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Reasons to why you should consider Izmir if you're a digital nomad!

Updated: Mar 8

When it comes to choosing a destination for your digital nomad lifestyle, the Aegean city of Izmir in Turkey might not be the first name that comes to mind, but it's certainly a city worth considering. With its vibrant art scene, beautiful beaches, rich history, and a growing co-working culture, Izmir offers a unique blend of modernity and laid-back charm that makes it an ideal spot for remote work.

Let's dive into the reasons why you should add Izmir to your list as a digital nomad.

1. Affordable Cost of Living

Accommodation, food, and transportation are budget-friendly, especially away from major tourist hubs. A meal including kebab yum yum ‘my fav’, lentil soup, veggies, and, of course, kofte can cost as little as $7. Additionally, a night in a nice hotel may be around $50, and a delicious flat white in a cute cafe with a sea view can cost you as little as 3$. The affordability definitely reminds me of the prices in Tbilisi, Georgia, and Medellin, Colombia.

2. Optimal Weather and Crowd-Free Seasons:

Consider visiting during the shoulder seasons, from April to May and September to October, when the weather remains pleasant, and thinner crowds make it easier to explore attractions and enjoy outdoor activities without the hustle and bustle. Despite staying in Izmir during December 2023, I still experienced amazingly cold yet refreshing sunny weather, occasionally accompanied by some rain.

3. Safety and Hospitality:

Did you know that Izmir is considered the safest city for females in Turkey? Surprisingly, I wasn't aware of this fact until the friends I made while living there shared it with me. I genuinely experienced this sense of safety, particularly when returning home around 1 am. Despite the streets being empty and evoking a bit of fear, I always felt secure. Overall, Turkey is considered safe for tourists, and Izmir, in particular, maintains a low crime rate, with the local population known for its welcoming hospitality. While it's wise to exercise caution, especially in major cities, Izmir provides a relatively secure environment for digital nomads.

4. Rich Cultural Experience

   Izmir's cultural tapestry is woven with threads of history, art, and local life. Explore the ancient city of Ephesus, immerse yourself in the lively Kemeralti Bazaar, or take in panoramic views from the Kadifekale Castle. The city's vibrant art scene adds a touch of inspiration to your daily life, providing a perfect balance between work and exploration.

Exploring Izmir as a Digital Nomad

1. Neighborhoods:

   Consider Asansör for your home base. It offers a mix of modernity and tradition, and the view from your Airbnb is likely to be breathtaking, providing the perfect backdrop for your remote work.

my Airbnb view

2. Co-Working Spaces:

   Izmir boasts a growing co-working scene, with flexible workspaces and amenities for digital nomads. Some popular options include (LOKASYON & OFIS ALSANCAK).

3. Transportation:

   Navigating Izmir is a breeze with various transportation options, including dolmus, buses, trams, and ferry boats. The well-developed infrastructure ensures that you can easily explore the city and its surroundings.

4. Beaches and Beyond:

   Izmir is strategically located just an hour away from stunning beaches like Cesme and Karsiyaka. Take advantage of the proximity during the warmer months to relax and unwind by the sea.

5. Laidback Pace:

   One of Izmir's unique charms is its laidback pace compared to bustling Istanbul. Enjoy the benefits of reliable infrastructure without sacrificing the tranquillity of a less crowded environment.

Izmir offers a perfect blend of modern amenities, cultural richness, and affordability for digital nomads. Whether you seek inspiration from historical sites, a laidback lifestyle, or a growing co-working community, Izmir provides a unique experience that makes it a compelling destination for your remote work journey.

So, why not add Izmir to your list and discover the digital nomad haven on the shores of the Aegean?

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