I sometimes spend hours looking for a spot to build a house!
Why build bases when you got swag? no, for real, in my lifelong vanilla world I live in a cave, ampz in a beach, ftb beta in a meadows on the side of an autumn woods, and now in a meadows surrounded by jungle hills. Whatever I build looks horrible!
EDIT:You must be having horrible luck with seeds. I either have too much snow biomes or am almost always in a desert like environment. And the snow biomes only happen that much when I play without ExtraBiomesXL.
I haven't found a desert in my current world, and in the last one, it was FAR (like, extend the vanilla map item at max, the middle is the base, the far side is the side of the desert)