Hot Spots for Nomads
JUST AS the tide of digital nomads ebbs and flows around the world, so does the range of places they flock to.
Nomadlist (nomadlist. com) ranks the popularity of more than 1250 destinations. The ratings are constantly being updated and fluctuate dramatically, but when we checked online in early August, Wellington (232) was the top- ranked New Zealand city for digital nomads, followed by Christchurch (287) just head of Auckland (288).
Across the ditch, Melbourne ( 150) and Hobart ( 191) were significantly more popular than Sydney (421). Worldwide, the top 10 cities were: Bangkok, Berlin, Budapest, Canggu ( Bali), Ho Chi Minh City, Chiang Mai, Prague, Ubud ( Bali), Barcelona and Lisbon.
The list ranks destinations based on some 25 categories, including internet, cost of living, air quality, safety, happiness, freedom of speech, friendliness to strangers, weather, free wifi, racial tolerance and friendliness to the LBGT community. New Zealand cities rank highly in most categories, apart from “cost of living” (and apparently Christchurch is more fun than Auckland or Wellington, although “nightlife” in all three rates as only “okay”).