Although leaving you free to travel anywhere, living the solopreneur lifestyle doesn’t require you to surf on a different couch every night. In fact, settling in for a few weeks or months in a digital nomad-friendly community is a much more rewarding way to make the most of your untethered lifestyle. Here are four top places to hang your hat as a wandering worker.
Located less than a day’s drive from beaches, mountains, major metropolises, and natural wonders, California’s capital city is the perfect jumping-off point for exploring the west coast. It boasts a favorable business environment, mild climate, and fast internet speeds, and the city even provides free Wi-Fi in 27 local parks.
According to PayScale, housing costs in Sacramento are nearly 40% lower than in Los Angeles, making it a more affordable option for wanderers looking to enjoy all the Golden State has to offer. Try using search filters to find a Sacramento apartment that meets your needs in terms of budget, pet-friendliness, and a number of rooms; you can even set parameters for various amenities, so you won’t waste time looking at incompatible options.
Earning a cost of living rating nearly 14 points below the U.S. average, Kansas City is a top spot for cost-conscious roamers. This affordable Missouri town offers a growing number of co-working spaces along with high Wi-Fi speeds, making it a great choice for nomads who want big perks on a small budget.
Check out the city’s visitor website to get a feel for which of Kansas City’s 240 neighborhoods is the right fit for you. You’ll find short-term rentals available in most areas, whether you prefer being close to the town’s eclectic dining and shopping or its world-class museums.
The US northwest’s largest city is an excellent place to make your stay as a digital nomad. The scenic views of nearby nature and the many tech industry companies are equally compelling draws to the city on Puget Sound. It may be a pricey destination, but who can argue with the view and the vibe.
When it comes to housing, rentals in Seattle, WA, certainly aren’t cheap. A one bedroom apartment can average more than $2,300, so don’t expect to be building a nest egg unless you’re pulling down a pretty penny. But a beautiful, vibrant city that’s the destination in the Pacific northwest is worth it.
New York City
First things first: New York City isn’t the place for roamers with small budgets. However, what it lacks in affordability it makes up for with its accessibility to international commerce and its cultural and culinary diversity. If you want to take a bite out of the Big Apple, you can still find ways to economize, like taking advantage of New York’s extensive bus and subway systems to get around on the cheap.
While you need a realistic outlook when it comes to housing prices in New York, if you’re open to co-living you can keep costs down. Some neighborhoods are more affordable and signing weekly leases can keep you from getting in over your head with a longer commitment.
Although each of these cities is unique, they all have something to offer those living the solopreneur lifestyle. Any one of them can be the perfect next step in your nomadic lifestyle. Take advantage of your freedom to roam and explore one or more of these digital nomad-friendly U.S. destinations.
This article was written by Courtney Rosenfeld, For more information about the Gig Economy, contact Paul Edwards!