Whenever I hear “home is where the heart is”, I joke that “home is where the wifi is.” ‘Home’ is more of a feeling than a certain place for me. What does home mean for you?
There was a time when I felt displaced: when I was ‘fired’ from the Netherlands for traveling too much, I was no longer allowed to be registered in my own home. I actually didn’t belong anywhere. Thanks to that push from the municipality, I discovered how rewarding and free it is to live without a permanent place of abode. In addition, renting out your house means more income, so you have to work less. ‘By accident’ I discovered a business model that I have perfected in recent years. Real estate has become more of an investment than a home. Investing can be quite challenging if you are not registered anywhere and you need to get a mortgage. In this newsletter, I’ll explain how I do it, with links to the right people, so that it might also open doors for you.
I also have a fascination for tiny houses, which I’d like to share with you. I only invest in 30m2 apartments, because I believe that this is the future of city living. Living in a small space is great, but you have to organize it efficiently. I’ll share a video tour through the smartest, most minimalist apartment I have ever seen.
There are 4 or 5 places in the world where I really feel at home. I discuss my favorites in this inspiration shot: Mallorca, Curaçao and Amsterdam.
I have visited this Dutch Caribbean island more than 50 times since 1994 and lived there for about 7 years. I miss it sometimes. Suddenly. Just like that. I organized a writing week there last month, and I have planned another writing retreat for March 2020 in a fantastic location.
Although I have a kind of love-hate relationship with Curacao, the island always has a special place in my heart. I have written a few blogs about it; see below. Does this situation sound familiar to you?