Where are trendsetters traveling right now?

man sitting in chair at a beach. photo vic padilla.
Playa del Carmen by Vic Padilla.

Traveling professionals who call themselves digital nomads work remotely, typically staying in a destination for a few weeks or a few months at a time. Many work in design, marketing, programming, writing, or in any profession where work can be delivered via the internet. Naturally, some places to stay are more popular than others, but which destinations are favored by these travelers during pandemic?

Nomad List is a community of digital nomads and a service that provides plenty of data for travelers who are planning their next move. The data about destinations is collected from community members. The following rankings are all based on Nomad List data.

Here are the top 5 nomad destinations with the biggest growth of remote workers during 2020 pandemic:

  1. Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  2. Da Nang, Vietnam
  3. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  4. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  5. Cape Town, South Africa

It is a good question why anyone wants to travel to Brazil that has one of the highest infection rates in the world, but perhaps these travelers have a place where they have been before in Rio they know and trust.

Before the pandemic hit the world, the following destinations had the strongest growth among digital nomads during five previous years (according to Nomad List):

  1. Canggu, Bali, Indonesia
  2. Porto, Portugal
  3. Kiev, Ukraine
  4. Orlando, Fl, United States
  5. Medellín, Colombia
  6. Mexico City
  7. Athens, Greece
  8. Valencia, Spain
  9. Moscow, Russia
  10. Zurich, Switzerland

If we look at most popular destinations where remote workers stayed in 2019, major cities in Europe and Thailand were the winners:

  1. Bangkok, Thailand
  2. London, United Kingdom
  3. Berlin, Germany
  4. Chiang Mai, Thailand
  5. Canggu, Bali Indonesia
  6. New York City, NY, United States
  7. Lisbon, Portugal
  8. Paris, France
  9. Barcelona, Spain
  10. Amsterdam, Netherlands

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