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Solo travel continues to grow in 2023 as people seek adventure and alternative lifestyles.
And Latin America remains one of the most popular places to do so, thanks to extremely popular destinations like the 3 featured below.
All 3 of these hotspots boast generally favorable weather, laid-back lifestyles, fantastic food, and vibrant remote worker communities.
What’s more, these 3 locations recently ranked among the fastest-growing established digital nomad hubs, according to new data from nomadlist.com.
Mexico City is said to have grown 152 percent in popularity as a remote work center since 2018, with Carmen Beach a growth of 129 percent and Medellin a 123 percent increase over the same time period.
So why are these destinations so popular with solo travelers right now?
Mexico City, Mexico
On your first visit, the vast metropolis of Ciudad de Mexico (CDMX) can be a bit overwhelming.
It is one of the largest and most densely populated cities on Earth and is full of star attractions such as the impressive Palacio de Bellas Artes, the former tallest building in Latin America, the Torre Latinoamericana, and the Metropolitana Cathedral.
One of the things solo travelers and digital nomads love about CDMX is that it’s lively—there’s always something going on in one of its trendy neighborhoods.
Some of the best examples are the Roma, Juárez and La Condesa neighborhoods of the city.
These neighborhoods allow you to live more authentically in the city and are full of cool bars, trendy restaurants, fantastic nightlife and thriving art scenes.
Despite what you might think, CDMX does no rank among the most dangerous places in Mexico.
The latest Mexico Peace Index ranks the city 17thth the nation’s safest state out of 32, ahead of popular states like Quintana Roo and Baja California Sur.
To help you stay safe and enjoy a positive experience in the city, simple actions such as being careful with your belongings, sticking to tourist areas while getting your bearings, and not using public transport alone can help. transport at night.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Nestled in the heart of the stunningly beautiful and hugely popular Riviera Maya coastline, Playa del Carmen is a seaside town that single travelers have taken to their hearts.
From trendy beach clubs like Martina and Mamita’s to cool craft beer lounges like Chela de Playa and Colectivo Mexicano Cervecero, this city has plenty of places to meet interesting and like-minded people.
Playa has a very international feel due to its popularity with travelers around the world and is consequently welcoming and friendly to LGBTQ+ visitors.
For digital nomads based here who need a break from work, the sparkling seas offer great diving and snorkelling.
You can even take a dip in a freshwater cenote, like the nearby Cenote Azul or Cenote Tula.
The Playa is extremely easy to get to, with Cancun Airport just a 45-minute drive away, and is also ideally located for exploring nearby Mayan historic sites such as Chichen Itza and Tulum.
The best of all places in Mexico is that you can stay up to 180 days without a visa if you are a US citizen.
Let’s be honest: the weather can have a huge impact on how much we love a destination as travelers.
This is probably one of the reasons why Medellin in Colombia is popular – it is known as the City of Eternal Spring due to its mild and comfortable year-round climate.
The city has many lively and colorful festivals, such as the Feria de Las Flores (Festival of Flowers), which takes place from late July to early August and showcases the hundreds of species of orchids known in the region.
Medellin’s neighborhoods are dotted with great cafes and trendy restaurants, but perhaps the trendiest spot is Laureles.
This area of the city was recently named the coolest neighborhood in the world for its chilled parks and cafes during the day and vibrant culture and nightlife after dark.
Medellin is generally safe. However, there have been some documented crimes against tourists in recent months, but we have some tips to help you avoid becoming a statistic and enjoy your time in the city.
One thing that can help you get along better in Medellin and the two Mexican destinations listed above is to learn a little Spanish – it will not only help the interaction go smoother, but you will also understand more from what is being said around you.
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