After living in lockdown for almost two years, the idea of packing up and moving halfway around the world is very tempting – especially as the cost of living crisis rages on.
If you’re able to work from anywhere in the world, you should consider doing it from sunny Brazil: the country has a thriving digital nomad community and plenty to see and do when you’re not working.
“Think of anything and you will find it in Brazil,” says Rafael Luisi, Assessor to the Presidency of Embratur, the Brazilian Tourism Board.
“If you talk about culture, we have it. We have the best gastronomy, and it’s very different from south to north. If you talk about ecotourism and nature, we have it too. When we think of Brazil, we think of sun and beach tourism. It’s much more than that.”
How can I become a digital nomad in Brazil?
The country digital nomad The visa is called the VITEM XIV temporary visa, and people can apply for it at any Brazilian consulate.
The visa costs 97€ (100 USD) on average, although it can vary, and lasts one year, but can be extended for a second. During this time, you can leave the country and return.
Among the most important requirements are proof of employment or a relationship with a company based outside of Brazil and a minimum income of €1,455 (US$1,500) per month, or a bank balance of €17,460 (US$18,000). USD).
Is it expensive to live in Brazil?
Brazil is not the cheapest country in the world, nor in South America. But the cost of living in Brazil is much lower than in European countries.
According to the Expatistan website, food is 101% more expensive in France than in Brazil, while housing is 131% more expensive and transport 41% more expensive. Overall, the Cost of life is 67% more expensive in France than in Brazil.
In Germany, the cost of living is 74% more expensive. While in Italy it is 46% more expensive. In the UK it is 99% more expensive.
When should I move to Brazil?
Between November and March, during the Brazilian summer, it’s usually the best time to go, although it’s also the time when most tourists travel in the country.
The weather is usually sunny and warm, perfect for hitting the beach after work. And if you want to attend the famous carnival in Rio de Janeiro, you can do it in February.
During the Brazilian winter, temperatures are still quite warm by European standards, at an average of around 18 degrees Celsius.
Where to stay in Brazil?
Brazil is a huge country, twice the size of Europe. Every region is different, so deciding where to go may depend on your specific tastes and interests. But these four things are important to any digital nomad: cost of living, fast Wi-Fi, community, and nightlife.
For all of these things, these are the best places to move.
South America’s first digital nomad village is to be built in Brazil, in the small northeast seaside town of Pipa.
The village will be created by the Lisbon start-up NomadX, which named the project ‘Nomad Village Brazil’. The village will offer a range of accommodation options and facilities for digital nomads (including a swimming pool), and will open in November, with a first run until April 30, 2023.
“You have the beach right in front of you, with a water temperature of 24 degrees Celsius,” says Luisi, adding that the village is ideally located for visiting other states in Brazil.
White sand beaches, dramatic mountains and vibrant nightlife: Florianapolis, an island in southern Brazil, has everything a digital nomad could wish for.
This is probably why the city, considered a paradise on earth, is a favorite destination for digital nomads in Brazil. There is a thriving digital nomad community here and plenty of coworking spaces to meet like-minded people.
The small fishing village of Jericoacora, or Jeri, has grown in recent years, becoming a magnet for digital nomads looking to work while surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of this remote seaside town.
Surrounded by stunning white sand dunes and crystal clear blue waters, Jeri is located in the middle of a conservation area and is known to be a haven for kites and windsurfers.
Belo Horizonte is a big city, but not as busy as Rio or Brasilia.
Living here would be less of a tropical dream and more of a perfect balance between work and pleasure, rest and productivity.
The city has a vibrant nightlife, with plenty of bar and networking opportunities. On the negative side, working in a café isn’t really something people in Belo Horizonte do, so you might struggle to find a place to work outside of your apartment.
The charm of the Brazilian capital is often overlooked, but the city has a lot to offer. The construction of Brasilia was strongly influenced by the writings of Dom Bosco, an Italian monk who dreamed of a utopian capital in the “New World”. Shaped like an airplane, the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to many impressive buildings, parks, and unique architecture.
The city is very safe and all the embassies are based here, so if you only speak English you will be fine.
Rio de Janeiro
Once in Brazil, Rio is a must visit. The city is so representative of Brazil, and it’s the first place people think of when they imagine Brazil.
If you need to boost your confidence to move deeper into the most isolated places in Brazil, Rio, with its many coworking spaces, cafes and international community, is a great place to start.
If you want to be at the center of life in Brazil, look no further than São Paulo.
The metropolis is the economic engine of the country and you will find many start-ups, multinationals and digital nomads there.