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Exploring by Transit Map: The Best Sights Prague

The Czech capitol has a historic medieval center, cheap beer and some of Europe’s best nightlife. Plan your trip now with the;

Top 10 Best Sights Prague.

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Transit Map of the Best Sights Prague www.NomadicYou.com

1.    Nightlife Charles Bridge

Pague has hundreds of clubs and pubs to enjoy and some of the greatest are near Charles Bridge; built in 1357 it is one of Prague’s most celebrated landmarks. Hemingway Bar near Karlovy lázně tram stop is one of the best places to have a cocktail in town; made to order by the bartenders with their own twist.

AnonymouS Bar is near the Sex Machines Museum and offers a unique “secret underground room” experience; the mixologist (bartenders) put up a show, but the drinks are a bit pricey. Next, head to one of the best clubs in Prague, M1 Lounge Bar & Club open daily from 21:00. M1 has a team of DJs playing R&B, hip-hop, electro and dance till early morning.

2.    Explore Old Town

The Old Town (Staré Město) is a medieval settlement that used to be separated from the outside world by a moat. The main sights are the New Synagogue, Old Town Square and Astronomical Clock. The square has been the city’s main market since the 11th century; Be sure to stay at the top of the hour to see the Astronomical Clock’s mechanical show featuring saints and the deadly sins.

Old Town is compact enough to explore by foot; with beautiful buildings to admire and pubs to explore. Restaurants and shops are pricier here than the rest of Prague. Old Town Square is an 8-minute walk north from Můstek station.

3.    Selfie Prague Castle

According to the Guinness Book of Records, Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world. The castle was built in the 9th century and is home to the President of the Czech Republic and the Bohemian Crown Jewels. It is free to get into the grounds and look around, but you will need to book a tour to go inside. It is a bit of a trek to walk up the hill, but you are rewarded with amazing views over Prague and plenty of selfie opportunities. The entrance to Prague Castle is an 8-minute walk west from Malostranská Metro on the Green/A-Line.

4.    Shopping Centrum Černý Most

If the weather requires a day spent indoors, then Prague’s most modern mall, the Centrum Černý Most is a good choice. Their website claims that they are a four-star shopping mall (wonder what happened to the 5th star) with a large variety of shops, restaurants and even a cinema too. International brands include H&M, Marks and Spencer, Tommy Hilfiger and Marciano Guess. Open daily from 09:00 to 21:00. The mall is a short 3-minute walk from Černý Most station, the last stop when heading east on the Yellow/B-Line.

If you are keen on a more authentic shopping experience, try the Naplavka Farmers Market near Karlovo náměstí station on the Yellow/B-Line. The market has a great atmosphere; set next to the Vltava River with food stalls allowing you to see, taste and smell the local food.

5.    Dining Little Quarter

The Little Quarter (Malá Strana) is on the left (west) bank of the river Vltava, on the slopes just below the Prague Castle. The district has many fine churches including St. Nicholas Church. And there are dozens of quaint cafés and restaurants to explore.

St. Martin near the Malostranské náměstí tram stop serves light and delicious meals. Their duck is very popular. For some fine dining, or just to enjoy a drink with a view overlooking Charles Bridge, try Hergetova Cihelna Restaurant. Open daily from 11:30 Hergetova Cihelna, is near the Franz Kafka Museum.

6.    LGBT Vinohrady

There are a good variety of gay clubs in Prague across New Town, but the Prague 2 district of Vinohrady has several gay clubs and bars clustered within walking distance. Start at Celebrity Café, which is open from breakfast until late, and do some people watching at their street terrace.

Then try The Saints Bar, a relaxed gay bar with cheap drinks, near Vinohradská tržnice tram stop and open daily from 19:00. Club TerMIX is a small club with free entry open Wednesday to Saturday nights. Or head to ClubTerMax, a large club with themed nights to dance away those weekend nights. The closest Metro to Vinohardy is Náměstí Míru on the Greeb/A-Line.

7.    Relaxing Letná Park and Beer Garden

Letná Park (Letenské sady) is a large park built on a plateau above the Vltava River with impressive views of the Prague Old Town to the south. The park is great for a stroll and has sights that include the Prague Metronome and the oldest functioning carousel in Europe.

O the eastern border of the park, you will find the Letná Beer Garden. It is a bit of a climb, but worth the effort for some fine city views and the cheap beer. The Letná Beer Garden is a 18 minute walk west from Vltavská Station on the Red/C-Line.

