When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world, it brought along with it huge changes. The government imposed lockdowns, and social distancing became a priority.
Many businesses were affected and most had to switch to remote working business models to cope
Initially, we all thought that this was going to be just another one of those temporary adjustments. However, it is becoming clear that it has now become a more permanent aspect of many people's lives
Now, with each passing day, more and more people are embracing this style of working remotely from home or even places other than their hometown. This group of digital nomads enjoys the freedom of telecommuting to work and at the same time spending their free time traveling from city to city
In this post, we have shared with you some of the best cities for remote workers, and great ideas on what to do in each area. Read on to find out.
1. AUSTIN, TEXAS
Austin has seen a huge explosion in its population in recent years. This is on the back of tech giants Tesla, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and SpaceX relocating there and opening up new offices
Austin has over 250 live music venues spread throughout the city. 'The live music capital of the world', they call it. You'll catch your first taste of live music at the airport if you happen to be arriving by plane
But wait, there's more, the fun doesn't end there. Austin has some of the best barbecue restaurants in the US, swimming holes for those visiting during the summer, and to top it all off, great natural scenery like Mount Bonnell, where you can enjoy a view of the city, or even, Lady Bird Lake where you can kayak up and down the lake.
2. SEATTLE WASHINGTON
Seattle is one of the best cities for you to live in as a remote worker. It is strategically positioned allowing you the freedom to base yourself in a city and giving you access to the great outdoors where you can escape whenever you're free
The city is just a short drive from 3 of our favorite national parks in the USA; North Cascades National Park, Olympic National Park, and the Mount Rainier National Park.
If you visit during the summer, you'll get the most out of these parks because the roads and hiking trails will be open.
Alternatively, if you fancy yourself a trip you can visit the San Juan Islands or even Vancouver, Canada over the weekend.
3. ST. GEORGE, UTAH
This small city is usually overlooked by many people. However, if you want to work remotely and have the opportunity to explore the American Southwest, then this is the spot for you.
Located in southwestern Utah, ST. George is only a short drive from Snow Canyon State Park, Zion National Park, and Bryce Canyon National Park.
Over the weekend you can visit the other National Parks in Utah, the Grand Canyon, or take a trip to Las Vegas if you prefer the city life.
The best part about living and working remotely in ST. George is that you'll get to experience warm weather for the better part of the year. The city never really gets cold. Visit during spring and fall for the best weather (warm days and cool nights), during the summer it can easily get above 100°F.
4. NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
Another great city for a remote worker to live in, especially if you love country music.
Nashville is responsible for growing the country music industry over the past 100 years, and you'll get the chance to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Ryman Auditorium, and the legendary halls of the Grand Ole Opry.
"But what if am not interested in country music? All I want is to have a good time". Well, worry not, the city has you covered. Nashville boasts of a vibrant nightlife scene, great restaurants, and live music bars which you can visit to blow off steam
If you want to get out of the city on weekends, you have plenty of options. You can take a trip to Kentucky for bourbon tasting, or if you enjoy being out in nature you can visit the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. There's a lot to keep you busy as you work remotely in this city .
5. BOZEMAN, MONTANA
For those remote workers who fancy the idea of living in an area that allows you to work during the week and the opportunity to explore the great outdoors in their free time or even on weekends, Bozeman won't disappoint.
Located at the foot of the Bridger Mountains, the nearby Bridger range, to the north, and the Spanish Peaks, to the south, have excellent trails for hiking, skiing, biking, rock climbing, great fishing spots, National Parks, and even State parks which you can visit while in Bozeman
If you'd rather keep it indoors, you can visit the Mountain State University's Museum of the Rockies for the area's history, and a chance to see the magnificent collection of T-Rex specimens on display, and the planetarium.
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