Perpetual living out the nomadic lifestyle certainly has its allure, but at some point most everyone makes the decision to settle down. But settling down doesn’t have to mean settling! Following your dreams of immersion in other cultures doesn’t have to stop when you put down your backpack. For the retiring backpacker, there’s always a dream home. What’s yours?
Luxury on the beach
The tropical dream is a powerful one, and for many the idea of living on or as close as possible to the beach there’s nothing better. Whether you like surfing, diving, or just laying in the sun on your own pristine stretch of paradise, you’ll never get bored of the lifestyle. And while coastal property is ridiculously expensive in the West, it remains affordable in Latin America and Southeast Asia. It’s tough to beat having the ocean in your front yard, whether your house is a simple bungalow or a luxurious mansion. Waking up to the surf is something that I don’t think would ever get old.
Up in the mountains, in a small town, close to the slopes—yeah, that sounds about right. Fresh air, cozy fireplaces, deep powder, and paralleled views are the highlights of Alps living, but as a bonus there are likely to be fair-haired maidens delivering overflowing beer steins. Such places still exist in the mountains of Switzerland, France, Italy, and other European countries—though of course, you’ll have to pay a premium for the chalet of your dreams. Living here year-round allows for appreciation of all of the beautiful seasons, from wildflowers in the spring to summertime by the lakes to the gorgeous color changes of the fall.
The Penthouse View
Some people can’t imagine a life without the bustle of the city, and for them a top floor condo downtown is the real dream. Overlooking the skyline of New York, Tokyo, Paris, or wherever else, their tasteful apartment might be decorated with modern art and have a wine rack that is never empty. The busy social calendar and the nightlife have a definite appeal, and descending from the top floor to visit high end restaurants, live music venues, theatres, or whatever else is on in the city leaves one feeling connected at all times. Metropolitan and cultured, this is the life for the backpacker that has made it in the professional world.
The suburban dream
To some it lacks the glamour of some of these other fantasies, but there is definitely something to be said for a beautiful home in a good community within reach of an excellent city. If family is important to you, take Allura for an example, located just outside of Melbourne, Australia. Quality schools, shopping, cafes, sports facilities, open space, and the reassuring feeling of knowing your neighbors are all draws to a place like this. It’s also a far more attainable dream than the others, with eminently reasonable prices. Check out land release in Truganina to get started.
What’s your dream?