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FREELANCING / FEB. 28, 2015
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Top 10 Places to Work for Freelancers

According to The Daily Mail, freelance workers in the UK are the happiest and most productive of workers, earning a handsome, median annual wage of £43,000, significantly above the national wage of £25,000. No permanent boss lurking around and no colleagues to compete with for promotions are amongst the reasons cited for their happiness. Another reason for freelancers’ joy could be that they generally have the freedom to work from wherever they choose. If your work gives you such freedom, why not go abroad – even if it’s just for a year? Cue Nomad List, a compilation of the best places in the world to live and work remotely. The list crunches a number of factors to produce its ranking, such as the monthly cost of living (comprising short-term accommodation costs, the cost of three meals a day, and office space), Internet speed, air quality, and the daily temperature of the city. Below are ten excellent cities to work as a freelancer, courtesy of the Nomad List.

1. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Key stats:

  • Monthly cost of living: $641
  • Temperature: 84°F
  • Internet speed: 20 Mbps
  • Air quality: “Okay”
  • Languages spoken: Thai

 2. Bangkok, Thailand

Key stats:

  • Monthly cost of living: $1,353
  • Temperature: 90°F
  • Internet speed: 20 Mbps
  • Air quality: “Okay”
  • Languages spoken: Thai

3. Phuket, Thailand

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Key stats:

  • Monthly cost of living:  $995
  • Temperature: 86°F
  • Internet speed: 20 Mbps
  • Air quality: “Fresh”
  • Languages spoken: Thai

4. Pai, Thailand

Key stats:

  • Monthly cost of living: $1,007
  • Temperature: 82°F
  • Internet speed: 20 Mbps
  • Air quality: “Fresh”
  • Languages spoken: Thai

5. Prague, Czech Republic

Key stats:

  • Monthly cost of living: $1,133
  • Temperature: 34°F
  • Internet speed: 40 Mbps
  • Air quality: “Fresh”
  • Languages spoken: Czech

6. Kigali, Rwanda

Key stats:

  • Monthly cost of living: $1,537
  • Temperature: 77°F
  • Internet speed: 10 Mbps
  • Air quality: “Clean”
  • Languages spoken: Kinyarwanda, French, English, Swahili

7. Las Vegas, United States of America

Key stats:

  • Monthly cost of living: $2,148
  • Temperature: 57°F
  • Internet speed: 40 Mbps
  • Air quality: “Okay”
  • Languages spoken: English, Spanish

8. San Juan, Puerto Rico

Key stats:

  • Monthly cost of living: $2164
  • Temperature: 76°F
  • Internet speed: 10 Mbps
  • Air quality: “Okay”
  • Languages spoken: English, Spanish

9. Penang, Malaysia 

Key stats:

  • Monthly cost of living: $1,023
  • Temperature: 90 °F
  • Internet speed: 5 Mbps
  • Air quality: “Clean”
  • Languages spoken; Malay, English, Cantonese, Mandarin

10. Mar del Plata, Argentina

Key stats:

  • Monthly cost of living: $1,211
  • Temperature: 68 °F
  • Internet speed: 20 Mbps
  • Air quality: “Okay”
  • Languages spoken: Italian, German, French

Also rated by the Nomad community are aspects such as friendliness to locals, “level of peace” based on the Global Peace Index, Wi-Fi density, the availability of “24/7” coffee places, “female safety”, and the quality of leisure in each city.

See also: 10 Amazing Places You MUST Visit When Travelling Europe

From the report, it would seem that Thailand is currently the place to be, as it occupies the top four positions in this list based on its cost of living, safety, relatively fast internet speed, good daily temperatures, and its popularity with “nomads”. The list even recommends places to work – if you’re heading to Chang Mai, try Guru’s Box or Punspace.

Are you a freelancer? If you had the choice of working anywhere in the world, where would you choose?

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