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The Creative Professional’s Guide to Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang, despite its position on the Banana Pancake Trail, likely isn’t the first place you think of staying as a creative professional. But the city’s relative remoteness within Southeast Asia gives it a relaxed pace of life and has preserved much of its traditional art and culture. The colonial center is easily the most beautiful town in Laos, and despite the limited availability of WiFi, the city makes a comfortable place to spend at least a couple weeks as a digital nomad.

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The Creative Professional’s Guide to Chiang Mai

Few places have as strong a reputation among digital nomads as Chiang Mai in Thailand. The northern city has become an expat mecca, and much of my motivation to head north from Bangkok instead of south to islands was driven by the desire to see for myself just how friendly the town was to remote work. I’m certainly not the first to have been lured by promises of strong WiFi, cozy cafes, and an easy pace of life. Of everywhere I’ve been on my RTW trip, no place fits all the living abroad criteria quite like Chiang Mai, often called the Boston to Bangkok’s New York. And while the city itself has become rapidly Westernized, it still provides a great base for exploring Thailand’s north and getting some unique cultural experiences.

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The Creative Professional’s Guide to London

For centuries, people from all walks of life have flocked to London. Henry VIII even believed it to be the literal center of the universe! The city is notoriously pricey in terms of accommodations, but if you can afford to get here, free museums and cheap eats in Chinatown can balance your budget. More importantly, the long history of supporting arts and culture and the wealth of working cafes make it an ideal base for traveling creative professionals. Read on for a digital nomad-friendly guide to London.

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The Creative Professional’s Guide to Athens

For the average tourist, I’m sure three days is more than enough time in hot, graffiti-tagged Athens. Outside the ancient ruins, the Greek capital seems to lack character and charm. So why did I stay for two weeks? This is the reality of being a creative professional. You settle in places for longer than deemed necessary and move past the basics of the tourist trail. Behind the never-bare walls and litter-filled streets, is a passionate city of artists and activists. There is a modern design culture in Athens unlike any other and I had a hunch it would be a strong hub for a digital nomad. So come on. Give Athens a chance.

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The Creative Professional’s Guide to Belgrade

Belgrade is the Old Hollywood romance of European capitals. At first glance, the gray communist bloc architecture might seem like it’s nothing special. You might even expect to dislike the city. But get to know it and you could discover the love of your life.

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The Creative Professional’s Guide to Ljubljana

As teenagers touring colleges, my high school best friend and I settled on an easy philosophy for judging campuses: If you love a place in the rain, that’s where you belong. I hadn’t originally planned on visiting Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, on my RTW trip. So when I ended up rerouting there to get from Italy to Croatia overland, it only took a few minutes walking around the city center in the rain to realize skipping it would have been a huge mistake.

Eco-friendly and accessible, the pedestrian-only city center of Ljubljana is teeming with cozy cafes and charming historic facades. Tourism has just begun picking up in the last ten years, giving this underrated European capital a great energy. I have no doubt it’s one of the best cities for creative professionals on the continent.

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The Creative Professional’s Guide to Paris

Paris is a destination of endless romance and deep literary history. Whether you’re more inclined to read Ernest Hemingway or Gertrude Stein, Julia Child or David Lebovitz, chances are somebody has made you dream of dropping everything and moving to Paris, where you can while your day away in a cafe, working from your laptop.

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The Creative Professional’s Guide to Barcelona

Looking for the perfect spot to settle down in Spain? Barcelona has tons to offer from its rich cultural history to its great food to its sheer size. There’s so much to explore. With every neighborhood telling a different story, creative professionals will find plenty of inspiration in each corner of the Catalonian capital.

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The Creative Professional’s Guide to Iceland

Planning a trip to the Land of Ice and Fire? Reykjavik is a great city for creative professionals, provided it’s in your budget. Iceland is a photographer’s dream, and the capital city is teeming with cozy cafes where plugging in and getting a little digital nomad work done is a breeze.

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