From Bogotá to Krakow, Airbnb for Work has revealed 12 cities around the world that have seen a significant increase in British digital nomads basing themselves there. Emily Eastman reports

The figures come from new booking data from Airbnb for Work, its business travel portal that lists accommodation for professionals, as well as team-building activities and meeting spaces around the world.

When it comes to remote working, European cities remain popular, but countries farther afield are also seeing an influx of digital nomads from the UK.

Bogotá in Colombia has topped the list as the city that has shown most growth in popularity, experiencing a 196 per cent between October 2018 and October 2019 (versus October 2017 to October 2018) in Brits booking a business stay. The cosmopolitan city is rapidly becoming one of Latin America’s liveliest destinations.

Istanbul, meanwhile, takes second place with a 193 per cent rise Airbnb for Work stays for the same period. Straddling East and West, the Turkish city has long been popular among tourists, but its cuisine, architecture and history clearly have broad appeal for remote workers, too.

In third place is Bratislava, Slovakia. Its compact size, easy accessibility and rising reputation as a hub for tech talent and start-ups have driven a 187 per cent rise in business travellers.

Málaga comes fourth, in part thanks to the recent growth in co-working spaces and high-speed internet. The Spanish city has had a 174 per cent rise in UK professionals working overseas.

Fifth is Lima, one of the farther-flung destinations to make the list. The Peruvian capital has witnessed a 168 per cent increase in business travellers, some of whom come for its annual venture capital conference – an opportunity to connect with local start-ups and both local and international investors.

Spain appears again on the list in sixth place, this time with Marbella, a small city in the country’s south that enjoys 320 days of sunshine a year. Sun-seeking remote workers coming here have increased 162 per cent.

Nuremberg, Germany comes seventh with a 160 per cent boost. Situated in the heart of Europe, the city offers great accessibility for international companies looking to gather employees from around the world.

In eighth place is Venice, one of Europe’s most popular tourist spots and now, with a 160 per cent rise in Airbnb for Work stays, a popular destination for remote working.

Heading over the Atlantic, San Jose (Silicon Valley) in the US comes ninth, with a 159 per cent increase. The city is home to around 6,600 technology companies and the Tech Museum of Innovation, making it an appealing place for start-ups.

In tenth place, Antibes has had a 155 per cent rise in business visitors, while in 11th place is Krakow, with a 153 per cent rise.

Completing the list is Miami, which appears well on its way to becoming one of the world’s largest international business hubs. The city was recently ranked among the best for work-life balance, and word is getting around – the city has experienced a 151 per cent surge in Airbnb for Work stays between autumn 2018 and 2019.

Here is Airbnb for Work’s list of 12 emerging cities for digital nomads…

  1. Bogotá, Colombia
  2. Istanbul, Turkey
  3. Bratislava, Slovakia
  4. Málaga, Spain
  5. Lima, Peru
  6. Marbella, Spain
  7. Nuremberg, Germany
  8. Venice, Italy
  9. San Jose, United States
  10. Antibes, France
  11. Krakow, Poland
  12. Miami, United States

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