8.    Exercise Stromovka Park

Stromovka was the Royal Game Reserve for a nearby summerhouse, but in the 19th Century it was converted to a park. It is the largest park in Prague spanning 95 ha; plenty of room to run then! The fact that Stromovka is relatively flat makes it a better option than the hillier Petrin Park.

Stromovka is protected as a natural monument, but also has cultural buildings such as the Academy of Fine Art and Planetarium. The closest station is the Hradčanská metro on the Green/A-line.

9.    Hotels in Prague 9

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Skyscrapers, Vodka and the Best Sights Warsaw Metro

The Poles know how to party. We show you where the nightlife, best shopping and picturesque parks are in the;

Top 10 Best Sights Warsaw Metro Map

Top 10 Best Sights Warsaw Metro www.NomadicYou.com
Top 10 Best Sights Warsaw Metro www.NomadicYou.com

1.    Nightlife Warsaw Centum

Fruity cocktails with Vodka are popular in Poland. Have a drink with the locals at Level 27 Bar & Club in Filtry opposite the Warszawa Ochota Metro. The club is on the 27th floor with magical sunset views and the bartenders are known to entertain by dancing on the bar. The party continues till sunrise.

Also in Warsaw central, is 22 Cocktail Bar Max & Dom Whisky. They have the perfect cocktail just for you, (made by the barmen to your preference) with fruity combinations at a good price. The bar is close to the Hoża 04 tram stop.

2.    Explore Old Town

If you like narrow streets and tiny cafés, then Old Town is for you. This area is the heart of old Warsaw and on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. However, the buildings are not as old as they appear; Old Town was completely reconstructed after being levelled by the Nazis.

The market square is especially photogenic, with colourful buildings re-built to look as they did in the 17th century. Old Town is 12-minute walk east of Ratusz-Arsenal Metro, or you can transfer to a tram at the metro.

3.    Selfie Palace of Culture and Science

The Palace is Poland’s tallest building with 42 floors and is 237 metres (778 ft) tall. The terrace on the 30th floor is popular with tourists and the perfect place for a selfie while you enjoy the panorama of the city. It cost 20 PLN per person and closes 20:00 weekdays and 22:30 on weekends.

The building also offers; a multiplex cinema, four theaters, two museums, a large swimming pool and the Congress Hall auditorium. The Palace is in the commercial heart of the city next to Warszawa Śródmieście station on the airport line. And Centrum Metro on the M1 line.

4.    Shopping Arkadia Mall

If the weather in Warsaw is blustery, then Arkadia’s 287,000 sq m (3,100,000 sq ft) of retail all under one roof, is the place to be. And since it gets over 20 million visitors per year, it would seem a popular place to escape the winter chill.

It is, according to their website, Poland’s largest mall with 230 shops, 25 restaurants and cinemas. Among the international brands are GUESS, Levi’s, H&M, and Zara. It is open till 22:00 daily, except on Sundays when it closes at 21:00. Take the M1 line north to Dworzec Gdański station, from where you take a 12-minute walk west to Arkadia.

5.    Dining Nowy Świat Street

Nowy Świat (New World) Street is one of the historic main roads in Warsaw that runs from the Royal Castle south to the royal residence at Wilanów. It has several cafés and restaurants to sit and relax after a good stoll.

De Javu Nowotarskie Lody Tradycyjne restaurant is open daily from 08:00. They are popular for their traditional ice-cream that will ‘satisfy your childish whims’ (maybe something is lost in translation). But they have great cappuccino, cakes, tarts, baguettes and salads too.

Restauracja Absynt serves typically Polish and Central European cuisine in an artistic environment. Friendly staff and a delicious food. Remember to try their soup.  Open daily from 12:00 midday.

6.    LGBT Warsaw Centrum

The best gay clubs and bars are in Warsaw Centre. Blok Bar is opposite the Warszawa Śródmieście Metro and opens at 18:00. This gay bar is on the 6th floor with no stairs (So, unpopular with bears I’m assuming). But the good cocktails, views and friendly staff are worth the climb.

TORO is a 10-minute walk away from Blok Bar. It has a club with two dance floors that attracts a big gay dance crowd at weekends. While TORO pub next door is open daily from 20:00 for a more relaxed evening. Situated at the corner of Skorupki and Marszalkowska streets opposite the Hoża 04 tram stop.

7.    Relaxing Łazienki Park

Rated by Tripadvisor’s users as Warsaw’s top tourist attraction, Łazienki Park is indeed a magnificent garden. The park was built by King Poniatowski during the eighteenth century and features the neoclassical Palace on the Water surrounded by canals and ponds. It is the largest park in Warsaw occupying 76 hectares south of the city centre.

