Hot Spots for No­mads

North & South - - Technology -

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”).


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