Is Colombo, Sri Lanka, the Next Big Thing for Digital Nomads?

Is Colombo, Sri Lanka, the Next Big Thing for Digital Nomads?

As the world becomes increasingly digital and remote work becomes the norm, digital nomads and remote workers are constantly looking for new and exciting destinations to set up shop. One destination that is quickly becoming a hot spot for remote workers and digital nomads is Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

Sri Lanka is rapidly recovering from economic struggles, and as a result, more tourists are arriving than ever before. In particular, there has been an influx of long-term staying Russian speakers. The country's currency, the Sri Lankan rupee, has a purchasing power that compares favorably to the US dollar, making it an affordable destination for digital nomads and remote workers. 

One of the biggest draws for digital nomads considering Colombo as their following location is the level of organization and ease of living in the City. Unlike other popular Southeast Asian destinations like Bangkok, Jakarta, or Manila, Colombo offers a more streamlined and efficient life. This can be seen in the City's transportation, with Uber rides costing less than $1.50, making it easy to get around. You have some excellent beaches even within the City and some outstanding Roof Top Pools; Check out Marino Beach; for example, drive for an hour, and you are in beach heaven. 

But the City doesn't just offer a comfortable and convenient lifestyle; it also has a vibrant nightlife scene. From top-level cocktail bars like Botanik to more raunchy spots like Love Bar, there's something for every taste. A highlight for many is the Sunday Pool Party at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, where you can enjoy live music and delicious drinks while soaking up the sun.

One of the biggest draws of Colombo for digital nomads and remote workers is the low cost of living. The City offers a wide range of affordable accommodation options, and the cost of food and other necessities is relatively low. Additionally, Colombo has a fast and reliable internet infrastructure, making it easy for digital nomads and remote workers to stay connected with their clients and colleagues.

One of the most recommended dishes in Colombo is Kottu Roti, a popular street food made from godhamba roti which is a type of flatbread and mixed with vegetables and meat. Another famous dish is Hoppers which are small bowl-shaped pancakes. Colombo's climate is tropical and experiences a rainy season from May to October.

Two popular places to visit from Colombo are Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and the City of Kandy. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is a sanctuary for elephants where visitors can observe and interact with these majestic animals. Kandy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to several historical and cultural attractions, including the Temple of the Tooth Relic.

"Sri Lanka is a hidden gem for digital nomads and remote workers. The cost of living is low, the internet is fast and reliable, and the culture is fascinating," said Julien Uhlig, Impact Entrepreneur, and digital nomad currently working from Colombo.

If you're thinking of making Colombo your next destination, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Research your accommodation options in advance and book a place that is convenient to your work and leisure activities.
  • Learn a few basic phrases in Sinhalese, the local language.
  • Be prepared to experience the local culture and try new foods.

As a travel writer and digital nomad, I have been visiting Colombo for the past two months and have been completely fascinated by the City's blend of old and new. The City's rich history, culture, and modern infrastructure and amenities make it the perfect destination for digital nomads and remote workers. Colombo is definitely worth considering whether you're looking for an affordable place to set up shop or want to experience a new culture.

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