Łazienki is home to squirrels and peacocks who share their habitat as a venue for music and the arts. The park is open daily from 06:00 to 19:00 (remember to pack nuts for the squirrels). The entrance at the Chopin Monument is a 14-minute walk south-east from the Politechnika Metro Station.

8.    Exercise Kabaty Woods Ursynów

A well-developed network of bike trails can be found in Ursynów and the Kabaty Woods Nature Reserve. The Kabaty Woods lie on flat ground for easy riding except for some hills in the eastern part. Kabaty Metro south of Ursynów is the last stop on the M2 metro line.

If you want to enjoy river views while you cycle, then the most popular route is on the left bank of the Vistula, from Młociny to Powsin.  The Vistula can be easily crossed on a bike across Świętokrzyski bridge.

9.    Hotels on the M1 metro line

Europe on a Budget: Hotel Cost Warsaw

10. Travelling Warsaw Metro

When arriving at Warsaw Chopin Airport, make your way to the airport railway station; Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina. The Sulejówek Miłosna 01 train takes 23 minutes before stopping in the city centre at Warszawa Śródmieście station.

From here you can transfer to the Warsaw Metro that consists of 2 lines and has a system length of 29 kms (18 mi). The M1 line is the longest of the two. Choose an AirBnB or hotel next to one of the 20 M1 stations to explore Warsaw by transit. You can transfer to the M2 line at Świętokrzyska station.

@NomadicYou What are your Best Sights Warsaw Metro? Relaxing in Łazienki Park or panorama snaps from the Palace of Culture?

Best Sights Budapest: Castles, Ruinbars and more

Yes, it doesn’t have a beach. But Budapest has everything else, buzzing nightlife, mineral baths, wine tours, iconic buildings and impressive vistas from the Danube.

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Best Sights Budapest Transit Map www.NomadicYou

From historic Buda to party Pest, Nomadic You rounds up the best sights to explore by Metro in the;

Top 10 Best Sights Budapest 

Home to a third of Hungarians, Budapest is the commercial, cultural and political center of the country. The city has a rich history, with one of the most important events being the unification of Buda on the west bank, with Pest on the east bank of the Danube river on November 17, 1873. Plenty of history then, but even more to explore;

1.    Nightlife Ruinbars in District VII

The 7th District (English: Elizabethtown) is the most densely populated district of Budapest. Plenty of locals then to enjoy the nightlife with! The neighbourhood decayed in socialist times but is now rejuvenating.

Head to the entertainment quarter at Gozsdu Courtyard which attracts more than 900,000 visitors per annum. Gozdu is a Hipsterville of bars and restaurants and only a 7-minute walk east from Budapest’s main Deák Ferenc tér Metro.

A further 5-minute walk south-east near Astoria Metro you will find Szimpla Kert Ruinbar. The unique décor has reused old items on the walls and Szimpla Kert has events ranging from movie projections to live music concerts.

2.    Explore Castle Hill in Buda

Take Castle Hill funicular from the Clark Ádám tér tram stop (on the No 19 line). The Castle District stands atop a hill and is famous for its medieval and baroque houses, churches, and buildings. And on the southern tip of the hill stands Buda Castle, home to Hungarian kings since 1265.

The Castle district was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987. Art and culture travelers will love the Budapest history museum in the southern wing of the castle. It has exhibits including gothic statues and a 14th-century silk tapestry. Also on the premises, is the Hungarian National Gallery where (among other works) you can admire Gothic altarpieces.

3.    Selfie Parliament Building

The parliament building on the eastern riverbank is Hungary’s largest building and makes an impressive backdrop for any selfie. You can reach the parliament within a 12-minute walk from the Arany János utca Metro on Line 3. And it is  even closer to the Kossuth Lajos tér Metro on Line 2.

The parliament building is in the gothic revival style, with a central dome and was inspired by the British House of Parliament. Entry tickets cost around $18 and it is best to book online, since half a million visitors a year means long queues. Stay for sunset to see the lowering of the flag and the spectacular parliament lighting after dark.

4.    Shopping Central Market Hall

South of the inner city near the Kálvin tér Metro on Line 3 and Line 4, you will find the Central (Great) Market Hall. It is the largest and oldest indoor market in Budapest with 3 floors and 10,000m2 of shopping. The market is open daily except Sundays and the stalls offer everything from pickles to spirits and even caviar.

