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1. Posted by Nhardi (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!


We are 2-4 people who are going together on an adventure for 2-3 months.
We are looking for a nice village or smaller town where we can live just outside the village and perhaps rent a house in an area where it's very still and silent and has beautiful nature and close to water.

The kind of village we're looking for is much like Rishikesh in northern India. But we're leaving in the beginning of December and want the temperature to be a little higher than 15 °C / 59 °F.

The reasons why we want something like Rishikesh is we've heard it has a relaxed, open and loving atmosphere with down to earth kind of people. Even though this place seems calm, a lot of nice things seem to be going on, like open stages for example. We also fancy to be able to go on smaller adventures like visiting nature resorts, waterfalls, surfing, tennis, renting scooters etc.

Here are some things we value for this adventure:

Beautiful nature
Not a typical tourist place
Nice restaurants, Cafés

If you know a place somewhere on this big planet that seems to match our vision, even if it's not a 100% match, we would love to hear about your advices and sharings about these amazing places.
Thanks and love!

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2203 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

"We are 2-4 people who are going together on an adventure for 2-3 months..."

Assuming you want a place other than Rishikesh. Also it sounds like you are looking for a different country but you are not very specific.

If you want to stay in a different country for 2 or 3 months you must have a proper visa that allows you to stay that long. Also if you need to work to support yourself in a different country that may require a work permit. This means you will need sufficient money to support yourself for the entire time you are in a different country.

You should include a few more details. Sometimes retirees like something different than travelers in school or just out of school. All male or mixed sexes? Different folks different strokes! You need to establish some sort of daily budget after paying for plane tickets. A firm return home date will allow you to better know your daily spending limits. For some long distant travel round trip may be cheaper than purchasing 2 one way flights.

Research visa requirements.
Work up a budget.
Know how to handle money and have sufficient access to cash when you need it

Some foreign locations may require immunizations.

Come on back.

3. Posted by Nhardi (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!


Thanks for your reply.

I wrote "a place somewhere on this big planet" with the idea not to exclude any areas. But I understand if It seemed vague. We are 25 and 29, I didn't write our age because I thought it didnt matter when I wrote the details on what we're looking for.

My wish is that people will recommend specific places they know about that matches the ingredients in the text.


4. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1424 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

But the more information you give us the better advice you'll get. For instance your nationality will have an effect on where you can travel visa-free, or how long you can travel visa-free there, and some places may make it difficult verging on impossible for your nationality.

Some of your requirements conflict a little - it's hard to find tourist infrastructure like scooter rentals, restaurants and surfing in a place which isn't touristy. LIkewise any place with waterfalls etc which is easy for you to get to (ie there are flights) is going to have been discovered by other tourists. Especially if it's cheap. :-)

But the places that spring to mind are:

The Coromandel peninsula in New Zealand
Roatan island, Honduras
around Port Vila, Vanuatu

5. Posted by Nhardi (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Yeah that's a good thing, didn't think about that. We are from Sweden.

I see what you mean. What we were thinking about is to live where it's not touristy, like maybe a little outside a village. And the scooter rentals, restaurants, waterfall adventures and such we hope to find in a city that we can go to from the place we live and hopefully it will take us not more than an hour or so to get there. Maybe we can rent scooters for a long period of time so it's easy to get to a city that offers more activities, and we don't mind if that city is touristy and I understand that it kind of has to be. :)

Thanks for your input, and thanks for your advices! I will look them up :)

6. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1424 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

So out of my suggestions, NZ will let Swedes in for 3 months without getting a special visa, and Honduras and Vanuatu don't specify a time limit at all. :-) Though it's always a good idea to have a return flight ticket to show any immigration officer at the border.

All three should have the weather you want. NZ would be my pick, since it's easy and geared up for travellers staying an extended time. Most of South island wouldn't consistently have the temperatures you want but there are no end of spots in the northern North Island, from the Bay of Plenty up to the Bay of Islands where I'd hang out. The places I went on the Coromandel peninsula in the middle of that area had a hippy feel, but I bet there are lots. There's also Golden Bay at the top of South Island - cut off from most development by national parks nearby, the main town is Takaka, you could look around there but check if it's warm enough.

The other place people go for warmth and to chill out is Thailand, but to me that's mostly a bit touristy - maybe others have suggestions of a particular spot that would work.

7. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2203 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Places where tourists do visit also have good infrastructure - good roads, decent transportation choices, police and fire protection, hospitals for emergency services and laws to protect or assist tourists. Also places popular with tourists have a selection of restaurants, entertainment, supermarkets, banks and miscellaneous shops.

You can find some remote locations meeting some of your requirements. Just keep in mind that in some locations in this world you and your friends may be the richest foreigners around ripe for the picking! You might not think you are rich but, besides money, your possessions like computers, phones, clothing, passports, watches and jewelry may be worth more than an average worker makes in an entire year!

I don't think you can find any remote area where you can live off the land like you see in some silly movies with kids living out in the jungle. So you will need sufficient funds to support yourself.

Koh Sukorn, Thailand. Yes, tourists do visit this area but read the info and decide. Do some additional research on this area.

Best time to visit depends on weather available during the time you visit. You will need visas to stay for 2 or 3 months. Know how to handle your money overseas, some remote locations may not have easy access to an ATM. (Never rely on a single debit card for spending money. Have credit cards available to pay for emergency medical services, have insurance that will cover you overseas. )

In Thailand vehicle accidents kills and injures too many tourists. Even for renting a scooter have a proper license. Every week I read about tourists getting hurt riding bikes. You can be a very good driver but you still die when you get hit by a 12 or 13 year old kid riding without lights on the wrong side of the road!

"We are from Sweden."

Without any description under your bio I was guessing you guys are from India.

Good luck.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Nov-2017, at 09:57 by karazyal ]

8. Posted by Nhardi (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Thank you so much for your replies. It's very helpful :)

9. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 672 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

The first thing that came to my mind was Playa Grande in Costa Rica. In fact the whole Guanacaste coast has that hippie vibe you are looking for, the only reason I suggest Playa Grande is that it was one of the less touristy areas with the benefit of being surrounded by touristy spots if you are in need of infrastructure however you will probably have to rent a car rather than a scooter to get around. For Swedes it seems you only get 90 days visa free, if you want to extend your stay you will have to look into the requirements if you are interested. Another place that comes to mind in Placencia in Belize, not quite as cheap as Guanacaste and it is only 1 month visa free. Another suggestion is the Seychelles, you get 3 months visa free and La Digue does have a reputation as a hippie paradise. It is less touristy than the other islands but still has good infrastructure, along with bars and restuarants, however in terms of price it one of the more dearer destinations. Reunion Island is another to consider, I don't know if the same visiting privileges that you get to France apply but it is a cheaper destination, not as many tourists and you can get around with scooter, also it does have a hippie scene.

You might want to check out the Visa HQ website as starting point to figuring out visa requirements.

I don't think you can find any remote area where you can live off the land like you see in some silly movies with kids living out in the jungle.

Maybe not a jungle but I did read someone's account of renting Enderik Island in the Marshalls. He rented for a month was given some spear fishing equipement and a kayak and basically left on his own. He spent the month living of fish he caught and coconuts he had to harvest. So if you really want you can have the remote living off the land experience. Though at USD$600 a week, it ain't at exactly cheap

10. Posted by aussirose (Respected Member 252 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

How about the Gili Islands Indonesia. A very laid back place. Only bicycles in the islands and cheap long term rentals. You can stay for longer than 1 month if you show your booked return air fare. There are other islands close by - Lombok and Lembongan. And then of course there is Bali next door. These sound like what you are looking for.