Where to live for a few months with a toddler

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1. Posted by Familyguy (Budding Member 3 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Hi all. By way of introduction, we are a British family of two adults and a 3 year old.

Our situation is that we recently left our long term base in East Asia on the way back to relocate to the UK. We have a tax situation meaning that it would actually be cheaper for us to go on holiday until next April than it would be to return to the UK and start working immediately.

For that reason, I am looking for suggestions for places to live in the meantime. Either in one block or perhaps two to four locations we could travel to for a month or two each and base ourselves there. If it was just me or me and my wife, it would be very easy. But with a toddler who needs structure and interaction with other children one must think more strategically. For personnal reasons we also need to be in Lucca, Italy for much of January.

As such, we are looking for location(s) that meet the following criteria (in order of importance):

- British passport holders able to easily stay for 1 month+
- Community of English speaking people, ideally in the late 20s to late 30's age range, even more ideally if there are many children in that community
- Accessibility of English or dual language nurseries, or active and regular playgroups
- Short term rentals readily available
- General quality and ease of life
- Proximity to UK (need to make brief visits on a number of occasions in the next 4 months)
- Proximity to nature (beaches, hills etc) while maintaining access to urban facilities

We also don't drive, which I know will massively reduce options.

Currently high on our list is Lisbon or other places in Portugal.

Also vaguely considering just going to Thailand or Goa, which is great for quality of life and cost of living, but I have concerns about how those places are set up for English speaking toddlers and a stay at home mum.

Thanks so much for any thoughts and suggestions for us to research!

2. Posted by VegaVege (Inactive 1 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Have you considered coming to Serbia? It's much cheaper then Portugal.

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 7025 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I'm a little confused by this post. You mentioned that you would be on holiday until April. But you are concerned about how things are for a stay at home mum. Won't you both be at home if you are on holiday? Or are you planning on working (ie, going to a coworking space or similar) while you are there?

If you are travelling as a digital nomad, I'd suggest looking at Croatia as an option as well. They have a digital nomad visa that could be useful. And it's a ferry ride away from Italy.

Lisbon also seems a great idea though, particularly considering their high COVID vaccination rates.

4. Posted by amyst (Budding Member 2 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I lived in Mexico for a few months. It does fit all your requirement except proximity to UK. On the other hand Thailand and Goa are not closer. You also have direct flights from London to Cancun almost every day.

5. Posted by Familyguy (Budding Member 3 posts) 1w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Peter

I'm a little confused by this post. You mentioned that you would be on holiday until April. But you are concerned about how things are for a stay at home mum. Won't you both be at home if you are on holiday? Or are you planning on working (ie, going to a coworking space or similar) while you are there?

If you are travelling as a digital nomad, I'd suggest looking at Croatia as an option as well. They have a digital nomad visa that could be useful. And it's a ferry ride away from Italy.

Lisbon also seems a great idea though, particularly considering their high COVID vaccination rates.

Hi, thanks for the reply!

Yes I'll likely be working at least a fair bit of the time. Regardless of whether I am working or not, my wife would ideally like to meet other people with children of a similar age etc... I guess by 'holiday', I just meant 'time away from our normal home' as opposed to 'not working'.

Thanks!

6. Posted by Familyguy (Budding Member 3 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

By 'working', I mean building out various projects that earn me a little money here or there, as opposed to paid employment.