For a more modern shopping centre head further North on Metro Line 3 to WestEnd City Center. WestEnd has three-floors with 50,000m2 of retail, entertainment, offices and a rooftop park. (Remember to get a costume for the mineral baths)

5.    Dining Fisherman’s Bastion

Dining in Budapest is more affordable than most of Europe, so finding a delicious falafel or cakes at a Patisserie is easy. But, for a perfect day-trip, head to see the city views from Fisherman’s Bastion across the Danube, then a bistro lunch and a wine tour at nearby Faust Wine Cellar.

Pest-Buda Bistro Restaurant is conveniently close to Fisherman’s Bastion. The bistro opens daily at 12:00 midday and has a friendly atmosphere to enjoy some goulash. Next, make your way to under the dominican cloister to Faust Wine Cellar. Where you can sample 80 sorts of Hungarian wines and 30 types of “Pálinka” (a traditional fruit brandy).

6.    LGBT Ferenciek Tere Metro

Budapest doesn’t have a much of a variety of gay clubs and bars. Venues are dotted around the inner city rather than clustered at a single gay village. However, Ferenciek Tere Metro on the blue M3 line is a good place to start with two gay bars close by: The easy going and cozy Funny Carrot gay bar opens at 19:00 and makes a good first stop. Next door, Habrolo is also open daily and attracts a local crowd to its events that include Karoake.

Weekends see Budapest’s most popular gay club; Alterego open its doors at 22:00. Alterego has an industrial vibe with two dance floors and is near Oktogon Metro.

7.    Relaxing Széchenyi Baths

Next to the Széchenyi fürdő (Yellow) Line 1 Metro is the largest medicinal bath in Europe. The palace-like grounds have indoor and outdoor pools ranging in temperature from 18 to 38 °C (64 to 100 °F).  Széchenyi also has saunas, steam and massage services.

Another relaxing option is a stroll through the Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden. The zoo, like the baths, is also located in Városliget Park. Over a million visitors a year come to see the 1,072-animal species, that include Komodo dragons and wombat.

8.    Exercise Margaret Island

Margit-sziget is a 2.5 km (1.6 mi) long island in the middle of the Danube in central Budapest. Since entry by cars is limited, the island is a popular recreational area for locals to go jogging and cycling. The island has a rubber-coated running track measuring 5.35 km (3.33 mi) great for burning off some falafel calories while enjoying the peaceful surroundings.

No need to take a ferry, access is from Margaret bridge in the south. The musical fountain is one of the islands attractions and you can rent a bicycle to explore the landscaped parks.

9.    Hotels stays in Terézváros

Best Budget Hotels Budapest in Terézváros

10. Travelling Budapest Metro

From Ferenc Liszt International Airport, take a 22 minute ride on the 200E bus to Kőbánya-Kispest Metro Station; the last stop on the (Blue) Line 3. The blue line runs has 20 stops and runs for 32 minutes to its furthest point at Újpest Központ station.

If you are planning to explore Budapest by transit, then staying at one of the stops on the blue line is a good choice. The blue line stops at Budapest’s main Deák Ferenc tér station, where you can transfer to the (Red) Line 2 to Buda or to the (Yellow) Line 1 to Széchenyi Baths. Lines run from approximately 04:30 to 23:30 daily.

@NomadicYou Which of the Best Sights Budapest are your vibe? Boozy Ruinbars or historic Castle Hill?

Things to do Lisbon Metro on a Budget

Lisbon is the oldest city in Western Europe, but there is much more than history to explore;

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Things to do Lisbon Metro www.NomadicYou.com

Top 10 Things to do Lisbon Metro

The warm nights make for some of Europe’s best nightlife, from partying at a rooftop bar to some mournful tunes and lyrics at a Fado bar. Just like the Fado, leaving Lisbon will fill you with saudade, or “longing” to return. Nomadic You rounds up the Top 10 things to do in Lisbon;

1.     Nightlife Bairro Alto

According to Rough Guide, Bairro Alto is Lisbon’s after-dark playground and is lined with trendy Fado clubs, bars and restaurants. Bairro Alto is walking distance of Baixa-Chiada Metro or you can start your evening off with a ride to the nightlife on the Elevador da Glória or Elevado de Bica tram.

“Park” in Bairro Alto,close to the Baixa-Chiada Metro is a hidden bar on top of a multi-story car park with sunset views over Lisbon. For some reggae, funk, soul, swing, rock music and cheap drinks head to Groove Bar. Or if you have a longing for some Latin rhythms and mojitos find your way to Cuba a la Vista.

2.     Explore Alfama

Situated between Lisboa Santa Apolónia and Terreiro do Paço Metro stations, Alfama is the oldest district in Lisbon.

