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How would you define "visiting" vs. "living" in a country?


by @krompson6yr  | 11 comments

CouchSurfing.com profiles have a section where users list countries theyโ€™ve visited and countries theyโ€™ve lived inโ€“an interesting distinction for a nomad to think about.

Certainly thereโ€™s no one right way to define โ€œvisitingโ€ and โ€œliving,โ€ but how would you define each of these?

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I guess for me living somewhere is experiencing life in a place like the locals do, eating where they eat, sleeping where they sleep and just doing what they do. Or at least trying to.

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@kathrynoh6yr

To be honest, Iโ€™d say living somewhere is when you have the legal status of living in a place. If you are on a tourist visa, no matter how long you stay, you donโ€™t have the rights and responsibilities of a resident.

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Not true. You have many rights and responsibilities, depending on the country.

In the US, if you spend more than an average of 110 days a year over 3 years (easily legal with a tourist visa) you will pay taxes on your world-wide income just like a permanent resident or citizen.

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Hey @geonomad, I had no idea about the taxes in the US if you spend 110 days over 3 years! Do you know of anywhere I can read more about it? I only found about receiving income from U.S. sources, even if youโ€™re a nonresidential alien. Iโ€™m not there right now, but my boyfriendโ€™s American and I might be spending a lot of time there on my tourist visa in the future, but not necessarily doing work for American companies.

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@geonomad6yr

Sure, just Google โ€œsubstantial presence testโ€ and you will find the formula which is based on days this year + 1/3 of days last year + 1/6 of days the year before. If it adds up to 183 you pay.

So you need to keep a running count to avoid trouble.

After that it gets complicated and you need expert advice.

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Thank you so much. I will definitely look into it!

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so none of us are ever living anywhere? have to disagree. :slight_smile:

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@kathrynoh6yr

Isnโ€™t a nomad, by definition, someone who doesnโ€™t live anywhere?

Tbh, I think itโ€™s all just semantics. Iโ€™m happy to be a visitor and not have ties or commitments to any place.

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A great question @krompson. Iโ€™ve always wondered this myself. I believe it goes to a combination of intent and length like @wanderingdev said. Generally, Iโ€™ve always thought three months or more, oneโ€™s type of lodging, and whether you try and settle in and integrate into the culture.

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I think in this case the attitude itโ€™s more important than the length.
Your attitude is going to play a larger role than the time you spend in each place when youโ€™re defining if you are visiting or living somewhere.

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for me itโ€™s generally length of time and intent. If iโ€™m only staying in a single location for a week or two and iโ€™m not making an effort to become localized, iโ€™d consider it visiting. same if iโ€™m in a country for a few months but iโ€™m moving locations all the time. but, if I rent an apartment in a single location for a few months with the intent to live there, settle in, do the local thing then Iโ€™d consider that living.

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I really thought this had already been asked on here but couldnโ€™t find anything specific. Apologies if it has been asked before and a link would be greatly appreciated. Iโ€™m a US citizen and if I have a residence permit for one Western European country that states I only have to live in the country for 6 months out of the year can I live in another European country for the other 6 months. I plan on EU country hoping every other 6 months to avoid becoming a resident of more than one country.

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by @danielgenser5yr 5 years ago | 54 comments

Iโ€™m looking into visa requirements for Indonesia and Thailand (our first two stops) and itโ€™s looking like Iโ€™ll need to show proof of onward air tickets out of both countries to be allowed in. Is that true in practice?

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Hi,
Iโ€™m ready to start traveling again (looking at May through August, about). I have a little more money to spend and would like an island experience in Southern Europe. Iโ€™m a little older and looking for a little more comfort these days. I would plan to rent a 1 bedroom apartment if possible. Places that come to mind are Formentera or Santorini. Iโ€™d like to stay for 2 or 3 months. Does anyone have any experiences to share with these two locales. One concern I have about Greece is safety given the economic crisis. Any insight into there would be appreciated.

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by @mkoehler6yr 5 years ago | 3 comments

Hi guys. My plan is to travel from country to country, spending about 2 months in each country respectively. For most countries you can only apply for a visa about 2-3 months prior to your visit and some like China, require you to apply from your home country or country of residence. How do I know apply for visas for my second, third and fourth destination? Say Iโ€™ll apply for a China visa in South Africa (where I live), go to China for 2 months, then I want to go to Thailand for 2 months. Letโ€™s assume I cannot apply for a China and a Thailand visa while still in South Africaโ€ฆ how do I go about that. And then, once I leave Thailand for say Vietnam, same question again. Do I have to go to the respective embassys in the countries Im staying in and apply for my next destination?
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