Last updated on January 31st, 2024
One of the widely reported perils of digital nomad life is loneliness. In response, specific individuals and firms have stepped up to help remote workers find digital nomad communities. This includes companies like Wi-Fi Tribe and Remote Year that host digital nomad programs or group work and travel retreats in locations all around the world.
Providing everything from airport pickup and coworking spaces with reliable WiFi to SIM cards, local tips, and social events, these services are particularly beneficial for new remote workers who want to travel hassle-free and ease into the location independent lifestyle when just beginning to live untethered lives. They are also beneficial for existing portable professionals who wish to situate themselves in well-curated nomad communities that can improve their digital nomad experience and their careers.
Here is a definitive list of digital nomad communities around the world and group travel programs to help you collect stamps and memories, and meet other nomads and like minded people in 2024.
THE 10 BEST DIGITAL NOMAD COMMUNITIES TO JOIN
1) Nomad Cruise
Nomad Cruise is an invigorating conference at sea typically with well over 200 nomads. Expect talks, skillshares, workshops, entertainment, and land tours. Tickets include accommodation and access to all onboard events. You’ll have so much fun taking in multiple destinations like Brazil, Italy, or Antarctica, and this is one of the very best communities to expand your nomadic network and be in one place with established professionals who can help you take your business to the next level.
The brilliant organizers of Nomad Cruise have built a great digital nomad community as there are pre-unions and reunions before and after the main conference and many cruisers carry on traveling together well after disembarkation.
Noteworthy 2024 destinations: Japan, Vancouver, Alaska
Website: Nomad Cruise
2) Noma Collective
With its inaugural voyage in Belize, Noma Collective is a digital nomad travel community focusing on facilitating remote work-ready destinations and communities around the world. If you have a full or part-time remote job, you can join their programs which incorporate wellness and adventure in destinations such as Mexico and Nicaragua. Unlike other companies on this list, this company has a Noma Family concept which caters to remote worker families who want to see the world together whilst still being able to maintain their work schedules.
Noteworthy 2024 destinations: Kenya, Marrakech, Belize, Panama
3) WiFi Tribe
If there’s somewhere in the world you’d like to go, chances are WiFi Tribe is running a chapter there. On these digital nomad retreats, you’ll find a mix of passionate, free-spirited digital nomad friends from all corners of the world on a journey of work and travel. There is an interview process before acceptance to ensure community synergy with fellow nomads.
Noteworthy 2024 destinations: Namibia, Egypt, Malta, Guatemala
4) Hacker Paradise
Hacker Paradise curates trips for all sorts of remote workers. With a strong emphasis on professional development, they offer structured programs that include workshops and networking opportunities in various global locations. There are various one-month programs that you can join before or even after the official start date.
Noteworthy 2024 destinations: South Africa, Brazil, Sweden, Mexico City
5) Remote Year
Remote Year is one of the pioneers in the work and travel game and by far one of the most popular digital nomad programs. They provide the logistics, including travel plans, accommodations, and coworking space access, as well as local experiences. Remote Year has one-month programs as well as longer journeys of four and 12 months. There are programs designed for individuals with digital nomad jobs as well as companies.
Noteworthy 2024 destinations: Argentina, Spain, Turkey, Peru
Unsettled co-creates “remarkable experiences for professionals who refuse to settle in their pursuit of growth, meaning, and adventure”. Unsettled also helps organizations take their work on the road with team retreats.
Noteworthy 2024 destinations: Tahiti, Bali, Patagonia
7) Venture With Impact
Venture With Impact organizes one-week and month-long retreats that combine remote work with social impact projects. Participants get to work on their own projects or jobs while engaging with local communities and volunteering ethically.
Noteworthy 2024 destinations: Mexico City, Lisbon
8) The Nomad Escape
Convene with other nomads and remote workers while wearing flip-flops with The Nomad Escape, which runs business retreats in idyllic settings. “No pitching, no business cards, no suits” is the motto as entrepreneurs, companies, and teams work, live, and learn together in a digital nomads hub like Tulum, Mexico, or Madeira, Portugal.
Noteworthy 2024 destinations: Maderia (Portugal)
Outsite is a membership coliving community designed for those who value a balance between work and outdoor activities. Their coliving spaces are located in scenic spots ideal for surfers, hikers, and nature lovers. Membership is available through their website and provides benefits like accommodation discounts and community events. Some accommodations are also open to non-Outsite members.
Noteworthy locations: Bordeaux (France), Cascais (Portugal), Oaxaca City (Mexico)
10) Nomad Train
Nomad Train brings together digital nomads on epic railway journeys. It’s a unique way to experience remote work while traversing vast landscapes in lesser-trammeled corners and the journey includes bilingual local guides and organized cultural events along the route.
Noteworthy 2024 destinations: Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
HOW TO FIND DIGITAL NOMAD COMMUNITIES NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE
1) Work from coworking spaces
Coworking spaces aren’t just about providing desks; they are great for finding and fostering community among digital nomad groups with a host of events and structured networking opportunities. There might even be language classes. Look for spaces that offer flexible memberships and book a day pass or a monthly membership depending on your stay, your workload, and your motivations. Some coworking spaces also provide online platforms of Facebook groups where you can start engaging with other digital nomads before you even arrive. Use the Croissant app to find thousands of coworking spaces anywhere in the world.
2) Stay in a coliving space
In a digital nomad hub like Bali, Barcelona, or Chiang Mai, there is no shortage of coliving spaces. They also often offer short-term stays so you can test the waters before committing. Look for reviews or testimonials to gauge the community vibe before you secure a booking.
3) In-person digital nomad community meetups
Meetup.com and Eventbrite are excellent sources for finding an in-person digital nomad meetup in a new city. Attend a variety of events to meet your crowd from casual coffees to professional networking events. For actionable advice, attend a meetup with a panel discussion where you can ask questions directly to long-term nomads.
4) Attend digital nomad conferences and events
Digital nomad conferences like Bansko Nomad Fest or Nomad Island Fest offer networking opportunities and also workshops led by successful remote workers and entrepreneurs. Book your tickets for these events in advance as they can sell out quickly or finding accommodation can be tricky as the population of digital nomads rises temporarily. Before you go, set clear networking goals whether you’re looking for potential collaborators or clients, or simply to hobnob with other digital nomads. Keep an eye out for smaller, local events in nomad hubs for more intimate networking opportunities.
5) Facebook groups for remote workers
Digital nomad Facebook groups are a goldmine for destination-specific advice and making connections with local nomads. Be specific in your searches to find city or country-specific groups, like ‘Digital Nomads Thailand’. When you join, look for pinned posts or files with FAQs and community guidelines to get the most out of the group. Actively participate in discussions or create posts offering value to the community to stand out.
6) Join Nomad List
Nomad List is the go-to digital platform for nomads worldwide and it offers detailed insights on the best cities for digital nomads. Research potential destinations for information on costs, internet speed, weather, and social life. Membership provides access to a vibrant online community where nomads exchange tips, find job opportunities, and arrange meetups. The premium membership allows you to connect with other digital nomads in your area.
7) Join digital nomad communities online
There are niche and location-specific online communities you can join to mingle with other remote workers like the Digital Nomad Girls community founded by Jennifer Lachs. These online digital nomad communities offer virtual coworking and even online courses to help wanderlusting remote workers ease into the nomadic lifestyle.