This phenomenon of digital nomadism has increased the number of people travelling around the world for work, especially among the millennial generation. All you need is an internet connection and you can provide a number of services to individuals and businesses all over the world from wherever you are. If this is the case, then why stay put in your native country?
If the world is literally your oyster, then how do you decide where to live? We’ve examined the data and considered a number of different factors to determine where digital nomads are all flocking to and why it’s such a desirable place for them to live and work.
Sure, there are loads of cities around the world where you could thrive as a digital nomad, but Berlin certainly seems to be topping the charts right now. There’s no single thing that attracts digital nomads and freelancers to Berlin; the city simply has lots to offer.
From a touristic point of view, Germany’s capital has lots of interesting and beautiful sights to take in. You can see the site of the former Berlin Wall that divided the country in two, and the museum dedicated to this historic period of division that opened in 2016. Brandenburg Gate is another notable attraction, but there are far too many to list here.
Thinking about nomads and freelancers more specifically, what does Berlin have to offer for them? Global accommodation portal, Nestpick conducted a study into the best cities across the world for millennials, considering a number of factors. Unsurprisingly, Berlin came out on top overall.
One notable statistic is the city’s startup score, for which it scored 9 out of 10, the 12th highest of all the cities surveyed. This indicates that Berlin provides lots of opportunities for anyone starting up their own business or working as a freelancer. The city is also home to lots of co-working spaces, more of which are opening all the time, and cafés with free Wi-Fi.
In terms of affordability, there are cheaper places to live in Europe than Berlin, but for a major city, it is impressively affordable. Compared to comparable cities like Paris and London, Berlin offers a reasonable cost of living. More research by Nestpickfound that the average monthly rent for an unfurnished apartment in Berlin is $599, increasing to $803 for a furnished apartment. This puts accommodation costs slightly lower than the worldwide average, especially for an unfurnished apartment at 17% below average. Germany’s central location and Berlin’s proximity to neighbouring countries also makes it ideal for travelling from, whether that’s for business or pleasure.
But it’s not all about working, and young people moving to Berlin to enjoy a vibrant nightlife outside of work won’t be disappointed. In fact, Berlin received the maximum 10 out of 10 nightlife score in Nestpick’s millennials study.
Overall, Berlin just seems to have the balance right – plenty of work opportunities and spaces for digital nomads mixed with a variety of leisure and entertainment options, plus an affordable cost of living.
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