Have you ever been on vacation to a place so AWESOME you just wished you could stay there forever?
Ok, not forever ever, but at least long enough to need a vacation away from it.
I’ve found five such places already in my quest to drive all the way to the “ends of the earth.”
Each place will be appealing to Digital Nomads for their own reason. If you visit them in the right season, they become darn near-magical.
In order of first discovery, I’d love to live long-term in one of the following places:
Quebec City’s Old Town, Canada
While I’ve never been to Europe, what is known as Quebec City’s Old Town is as close as you can get to an European city without leaving the American continent.
To say Quebec City is “pretty” is like saying Aretha Franklin can “sing a little”.
Cobblestone streets, beautifully conserved historic buildings, and amazing food are part of the package. Add the fact that French is the official language and it’s not difficult to imagine you’re a world away while in Quebec City.
I’d love to live here one day, if only to learn French and stuff myself with warm croissants every morning.
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
Nova Scotia had been on my “bucket list” for a long time. When I finally visited last year, I was blown away.
This is one of those places that pictures don’t do justice to.
I stood along Cape Breton’s rocky coast, soaking in warm sea breezes, while witnessing the most stunning sunset I’ve ever seen.
In Nova Scotia I also found the friendliest, most down-to-earth people I’ve yet to meet in my trip.
I mean, wouldn’t you be relaxed and in a constant good mood if this is the place you called home?
Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
I’ll be honest. As far as long-term destinations, Mexico was pretty far down the list of places I wanted to stick around in. An unpleasant experience with Mexican customs at the border may have had something to do with it.
It wasn’t until I reached Puerto Vallarta, in the beautiful Riviera Nayarit that I started warming up to Mexico.
And no surprise, as Puerto Vallarta, with its beautiful coast, clean streets and decidedly laid-back ambiance won me over. I wasn’t shocked to learn that it is home to a big expat community.
I wouldn’t mind make it my home one day too.
The pic below is from Puerto Escondido, further down south and with a more authentic “beach” feel to it.
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
This is not a city per se, but a collection of towns and villages surrounding what is arguably the most beautiful lake in the world.
This is a great place to live if you want to immerse yourself in the Mayan culture and engage in a slower-paced lifestyle.
Those that live around the lake cherish it. Many decide, often during their first visit, that this is the place they want to live in the rest of their life, even if only part-time.
I would love to live here one day, just to wake up every morning to amazing views, cup of coffee in hand.
Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Ok, I’m bending the rules here a bit since I’ve actually checked this one off the list when I moved here in March.
Antigua totally draws you in the first time you visit.
I remember pledging to one day live here, when I visited two years ago. Haven’t regretted it one bit.
This city is small enough not to be overwhelming, but big enough that you find pretty much anything you could ever need.
With its cobblestone streets, this Unesco World Heritage site (like Quebec City’s Old Town) retains the same charm it had when it was founded hundreds of years ago by the Spaniards.
The yearly processions are really a spectacle that is not to be missed. World class.
If the world wasn’t so full of wonder just waiting to be explored, this could easily be home for me for a long time.
What place that you’ve visited has stuck with you the most?