Alfama grew in importance during Moorish domination and its name originates from Arabic and means “hot fountains” or “baths. Alfama’s labyrinth of narrow streets and small squares was originally inhabited by fishermen and the poor. Today, it contains many important historical attractions, as well as an abundance of Fado bars and restaurants.

Historical attractions include the Lisbon Cathedral, the oldest in the city. Or, make your way up to the mediaeval Castle of São Jorge, the royal residence until the early 16th century, for one of the best views of Lisbon.

3.     Selfie Lisbon Oceanarium

The Oceanário de Lisboa is the largest indoor aquarium in Europe and a great place to take a selfie with a sunfish. Built on a pier in an artificial lagoon, the main exhibit is a 1,000 m2 (11,000 sq ft) tank with four large acrylic windows.

About 100 species from around the world are kept in this tank, including sharks, rays, barracudas and ocean sunfish. Try to also catch the scheduled feeding times for the otters & penguins. The aquarium is a 14-minute walk from the Oriente Metro on the Airport metro line. You’ll also get a close-up view of the Vasco da Gama Bridge.

4.     Shopping Centro Colombo

Lisbon’s best mall covers 119 725 m2 and is also the largest on the Iberian Peninsula by number of stores (at 340). There are 9 cinema screens, a bowling park and over 60 restaurants. Stores include FNAC, H&M, Zara, Sport Zone, Adidas Originals and the largest Primark store in Portugal.

With the Benfica stadium next door, you could even finish off your shopping trip by supporting the local football team. And the mall has plenty of options then to get some football kit of your own! Centro Colombo is adjacent to the Colégio Militar/Luz Metro. Making it only 18 minutes away from Marquês de Pombal metro on the Azul (seagull) metro line.

5.     Dining Baixa

At the heart of Lisbon is Baixa, a quarter built according to Neoclassical urban planning guidelines after the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. Baixa is streaming with traffic, but also has pedestrianized cobbled streets and squares, including Rossio Square the area’s center.

There are plenty of dining options in Baixa. Try Bread4You for some amazing cakes and croissants or Fabrica Lisboa for breakfast. Fabrica Lisboa has a retro loungy environment and makes a cooked breakfast with some delicious bread.

For some authentic Portuguese cuisine try O Eurico – Casa de Pasto Restaurant for some tasty and hunger-stilling portions.  Floresta Das Escadinhas also has some authentic cuisine and is only open for lunch. Be sure to try their grilled squid and Sardines.

6.     LGBT Principe Real

Neighbouring Bairro Alto to the north-west, you will find Lisbon’s gay village in Principe Real. Start your day off with a snack at the bear-popular GPS café bar. Then head to Bar TR3S Lisboa open daily from 16:00. TR3S has a relaxed friendly vibe and starts filling up after 11pm.

Another welcoming spot to enjoy some cocktails is Shelter Bar which often has a 18:00 happy hour. For some dancing fun after midnight try the tiny Finalmente Club. Despite its size, it gets quite crowd of international visitors.

7.    Relaxing Praia de Carcavelos

Carcavelos parish was known for its wine making, but with the decline of the wine-making industry the beach is now its top attraction. A wide-open beach about 12 kilometers (7.5 mi) west of Lisbon, Carcavelos is a great place to lay your towel down or to try one of the many little cafés or beach bars. For the energetic, the ocean conditions are good for surfing too.

East of the main beach is the fortification of Fort of São Julião da Barra, it was used to protect the Tagus river from enemy ships. To reach Carcavelos Metro, take the Calais line from Cais do Sodré Metro.

8.     Exercise Tagus River

One of the most popular jogging routes in Lisbon can be found running next to the Tagus River. Start at the docks (Docas de Alcantara) and run along the river for over 2,5 km. It can get a bit crowded with many people jogging, fishing and enjoying the waterfront cafés in the afternoons.

The Alcantara-Mar metro on the Calais line is the closest stop to the docks. Need a change of jogging scenery? Then try the 3km beach-front marine walk between São João do Estoril Metro and Cascais Metro. There are also showers available to visitors along the marine walk.

9.    Stay in a central hotel near Marquess Pombal Square

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Best Budget Lisbon Hotels Marquess Pombal Square

Want to explore Lisbon by Metro and know where and when to stay? Nomadic You lists the;

Hotels Marquess Pombal Square Photo by Chrismatos ♥90%
Hotels Marquess Pombal Square Photo by Chrismatos ♥90%

Average cost of Hotels Marquess Pombal Square

The Marquess of Pombal Square (Praça do Marquês de Pombal) is an important roundabout in Lisbon. It is located between Liberty Avenue (The Avenida da Liberdade) and the quarter of Santo António.

