Are you an early adopter? If so, there’s still time to capitalize on a potential new hot spot for global entrepreneurs and digital nomads. Within the last few years Budapest, Hungary
has begun to grow in popularity as a destination for freelancer nomads seeking affordable cities with a high quality of life.
Located in Central Europe, Budapest is the country’s capital, with a metropolitan area population of over 2.5 million residents. While being a large city, it is still walkable, generally safe and has a well-connected public transit system designed to get you around by bus, metro, trolley, tram and river boat. A monthly pass for the main transit system, BKK, costs 9,500 HUF or approximately $35 USD, with various discount options for students, seniors and even some ride passes for your dog.
There is often sentiment that Budapest is underdeveloped and corrupt, with tourist scams and the like. While you do need to remain vigilant when in new surroundings, Budapest is actually very tourist friendly and continues to modernize.
It is both an emerging economy and a place that still experiences poverty. This leads to it being a city that is growing and developing, offering new infrastructure advantages to you such as well-connected rail and road systems. English is becoming more and more common over time, meaning you can get by without being fluent in Hungarian.
Advantages also include lower cost of living – rent for a one bedroom apartment, on average, is under $500 USD per month. This is an outstanding price, considering you will be living centrally located to Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia. WIZZ Air
services Budapest to whisk you off to European destinations further afield at bargain prices.
Additionally, the dichotomy of history and development also leave plenty of colonial architecture to explore, art museums to inspire you and live music to liven your surroundings. The Hungarian State Opera
offers ballet, performance art and operas in its regular program and is a great place to start your journey of cultural immersion.
When it comes time to work, finding a café to work from may not be ideal in Budapest. Public wifi can be somewhat unreliable unless you are frequenting larger establishments such as Starbucks. If big chain cafes aren’t your style, you can do a bit of research and locate specialized cafes that are beginning to cater to the digital nomad movement.
Co-working spaces are somewhat few and far between, but you can still find some great options such as Magveto Café
and Fekete Café
. Both offer open work spaces and reliable wifi connections so that you can conduct your meetings with ease and focus on productivity.
Once you’re ready for a break, head out to Vaci Utca street for shopping, open air restaurants and a vibrant nightlife scene. Cappuccino, a glass of wine or a bottle of beer each cost around $1.50 USD so you can’t go wrong with any pick.
Finally, on the weekends or whenever you are ready for a break, indulge in some geothermal spa time. Budapest is known for its baths and this is a popular pastime. Széchenyi Baths
in City Park are a well-known and popular choice. This facility alone boasts 18 pools, 10 saunas and a host of services such as massage and party hosting. No matter where you are located, you’ll have access to a bath and spa close by so get ready to balance your personal time and digital career!