We have one goal in mind, keep going.
Keep seeing those unique wonders of the world that everyone strives to see.
There are a myriad of different types of long term travelers that I have met on my current around the world trip; people who backpack their way around the world, people who have strive to inject themselves into the culture they are living in, and others that live in places for periods of time.
My strategy is to live overseas in a country long enough to really immerse yourself in the culture, but short enough to be able to see everything.
Typically that will last 3-5 months depending on the things to see in that area. Brazil and Argentina are massive countries where you would need more time. But what happens if you find a place that you fall in love with?
I never experienced this before where I actually want to stay.
I’m currently living in Medellin, Colombia, and this place has really blown my mind away.
Colombian culture here in Medellin is incredible. I’m living high on the hog since I found a penthouse (check out this great pic) in one of the nicest areas of the city but that isn’t why I like it.
I would be just as happy living in the worst part of the city. Everyone in the city is very nice and well mannered.
Everywhere I turn I hear: “thank you , excuse me, I would love to”, and “oh I’m sorry”. This is a bit different than what I am accustomed to, especially in the United States where everyone is more reserved.
The weather in Medellin, correctly dubbed the city of eternal spring, is perfect. The only other place I know of that has perfect weather year round in San Francisco and it ridiculously expensive to live there.
For travelers, you can find a very cheap room to rent for $250 a month. I have looked into actually buying property in the city and they are very reasonable. 2 bedroom condos for $120,000 an just a few months ago the same condo would be $80,000.
I am a bit torn about what I should do. I love this place, I want to stay. At the same time I have placed on heading east and visiting Africa and Asia. I am simply torn between the fact that I should burden myself with a mortgage payment every month to have a place in Colombia. But the real question is: Should I stay? Should I come back and live here part of the year?