I’m from Tahiti and I’ve been dreaming for many years now, to start a small homestead with a forest garden somewhere temperate, with 4 seasons.
Tahiti is great and I love what I can grow here but the small place I have here is full now. I’ve been trying to find a larger place since a year and a half now, but land is really expensive and small so I feel really limited here and have a hard time meeting someone with same interests.
As Tahiti is a small island in the middle of the pacific ocean, my closest options would be New Zealand, Usa or Canada (I would prefer an english speaking country).
But as a french citizen, it seems complicated. So I’m just wondering if some of you have done the move or know about that and could help me with some questions I have.
The little I know is that I can buy a place In Canada or Usa, not sure about New Zealand as a new law has been voted few years ago to not sell to foreigners for good reasons.
So my questions/concerns would be :
-How long could I stay on site ? I would probably just have a “visitor visa” to start with, which I believe allows me to stay 3 months in USA and may be 6 months in Canada. I hope I would find a way to extend my stay but for now that is the reality.
- Which states/provinces are the most « homesteading friendly » with little regulations/building codes ?
I would like to be allowed to build a small/tiny house using if possible natural methods and wood, may be few tiny houses later on to get an income from it, catch rain water, raise some animals ( if I find a partner/someone who could stay on site when I have to be out of the country), have the right to be off grid if I want to, have a »mild » climate (I love snow but not too much or too long ...), a place where locals would be open to have foreigners settling down( I know it really depends on how foreigners behave, like everywhere, but still some regions are more open to that than others).
- Are the taxes the same for non resident ? Or are they higher ? What should I expect, I know it depends a lot on where we live.
- Has anyone done that with children ? Were they allowed to go to school ?
From what I understood, I would have to apply for a student visa for my son.
When we lived in Canada under a « working holiday visa », I had to work full time for him to have the right to attend a public school without any added cost... if not I would have had to pay 1200 canadian dollars per month ...
- Could you please tell me about anything I should consider/think about before buying a place ? I know there is so much to think about but what would you recommend for a future small homesteading place.
I know I might probably sound like a crazy stupid girl, as some would say it is completely unrealistic but I believe in « live your dreams , don’t dream your life » and doing things instead of waiting for them to happen, which would be even more unrealistic in this case ... I have money I could use to buy a place in those countries, some states/provinces have really cheap properties, and I would find a way to generate a passive income over here in Tahiti to allow me building/living the life I’m dreaming of.
I went to help in few places in those countries and I had great experiences in amazing places with beautiful people/mind.
I could go again and help to live the life I’m aiming for, but at the end of the day when I leave I have « nothing left » of my hard work and have to go back to my everyday life in Tahiti which is very different.
I’m 36 years old now, and I believe that it is time for me to start my own.
I’m thankful for this website that allows people with same interests to be in touch.
I forgot to mention a state/province that allows composting toilet, it was not allowed where I was in Quebec few years ago ....this is important for me as I would like to try to save as much water as possible.
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