Living the life of a digital nomad sparks a lot of interesting conversation. We do our fair share of chatting about blogging, self employment, what traveling together full-time is like, and how to make money while traveling.
But actually the question we’re asked most has nothing to do with making a living while traveling.
Everyone wants to know which, of all the destinations we’ve visited, is our favorite. Since our answer to this question is ever-evolving and we can never pick one absolute best, here we share the five destinations that currently top our list.
Our 5 Favorite Destinations
The final destination of our 12-country Europe trip in 2016, we spent six days in Iceland. Surreal green landscapes and nearly endless summer sun made our June visit magical. Icelandic horses, waterfalls, and puffins added to the experience, and the prevalence of English proficiency throughout Iceland made the trip easy. Blue Lagoon is also an absolute must!
Watch The Secret Life of Walter Mitty for a glimpse at some of Iceland’s best scenery.
2. Cinque Terre
Vibrantly-painted houses atop terraced hillsides make Cinque Terre National Park one of the most picturesque tourist destinations in all of Europe. Accessing the area by train from La Spezia, we navigated as much as possible by foot when exploring in and between the five towns (“Cinque Terre”) that comprise this area.
An unexpected addition to this list, we were pleasantly surprised at the beauty we found in Slovenia. Ljubljana (where we stayed) is an incredibly charming town, complete with a hilltop castle. It’s surrounded by the ultra-lush green forests that make Slovenia a natural beauty. Free services for tourists (in-town transportation and donation-only tours) make you feel welcome, and loads of excursion options — try Bled and Lake Bohinj — keep things interesting.
4. White Sands National Monument
Located in the middle of nowhere in New Mexico, this surreal landscape of sprawling white sand was the most unexpected surprise of all the destinations on our epic 50-state quest in the U.S. There’s no hotel (nor much of anything else) nearby, so you won’t run into any big annoying tourist crowds. We stayed overnight, and the scenery at sunset was absolutely breathtaking.
See photos and read more about our overnight camping experience at White Sands.
5. New York
Three distinct places in the state of New York are the reason why it’s on this list: New York City, the Adirondacks, and Niagara Falls. Each is on this list for different reasons: The Adirondacks for its natural beauty, New York City for its vibrance and diversity of city life, and Niagara Falls for the amazing fun we had getting soaked on the Maid of the Mist.
There’s lots we loved about these places, t0o!
- Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Canada)
Curious which places were in the running for this list? See where all we’ve been here.
About the Author
- In March 2014, Diana called it quits on her traditional American working life and set out to explore the world with her partner in crime (and love of her life) Ian Norman. They now live a sustainable life of full time travel, working for themselves and seeking adventure at the same time. Here on North to South, Diana documents their journey in achieving and maintaining this "road less traveled" way of life.