Mom I love where we live in this small village of 300 BUT I would not care if we moved every 6 months to a new location if that was what your dad wanted to do. My Mother and I followed my dad around the USA during World War 2 and I lived every place imaginable, even in a college dorm once for a summer. Went to different schools. It was great. New landscape, new weather, new friends to be made and old friends to keep in contact with. I loved it. We have lived 9 different places in our 57 years and even spent a few summers at a camp ground when our kids were teenagers. Andy did a mean square dance in bare feet on Saturday evenings. When we travel I always call the motel or hotel of destination home for the night and My Aunt Katy says it is no surprise Andy travels as he inherited a little hobo blood from me she thinks. It might be nice to live at Cape Cod for a year if I was younger.
The problem is I haven't figured out a way to be worth as much as I am where I am at. In other words, I make a good deal of money, but I can only make it where I am at. It isn't that I wouldn't like to be somewhere else, but where I want to go doesn't want me. It is all about supply and demand. I am in demand here, but not there, so I stay here.
Good Realistic Post! I've always considered such reasoning as you have explained the ONLY three reason people CHOOSE to live their lives ANYWHERE are:
1) Climate / geography
2 ) Friends and Family
3 ) Career Opportunities, Job, Best place to get ahead financially meaning easiet place to SAVE or increase one's net worth
I could easily live in a variety of locations in Indonesia, the Philippines ( although I've spent most of the time between Manila and Boracay Island ) , a variety of locations in the Mediterranean countries and Portugal. The Baltic coastline is also very appealing at least between Mid May and Mid September. Lately Hawaii is growing on me and maybe 10 years from now, the FREE University of Hawaii education for Seniors and Hawaii's social medicine seems VERY appealing. Previously I'd NEVER consider growing old anywhere in the USA but HAWAII is AS GOOD as it gets. Perfect climate, mellow, caring residents where random acts of kindness is a daily experience and the mixed racial culturally diverse population makes us feel like we're "at Home".
as I have traveled the whole world like you, but not as a hobo, the best place to live is Montevideo for me. Another wonderful city is Brisbane, Australia, but the distance is too big when I need to return to my children and grandchildren in Germany....
Sorry failed to answer your question on amount of my preferred travel budget. If I'm alone I choose cheaper accommodations like hostel bedspaces when in Northern Europe at U$20 / bed more or less ( U$600 / month easy to maintain while "on the road" for many weeks or months ) . I've slept in my vehicle many times while driving across the USA or sofa surfed while visiting friends. In most other countries I prefer privately owned small local hotels and guest houses with daily rates from U$2.50 ( Sulawesi, Inodnesia, some parts of India ) up to U$30 MAX preferring a median rate of U$8 to U$12 / night.
Now when I travel with my wife, ( though we have both slept in our vehicle many nights ) usually choose to pay the lower end of market value, for example in the States or Europe U$40 to U$100 with a median rate of U$60+ often Sunday thru Thursday specials with some discounted coupon. And when is S.E. Asia we choose U$15 to U$30 / night accommodations. Lately we are considering spending some of leter years in Hawaii but instead of buying a house where the median is U$650,000 ( monthly mortgages around U$3000 ) we'd prefer staying in 3 star hotel rooms with kitchens at a weekly or monthly discounted rate allowing us the freedom to change islands and locations and make frequent trips internationally without the burden of a house payment.