Full-time remote work is now a reality for many Americans, one that opens the doors for exciting opportunities such as combining work with travel. Digital nomads based out of an RV have many advantages — they get to explore as much as they want while still being able to live and work comfortably, surrounded by their own stuff.
StorageCafe, a nationwide self storage marketplace, decided to look into the RVing destinations that are the most suitable for remote online workers, based on the share of campgrounds with electric hookups and Wi-Fi provisions, and the local average internet speed. So, in case you want to travel around the country while also keeping up with work, here are the top 10 places you should consider:
Texas cities are the best for mixing work and play
Texas leads the way for RVing digital nomads, with four cities in the top 10 of the best places nationwide for this category of travelers. Houston ranks first, due to about 87% of the campgrounds in the area having Wi-Fi provisions, and a local average internet speed of almost 460 megabits per second (Mbps). Camping for a while in Houston will allow you to enjoy the local attractions, including its Museum District, the NASA Johnson Space Center, the Houston Zoo or the spectacular Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park. Of course, with Houston being an urban destination, you’ll also be able to indulge in fine dining and some shopping sprees. And if you plan to spend a few weeks in the area and want to enjoy extra living space in your RV, you can put your newly bought stuff, or some of the belongings you don’t use on a daily basis, in self storage. Renting a small, 5’x5’ self storage unit in Houston hovers around $40 per month.
San Antonio and Tyler rank third and fourth respectively, due to the same winning combination of most campgrounds having Wi-Fi provisions, and excellent local internet speed. While camping in San Antonio, you’ll be able enjoy the area’s rich historical past, sample exquisite cuisine, visit the Texas Ranger Museum, or stroll and dine on the city’s famous San Antonio River Walk.
Tyler, Texas, is famous for rose cultivation, so you’ll be able to visit its beautiful Municipal Rose Garden and admire the perfectly manicured rose bushes that line the streets. They even organize a rose festival each October. You can also visit the Caldwell Zoo or head to nearby Tyler State Park for hiking and fishing.
Austin is the last Texas city in the top 10, ranking ninth, with 60% of the campgrounds featuring Wi-Fi provisions, and ultra-fast local internet speed of almost 460 Mbps. And once you’re done with work for the day, you can sample all that Austin has to offer, from cultural landmarks like the Blanton Museum of Art or the Harry Ransom Center to the huge and beautiful Zilker Park, the Barton Springs Pool or the Austin Nature and Science Center.
Go to the mountains — or the desert — for majestic natural beauty
If you would love a bit of peace and quiet, the second-ranking destination, the resort city of Branson, Missouri, might be just the thing. Tucked within the Ozark Mountains, it’s a place that offers great conditions for remote workers, with 84% of the campgrounds featuring Wi-Fi provisions, and a local internet speed of over 350 Mbps.
Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Phoenix, Arizona,
ranking seventh and eighth respectively, combine the perks of a big city destination (a variety of cuisines, plenty of entertainment, cultural landmarks, shopping opportunities, festivals and other events) with access to unique natural landscapes. These desert cities are ideal for spending the winter, as the temperatures are just right for outdoor activities.
Head to Florida for the beach (work) life
Florida scores three spots in the top 10 best RVing destinations for digital nomads:
Bradenton and Naples at fifth and sixth respectively and Kissimmee rounding up the top 10. All these destinations offer great amenities for RV travelers who are working remotely, with Naples enjoying the largest share of campgrounds with Wi-Fi provisions among them. Bradenton, on the other hand, boasts the highest local internet speed among the Florida cities — almost 380 Mbps. Both Bradenton and Naples are ideal destinations for beach lovers, with miles upon miles of pristine beaches. Kissimmee, although located inland, still offers plenty of opportunities for a splash due to the numerous lakes in the area. On top of that, you’ll be in the right spot to enjoy Disney World — so it’s a great destination for families with children.
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