The square makes an excellent location to stay if you are exploring Lisbon by transit; The blue (seagull) and yellow metro lines stop at Marquês de Pombal station.

Walking distance of the square to the south-east you will find the pedestrian pavements and gardens of Liberty Avenue. The Avenida is popular with tourists with its hotels, shops, theatres and 19th century Portuguese architecture.

If strolling down the Avenida sounds tempting, then expect to pay around $60.90 per night for good three-star hotels Marquess Pombal Square with breakfast and free Wi-Fi.

Price per room per night March 2017  
Holiday Inn Express – Av. Liberdade 48.00 € $50.40 £40.32
Amazonia Lisboa Hotel 50.00 € $52.50 £42.00
SANA Rex Hotel 55.00 € $57.75 £46.20
Hotel Flamingo 55.00 € $57.75 £46.20
Lisboa Central Park 59.00 € $61.95 £49.56
SANA Executive Hotel 65.00 € $68.25 £54.60
Hotel Principe Lisboa 65.00 € $68.25 £54.60
Ever Lisboa City Center Hotel 70.00 € $73.50 £58.80
America Diamonds Hotel 70.00 € $73.50 £58.80
SANA Capitol Hotel 72.00 € $75.60 £60.48
Three Star Hotel Average 60.90 € $63.95 £51.16

 Wikipedia Lisbon

Humberto Delgado Airport, 5.4 kms (3.3 mi) north of the city is the 22nd busiest airport in Europe with 20,110,805 passengers per year. The hottest month is August with an average high of 28.3°C (82.9°F). The coldest month is January with an average low of 8.3°C (46.9°F). The rainiest month is December with 121.8 mm (4.795 inches).

@NomadicYou City sights and boulevard strolling with these Hotels Marquess Pombal Square? Or somewhere beachy and out of town?

Choosing your next Digital Nomad City

Chiang Mai is great, but try somewhere new. What makes a great city for digital nomads and downshifters?

Will Lisbon be your Next Digital Nomad City? Photo Flickr-sludgegulper
Will Lisbon be your Next Digital Nomad City? Photo Flickr-sludgegulper

Six things to consider for your next digital nomad city.

Mumbai and I got off to a rocky start. It was an early 4 A.M. landing at Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport. Planner that I am, I knew that was a good time to arrive, since peak hour in Mumbai is all-day except 1 A.M. to 4 A.M. Sadly, my hotel didn’t send the taxi cab they were supposed to and I had to make my own way to Colaba. Try as I might, I could not find an ATM inside the airport to withdraw some rupees. I popped outside the building, thinking the ATMs may be outside. No luck either. Surely, I just overlooked them inside? <Sigh> The security guards would not let me re-enter the building. I felt quite sad for myself, sweating from the 4 A.M. late autumn heat and humidity.

Ultimately I did get a taxi to the hotel. Driving through the slums on the way to Colaba and arriving at what seemed to be a very rough part of town with homeless people sleeping on the traffic island. My nerves were shot. I was still a novice traveler; I bit off more than I was ready to chew. Yes, I loved India and especially Jaipur. (Wish I was there now.) But, I did learn a lesson: all cities are not created equal.

#qualityoflife

Some cities like Mumbai are made more for the economic realities of its citizens than for the comfort of travelers. Therefore, in my opinion, it is best to leave these cities to the hardworking folks that live there. I’m sure with enough time and local knowledge it is possible to know how best to dodge the traffic, where the least polluted beaches are and which parks have fewer homeless. Most digital nomads probably don’t have the inclination for so much research. Thus cities like Mumbai, Ho Chi Minh, Kuala Lumpur and Manila have not made it on the nomadic cities list.

#costofliving

For downshifters especially, cost of living is key; the cheaper the global city the better for your work-life balance. Our nomadic cities have a cost of living under $50 per day. This daily cost is derived partly from Numbeo.com, which is an excellent resource for cost of living information. But the Top 25 also factors in cost according to nomadlist.com to arrive at the cheapest global cities. Alright, Damascus may be quite cheap too but we cover the more travel worthy alternatives. Oh, please don’t believe nomadlist.com when they rate Johannesburg below Aleppo on their cities list. Johannesburg is my home town and well worth a visit!

