Remote Working Hotspots for Freelancers

If you’re looking on with envy at your permie friends setting their out of offices and jetting off to forget about work for a week, fear not. Being self-employed means you get to enjoy the best of both worlds - instead of consigning yourself to your home office, why not explore the world and earn money at the same time.

We went on a hunt to find some of the best cities in the world to work remotely from. From Paris to New Zealand, take your contracting career worldwide with this list of six best cities to work in.

Key considerations

Number of Airbnb listings

You’ll never be short of somewhere to stay, we’ve taken into account the number of apartments available, so you’ll always have somewhere to work and rest your head.

Average internet speed

A fast connection is crucial to working efficiently, so we’ve only looked at the places with speedy broadband connections.

Life satisfaction score

Close your laptop and get exploring. This metric, taken from Mercer's Quality of Living Survey, scores each city based on its economy, safety, tourist attractions and the happiness of its citizens to find some of the best spots in the world.

Cost of a day’s travel ticket

Whether you’re heading to a co-working space or seeing all the city has to offer, we’ve been on the hunt for cheap train tickets.

Price for a cup of coffee

The lifeblood of any busy contractor, we’re interested in where you can find a reasonably priced cup of coffee.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon’s rising tech scene means it could be one of the top destinations to work remotely from. And when you’re not at work, you can enjoy meandering down the cobbled streets or poking around ancient ruins.

Number of Airbnb listings: 20,493

Average download speed: 8.32 Mbps

Cost of one way ticket: £1.17

Life satisfaction ranking: 38/231

Average price for a cup of coffee: £3.00

Auckland, New Zealand

If you’re dreaming of somewhere a little further afield, try the other side of the world. Auckland has been named as a city with one of the highest qualities of life. Couple their breathtaking landscapes and warm weather with their dynamic tech-scene and Auckland could just be worth making the trip for.

Number of Airbnb listings: 4,590

Average download speed: 21.3 Mbps

Cost of one way ticket: £1.81

Life satisfaction ranking: 3/231

Average price for a cup of coffee: £2.50

Copenhagen, Denmark

Scandinavia is renowned for being one of the happiest regions on earth. Beautiful scenery and a speedy internet connection means you can have the best of both worlds in Copenhagen. When you’re not working, get on a bike and explore its quirky scenery.

Number of Airbnb listings: 20,000

Average download speed: 51.96 Mbps

Cost of one way ticket: £2.92

Life satisfaction ranking: 9/231

Average price for a cup of coffee: £4.94

Vancouver, Canada

If you’re looking for a workspace with a view, Vancouver might be the place. With misty mountains, sparkling seas and verdant rainforests on the horizon, there’s plenty to inspire. And Vancouver’s creative culture is arguably unparalleled - you’ll find theatre, art and live music, so there’s lots to do when you’re not busy at work.

Number of Airbnb listings: 6,651

Average download speed: 45.88 Mbps

Cost of one way ticket: £1.76

Life satisfaction ranking: 5/231

Average price for a cup of coffee: £3.02

Paris, France

The city of lights isn’t only a haven for romantic getaways, it also serves as a hub for freelancers and contractors looking for a change of pace. Its plethora of coffee shops and coworking spaces means that there’s plenty of places to get work done and connect with others.

It may not be the cheapest city to work from, but you’ll find culture, good food and a hub of like-minded digital nomads to make your experience one of a kind.

Number of Airbnb listings: 78,000

Average download speed: 39.6 Mbps

Cost of one way ticket: £1.88

Life satisfaction ranking: 39/231

Average price for a cup of coffee: £4.24

Berlin, Germany

A city where old meets new, Berlin is known not only for its rich history, but for its creative quirks and entrepreneurial flair. Nomads flock to Germany’s capital to experience its culture and enjoy the lower living costs compared to other capitals in Europe.

Number of Airbnb listings: 26,295

Average download speed: 31.6 Mbps

Cost of one way ticket: £1.70 

Life satisfaction ranking: 13/231

Average price for a cup of coffee: £2.68

Discover more

When you’re the boss, you have the freedom and flexibility to work when and where you want. Working remotely is just one of the benefits of contracting and there’s lots more to love about being self-employed. You can learn more about the benefits of working for yourself and going limited here.