If you could live anywhere for a year, where would you live?

United States
November 11, 2008 5:53am CST
I've always dreamed of living in Italy for a year and using it as a base to explore Europe. Since I love the water, my chosen place would have to be somewhere on the Italian coast. I envision renting a small apartment and taking a week out of each month to explore other areas in Europe. I've also always wanted to write a novel so in my dreams, I would spend the mornings writing and the afternoons walking on the beach and exploring my surroundings. So, if money wasn't an issue and all things were possible, where would you live for a year?
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@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
11 Nov 08
I would definately want to live in either Jamaica or Italy..I've been to JA and feel right at home there but I'd love to go to Italy someday too..
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@iamcdy (1120)
• Philippines
11 Nov 08
If given that chance, I would like to live in France. Then like you, I could explore Europe while staying there. Europe seems so far away from me so I would really like to go there. I would also like to live independently so that I could learn how to live all by myself. It will be some sort of test for me if i could survive living there alone, with all these language and culture barriers. I also would like to learn a lot from Europe, their culture and way of living and how I can compare it to where I belong now, Asia.
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@angemac23 (2006)
• Canada
11 Nov 08
I would like to live in Australia or New Zealand for a year.
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• United States
16 Nov 08
I've thought I'd like to live in a village somewhere in the British Isles. Their villages seem so quaint and tidy, but I like it here in the states too much to go elsewhere. I know there are many who despise us, but with all our faults we're still the best nation in the world.
• United States
16 Nov 08
This is an interesting idea. Maybe a village like the ones that Agatha Christie writes about. Like this idea
• United States
16 Nov 08
Have you ever seen their television program, "Midsummer Murders"? The villages in those programs are very charming. Those are the kinds I'd be interest in.
@kykidd (6824)
• United States
29 Oct 09
After reading the headline to this article, I was going to say the same thing, Europe. But in the spirit of being unique, I will say Hawaii. I have always wanted to see all 50 of the United States, and since I am up to 41 so far and Hawaii is the furthest away, I would choose that. Plus, Alaska would be too cold. LOL I would like to learn the history of Hawaii and how it came to be part of the United States. I would also like to see Pearl Harbor and read more about how that came to be. Even though it will probably be a sad site. And finally, it would be neat to see and understand the culture of the Hawaiians. Even though they are also Americans, I think that they have a lot of different cultures than we have here in the Midwest. Just like a lot of people from other states are different even if they are inland.
• United States
29 Oct 09
I'm a midwest transplant living in Southern California. You would love Hawaii. The feeling of solemnity and sadness that washes over you at Pearl is something indescribable. Think a little bit more about Alaska. We took a cruise there a couple of years ago in September. At sea, it was so incredibly cold that I don't think that I've ever been colder in my life. By the time we hit Ketchikan (the southernmost port on the inside passage) we were in T shirts and shorts. The Alaskan experience, particularly Glacier Bay was one that I'll never forget. I hope that you get to the other 9 soon!
@kiran8 (14558)
• Mangalore, India
30 Jan 10
Hi Lauren, that is a great idea, living in Italy. I love travelling though I have not been doing much in the past 2-3 years. Last year I went to Switzerland and Germany, both absolutely beautiful . But If I have to live for a year in some place it would be Singapore. I love the place, it is a great blend of east and west and has everything for everyone. I would love to live there....all the best and happy mylotting
@kellys3ps (3731)
• United States
24 Jan 10
If I could live anywhere for a year, I would live in Monterey, California. It is beautiful there.
@eileenleyva (8865)
• Philippines
7 Nov 09
You have a quite a longing there. I do wish you get your dream come true. Write the novel, anyways. It might be your key to getting to Italy and live there for a year. To answer your question, I would like to be in Los Angeles with my family. My parents are quite old and they need a lot of assistance. My siblings attend to them but my father needing dialysis had changed the situation a lot. If I could help caring for my dad, that would ease burden on my mom's shoulders.
@ladym33 (11009)
• United States
1 Oct 09
The same as you. I would live in Italy and travel Europe. My ancestors are from Italy and I even have family there, I even have a cousin there that is my age, but I have not seen him for over 30 years he came to America to visit once. So I could actually go and visit family there if I wanted to. Not any family that I know but family. I also just think Italy looks really beautiful and I would love to go and shop at the open markets and cook wonderful meals, and eat wonderful meals in the restaurants there. It would be such a wonderful adventure to live there for a year, that would be really cool. I would want to come back here though after the year.
@kewlme (163)
• Philippines
21 Mar 09
I would love to go to Paris since I have heard a lot of good things to do and places to go in that country. If i have a year then I would explore the whole Paris and I would love to put a blog on this experience. Hope I can do that in the near future.
@AJ1952Chats (2339)
• Anderson, Indiana
7 Jan 09
I would live in my dream Pullman Car for a year. I have a dream of someday owning my own Pullman Car and calling it Miss Ainsley. Anytime I could afford to, I would hitch it onto the back of trains going my way and travel to and from Anderson, Indiana to wherever I wanted to go. In the Pullman Car, I would have some kind of tricycle to pedal around various places where I would be stopping. With the sky being the limit when it came to money, I would simply be taking more and longer trips in my Pullman Car. I might hook it to trains going through Canada and Mexico as well. Sometimes, I would go all by myself. Other times, I would take my mom and/or a friend/relative or two. Still other times, I might have traveling parties aboard of a dozen or more. We would certainly pass a wide variety of scenery!
@riyasam (16582)
• India
24 Dec 08
my dream is to have a home by the beachside.now it is only a dream because of financial restraint,but if money was no problem,i would love to live by the beach. merry christmas and a happy new year.
• India
23 Dec 08
Hi friend.. If money is not an issue and all things possible, I would love to stay for a year at Pondicherry in India. It is just beside the sea,so neat and clean, calm and quiet, the people are very helpful and good natured and above all this place is associated with Rishi Aurobindo, an Indian freedom fighter turned into sage. There is Aurobindo Ashram where anyone can go and on small payment you even can have your food there. The system of having food with hundreds of people in a large hall is an excellent experience. People from all walks of life go there to give service to the Ashram according to their capacity. It also has many houses which are given on rent. Once I went there and stayed for two days and it is unforgettable memory for me. I would be extremely happy to live there. Happy mylotting
• China
13 Nov 08
i would like live in qingdao of China,it is an seaside city full of sea creature and sea food,and the weather quality is pretty good. the scenery around the city is beautiful?
@DEVONECO (144)
• United States
12 Nov 08
I would live anywhere my girlfriend wants to live, because living with her makes any place "heaven" for me. If I had to live somewhere that's supposed to be the most spectacular place on Earth, it still won't be my paradise unless my girlfriend is with me.
• Singapore
11 Nov 08
As I finished reading your discussion, it suddenly occurred to me that we should swop places for a year. We coudl do that if we find there are others who want to live the lifestyle you live in and vice versa. Anyway, I'm quite undecided on where to live for a year. If money was not a concern, I would want to visit the world in a year. I don;t want to just stay in one place. So to answer your question where I would live for a year, I would say "the world".
• Australia
11 Nov 08
I would love to live somewhere really tropical! I would love to live a real islander lifestyle for a year, i think the hardest part would be coming home again.... I can already imagine myself there, sipping on a coconut and relaxing on the beach. HOt summer nights all year round!!! Aloha!