#transportation

A great way to keep travels costs down is to use transit to get around. The best nomadic cities have an efficient metro for exploring. Far better than fighting traffic, plus you get to indulge in some local wine and beer without upsetting the traffic authorities. Istanbul is a fantastic case in point. I loved getting my Istanbulkart and using it to jump from train to tram to ferry to bus to cable car; kudos to the Turks!

Yes, Jaipur is wonderful, but it doesn’t have the best connected airport in the world. Since one of the largest budget expenses for any digital nomad is air fares, a small airport is a travel cost danger sign. Typically, the busier the aviation hub, the more airlines are competing on routes. Our nomadic cities have large international airports; we use Cape Town’s 9.5 million annual passengers as a minimum to qualify for nomadic city status.

#party

One of the coolest nightlife spots I’ve been to was a top-floor nightclub in Athens with views towards the Acropolis. There are few better spots for watching a sunset in the world! A great selection of bars, nightclubs and casinos makes for a vibrant nomadic city. Generally cheap alcohol and liberal locals also help to set the scene. You probably didn’t know this, but my home town is Africa’s busiest destination by number of international visitors. Think of Jo’burg as the Vegas of Africa, with plenty of casinos to explore from Monte Casino to Gold Reef City. Our maps try to highlight the best after-dark spots but also warn of some of the areas that are not safe to walk alone. Enjoy the nightlife, but remember to practice some common-sense safety precautions.

#foodie

Syntagma square in Athens is a great place to sit and watch the world go by. You may even be tempted after a couple of beers to harass the stoic soldiers doing the changing of the guard at the Greek parliament across the road. Having lunch in a mall is certainly not the same. It is far more fun sitting at a pavement café and doing people watching. Our nomadic maps highlight the best transit accessible spots in each city for some relaxed dining. To ensure that you remain relaxed even after receiving the bill, have a look at our list (Table (?) ) of cheapest dining nomadic cities. Dining in Athens is actually quite pricey, thanks in no small part to the 24% VAT tax rate in Greece.

#relax

Thankfully, not every city activity is VAT rated. Try a walk on the beach or catching some sun in a scenic park. For the Yoginis among you, our nomadic maps highlight the best spots in each city to catch some stretching and meditation. If you are feeling sportier, we also point you to the best places to cycle, jog or hike.

Ultimately each person’s checklist for city greatness will be different. But, digital nomads will value somewhere with low travel costs, a good transit system, cheap dining and vibrant nightlife. Downshifters have quality of living, cost of living and beautiful beaches at the top of their list. Enjoy dreaming about the best exotic location to travel to and live in!

@NomadicYou What do are your most important criteria for choosing your next digital nomad city?

The Best Digital Nomad Party Destinations

Your digital nomad travels may have had you partying on the beach in Phuket. Now it is time to give Europe and South America a go;

Light up the Prague dance floor. Best Digital Nomad Party Destinations
Light up the dance-floor in Prague, Lisbon or Athens.

Europe and South America’s Best Digital Nomad Party Destinations

Prague rules the European party scene with countless clubs and skilled bartenders. But, Lisbon and Athens have those warm evenings counting in their favour to enjoy some rooftop parties. South America has the Latin rhythms and beautiful locals to add to your 2017 wishlist.

Watch the Mixologists in Prague

#1 Hemingway Bar near Charles Bridge in Old Town close to the Karlovy lázně tram stop is one of the best places to have a cocktail in town. The bartenders suggest drinks with a twist and make to order. Reservations required for this hip cocktail bar.

#2 AnonymouS Bar in the heart of Old Town near the Sex Machines Museum is open daily from 17:00. A unique “secret underground room” experience; the mixologist (bartenders) put up a show, but the drinks are a bit pricey.

#3 M1 Lounge Bar & Club situated in Old Town near Staroměstská Metro is open daily from 21:00. One of the best clubs in Prague, with a team of DJs playing R&B, hip-hop, electro and dance till early morning.

#4 The Saints Bar is located right in the gay quarter of Vinohrady near Vinohradská tržnice tram stop and is open daily from 19:00. A relaxed gay bar with cheap drinks and friendly people.

Sunsets and Stripper Poles Lisbon

#5 Pensao Amor in Bairo Alto close to Cais do Sodré Metro open daily from 12:00 midday. Pensao Amor is a fun bar-pub-dancing place. The venue was previously used as a brothel and the décor still includes a stripper’s pole.

#6 Park in Bairo Alto close to the Baixa-Chiada Metro is a hidden bar on top of a multi-story car park. A great spot for sunset views over Lisbon, but get there by around 5pm to grab a good table.

