The Line Between Living and Visiting

How do you know when you’ve lived somewhere, as opposed to just visiting? Is it an issue of time? A month, a year? Or is there a particular action that confirms that you’ve “lived” somewhere… switching over your license, or staying somewhere other than a hotel?

Travel applications are becoming increasingly popular on Facebook , and the Where I’ve Been application (used by quite a few of my friends) asks where you’ve visited, where you want to visit, and where you’ve lived. My rules for visiting are straight forward - spend at least a night or do something substantial. Driving through doesn’t count for visiting (unless you do something touristy along the way).

But what’s the criteria for having lived somewhere? I’ve stayed in a single residence for a month at a time in both Texas and Mexico… is that living? Or do you need to stay there longer? What’s the criteria?

The conversation continues...

  1. On July 2nd, 2007 at 5:09 am, Kayre said:

    I think if you’ve stayed somewhere other than a hotel/with a friend then you’ve lived there. If you’ve given it out as your mailing address at any point in time you probably lived there.
    I don’t think it’s a time thing. I spent a summer in State College once for an internship and rented an apartment - that was living. But if i spend the summer at my grandma’s house in Nassau, i’m visiting.

  2. On July 2nd, 2007 at 6:28 am, zsz said:

    Hmm, so the answer is getting mail there? I’d believe that… but wouldn’t you get mail at your grandma’s house over a summer?

  3. On July 3rd, 2007 at 11:01 pm, Kayre said:

    hmm. i wouldn’t. i think it’s because i’d be on vacation mentality, and i wouldn’t be concerned about mail. maybe that’s just me.

  4. On July 30th, 2007 at 12:24 pm, RP said:

    You’ve lived somewhere if it’s quasi-permanent. That is, when you go there, you do not have a definate plan to return to your the previous place you’ve stayed. It’s ok if you know you will only be there for a fixed time and will be moving on. It’s also cool if you decide somewhere along the line to return to a previous home as long as you didn’t always intend it.

What do you think?