A girl laying on the bed inside of a treehouse in one of the best places to live in the world
Africa,  Australia,  Latin America,  Southeast Asia

Amazing places to live in the world

Let me take you for a short trip to my absolute favourite places to live in the world (included a few old pictures from, long, long time ago ;-)). Click on the destination’s title if you want to see the location in google maps and switch to satellite mode for amazing views. 

My beloved Tofo (no, not tofu!): Please stay as you are because I will come back! I was at the beginning of my current trip when I got there (early 2019). And imagine: as soon as I got there, I started to look for an apartment, because I just fall in love with this little town. In the end, I laughed about this idea, and I continued my trip. ‘I am here for travelling not for settling down. I can always come back’.

Boy with a yellow surfboard

When you travel through Africa you will see lots of black and lots of white, but seldom together. But in Tofo it was different. Everyone was hanging around with everyone. And this is what I liked the most.

Tofo is located 500 km south from Maputo and the journey to get there is exhausting. The local transport in Mozambique is the worst I have ever experienced in my entire life. So, all tourists who get to Tofo have good stamina and are pretty cool 😉 Tofo is excellent for diving and surfing as well! If you want to learn how to surf, check the local surf school with its cool car named billy.

a fisherman with a fish
Beach at the sunset
Group of friends with surfboards sitting next to a green 4WD

Peanut farm without peanuts but instead with great surf and wildlife (crocs, elephants and co.). It is away from the mainstream in Arugam Bay, and you can even stay there for a night or 10, as I did in May 2019 😉 See the main picture of this post – is was inside of my little treehouse.

There are no houses around. It is surrounded just by nature. They used to have many bungalows there, but the tsunami 2011 destroyed everything. Now, they are slowly rebuilding it, but still, when I was there, it was a pretty decent place: three or four basic bungalows and a treehouse.

The guys that run this place were amazing! I could use their kitchen, they got for me fresh crabs, made a fire on the beach and were helping me in everything I needed. And the best thing is, you can have a free wave early morning because everyone from the town will get here later. Very cool!

Cactus Beach is one of Australias most remote surf spots. It is also one of the best surf spots in the world. But you do not need to be a surfer to love this place.

Cactus Beach is located in South Australia, 21 km dirt road from the Highway, from a little town named Penong. This place has breathtaking views and wild, open ocean. Its surf has been only found in the 60ies and locals tried to keep it secret in the beginning, but of course, it is not that secret anymore. It is also a recognised national surfing reserve, so it is a protected area! When I visited this place earlier this year, the wave looked awesome! But be aware: it is an advanced spot (riff, current and sharks!).

There is a basic and lovely campground next to the beach, behind the dunes. That is it. There is nothing more around. ‘Just’ fantastic nature to explore and the ocean. 

A coastline during the sunset
A costline during the sunset

I have already mentioned this place in my previous post ‘A destination without crowds: north Laos‘. Nong Khiaw is a picturesque village in the province of Luang Prabang. With its basics bungalows overlooking the Nam Ou River and fantastic scenery this spot makes to my top places to get trapped for a while, or even one of the places to live in the world.

The sunset from the bridge in Nong Khiaw

Itacaré is a town on eastern Brasil’s Cocoa Coast. I was travelling from El Salvador back to Rio in 2015, and I accidentally discovered this place. Before, I didn’t even know that it exists. But, this is not a secret spot. Similarly to Puerto Escondido, it is also famous for surfing, and of course it is a backpacker paradise.

The best thing about this place is its beaches and nature. I remember I had to walk 2h through the beautiful forest and waterfalls with my surfboard to get to a surf spot. Moreover, there are no sharks and no crowds! It is a paradise.

Girl standing next to three surfbaords
beach with palmtrees brasil

I visited Puerto Escondido in 2013. That is a long time ago! But I still remember this place perfectly. I travelled to get there via local bus through the mountains. It was a long drive. At one point, all passengers got out of the car and disappeared in the forests for a few hours. When they came back, they were acting a little weird. At that time, I didn’t know that this route was famous for magic mushrooms.

Puerto Escondido is a small town on Mexico’s Pacific coast in the state of Oaxaca. It is a touristy spot, with a buzzing nightlife and full hostels during the holiday session. Of course, I went there during the low session 😉 It is one of the world best surf spots, which is famous for its huge barrels and waves which can rich 40 + feet on the faces. If you don’t believe me, have a look at this video.

Puerto Escondido has its own flair. There is the main tourist area, with all the bars, but there is also a local part of the town, where you can get local products and experience a more authentic side of the city. If you want to escape from the tourists, no worries, there are also few empty and beautiful beaches around. If you are into dancing, you can try some salsa at ‘Academia de baile los bravos’ which belongs to my dearest friend Diego. 

Karolina poloca with friends in mexico
playa manzanillo with its palmtrees
Bay and beach view playa carizalillo

DREAM places to live in the world

Those are my actual dream places, where I could imagine myself living. But of course, most of them are remote, and probably it is not easy to find a job there… But as we all know…you never know…;)


  • Len Vaz

    Thank you so much for sharing. Been to Brazil and Australia. Both breathtaking places in different ways. Love your comment about reflection in the Outback (Definitely agree). Nothing like looking at the Southern Cross in the clean crisp desert night. Feels like your own personal planetarium. Looks like I have a few more places left to go.


  • Yukti Agrawal

    To live in natural surroundings is always a dreamy thing to do. I would love to stay near the peanuts farm or at basics bungalows overlooking the Nam Ou River. Thanks for sharing some unique suggestions.

  • Tania Muthusamy

    Wow, some of these I’ve never heard of, but sound like great places. I would be keen to visit Puerto Escondido. I have been to South Australia but not to Cactus beach. I’ll have to check it out.

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