Can I live on the road for <$45/day only including hotels
September 27, 2013 10:20 AM Subscribe
How can I find out more about the economics of living in certain parts of the United States or in other parts of the world but for short time periods (i.e. likely 3 month to 6 month intervals?) Limited to places that would cost a max of $45/day.
posted by Wolfster to work & money (18 answers total) 34 users marked this as a favorite
I've been a freelancer for almost 5 years now, and I don't need to be tied to any location for my clients, as long as they can reach me and communicate with me by phone and/or computer.
I really enjoy traveling/exploring new places, but for the last years, have lived in NYC so I don't have the flexibility in funds to rent a place here AND travel like a nomad (I can take vacations, but not pay rent for 3 months and travel).
I recently read an article about people who rent hotel rooms for a week to a month, get a better rate, and travel this way. I think that this solution could work for me (i.e. not renewing my lease/living out of a hotel room in 3 month or so intervals), so I could travel and have a base to work.
I'm still limited by economics and want to continue to save money, so ideally I would like to limit my search to places that I can afford a hotel room for a max of $45 dollars/day, which would include electricity/cable/safety/phenomenal internet connection from the hotel room. From there, I will later pick places that meet interests/other requirements, but for now I just want to find out if this is economically feasible or a pipe dream.
So here are the relevant questions that would me address the economics aspects of traveling and living on the road as a freelancer:
• If you do this now, do you know of regions of the world that are in this price range or lower? Or do you know of others who have recently done this in region X of the world.
• Are there other resources to use that you would recommend? (I did google for blogs/books, but I know that many of these searches are turning up garbage, and I am having a hard time assessing whether someone did this/or just made a book or product to sell).Part of my search is complicated by the fact that I would absolutely need internet connection, and I'm having a hard time assessing this for other parts of the world.
• Are there websites that you would recommend to do a search by price? I'd rather search by price and look at locations from there, but when I pull up websites it makes me starts with location, then dates, and then look at prices ... and this will likely take forever:I don't want to search every city of the US, for example.
• Any other tips as to how one could make this work economically? (Besides move; the goal is to live in a city for a few months, move on to another city/place, etc.). The 3-month limit is because of visa limitations in other parts of the world.