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Travel Perspectives: Would I Ever Live in the United States?

live in the united states - US flagTravel Perspectives: Would I Ever Live in the United States? 

Many people ask me if I’d like to return to the USA to live some day.

My answer is always a resounding, “Absolutely not!” with a vigorous head shake.

Why not? There are many reasons, but the most important are:

     * The US political, economic and military conditions

     * Climate

    * Other countries offer more interesting cultures &  lifestyles

However, I have to admit that I might possibly consider living in Florida.

In fact, I actually do consider it sometimes. Here’s why:

Lash at Sanur Beach - Bali

Lash at Sanur Beach – Bali

Climate

Ever since I lived in Japan for six years and froze my A** off for 5 months/year in an unheated house and under-heated work places, I developed a strong adversity to cold weather. Instead, I’ve come to love the tropics.

I found out the hard way that my body thrives on heat, shuts down in cold. ‘Hot and humid’ is just perfect for me, with my preferred temperatures at 30C-35C (86-95F) daytime and not below 25C (75F) at night.

Florida is the only place in the US where I could live comfortably. Almost. Even Florida is well past my comfort zone in winter. Typical temperatures then are 20C (65-68F) daytime and 40s-50sF at night. During odd years it dips down close to freezing. Yeow!

Last year I spent winter in St Petersburg, Florida and felt pretty frosty for a month or so. Perhaps further south in Miami or the Keys it would be almost warm enough for me year-round?

St Pete Beach - Florida

St Pete Beach – Florida

Beaches and ocean

My idea of paradise consists of living at the ocean on a beautiful expanse of fluffy white sand. Since it is possible to live that way, I may as well!

Florida’s two extensive coasts are lined with gorgeous, long sweeping beaches sporting blindingly white powdery sand. Quite unfortunately, many of those beaches are way over-developed with hotels, apartment towers and tourist attractions. But others are still in a natural state.

I didn’t always know that Florida’s beaches are so spectacular. After traveling extensively through SE Asia, which is packed with astounding islands and beaches set in calm tropical seas, I thought no US beaches could possibly hold up. Last year I was pleasantly surprised to discover I was very much mistaken! Florida’s beaches are superb. 

sunset flight

sunset flight

Easy access to the Caribbean and Central America

Flights from Florida to most Caribbean destinations are incredibly cheap, offering the best rates from anywhere in the USA. That only makes sense as Florida is so very close to the Caribbean islands.

Having such fast, cheap and easy access to the Caribbean is a huge bonus, considering how much I love traveling, tropical islands, scuba diving and alternate cultures.

Cheap domestic flights all over the USA

Florida is one of America’s most popular vacation destinations. People flock to Florida for holidays from all over the US as well as Europe and beyond. As a result, flights to Florida from just about every US city are quite inexpensive. The bonus for me if I lived in Florida would be that cheap flights to Florida also mean cheap flights from Florida to destinations all over the US. I’d be set for even more travel options.

The Everglades - Florida

The Everglades – Florida

 Abundant and varied nature and outdoor living

Florida is blessed with many amazing natural habitats. Besides the world-class beaches, Florida has natural springs, mangrove forests, rivers, The Everglades, The Florida Keys and several state parks.

Outdoor sports and activities are almost unlimited: sailing, kayaking, canoeing, water boarding, water skiing, bicycling, suntanning, hiking, off-road cycling, camping, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming.

egret - Florida

egret – Florida

Great birds and trees

Florida’s fantastic weather and incredibly abundant water resources attract huge variety of birds, particularly water birds. Just about everywhere you go in Florida, you’ll see amazing water birds.

Florida also grows great trees, bushes and flowers. Besides decorative trees, there are orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon and lime trees. Fresh citrus fruit!

 

signs - art shops - St Petersburg - Florida

signs to art shops – St Petersburg – Florida

Arts

St Petersburg, Florida has held the title as ‘America’s #1 Mid-size City for the Arts’ since 2010. Besides the internationally acclaimed Dali Museum and Chihuly Glass Collection, St Pete has dozens of small art galleries, several annual arts festivals and the weekly Saturday morning market.

Miami and Key Largo, Florida also support huge local art communities.

 Friendly, laid-back people

While I was living in Florida last year, I heard over and over again from visitors how surprised they were at the residents’ friendliness. Apparently Americans in other US cities aren’t so welcoming to visitors?

I never quite noticed Florida’s friendliness as anything particularly unusual or stand-out. While living in Japan for six years and then traveling the world for 14 years, I’ve been surrounded by polite, friendly, helpful and down-to-earth people. That just seems par for course to me. I guess I just melded into Florida life naturally.

 Summary

It’s extremely unlikely that I’ll ever return to the United States to live, if and when I ever finish my ongoing world tour. There are just too many gorgeous, intriguing and tropical places out in the world to choose over the US. But if I ever were to change my mind, Florida is the only place I would settle down.

QUESTIONS:

 Do you or would you like to live in the USA? Why or why not? 

If you could choose anywhere in the States to live, where would that be? Why?

(* photo credits from Flickr Creative Commons:  Bogeskov  /  Vince Alongi )

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  1. Ryan Biddulph

    Hi Lash,

    Nice new look to your blog!

    Nope, no can do. I can live in the USA for like 2 months but after that it’s time to move on. Ditto on the weather and more than anything, I want to see more of the world after living in the US for 36 years. Love it on some levels and it’s an awesome, pretty neat country but there’s so much more to see, to embrace and to do as a world traveling blogger. If anything, I’d do South Carolina for a bit. We vacayed in Charleston and Hilton Head as a fam when I was younger; really enjoyed the laid back vibe and nice weather.

    Tweeting from Bali and Pinning, too ;)

    Ryan

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Ryan,

      Yeah, I’m with you on living in the States. I always get slightly (or moderately) freaked out when I’m about to head back Stateside. But I know it’s just a temporary visit, so I deal with it.

      Yes, absolutely another great reason you’ve mentioned – so much to see and do out in the world! And isn’t that our biggest reason to not live Stateside? Good call.

      Thanks for stopping by, as usual.

      cheers, Lash

  2. Melissa Durbin

    I live in St. Petersburg Fl on and off for 20 years. Always come back, no place like it!

    1. Lash WorldTour

      Hi Melissa,

      Welcome!

      Great. I agree- St Pete is awesome!

      Are you here now? I just arrived and will be here 2 months. Would be cool to meet.

      cheers, Lash

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