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Everything We Know About Digital Nomad Accommodation

Written by Eggs, Not Robots

We don't expect you to read something that we couldn't be bothered to write, and that's why we don't use AI to create our blogs. The info, advice, and opinions you're about to enjoy are straight from the brains of Holly and Sophie AKA The Good Eggs.

Fun Egg fact: Holly and Sophie (co-founders of Good Egg) originally met in Vietnam.

We were both planning on spending a couple of months working remotely as digital nomads but it was 2020 and, well, we all remember what happened that year. Vietnam’s response to the pandemic was to close the borders, so our three-month trips turned into 1.5 years of calling the city of Da Nang home.

We were lucky to have met one another at a women’s digital nomad meetup just before lockdowns began, and while confined to our respective apartments the idea for Good Egg started to hatch. We officially launched our website and copywriting business in late 2020 and will forever think of Vietnam as our HQ.

Why the Backstory?

Holly still calls Da Nang home for most of the year, and Sophie is now based in the UK but aims to have a digital nomad adventure each year. Between us, we’ve lived in over a dozen places and are well-versed in setting up new lives in unfamiliar cities. This bit of backstory is all to say that we know a fair bit about the nomadic lifestyle.

This is the first in a series of blogs about how to work remotely overseas. First up, Sophie is looking at digital nomad accommodation. Because obviously, when you land somewhere new, you’re gonna need somewhere to call home for a while. Sophie’s going to break down the pros and cons of different types of accommodation so you’re armed with all the info you need to make the right choice for your next trip. Let’s get into it…

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Sophie and Holly standing in front of a whiteboard with our business plan written on it
The day we officially started Good Egg in a coworking space in Vietnam

Hostels for Digital Nomads

Every backpacker with a tight budget will have horror stories aplenty of £3 dorm rooms with filthy bathrooms and folks who have no concept of being quiet when they roll in at 4 am. But they don’t necessarily have to be that grim and can be a perfectly pleasant option for affordable accommodation. If you’re willing to spend a little more than £3 you can get a comfy bed in a decent room with modern, clean communal spaces. Many hostels also offer private rooms which gives you somewhere quiet to work and guarantees a better night’s sleep than sharing a room with a dozen strangers.

Hostel World has always been my go-to platform for booking hostel dorms and private rooms. You can see who else is staying at your chosen accommodation so you can connect with like-minded people ahead of your trip.

For a more grown-up, work-focused hostel vibe, digital nomad coliving spaces can be a great option. Here, you’ll most likely have your own room but share communal living spaces (often including a coworking space). You can also bet on reliable internet since these places solely cater to remote workers. The convenience of coliving spaces often comes with a high price tag, but if you have the budget it’s a top option for comfortable accommodation in readymade digital nomad communities.

Two orange bunk beds in a hostel dorm room
I lasted one night in this hostel before hot footing it to a hotel

Hotels for Remote Workers

Hotels are my preferred type of accommodation for trips of up to ten days (any longer than that and I’d rather be in an apartment, which I’ll come on to in a minute). A hotel is less cost-effective than a hostel but comes with better perks such as private bathrooms and fewer drunk 18-year-olds being sick in carrier bags next to your bed (this has actually happened to me). I personally don’t have the budget for five-star boutique hotels, but I’ve found that in many parts of the world, you can find a cute room for around £20 a night.

As for why I like hotels over apartments for short-term stays, it’s simply because I feel like they’re super low effort. I like having housekeeping and security, and knowing that there’s someone at the front desk in case I need help in an emergency is comforting when I’m alone in a new country. If you’re going to be booking a lot of hotels, consider being loyal to a particular hotel chain (like IHG or Hilton) or booking platform (like Agoda or Booking.com). The more you book with the same provider, the more rewards you’ll get — like better rates or fun freebies.

I’m also including homestays as hotels — they typically give you a more authentic experience where you’ll have a private room but feel part of the family. I stayed in one in Bali in 2023 and also in Mexico while I was learning Spanish (there’s nothing like conjugating verbs over breakfast with your host family to improve your language skills). A downside of hotels and homestays is that you probably won’t have dedicated high-speed internet, so if you work with big files or do a lot of video calls it’s worth making sure you’ve got a hefty amount of data to hotspot from.

