The Next Place You Need to Visit as a Digital Nomad
If you’re one of the lucky ones who can count the world as her oyster – er, office, rather – how do you pick the next place you’re going to go? The opportunities for a digital nomad are endless. Theoretically, you could open an atlas of the United States and randomly point to any spot.
“There!” you could say, and you could go there and work. You could visit Monowi, Nebraska, the smallest incorporated town in the country, although you might want to bring your own wi-fi signal and espresso machine with you. Alternatively, you could visit New York City, and experience the thriving vibe of that city, knowing that you can leave any time you’re sick of it.
But there’s a place with better weather than both Monowi and Manhattan. It’s called San Diego, California, and truth be told, it has better weather than a lot of places in the Continental United States. It’s a beautiful place to visit and a beautiful place to live. Be warned: You might not want to leave once you get settled in.
You may have heard that San Diego is an expensive place to live and/or visit. This is true, but so are the many other cities counted among America’s most beautiful. And aside from the fact that it’s a somewhat expensive city, San Diego is welcoming for digital nomads. There are coffee shops everywhere. And they’re filled with people on laptops. There are coffee shops near the beach, and there are even coffee shops with views of the beach. There are coffee shops with warm character, and coffee shops with a clean, modern aesthetic. Whatever your taste in coffee shops, this town is going to have one that you’ll fall in love with.
But if all you’re wondering about is the coffee shop scene, it’s a clear sign that you haven’t been to San Diego – and you need to visit soon. You see, San Diego has another type of place where people can sit, work on their laptop, and enjoy a delicious beverage. They’re called breweries, and San Diego has more breweries than it knows what to do with. Many of them are open during daytime hours, and we promise that you won’t stick out like a sore thumb with a glass of beer and your computer.
But wait, there’s more!
There’s so much more to see and do in the seaside city that you should make it a priority to search for a tour in San Diego shortly after you’re arrived. In addition to coffee shops and breweries, there is a beautiful downtown library with tables where you could potentially get some work done. The higher the floor you’re on in the library, the more breathtaking the views of the harbor and the downtown area. Will that distract you from your work? Only a visit will tell!
ll work and no play makes Jill a dull girl. But if you’re worried about what to do when you’re not working, you can stop that right now. Your free time is open to all manner of outdoor activities, if that floats your proverbial boat. Yes, boating is one of them. Another is surfing. San Diego is all about surfing. There’s skateboarding, kite flying, outdoor yoga, paddleboard yoga, windsurfing, hiking, camping, hang gliding, and about a million (okay, we’re exaggerating) more things to do in the great outdoors.
Spending time in San Diego will put you in the proximity for amazing food. Drive up to Los Angeles and eat at any number of world class restaurants – from five-star fine dining to the late food critic Jonathan Gold’s favorite strip-mall restaurants. Or, drive out to the desert for that particular brand of Southern California rest and relaxation. Visit Palm Springs if you want to eat brunch, go shopping, and lounge by a pool. Visit Joshua Tree if you want to hike, rock climb, or sleep under the stars.
Make San Diego your next destination, and you’ll discover why digital nomads love to linger there.