Best Places to Work Online & Live in 2015?!

Good day,

While I was back in Ottawa I teamed up with my friend Sam from Nomadic Samuel and we decided to collaborate on a few videos. I’ve been traveling as you know since September, 2009 and Sam somewhat similar. We’ve both lived around the world and work as hard as we play so I figured nobody better than him to talk with about top / best places to work online and live in 2015. Some of the destinations you’ll know and a few others will probably be ones you haven’t thought about.

An important takeaway is that you need to consider the 3 C’s… They are connectivity, cost and climate. If a destination doesn’t score favourably for all three of these then chances are it’s not a good place for you. If you want to extend that slightly it’s CCCV because another important one is visas… Can you get visa on arrival? How long does the visa allow you to stay? How easily is it renewed or extended?

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In 2015, I’m keen on numerous places but one of them is the Azores in the North Atlantic. It’s removed from everything but very affordable by European standards, a temperate climate and unreal connectivity. I had the pleasure of visiting there in late 2014 and for the first time since the Corn Islands, fell in love near instantly. I’ll be back at some point this year and the reason I mention this is that sometimes the best places for you are where you least expect.

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Also, besides cost, climate and connectivity you need to consider what you like doing when you’re not working, yes? I like golfing, fishing, hiking and such as well as seafood so Azores rank high but I can see how it wouldn’t be a good spot for others. Do you like kitesurfing? If so try and find the best combo of cost, climate and connectivity for a major kitesurfing destination and the list goes on and on and on… You need to realize what’s most important to you but also realize that the three C’s must be present as well.

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I’ve based in a few cities before but I work online so I now figure why bother? I like clean air, peacefulness, rugged natural beauty and small towns or villages where I get to know people. I guess my base style could best be described as being somewhere which most consider to be in the middle of nowhere… Then again, I rarely stay somewhere longer than a few months so perhaps that’s why I like these isolated destinations because once I leave, I’m back in the thick of things…

I hope you enjoy this video and if you did, subscribe to my Youtube channel here.

Tips hat,

9 Comments

  1. James Shannon

    January 14, 2015 at 11:32 am

    So far on my Latin American journeys, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico and Antigua, Guatemala seem like awesome places to base yourself.

    The first has all the modern conveniences you could ask for at markedly cheaper prices than USA/Canada/Europe, and the second has a non-stop series of gorgeous colonial buildings, lorded over by massive volcanoes.

    Internet speed in both places are acceptable (not blazing, but not slow as death), PDC has tropical temps tempered by a constant Caribbean sea breeze, and Antigua has an eternal spring climate that will have you feeling comfortable most of the time.

    Great video guys!

    • Rob

      January 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      Sounds good on all accounts and know another gent who says Playa Del Carmen is great.

      I need to make it to Guatemala and Antigua in particular; was ~sorta heading there when the Corn Islands happened!

      Thanks for sharing and looking forward to whatever other gems you find in 2015.

    • Trish Lloyd

      January 23, 2015 at 11:34 am

      I’ve been to both Playa and Antiqua in the past 6 months. Playa seemed like either a pretty young crowd or boring older retirees. Antigua seemed to have an active 40-55 expat community. The small footprint of Antigua allows for more of a community feel. Great mix of conveniences with colonial charm. Seemed like good medical care in Guatemala City, about 45 minutes away.

  2. Carol Shannon

    January 14, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Hi. Great commentary guys. It’s nice to hear from experienced travelers such as yourselves. My son has been travelling off and on since 2008 and is presently in Guatamala and heading for South America as his present goal. I didn’t think it was possible to travel like that but with his online work he earns enough to be able to do this.Of course I still worry about him….such is the affliction of being a mother. Keep up your good work

    • Rob

      January 17, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      Don’t worry about him, he’ll be fine if he has a good head on his shoulders!

      If he’s doing what he loves, he’s winning and seeing the world isn’t so bad either! =)

  3. Leandro

    January 15, 2015 at 7:46 am

    New to your site. Great video! Liked the insight into different places to base yourself out of. Keep ’em coming! Subscribed to your channel.

    • Rob

      January 17, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      Thanks Leandro and glad you liked it.

      Stay tuned for more, lots more.

  4. Tim

    January 17, 2015 at 2:19 am

    Great vid and I gotta say Im with James and am looking at Latin America for late 2015!

    • Rob

      January 17, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      I’m loving Latin America, I just wish they had food like SE Asia!

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