I’ve just started traveling more, but previously I’ve done long stays and then move.
The length of my stays seems to be getting shorter: 1 year, 6 months, 4 months, 2 months… Now down to weeks and days. Hmmm.
The thing about longer term stays is that it takes awhile to get setup. Eg: Spain I rented an apartment and had to go through the whole internet contract and rental agreement thing.
What has really worked well for me in the past (eg: El Salvador) is to find a place through AirBnB and request to see it, then negotiate a longer term stay.
I’m also trying to save up while traveling (which seems an oxymoron). Maybe my solution is to stay longer term, eg the max allowed by your visa (as was suggested) in places where people/the culture doesn’t require formalities.
Seems your question has sparked my reflection. #workingoutloud.