our generation (those born after 1980) to have satisfying lives with careers where we actually grow in income like our parents did,” Levels told the Telegraph.

“With more people worldwide flocking to the cities, these cities are becoming more expensive. And if you combine that with more jobs going online and being able to be done remotely, it seems logical for people to find the place to live where they can have the best lives for the lowest cost.”

Image via NomadList

Image via Nomad List

Currently Chiang Mai tops the Nomad List with a score of 214 points. The climate is warm, the air quality is ok, a basic meal will cost you $2, a co-working space will set you back just $107 per month, and monthly rent is approximately $307.

Sleeping dogs in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai – hard at work or hardly working? (via Riccardo Romano/Flickr

Lowest on the Nomad List right now? Oh boy, it’s Cydonia, Mars. Before that, it’s Edinburgh, which I’ve got to say is quite a pleasant city compared to what I’ve heard of Cydonia.

Edinburgh ranked the lowest (of Earth cities, at -343 points, ouch!) because of its average climate of 2 degrees Celsius, a basic meal setting you back $16, and monthly rent of $1,206.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Don’t let the lovely scenery fool you, you don’t want to live in Edinburgh. (via Andy Smith/Flickr)

The lowest Aussie city was the Gold Coast, with a score of -182.

Nomad List also has a strong community of nomads and wannabe-nomads, complete with forums and places to chat to get the latest on visas, tax questions, and general info.

I only wish I found out about this before I signed my apartment lease!

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