I think many of you are seeing "living in hotels" full time as 'traveling full time". It's not the same.
While I do travel, I also have my down time and stay in some hotels for weeks, even months at a time. I have a few of these in different places. I just spent seven weeks at an extended stay hotel in Manchester (UK). For many of you the question is why would you go there as it isn't high on Rick's or anyone else's guidebook for tourists. It's not. But it was a place for me to get some R & R and plan my future trips. I don't like to travel during the summer due to crowds so I find a place to settle. The last two summers were in London. This summer at a fairly new hotel in Manchester. Large room with King Size bed, fully equipped kitchen, big TV, fastest wifi I've ever experienced in a hotel, free hot breakfast, free use of washers and dryers, evening social three days a week with free beer and wine, free coffee or tea anytime of the day, fitness room, 24 hour front desk, air conditioning, and daily housekeeping. All for 67 GBP/night. Plus I get points for the stay,
I try to stay in chain hotels where I get points. I know this is different from the "quaint" hotels many of you want to stay in but the points really do add up. I have to find ways to maximize my stays.
I head back to the US every three months to get prescription refills, see doctors and dentists, and visit with family and friends.
So far, I've only been to 13 countries with number 14 three weeks away. I go back to places I like to explore more and also visit new places. I'm picky. There are places I want to go to and others I have no desire to go to. If I have no desire to go somewhere, why bother just because someone else thinks I should.
I prefer to stay in hotels over apartments because there is a front desk should there be a problem and it is easier to meet people. So, I don't get lonely. And.....no worries with cleaning, repairs, or problems with wifi. I just pick up the phone and the issue is dealt with.
My favorite place is a country and that would be the UK. I have spent more time in that country than any other besides the USA.
I do all of this with a carry on size bag and a personal item.
For those of you who are thinking of doing this, forget the idea of "traveling full time" with a change of accomodations every few days. It will be exhausting.Travel a few weeks, rest a few weeks. But rather than going home, you can base yourself somewhere for a few weeks and really live like a local--not like what is suggested by someone we know with just a 2-3 day stay.
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