The best city to live and work remotely
“Go to Cape Town, you’ll love it!” This simple sentence from a South African guy I met hitchhiking in Australia changed my life.
I’d never even considered going there before but it sparked my interest. He told me how he thinks it’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and how it can easily keep up with Sydney, where I used to live at that time.
Three years later I sat on a plane to South Africa to study abroad.
I loved it so much that I threw all my other travel plans over board and decided to stay longer.
Then I fell in love and changed my career from Tourism to Online Marketing. I wanted to be location independent so I could make a good living in Cape Town, which isn’t easy if you’re earning a local salary.
Only in 2010, after a break up, I felt that I needed a change and eventually decided to travel to the world as full time digital nomad.
These days I’m thinking that one of the reasons I kept on travelling so much, until I decided to spend more time in Tarifa, is that I didn’t find any other place I liked as much as Cape Town (except maybe Rio de Janeiro).
One thing that really surprises me is that hardly anyone in the “digital nomad scene” has written about it. After having seen and worked from so many places around the world I believe that it will eventually become known as one of the world’s best cities to live and work remotely.
Here is why:
Staying active is important to keep a good work-life balance. It’s even better if you can enjoy being outside in the nature at the same time. Cape Town is perfect to get your daily adrenaline rush after work. Go surfing, climbing, mountain biking, hiking, diving, kite surfing… You can literally do any type of outdoor sport that doesn’t require snow. All within less than a 30 minute drive from the city center. No more need to go to the gym ;-).
The world design capital of 2014 has a huge creative scene in all areas: Arts, Tech and Fashion. The community of local and international entrepreneurs is huge, and it’s easy to connect to like-minded people in coworking spaces and local events.
World in one Country
The Cape Town Region is literally a world in one country. Amazing beaches, mountains and wildlife. There’s hardly any other place in the World with so much to explore within a short drive.
One of the best things about working and travelling is that you can spend more time in places that offer better value for money. Saying that, Cape Town can’t keep up with the low cost of living in South East Asia – It’s only slightly cheaper than Europe. But you’ll get a lot more for your money. I don’t know many other places in the world that offers so much luxury for so little money. Whether it’s dining out in a beautiful restaurant, a weekend getaway, or the nightlife set in amazing settings. In Cape Town you can probably afford it all.
Big city that feels like a town
This is more of a personal point. I’m not a big fan of huge cities where life is so anonymous and it takes you forever to get from point A to B. Cape Town however is different. The city is very cliquey. Call it good or bad but depending on what scene you choose you’ll meet people again and see familiar faces even if you only spend a few weeks there. Plus, most things happen in a very small radius around table mountain, so it feels more like living in a town than a huge city.
Travelling the world while working online eventually gets tiring so we need something like a homebase to make the most out of our lifestyle. After travelling to over 60 countries there’s not many places I’d actually like to return to frequently. Cape Town is one of those few places in the World that is so unique and good, I could actually imagine making it a homebase again one day. I’m not the only one. There’s more and more location independent professionals from Europe who spend their summers in Europe and escape the winter to Cape Town.
Great places to work
Cape Town has over 20 coworking spaces. That’s more than most other cities in the world offer. Add to that the huge amount of excellent WiFi coffee shops you’ll find all over the city and you have the perfect workation infrastructure.
Cape Town wins one tourist award after another. Here’s a small selection of 2014.
New York Times / 52 places to go to in 2014 / Rank 1
Guardian/Best holiday hotspots in 2014/ Rank 1
Lonely Planet / Best Cities to Travel in 2014 / Rank 3
This is Africa, even though living in Cape Town often feels like being in Europe. Are you dreaming about safaris on the weekend? And getting to know new cultures and lifestyles? This is where you want to be!