12 Mar 2012

where SHALL i live?

Oh... the places I'd like to go. 

There are too many. I am fortunate I've already been to such a large amount of them because my family and I travel so much; especially me and my dad (on his BMW motorcycle).

Those bike trips are some of the best experiences I've had in my life, along with all our giant family road trips. Travelling for me is a time of learning - either completely new things, or realizing the truth about things I already knew about. Since you're in a unusual environment your brain thinks differently and you're able to look at things in a refreshing new light. I've had most of my epiphanies on the back of the BMW.


Travelling also gives you more knowledge about yourself; like all experience does. When you are in a new situation, your reaction to it is also new. That reaction is a part of you that you didn't know about before. In other words: you won't how you feel about something until you experience it! Thus the more you experience, the more you know abut yourself. I think this is vitally important in human life. It is a main reason I am who I am; because I've learned so much about my own soul-being on all my travels.

Now, I am on the subject of travelling to new places for a reason! Lately I have been thinking increasingly about building my tiny house, and where I want to settle down in it. I would LOVE to start building this summer, and then just use the portable home for road trips with friends (can you say FUN?!) until I actually move out, which shouldn't be for a few years at least.


I know generally what the layout of the house will be, and I want to use solar panels for electricity. I'm looking into self-composting toilets (... I know, okay) that I heard about from a reader. If I don't want to install plumbing, I can simply use filtered rain water - closed water system, hell yeah. 

As for my future place of residence - who KNOWS?! That's what this post if about. My criteria is that this place needs to:
- have a warm, sunny climate
- be excellent for growing a variety of fruits
- have tons of cheap fruit and veggies
- close to the ocean (it is the earth's heart!)
- have cheap, large and isolated properties that are still beautiful and in nature!
- have a rich cultural history
- be full of kind, wise, hard-working, welcoming people
- speak a wee bit of English so I'm not totally lost before I learn their language
- preferably be on the same continent as home (Canada)! This means easy travel with my house, and I can     drive to see my parents whenever I want.
- be fairly politically and economically stable (...)
- hmm... I can't think of anything else

So with that list in mind, I've narrowed my options down quite a bit. Currently I have my eyes set on: Costa Rica, Mexico, Hawaii, or Thailand.


Some more options are Australia, Bali, California, Peru, Brazil, and Tristan da Cunha. As of this moment, I really like the sounds of Mexico or Costa Rica. They are SUPER cheap, still virtually untouched by development and industry in a lot of their land, right beside the ocean, on the same continent, I can easily grow/buy fruit here for next to nothing, needless to say their cultures and climate are incredible, and their people are kind. They both fit all my criteria. After my visits to Mexico, it is my favorite right now. 

I think if Thailand were on this continent it would be my first choice without a doubt. But sadly it's very far away, and I cannot own land there unless I'm married to a Thai. For those reasons don't think it will be my eventual home. New Zealand is also a little expensive compared to my other options, plus it's not close by. 

And I hate to say this but... Hawaii is PERFECT for climate, except that it's in the US, a little pricey and far away. I also would rather not live in California for the same reason; it's in America. Too many people! There are more people in Cali than in ALL of Canada. Too bad, because California is no question the best place to live for it's raw vegan community and climate for fruit-growing. 


As for the other options, they are all still on my radar. Tristan da Cunha is actually a pretty random one,and more of a joke than serious. It's the most remote and isolate island in the world, it's near South America, discovered in the 1500's, and only has 275 residents - all of whom are farmers. No new people are allowed to move there so there goes my chance. (Click the link to read more). Just interesting! =) 

Here's some good links if you're veggie and also looking for a new place to call home that's affordable and beautiful! Green Traveller Guides, Cheapest Destinations Blog, Buzzle, Best Places to Live For Raw Vegans, The Most Veg-Friendly Cities in North America, and Open Travel

Questions for YOU: where do you want to live? Where do you think I should live? Am I crazy? 

27 comments:

  1. I wish I could travel on a motorcycle like you did ! Seems like pure freedom. I also love the tiny traveling home. So cute !! There are so many beautiful places to visit on earth. Sometimes I just can't stop thinking about how I am wasting my life in school and doing absolutely nothing to enjoy the rich planet we live on !! I love the places you shared. My favorite place in the world to live and visit would probably be New-Zealand because of the biodiversity and the beautiful landscapes. People seem to love the place...I've heard a lot of good comments. I hope you will live hundreds of other adventures in your life ! xxx Lysa

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    1. Thanks, Lys!!!
      Mmm New Zealand would be pretty amazing. I love how clean, modern yet environmentally conscious it is there. I agree with you about school =/ I'd like to get out ASAP too. I'd rather be volunteering on a farm in Hawaii, and road tripping through the North with friends, or BETTER YET - with a boyfriend ;) Maybe if I get to Quebec I can visit!

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    2. If ever you come to Québec don't forget to tell me ! I live in a beautiful part (very close to the united states actually close to Vermont) We have lots of nice places to see. I forgot yesterday to mention a beautiful place you could visit. I went on a trip last year in the islands of greece with my sister and you can actually spend your hole summer there working, there are many tourists going and they always need people who speak good english !

