May 7th, 2023

Finding a Great Workplace While Traveling: Tips and Tools for Digital Nomads

As a digital nomad for the past 3 years, I know the struggle of finding a suitable work environment while traveling. It can be challenging to find a spot that doesn't require a long-term contract and has a comfortable work environment. Based on my personal experience, I've put together a list of tips and tools that can help you find the perfect work spot while on the go.

Tips and Tools

1. Search for Early Opening Cafes with Google Maps

One of the best ways to find a great place to work is by searching for early-opening cafes. While many cafes open late, they are mostly intended for group customers and may not be suitable for solo workers due to noise and overcrowding. Instead, try searching for cafes that open early. To find these gems, simply use Google Maps and tap “More filters” to set the opening hour to your preference.

2. Use Workspace Booking Apps

Workspace booking apps like Switch and ii-office are convenient when searching for workspaces for a day. Switch is available in Australia, Singapore, China, and other places. ii-office is available in Japan. They allow you to search for workspaces and provide listings of daily or hourly fees. This means you don't have to worry about making a long-term contract. Be sure to explore similar apps specific to your destination.

3. Consider Public Libraries

In many cities, public libraries offer an excellent alternative to co-working spaces. For example, Melbourne has a beautiful state library where anyone can enter and use a laptop on a wide desk. It's particularly great if you prefer a quiet place where no one is screaming on online calls. Some public libraries require registration before using the space, so make sure to look up the place’s official website beforehand.

4. Join WeWork All Access Membership

If you're a city-oriented nomad, a WeWork All Access membership can be a valuable investment. For under $300 per month, you gain access to numerous WeWork locations worldwide. Some WeWork branches offer professional chairs, wide desks, and even rental monitors. If you are able to find these spots, the monthly fee totally worth it. If you are staying in a large city, consider WeWork.

5. Use Nomadable

Nomadable Screenshot

Nomadable is a service that I built to make the process of searching for workspaces easier than ever. It's a map service that makes it easy to find workspaces such as cafes, co-working spaces, and libraries. It offers advanced filters such as high-speed WiFi and rental monitors. The site currently lists over 300 spots across 30 cities. If your destination isn't covered yet, consider contributing by submitting a workspace you've discovered.


Finding a great workspace while traveling can be a challenge, but with the help of these tips and tools, you will have productive and comfortable place to work, no matter where your travels take you. If you have any questions or need further advice, feel free to ask me on my Twitter account @uzu1989. Happy exploring and working!