A homestay in Ubud, Bali

 

Apartments for Digital Nomads

If I’m sticking around in a place for a while, an apartment is at the top of my list of accommodation options. I love the space and privacy that an apartment offers, and having your own kitchen is a massive bonus that you don’t get with hotels and hostels.

Rental platforms such as Airbnb are the easiest way to find furnished apartments and you have the comfort of their customer service team if the place isn’t as advertised or you encounter any other issues. However, the service fees can really bump up the price of a stay, making a decent apartment unaffordable. For that reason, I mostly use Facebook groups to find apartment rentals. Most cities with established digital nomad communities have Facebook groups specifically for finding short and long-term rentals and I’ve found several cosy apartments for affordable prices over the years.

If you’re super sociable (or want to save money), you can also find spare rooms that way. I’ve made some lifelong friends by being thrown together with them in shared apartments (and have also stayed with some rotters but nothing is perfect).

 

A studio apartment in Da Nang, Vietnam
I still dream about my Vietnam apartment aka the nicest place I will EVER live

 

Housesitting in the UK and overseas

If you’re looking for cheap accommodation options, house and pet sitting can’t be beaten. I started pet sitting in 2022 as a way of having my own space when I came back to the UK to visit folks between overseas stints. I then did a couple of sits overseas which is when I realised that it can be a fantastic way of saving money while working on your laptop from other countries. Although I’ve only dabbled in sitting as part of my digital nomad lifestyle, I’ve met a few people who do this full-time and save a fortune in the process (not to mention they get to hang out with cute animals while they work).

I use Trusted Housesitters to book my sits as it feels safer and better organised than just finding opportunities on Facebook (although there are plenty of pet-sitting groups on FB if you’re braver than I am). There are opportunities all over the world so wherever you’re heading to there’ll be some nomad stays with furry companions for you to apply for.

A large Victorian house in Sheffield, UK
Cat sitting in this mansion was a dream scenario

What to Look Out for When Choosing Digital Nomad Accommodation

Over the past few years of living and working overseas, we’ve created a checklist of things to consider when choosing our digital nomad housing options. Here are the most important things not to overlook:

Internet Speed

Slow internet = slow work and mega frustrations so make sure you ask for a speed test before you book speedtest.net is our go-to speed tester and is completely free — just send the link to the landlord and ask to be sent a screenshot of the results. Typically, a speed of anywhere between 50 and 100 Mbps is a good speed for homeworking.

Dedicated Workspace

Working from a bed or sofa might be fine for short stays, but if you’re planning on staying in one place for an extended period of time, having a dedicated workspace is crucial. A desk with an ergonomic chair is the best scenario, but a dining table is also doable (I’m working from a dining table in a house sit right now, in fact). If you find accommodation that you love but there isn’t a comfortable workspace, coworking spaces are a great alternative option.

Cooking Facilities

If I had my way, I’d eat out every day and never have to cook again. But my bank balance quivers at this thought, so I always try to find accommodation with cooking facilities for monthly stays or longer. Most apartments and house sits will have fully equipped kitchens, but if you’re staying in hotels or hostels you’ll want to double-check what facilities they have.  

Noise

If your job requires you to take calls or you just don’t appreciate loads of noise, it’s important to consider this in advance. Sometimes it can’t be avoided — living in big cities often means traffic and construction noise — so check reviews before booking to see what other guests have said.

Location

Location is a super important consideration. Is the accommodation in an area that you like? Does it have easy access to amenities and transport links? If you’re travelling solo or love meeting new people like we do (you never know where your next business partner or bestie might be hiding), it’s worth checking where your fellow nomads typically stay.

Safety

Does the accommodation have good security and is the area safe? Consider how you’ll feel living there, especially if you’re a solo female traveller. I once spent a couple of weeks in an apartment in Albania that was in a safe, central area but I failed to consider that the entrance to the apartment was down a long, unlit alleyway where I often saw ‘interesting characters’ hanging around. Coming home alone at night was terrifying and I found myself staying home more often than I would have liked. 

 

Finding the Right Digital Nomad Accommodation is a Game Changer

When you’re planning your nomad stays, finding the right accommodation is the difference between a safe, relaxed, and comfortable stay and a nightmare you can’t wait to end. Got any digital nomad accommodation questions? We’ve picked up loads of useful knowledge along our digital nomad journey so DM us on Instagram and we’ll be happy to give you some advice.