Canggu, Bali, Indonesia
The Brooklyn of Bali, stoked on young people, Instagrammable food, and good surf
Why you'd want to work there: There's nothing more inspiring than a morning commute in Canggu, across pristine tiny beaches and labyrinthine rice paddies with glimmering ocean views. In Bali's youthful hipster enclave, an office day consists of a dapper co-working space with surf and beach breaks, plus a steady diet of smoothie bowls, raw desserts, and cold drip coffee. The cost of living is incredibly cheap, with a two-bedroom villa priced at roughly $900 a month, and the area's premier co-working grounds, Dojo Bali, ranges from $51 a week to $146 a month for unlimited access, including facilities such as Skype booths and a pool. No wonder Canggu is home to a thriving expat colony of bespoke bikini and jewelry designers, full-time Instagrammers, startup gurus, and none of the Eat, Pray, Love crowd.
Why you'd want to live there: This is where people segue from work straight into play, with laid-back vibes strewn across a variety of beginner surf swells, perky beach bars, and yoga studios. You'll find a distinctly youthful spirit in each unique dwelling here, from Deus Ex Machina, a motorcycle-cum-surf shop, to Pretty Poison, a bar with a skate park hosting regular music gigs. Parties and events pepper the week: Check out "Dirty Ol' Wednesdays" at Old Man's Bar, practically an expat's rite of passage. -- Barbara Woolsey, Thrillist contributor