Every single one of us is different. I have friends who make tons of cash online while moving to a new city every 4-5 days for months on end.
I know other people who would never visit a city for less than a month. Others enjoy spending a full year in a city before heading off to a new locale.
While there’s no perfect pace of travel, those on the road for years on end know there’s a fine line between being productive and being bored.
Staying in a city for a few months can be fun. Staying in a city for a full year can be tedious. You have to find that balance.
So here’s my ideal pace for long term travel:
Ideally, I’d base up in a few different cities for 2-3 months per year. Trips of three-months allow you to get comfortable in a city, find the hot spots, and genuinely gain a better appreciation of the culture.
After three months, I get a little antsy. I want to move around. I feel the need to explore a bit. Thus, I prefer to base up for no more than three months. After three months, it’s time to move somewhere new.
The benefits of basing up come from a work standpoint. Once you get into a new rhythm in the city, you’ll have nearly two and a half months of productive work time. This is ideal for completing projects and pushing the envelope.
Mix It Up
Between three months of basing up in a city, I’d take a few trips of one week or one month. I hate taking trips of a few weeks. Either stay in a city for a week and do a quick trip or spend a full month getting acclimated.
Constant week or month trips are horrible for work. It’s hard to get into a routine in a week. You have to find the best supermarkets, restaurants, bars, cafes, gyms, and so on before you have a routine.
Finding all the best spots in your area takes time, usually one or two weeks. As such, you won’t be that productive in your first few weeks in a city. That’s just how the cookie crumbles.
For this reason, it’s not great to move to a new city every month. Digital nomads will struggle to keep producing, as half their time will be used to find a decent routine.
Do a few short trips here and there, but focus on basing up the majority of the year.
During the three months you’re based in a city, you can take a few mini-vacations. These 2-4 day trips allow you to escape the current city you’re in. You head off to the beach or the mountains for a few days to relax. No work. Just play.
Then you head back to your home base and continue working and living in your preferred city. For example, I’ve been living in Bogota, but I took a three day trip to Pereira about a month back. It was a lot of fun and helped recharge my batteries.
Your Long Term Travel Pace
If you’re a digital nomad, someone who works and travels, sound off in the comments about your long term travel pace. Basing up for three months is ideal for me, but I’d love to hear from fellow hustlers on the road. What is your ideal long term travel pace?
Travel junkie turned blogger. Location independent. From the Midwest, but often based in Latin America. Big on beaches, rumba, and rum. Addicted to the gym. Committed to showing a different style of travel – one that involves actually interacting with locals and exploring different cultures.