Follow The Weather To Find The Ideal Location To Live

I was reading on another blog about a blogger who does full-time RVing even though is making $100,000+ monthly from her blog. I can’t fathom someone with that much money would want to live in an RV but I guess that’s like a tiny home on wheels that you carry around so you always have your home with you no matter where you are. For her it’s about a life of travel and to be able to follow the weather so it’s always around 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius) year round. But if she wants to see the snow-topped mountains in the summertime, can do that too.

I always wondered what would be the ideal location to live as I really think one day I would like to move. I’m tired of cold winter weather and shoveling snow, whether from the sidewalk or brushing it off the car. I’m not big on Christmas anymore (as stopped celebrating due to family selfishness) so if it’s white or green, doesn’t matter to me.

My Ideal Place To Live Is Based On This Temperature

I don’t like too hot weather either (and last summer was plenty of that), so above 75°F (25°C) isn’t ideal to me but 70°F (21°C) sounds good, as that is like around room temperature, so something changing from 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 24 degrees Celsius) would be fine. So how do you find an ideal location that has weather like that all year around? Probably there isn’t exactly a perfect one because you will have seasonal changes, no matter where you go.

That is why people who travel full-time (like digital nomads) can find their ideal location in any season, as all they have to do is head to it when the weather changes in the current location they are in. Sounds nice but being on the road is not always ideal if you are on a routine and like to do your regular things (like me plus have a cat who doesn’t like change). Sounds great to get on the road and head into the sunset, wherever you land next, but that’s probably not for those who like to have their foot in one location.

Target The Location With The Right Weather

Since I am targeting only places that would have a temperature around 70°F (21°C)  year round, which probably would be considered spring like weather, let’s see if I can find any around the world that would fit this. Lo and behold here is and, of course, on the other side of the world!:

Kunming, China is known as the spring city for it’s near perfect weather as the temperature never rises very high in the summer with the average around 68°F (20°C)  and winters are dry too. Not only is it known for it’s spring like climate, but it’s landscapes and historical sites are simply stunning. I guess if I am ever in China, I definitely would go there.

Next would be the Canary Islands which are a Spanish archipelago consisting of seven main islands plus some islets, on the west coast of Africa (another one on the other side of the world!), with Tenerife as the most popular one known as the island of eternal spring. I wonder why. I guess for it’s pleasant climate all year round, where temperatures average between 63 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (17 to 24 degrees Celsius). The sea currents and trade winds have a big impact on the climate as keep a cooling effect on the Canary Islands. Another one, i’ll be sure to check out if ever I am that way. But I wonder because they are islands, would there ever be a possibility for a hurricane. Didn’t check about that but if so, is definitely crossed off my list.

Okay let’s find a couple closer to home, one in Canada and one in the US that would be an ideal location weatherwise, maybe not as good as the two abovementioned but something close enough. In Canada, I would definitely have to look towards the west coast if I want to get away from wintry cold and snow. I gather, that would also apply in the US too. Let me find out.

Although I thought California can get pretty hot in the summertime, I guess it depends where you go. So it comes down to one place which is San Diego where the climate is beautiful year-round. It’s never too hot or too cold, so that makes it good weatherwise. It just gets a very minimal amount of fog which usually goes away quickly in the morning when it does show up. Don’t let that dampen your spirits as otherwise winters average around 57°F (14°C) and summer around 72°F (22°C), so it’s the closest to the around 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius) temperature, as even at 57°F (14°C) is not too cold, certainly no frostbite that’s for sure. No wonder San Diego residents are known for their sunny attitude and staying active, that’s what a little good weather can do for you!

Now here in Canada, where I live, would have to definitely pick a spot in B.C. on the west coast for a more moderate climate. Although the one thing nice, even if you have to face winter cold for a part of the year, is you get to see all four seasons in most parts of Canada, so if you like changing landscapes of winter, spring, summer and fall, you will love it here. The further north you go will be colder and further west you go the summers won’t be as warm but winters are not bitterly cold either, plus the seasons are less distinct from one another.

And the ideal location, in Canada, goes to Victoria on Vancouver Island. Not only is this a tourist destination but also a retirement destination, so is a lovely laid back place to visit and live. I’ve been there before and enjoyed my visit. It offers a slower-paced island life as compared to the hustle bustle of city life close by in Vancouver.

Victoria is known as the Garden City with its sub-mediterranean climate. Winter is mild and rainy, whereas the summer is dry and there is plenty of sunshine year round. The average temperatures in summer are 68 degrees Farenheit (20 degrees Celsius) and winter 46 degrees Farenheit (8 degrees Celsius). I could live with that since it rarely gets snow. I’ve seen enough snow all my life with some pretty cold winters, so can live without it. But I wouldn’t mind it so much if was a shorter season of snow with less cold.

One thing to note is that Victoria is not at risk for a hurricane due to the cooler ocean waters but it could get an earthquake, which has happened in the past. Though it is not at high risk for a damaging tsunami, the potential of extreme weather conditions do have to play a part in which place you choose to live.

I’m not sure if I would want to be on an island surrounded by ocean all around (I don’t even like seafood) and maybe would prefer the mainland with only the one side of the ocean and the rest more inland. So at least if a tsunami hit by chance, I can run the opposite direction without facing another ocean on the other side.

Now the only part about these places mentioned is the cost of living aspect, which is another story that you have to consider when making a choice where to live. The weather alone won’t pay your rent! Of course if you have plenty of money (which I hope to have once I have reached my million dollar goal!) then it won’t matter which spot you pick.

I think I will have to weigh out my options a little bit more before I decide because following the weather is a little more complicated than I first thought it would be. In the meantime, I better go brush the snow off my car!

If you could choose your ideal location, where would it be?


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