Please Help Me Find A Home!

Help Me Find a Home
Here’s the situation. I am still very much addicted to traveling and I don’t hesitate for even a millisecond in stating that I plan to continue wandering around this world for many years to come. The thought of hanging up my backpack for a different kind of lifestyle right now is simply not a thought that I’m able to entertain.

However, that does not mean that my lifestyle will always stay the same. In fact, my travels have already been constantly evolving over the years and when I look at the traveler I am today, it is quite clear that I am not the same traveler I was when I arrived in Bangkok back in 1999, nor am I the same traveler I was in 2003 or 2007 or even last year for that matter.

My goals, motivations and needs often change and as a result, I’ve had to make adjustments accordingly. There was a stage when teaching English worked perfectly for me, when working on board cruise ships was ideal, when I just wanted to volunteer or wander around aimlessly, or when I could think of nothing better than staying put in one place for a while…and on and on.

And over the past six months or so, I’ve realized that it is perhaps time to make some adjustments once again, to start a new stage.

What will this next stage involve?

Well, I think it’s time for me to find a home.

I need my own apartment or house, a place that will provide a base for my wacky traveling lifestyle, a base that will undoubtedly help keep me focused on my goals as well as keeping me sane. Frankly, it’s not easy to continue moving around all the time while trying to not only enjoy my travel experiences, but trying to work on my blog and other projects at the same time. Being able to pop over to my ‘home’ on occasion, to buckle down, prepare my own cup of tea and get some work done in comfort (i.e. in my underwear), would have a major impact, a positive impact, on my life.

Am I looking for a place to move permanently?

Definitely not. In fact, I imagine that I would spend maybe two or three months per year at this ‘home’ that I’m seeking. It’s the idea of having that base that seems to make sense right now, even if I rarely use it.

Just knowing that there is a familiar bed to sleep in every now and then, my own set of drawers to hold my underwear, a wall to hang my Tibetan thangka painting that has been buried in a box for the past seven years and a mirror to sing my favorite Lady Gaga songs in front of without having to worry about others listening, would be an absolute dream.

I really can’t wait to sing me some Lady Gaga in peace.

The Main Problem

Here’s the thing. It’s one thing for me to decide I need a base/home. It’s an entirely different matter to try and decide where on earth this home should be. My family and friends are scattered all over the planet and I have no real ties to any one particular location these days.

I have no idea how to even begin this search.

And this is why I want to ask all of you for your help.

Knowing that the readership of this blog comes from all over the world, from almost every continent and dozens and dozens of countries, I figured that you would probably have some good recommendations as to where I should create my base.

So let me give you some information about what I’m looking for…

A small to medium-size city/town, one that offers a good standard of living for a decent price, preferably near the beach although it’s not a must, close to nature, easily accessible and decently connected by flights to other parts of the world, preferably a warm climate (doesn’t have to be year-round warmth), a laid-back community with opportunities to interact with diverse groups of people and having such facilities as a gym, basketball courts, cinemas and good food options in the vicinity.

And that’s it, although, I’m honestly open to hearing about any kind of place you have in mind, in any country!

I really am excited to hear your recommendations and I would like to thank you all in advance for taking a moment to help me find a home…

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Any recommendations??

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323 Responses to Please Help Me Find A Home!

  1. Tammy says:

    Asheville, NC – it’s not near the beach, but otherwise meets your requirements. The Smoky Mountains are especially beautiful in the spring and fall.

  2. WeiLe says:

    hey Earl – hope I’m not too late to comment on this post. I’m from Malaysia so I’ll be telling you some option in Malaysia. After I’ve read what you’re looking for, I recommend to check out Penang, Ipoh and Kota Kinabalu.

  3. Diana Ota says:

    You should definitely check out Timisoara, Romania. :D (often referred to as “Little Vienna”)
    It might be just the right city for you! You can find all sorts of super tasty food, prices here are lower than in Bucharest…and the surroundings of the city…uh, lovely! Mountains, lakes, outdoor festivals. You`ll find them all!

  4. Nataraj says:

    Sorry, this is bit late. I lived in Boise id. It is a beautiful place to live. People are warm and friendly. You have lot of hiking and biking trails.

  5. Dude please check out San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, México.

    I’ve been around the world too, I’m Mexican and I find this city the moooost beautiful in the world.

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hola Carlos – I know San Cristobal very well and it is an excellent location and great town. If it was closer to the beach it would be one of my favorite towns on the planet!

  6. Cheryl says:

    Hi Earl, take a look at Danville,IL. Housing super cheap and rehabbable,historic, undiscovered!! Cool lake in town,county and state parks 15 min away. 40 mi toAmtrak statio & Uof I and international community,90 mi to Indie,200 mi to Chicago. Downside is few good jobs but can live on $500/mo!!!

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Cheryl – Thanks for the suggestion…I’ve never heard of Danville so I’ll have to do a little more research right now!

  7. Eve Sibley says:

    Hi Earl! Did you find your home yet? I’ve been fairly nomadic for the last 7 years (not nearly as much as you, but have not stayed in one place longer than 6 months, spent most of the last 4 years in India). I’ve also recently decided that its time to find a base. I put word out to my FB friends who have suggested a variety of cities and so far my top picks from their suggestions are Buenos Aires, Berlin, Barcelona, Sevilla, and Lisbon. I’ve used Astro-location Astrology to help narrow down choices and am leaning towards Lisbon :) heading to check it out this spring! Would love to know what you decide and why!
    Best of Luck!

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Eve – I have not found a home yet! With my travels and the blogging and other projects I’ve taken on, it’s been difficult for me to actually stop and really try and find a place. But it will happen soon, I feel it! Let us know how Lisbon goes if that ends up being your choice!

  8. Brandi says:

    Not sure if you found a place, I just found this site but I’ll put in my vote for Roanoke, VA. Have you heard of it? I’ve been here my whole life…although I travel out of here quite a bit. Small city of roughly 300,000 people with a low cost of living. 3 hours from DC to the north or 3 hours to Charlotte, NC to the south (which has an international airport). It has a very low crime rate and an up and coming food scene. Takes about 4 hours to get to the beach but it is a valley which is completely surrounded by mountains for hiking, which includes, The Appalachian Trail. Also, it has all 4 seasons, none of which are extreme at any time. Check it out…

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Brandi – Thanks for sharing your city and I have heard of Roanoke. Never been, but have heard about it. I have some family in the DC area so the next time I’m there visiting, I’ll try and head down to VA for a visit.

  9. Kane says:

    Sorry, I’m a few years too late too! Saw your blog as I was Googling cool / safe places to stay for less than $1,000 a month… (current target: Costa Ria)

    I would recommend Dubai for the comfortable lifestyle, beaches, sea, warm climate, English speaking, with a ton of anglo- and non-anglo expats. However, it’s a good standard of living for a high cost (rent, alcohol).

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Kane – Thanks for recommending Dubai. The only thing is that I’ve been to Dubai a few times already and to be honest, it’s not my kind of place. It just doesn’t have the kind of vibe that I like in a destination so I can’t see myself enjoying living there too much.

  10. Alejandra says:

    Im super late in this thread, like two years late, lol have you considered the DR?

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