The Nomad Lifestyle: Picking Your Residency Wisely

by Amanda D. Reedy

For as many years as I can remember, I dreamed of living a Nomad lifestyle. I cherished the 3-day holiday weekends, and 2-week vacations, so I could pack up the essentials, and head out to the great unknown. As time went by, money started getting tight, so my husband and I took on extra jobs—me working part-time from our home as a graphic designer, and him working as a private marketing and sales consultant.

Life was good, but I still wasn’t satisfied. Then, one night my husband and I sat down on the couch, and started to talk about our life. That’s when it hit us both—we were existing, but not really living. It was, and still is, all about the escape. So, five years ago I quit my full-time job, sold our house, bought a slightly used RV, and sold off most of our furniture and belongings. We packed our precious items into a small temperature-controlled storage unit, and headed off into the great unknown.

To be safe, we decided to keep our part-time businesses just to keep a consistent money stream. The beauty of owning our own businesses is that we could operate from virtually anywhere we could get a Wi-Fi connection, or cell phone service, even outside the USA. We also had to decide where we would establish our new residence as Nomads. We wanted to go to a state that offered the best tax benefits, as well as being RV friendly. Since we planned to be on the road most of the time, and not in any particular state, the choice became very obvious—South Dakota.

Besides no State income tax, South Dakota has no personal property taxes, no state inheritance tax, and no vehicle inspections. Unlike many other states, a person does NOT need a South Dakota driver’s license to obtain South Dakota license plates. This can be done long distance from anywhere.

Now that we did our homework on the State in which to set up our Nomad residency, we needed to decide—where to receive our mail? We talked with dozens of couples, and most of the response was positive, and helpful. It seemed that a majority kept saying the same thing: “It’s very easy and affordable, so we should start off with a membership with Americas Mailbox.”

Americas Mailbox provides it’s clients many benefits outside of what a normal mail forwarding company would offer, including mail scanning and forwarding client’s mail to anywhere they may travel. This forwarding service will ensure Nomads a safe and reliable location to receive, store, and ship mail as requested. In addition, Americas Mailbox saves its members literally tens of thousands of dollars in taxes, and other fees compared to other states. The owners, Don and Barb, were determined to completely meet the needs of all their members at a fair price.

When you set up an account with Americas Mailbox, it gives you the opportunity to establish residency in South Dakota. It doesn’t matter if you own a house, or a business there, unlike many other mail forwarding companies in other states. It is also very easy to acquire a drivers license.

For members that wish to register their vehicles in South Dakota, unlike many other states, a person does NOT need a South Dakota driver’s license prior to obtaining their license plates. Since South Dakota doesn’t require any inspections, or Proof of Insurance, the staff at Americas Mailbox can obtain license plates for it’s members remotely, and then send them anywhere the member has instructed.

There are many more benefits to choosing Americas Mailbox, and you can learn more by visiting them online at, or give them a call at (605) 718-1234. They will be more than happy to assist you.

One thing is certain, the Nomad craze is indeed growing, and there is no sign that it is slowing down. It will continue to grow for years, as people realize that the Nomadic lifestyle is one that allows people with digital, or telecommuting, skills to live affordably, save money in taxes and fees, see the world at their leisure, and enjoy their life to the fullest.

For more details please visit our website: South Dakota Nomad Residency Mail.

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