As a remote worker for some 2+ decades I thought to share some insights regarding a strategy I use to deal with the 180(s) day residency rule. This note is primarily intended to alert NOMADS that I have considerable local knowledge available to share ,on the logistics of living in the 5 countries below, every year.
This life-style choice is not for everyone. As a life long traveller I feel no need to remain anchored in one 'home ’ location, just the opposite. Treasured possessions do not need to surround me in my day to day, which transpires largely in cyber space or between my ears. My lifestyle is not dictated by partners changeable ways, and pets have a way of finding me in any location.
The basic principle of this strategy is that tax liability in particlular jurisdictions accrues based on residency calculated in number of days per period…often now convergence is towards 180(3) days and/or 90 days in 180 etc… and so I look to stay in no one jurisidiction more than 178 days per year and no longer than 88 days in consecutive duration.
In addition to fulfilling this strategy requirement, it meets my personal life-style preference of living in the Eastern Mediterranean. Having previously lived and grown up on five continents, my choice is governed by preference for this part of the world’s climate, food diet, cultural affinities, and out door pursuits.
So, I have adjusted my life style to across a choice of five countries, all easily accessible from one another by cheap cheap and local air networks, by ferry boats, by bus. I maintain an EU residency in Bulgaria, and to spend time in the halcyon islands of Greece (Athens is a charm but not always logistically convenient), Albania (the friendliest people anywhere in raw natural beauty of landscapes and pristine seas), South West Bulgaria (the most under-rated quality of life in any country ever encountered), and Turkey, where the cosmopolis of old Constantinople counties to reign as the centre of the universe for all surrounding regions, as it has done for two millenia. Turkey and it’s sublime coastal regions are a treasure for living in, as three thousand years of civilization can attest, no where on any of the five continents I have come to know (including North america and Europe) comes close to comparing, and by comparison, the other places are somewhat primitive. However Turkey is and has its challenges and Istanbul in particular suffers not unlike many major metropolae, from urban catastroph-acation. Cyprus I am fond of, both North and South, for its natural beauty and wonderful climate, especially in winter. But the North does not offer South western facing horseshoe bays to suit my wintering preferences, and the south seems to have lost its traditional knowledge of healthy Mediterranean eating, replaced instead by a fast food culture, and that simply isn’t tolerable for any duration. Ans so Cyprus receives less of my patronage then it otherwise might.
So for travel tips, accomodation tips, insights about mobile fones, bank account opening, rentals, property investment, listed investments, and a wide range of general living considerations, perhaps I may provide useful insights for the reader.