Originally Posted by Florida
I would treat my time spent in the US in a similar way as traveling throughout the world.
Why pick a home base for financial reasons before you really feel at home there.
I agree to these statements. While I'm retired (my DW to retire within the next 18 months) we've traveled extensively during the last 12+ years (e.g. foreign 1-2x year, and at least 1 time in CONUS each year). This was outside my "business travel" which required my travel to western Europe every 1-2 months over the same period of time.
While I traveled "too much"
while employed, I can now take the travel (which is my DW's "passion") a few times a year.
We're located within 60-90 minutes of a major airport (Newark/Philadelphia) which is not bad for direct flights throughout the world (or even the US
In addition, our home is close to other "features" that non-US folks would like to have, such as NYC (along with its shopping, plays, and general "entertainment") and Philadelphia (yes - even it has some "good stuff"
IMHO, you need to look at your "base" along with your expected travel destinations. We're on our respective second passports, but our local "destinations" can surely match/exceed those that we have a "stamp"
I retired last year from a company that I had just short of 30 years of service. During that time, it "transferred ownership" from US based to two different Euro (North/South) multi-national companies.
While I certainly became more "culturally rounded" during this time, what was interesting is that those coming from Europe took time to stay an extra few days to see the sites in "my backyard" (e.g. NYC/Phila). That proved to me that I lived in an area that was also considered (by "outsiders") to be of "cultural value"
Sometimes, you just have to look around to see what you actually have (e.g. sometimes the grass is
greener, under your own feet!)...