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    3. Of course I will =) Oh that sounds wonderful! I'll remember that. I'm also interested in the World Organization of Organic Farmers (aka WOOF, haha). They let you volunteer on organic farms around the world. Instead of earning money, you're paid with food and shelter.

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  2. You're not crazy, just a little dreamer :p
    I understand all the things that you want (I want the same) but just because I need a job all these wishes will be hard to realize (but I keep hoping :) ) .
    As Lysa, New Zealand seems to be, for me, the best place to live.
    And in my dreams I would like to live in New Caledonia (it's going to be my first real trip ;) )
    I hope all your dreams come true ;) and as we said here: Quand on veut on peux!

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    1. Oooh! That sounds cool. I'll look into that place.
      Yeah I don't much money either but luckily my parents are paying for school, and I have savings that I may use to build my house. Then all I gotta worry about is really cheap property and fruit!

      Tell me how the trip goes when you're on it!

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  3. Wow those houses - I'm in love! You are in the perfect position to make decisions now before you settle into something and look back and think about what you could have done differently. I fantasize about living more simply, leaving corporate America, growing my own food and having more time.

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    1. Thanks, Dawn =) I'm thankful I have such a clear idea of what I want in this life. Go for it! Haha, of course it's not that simple but maybe just go on a road trip to a place you might want to live... see if you could really do it.

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  4. All those places sound quite nice, but I'd be reluctant for you to decide on New Zealand. It's very rainy and cold, and even snowy in some places, which means it doesn't really fit in with your tropical theme. You could probably settle in far-northern Australia with a bit more success. :) Tropical fruit would be amazing!

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    1. Hmm, interesting. Thanks, Megan! Conflicts of choices here... =) Australia is a serious option because of the climate and community; for those things it would be perfect!

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  5. GODDAMN GOBLINMarch 16, 2012

    seriously, new zealand. lord of the rings was filmed there.

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    1. Well I suppose that finalizes that. Better buy my ticket.

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  6. Emily NellMarch 20, 2012

    I would love to live in the Californian wilds if I could! Ocean, mountains, balmy, fresh food forever, and solitude! I want one of these houses: http://ifitshipitshere.blogspot.com/2010/05/fincube-by-studio-aisslinger-modular.html similar to yours! Just pack it up and go wherever you want...

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    1. Wow Em that looks AMAZING. And I agree with you on California, it IS beautiful in some places there...

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  7. Yep, Mexico is really beautiful and here, literally, you can grow everything. My country is amazing!! If you decide to come here, we can meet if you want... ^^

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  8. AnonymousJuly 14, 2013

    Just stumbled across your blog, it's wonderful! I grew up in Southern California and loved it, just graduated from college in Texas and now living in Playa del Carmen, Mexico :) dreams do come true. From what it sounds like you would absolutely looove it here. If you have time to do some research on Playa del Carmen, you definitely should! Sounds like just what you're looking for.

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  9. AnonymousJuly 19, 2013

    I would consider the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. If you do some poking and connect w some expats, you might find it fits the bill. Lots of Canadians there! It's a remarkable place w remarkable people. A bit rough around the edges, and that may not suit but it's worth a visit if you go to Costa Rica any time soon.

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  10. If you are thinking New Zealand, check out Takaka and Golden Bay at the top of the South Island. Lots of places for Woofing, lots of sun in summer. If thinking Australia check out North Coast NSW, this place looks pretty incredible, lots of tropical fruit too, way more than NZ - http://www.newgovardhana.net/wwoof

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  11. So which one tops your list this year? I'm on the same quest (though add - no crazy animal quarantines for my cat and dog, and an active film community)

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  13. Hi Emily! Love your blog. You are an inspiration! I am so excited that I will soon to be relocating to Santa Fe, NM. My husband and I have been plotting our escape from the dreary & cold Northeast ever since we met over 8 years ago. Finally our prayers were answered and I got a great job opportunity in NM that begins at the end of this month. We found a lovely adobe house (with solar hot water!) to rent on 7.5 acres in a somewhat rural area but just 15 minutes from the city. While real estate in Santa Fe can be expensive, you can easily find affordable homes on a lot of land if you venture out a bit. For me, the Southwest and desert have a spiritual pull that has been calling me ever since I visited there as a teenager. I was thrilled to learn that Santa Fe has one of the best farmer's market in the country and the house we are planning to rent has a thriving vegetable garden courtesy of the current tenant, which I plan to maintain. No ocean in the desert and water is certainly hard to come by, but the air is pristine, the sun shines almost every day and NM has a huge amount of wide open land and state parks per capita. Also, Albuquerque (only 45 minutes away from our soon-to-be new house) is apparently one of the top veg-friendly cities. Can't wait to start this new chapter in our lives, introduce our two young children to a more simple, outdoors lifestyle and hopefully eat more raw foods.

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  14. You would LOVE Byron Bay in NSW or the Sunshine Coast in QLD! Just the name screams happiness!!

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  15. Did you end up finding a great spot in Mexico. Me and my boyfriend are looking to stay 1 year somewhere tropical and cheap.

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Feel free to comment below, I love hearing your thoughts! xo, Em