#7 Chapito in the historic heart of Lisbon is close to the Baixa-Chiada Metro and opens daily at 13:00. Chapito has an outdoor restaurant and bar, with activities including tap-dancing classes, concerts and theater.

#8 Bar TR3S Lisboa is a gay bar in Principe Real, close to Restauradores Metro. Open daily from 16:00 TR3S has a relaxed friendly vibe and starts filling up after 11pm.

Rooftop Nightlife Athens

#9 Brettos Bar in Plaka and walking distance from Syntagma Square is open daily from 10:00. Brettos started operating as a distillery in1909 at the ground level of an Athenian old mansion. Tourist love to take photos of the hundreds of colourful bottles.

#10 A for Athens Cocktail Bar in Psirri close to Monastiraki Metro has a rooftop terrace with the most stunning view to the Acropolis. Enjoy the view from breakfast in the morning to cocktails at night.

#11 7 Times Live Music and Dance Club also in Psirri is open daily from 18:00. The venue offers different kinds of live music such as latin, rock&roll, pop and jazz. Enjoy the music or relax with a shisha and some affordable drinks.

#12 S-cape, a lively gay club has go-go dancers, drag shows, DJ’s, special events and theme nights. The Gay village in Athens is near Kerameikos Metro in Gazi.

Ruinbars in Budapest

#13 Szimpla Kert is a ruinbar in District VII near Astoria Metro is open most days from 12:00 midday (earlier Fridays and Sunday). The unique décor has reused old items on the walls and Szimpla Kert has events ranging from movie projections to live music concerts.

#14 Instant is a large two-story club in District VI near Oktogon Metro open daily from 16:00. Instant has multiple dancefloors with music ranging from techno to more commercial tunes.

#15 Peaches and Cream Club is located close to Instant in District VI and is open Friday and Saturday nights from 22:00. One of Budapest’s most popular dance clubs with great music, friendly waiters and cheap drinks.

#16 Alterego Club is one of the most popular gay clubs in Budapest near Oktogon Metro. It is open Fridays and Saturdays from 22:00. Alterego has an industrial vibe with two dance floors playing different types of music.

Tango Shows in Buenos Aires

#17 La Trastienda in Montserrat close to Plaza de Mayo Metro has regional and international music performances. La Trastienda  has good acoustics and a great vibe when packed with fans.

#18 Esquina Carlos Gardel has tango shows in Almagro near Carlos Gardel Metro. The show covers a great variety of tangos from 40s to modern day by skilled dancers with excellent orchestra music.

#19 Senor Tango in Barracas near H. Yrigoryen Metro is open daily from 20:00. Visit to see elaborate “broadway style” tango shows that are impressive but not entirely authentic.

#20 Flux Bar in Retiro near General San Martín Metro is open daily from 19:00. This dimly-lit cellar gay bar has happy hour every day from 19:00 until 22:00.

Fruity Cocktails in Warsaw

#21 Level 27 Bar & Club in Filtry opposite the Warszawa Ochota Metro is on the 27th floor with magical sunset views. You can also party till sunrise in one of Warsaw’s best clubs with the bartenders dancing on the bar.

#22 Cocktail Bar Max & Dom Whisky in Warsaw central is close to the Hoża 04 tram stop. They have the perfect cocktail just for you, (made by the barmen to your preference) fruity combinations at a good price.

#23 Klar – Cocktail Bar in Warsaw Old Town close to the Stare Miasto 02 Tram stop is open daily from 11:00. Serving fruity seasonal cocktails on infused vodkas, Polish alcohol and moonshine.

#24 Blok Bar in central Warsaw is opposite the Warszawa Śródmieście Metro and opens at 18:00. This gay bar is on the 6th floor, (with no stairs) but the good cocktails, views and friendly staff are worth the climb.

Clubbing Mazes in Bogota

#25 Theatron in Chapenero Central close to Universidad de La Salle is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 21:00. Theatron has five-stores and 8 different rooms   Bogota’s largest gay party venue, but there are plenty of straight folks too.

#26 Armando Records in Antiguo Country is close to Rockefeller Casino and has a loungy feel. Entry in Armando Records is pricey but there are many different spaces to experience in the building, including a rooftop bar.

#27 La Negra in Chapinero Alto is close to the Military Hospital and a good place to meet the locals. Great for a long night of dancing to Latin rhythms and the liquor is cheap.

#28 Red Room north of Chapinero is a piano bar that is open Mondays to Saturdays from 15:00. Great drinks and music in an elegant setting.

@NomadicYou Will it be Europe or South America for your best digital nomad party destinations to visit next year?