If the daily grind of the 9–5 is wearing you down, it might be time for a change of scenery. Luckily, you don’t have to be a digital nomad to work from a surf house in Portugal or a chalet in the Swiss Alps.
Traditional employees can get a respite from the office without sacrificing productivity by booking a trip to a co-living space.
Co-living is a housing model where two or more people share a common living space but usually have private bedrooms. Like an Airbnb, properties are turn-key with furniture, linens, cutlery, and utilities included. You can stay nightly, weekly, or monthly versus signing an annual lease. As an added benefit, co-living spaces feature fully-equipped offices with high-speed Internet and unlimited coffee or tea. So, you can work where you live, at least for a little while.
Co-living is a great way to meet new people, unearth new ideas, and expand your worldview. Besides, studies show that remote workers are happier and more productive.
So, take your pick of the exotic destinations on this list and prepare to pitch your boss on the mutual benefits of a “workcation.”
Arctic Coworking Lodge, Lofoten, Norway
“probably the healthiest work/life balance you can imagine.”
When you’re not at your laptop, spend your free time surfing, hiking, or gazing at the northern lights. Rates start at €800/month.
BeacHub, Koh Phangan, Thailand
Known for its infamous full moon parties, Koh Phangan is one of Thailand’s foremost party islands. But it’s also a good place to chill out and work.
With its beachfront desks with fiber-optic Internet, BeacHub is what #digitalnomad Instagram dreams are made of. Think white-sand beaches, palm trees, blue skies, and crystal-clear water.
Although it seems too good to be true, the hype is real. BeacHub was recently voted the #1 co-working and co-living space in Asia.
What are you waiting for? Bungalows start at $75/day.
Campus, Hong Kong
Campus Commune is a part hostel, part co-living space that doubles as a great base for exploring Hong Kong. At $60/night, the price is similar to booking a hotel or Airbnb, but Commune comes with extra perks.
Besides a workspace with a view, there’s an on-site restaurant, a pool and sauna, and bikes for rent. Not to mention, access to a community of people living there year-round.
Co-Coon, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This co-living concept in Kuala Lumpur has two gyms, a garden, entertainment zone, a sky deck, yoga and meditation space, and a BBQ pit! You may never have to leave the building, but if you do, daily conveniences are all within reach.
Rooms start at a very affordable, $200 per month. Learn more at Coliving Malaysia.
Cowork Surf, Cascais, Portugal
Lisbon has become a European tech hub in recent years, and one of the top destinations for digital nomads. While the nearby suburb of Cascais is lesser-known, it too has a lot to offer.
The Cowork Surf Villa in Cascais aims to provide the best of both worlds to residents, balancing Lisbon’s city vibes with an air of beachside serenity. Prices start at an affordable €22/night for a shared room.
Dojo Bali, Canggu, Indonesia
Dojo was the first co-living and co-working space in the popular digital nomad hub of Canggu. If you’re into sun, surf, yoga, and a healthy lifestyle, this is your spot. With lightning-fast 300Mbps fiber optic internet and 24/7 access, you can be sure to get your work done in time for sunset happy hour.
Rooms are available from $400 per week or $1140 per month. Rates include extra perks like airport pick-up, an LTE SIM card, and daily maid service.
It’s the perfect place to live your #laptoplife.
Home for Creativity, Calabria, Italy
Enjoy a glass of Chianti while you work from this villa in the southern Italian countryside. Each room has fast Wi-Fi and a view of olive groves or the mountains of Sila National Park.
You can rent a private room, bring your camper van, or book a group rate with co-workers. Prices start from €23–37 per night.
Hub53, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Hub53 is a co-living space in the popular Nimman area of Chiang Mai — the unofficial “digital nomad capital” of the world.
When you’re not exploring the town on your scooter or filling up on Thai food, you can pop into the Hub53 co-working space, which is open 24/7. The private rooms also have desks. Rates start as low as $20/day.
Mokrin House, Serbia
Serbia has a low cost-of-living and some of the fastest Internet in the world. It’s also an underrated digital nomad destination.
If you’re looking for a quiet place to focus on work with like-minded people around, book a stay at the Mokrin House of Ideas — a modern, high-tech oasis in a rural village. Rates of €46/day include three home-cooked meals and access to seminars and events.
“There are no words to describe the perfection of this place.” — Coworker.com
Outsite, Haleiwa, Hawaii
Outsite offers “work-friendly living spaces for digital nomads, business travelers, and location-flexible Professionals.”
Their Oahu location has fast Wi-Fi and all the comforts of home in a quiet, tropical setting. When you’re not working, partake in activities such as yoga, surfing, and sipping Mai Tais.
Resonance, Playa Lagarto, Costa Rica
Live “in harmony with the natural world” from this “high vibration” co-living community in the jungles of Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
At Resonance, you can rent a fully-furnished villa, attend a retreat, or apply for their co-working exchange program.
Sun Desk, Taghazout, Morocco
Sundesk claims to have created,
“the perfect working environment to both focus and inspire you.”
With an international community of entrepreneurs, 200Mbps Internet, and a location that’s walking distance from the beach, they’re probably right. It’s affordable, too. You can book a private single room with breakfast included for as low as €24/day.
Swiss Escape, Grimentz, Switzerland
Wake up to a panoramic view of snow-covered mountains from this co-living space in the Swiss Alps. Swiss Escape is perfect for anyone looking to get work done while being close to ski lifts, biking, and nature.
Prices range from €900–1,869/month, which is surprisingly affordable for Switzerland — a country known for its high cost-of-living.
Tokyo Chapter, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Chapter is a co-living space with a tight-knit community of entrepreneurs, tech workers, expats, and creatives.
Located between the popular neighborhoods of Ginza and Shibuya, it makes a great home base for exploring one of the world’s most dynamic cities. With the Tokyo Midtown shopping center and Ritz Carlton rooftop bar a short walk away, you don’t have to go far.
Want to see more? Watch a video tour here.
X Miami, Florida, USA
X Miami is a long-term co-living community in Downtown Miami where you can “rent by bedroom.”
Besides a building full of cool people, there’s a coffee and cocktail lounge, fitness center, and “epic” pool deck. Explore more here.
Zoku, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Zoku, a home-office hybrid for business travelers, is like “WeWork combined with an Airbnb.” Their building in Amsterdam’s Plantage district has 133 lofts, a full-service farm-to-table restaurant, meeting rooms, games, a packed events schedule, and more.
See what it’s like to “live Zoku” in the below video.