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Ask Me Anything: What Places You Can See Yourself Living Other Than India?

I have a series on my blog called Ask Me Anything and I keep track of reader questions that I get over and over and slowly answer them with a full blog post. A common question is about if I’ll stay in India forever and regardless, if I did leave, where I want to live outside India. So, for fun I’m going to list some places I can see myself living one day! I always said I wouldn’t live in Ohio where I’m from, so these are some other options.

Where I want to live or could see myself living in the future other than India

1. Malibu


If I were really rich, I would already have a house here! It looks beautiful (I’ve only driven by here) and Ben has possible work here (if a visa were easier). We could surf and eat the best food ever and go to a dog’s allowed beach for our dogs to run free…. that would be nice! Plus, LAX flies so many direct international routes. This is totally unrealistic for me though.

2. Maui

What Area of Maui to Stay In

Again, if I were rich, I would 1000% live in Hawaii (not just Maui, but I’ve only been to Maui and Oahu and liked Maui a lot). I love the food, the people, the views, and would happily live in a small basic house if it meant living here. This is still pretty unrealistic even living in a tiny little house. It’s so expensive.

3. England

A Little Tunbridge Wells Guide

If Ben wanted or needed to go to his hometown of Tonbridge, I wouldn’t complain although I don’t think I could live there “forever”. Because it’s England, it’s still unique to me. It’s cute, charming, the food is fun, the people are funny, and it’s very normal in Kent; it reminds me of Ohio. It’s close to London by train and Ben would have friends and family nearby. I think it would never happen though as Ben doesn’t want to move back home. London is also a great hub for the cheapest most direct flights.

4. Mexico

This is the most likely option because it’s close to my family and friends without being in the USA (Ben can’t stay longer than 3 months each year). It’s warm, there are some beautiful beach towns, and it would be affordable. The downside is the crime, and similar issues to India with health, safety, scams, and corruption. We’ve been to the Western coast and liked it but were in a dangerous area initially. This last trip we went to Merida which was so safe and cool. There is so much to explore and so much culture to take in… TACOS.

5. Portugal

Portugal is kind of the only place in Europe I can see myself living other than England and I’ve never even been there. It looks beautiful, it’s very cheap right now, and the surf is meant to be awesome. It would be fun and means I could travel around Europe more.

6. Somewhere in Central America

Again, never been but I have thought about places like Costa Rica where it’s jungle, beach, and reminds me of Goa but with different food, vibes, and closer to home. I don’t know about this area, but I like that it is jungle and beach both(what I like about Goa). It seems like living there would be that ‘slow chilled out lifestyle” and I’m down with that! I have no idea about logistics and visas, or if it’s plausible to stay long term but from seeing other travel bloggers base here for years, it looks like it wouldn’t be too hard.

7. Ohio

ohio friends

I said I wasn’t going to put Ohio, then I did…

I truly don’t think I’ll ever live in Ohio because I do mostly want to live by the sea and not have such cold winters but being close to family and friends would be so amazing. I love Ohio, but life is short and I have lived there already 22 years of my life!

So, there we go – 7 places I have thought about living other than India. Would any of these places make your list?


About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Vinod Ponnan January 28, 2018 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    why dont you try and stay in some other places in India, like Gangtok in Sikkim, and Spiti valley , or the valley of flowers , in this magnificent land of India you call call your home ( temporarily or permanently) we dont know yet, but if you ever want to live here for ever in Paradise, we as Indians would welcome you and with open hearts, to our country, our family and our hearts.. Since you have lived some part of your life in India and goa, give living in this land for ever. You will not regret it, Like Ruskin Bond, dont ever leave. India will embrace you with love and hospitality of a kind that you will never ever experience in America.

    • Rachel Jones January 29, 2018 at 11:39 am - Reply

      Thanks Vinod – that valley of the flowers is a place I have wanted to visit for 6 years now, maybe 2018 will be the year.

  2. Semi January 29, 2018 at 8:14 am - Reply

    England for sure!

  3. Katy January 29, 2018 at 10:31 am - Reply

    Vietnam & Thailand also have plenty of coastline, and delicious food! Agree with you about Mexico – YUM. Also, I dig the coasts of Oregon and Washington – beautiful!

    • Rachel Jones January 29, 2018 at 11:42 am - Reply

      Yeah, I think Thailand for some reason doesn’t draw me in – I did spend a month there and it was great but I don’t think I could live there. I haven’t been to Vietnam! Need to visit there. The coast of Oregon, Washington, gorg! I lived in Tacoma for a little bit and the views were amazing.. bit cold though

  4. Netski January 29, 2018 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    Israel! But it’s hard to live there since it’s an expensive country too. Thou.. III I love Israeli!

  5. The Offbeat Adventuress January 29, 2018 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Ooooh. Portugal. I could see myself there. Or anywhere in the Canary Islands. Someplace laid back where the pace of life is a little slower!

  6. Joella January 30, 2018 at 3:34 am - Reply

    Rachel, I’ve been waiting for you to move to California for like 3 years now haha! ;)

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