That's why a 'home base' matters as a nomad

Hey nomads,

This week I'd like to tackle a topic that might surprise some of you: the importance of having a home base, even when you're living the digital nomad dream.

Now, I know what you're thinking – isn't the whole point of being a digital nomad to not have a base? To roam free, explore endlessly, and never be tied down?

That's the myth, the Instagram-worthy ideal we often see.

But the reality, as many of us have learned, is a bit more nuanced. Perpetual travel is awesome in theory, but it comes with practical challenges.

This "always on the move" lifestyle can get exhausting, let's not lie about it. Jumping from place to place, dealing with visas, packing and unpacking, constantly adjusting to new environments... it takes a toll.

Having a home base gives you a place to recharge, regroup, and reconnect with yourself.

It's a haven where you can unpack your bags (literally and figuratively), settle into a familiar routine, and just be for a while.

Plus, there's the legal and tax side of things. Many countries have residency requirements if you want to stay long-term, and becoming a "perpetual tourist" can lead to complications down the road. I'm not going to go too much into that and we've written a whole guide about it if you want to learn more.

So, how do you find your perfect home base, then? Here are the top things to consider:

  • Cost of living: This is a big one for most of us. Look for places that offer a good balance of affordability and quality of life.
  • Your personal preferences: What kind of lifestyle do you want? Do you crave sunshine and beaches, or are you more into city vibes? What kind of culture resonates with you? Where do you see yourself spending a few months a year?
  • Tax implications: Yes, taxes matter! Some countries have favorable tax rates for digital nomads or entrepreneurs. So, why not optimize them while living in a country you like?
  • Community: Is there a digital nomad community already established? Is there a business-friendly environment if you are an entrepreneur? Are there many remote workers? Connecting with like-minded people can make all the difference, especially if you like such an unconventional lifestyle.
Your home base should be a place that nourishes your soul, supports your work, and complements your nomadic adventures.

I'd love to hear about your experiences with finding a home base. What factors were important to you? Share your stories by replying to this email!

And don't forget to live your best life,


P.S. Check out our latest guides on the best digital nomad places, visa requirements, and tax tips – all designed to help you build your best nomad life! 💪

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