A year of full-time travel experiences in the books and we’re not ready to quit! These are the most frequent questions we get and their answers.
We recently had an anniversary! A year of full-time travel has flown by, so it was kind of a shock to realize we’ve been “deliberately homeless” for that amount of time. Along the way, we’ve routinely been asked similar questions, no matter what our location. So we thought it would be fun to celebrate our anniversary with a quick Q&A post.
What’s your favorite place of everywhere you’ve visited?
We always cringe a little bit when we’re asked this question. The truth is we’ve liked just about every place we’ve visited and choosing a favorite is hard, because what are the criteria? We are drawn back to Fiji and delighted to be here a second time on a repeat house sit. You can do a lot worse than a tropical island in the South Pacific, right? But then we think of places like Croatia and Malaysia and Spain. We’re not ready to choose!
Okay, well then what’s your least favorite place?
There’s been something to like about every place we’ve visited so far, but even so, there are several places we decided we wouldn’t return. The biggest winner among those is Fuerteventura, on the Canary Islands. We know there are lots of people who can’t get enough of the Canary Islands, but we’re not among them. We dished more details here.
Is there a place you’d consider settling down?
Weeeelllll, see the answers above. It’s fair to say that this full-time travel gig is way too young to be making a decision of that nature. We’re inferring the questioner means “forever” and we’re all about “for right now.” The spectrum of right now is fluid.
Do you ever get homesick?
More so for people than places, but seasonal pangs do occur. Pete would love to go fishing in Northern Minnesota and hang out at the Wuebker family cabin, especially now that fall is in the air up there. We miss our friends in Minneapolis and on Kauai. We’d love to see our kids. So yeah, we get homesick. For people.
Do you get tired going from place to place?
Oh, Lord, yes. But when we do get tired, we know we need to put on the brakes. We made a rule that we should spend at least three nights in one place, and on this latest trip into the Balkans we had to break that rule. We were not happy campers going at that pace. We felt terribly rushed and exhausted. We like to arrive, settle in, have some unstructured time, get some work done, see the sights, do all that over again, and then perhaps move on to the next place. A couple of days just doesn’t work well within those parameters. We’re almost ready to say one week minimum in a place, but not quite.
Don’t you get sick of wearing the same clothes all the time?
Is that a hint? 🙂 Not really. Betsy’s the kind of person who can even eat the same thing day after day if she likes it enough. Now the clothes we’ve kept are like old friends, and it’s more traumatizing to have to say goodbye to a piece of clothing that has served us well. This is the opposite really of getting bored. Replacing an item can be a challenge when you’re not familiar with shopping options, or those options are limited. So no, we don’t get bored, and since we don’t see the same people all that much, they don’t have time to get bored with our limited wardrobe either (not that people pay attention to that stuff). That said, the photos of us look like we have even fewer options than we do!
When are you coming home?
Where’s home? If you mean Minnesota, we’ll be back there for our daughter’s wedding in September 2016, and are really looking forward to it. After the festivities wind down, we’ll be ready to go again. It’s possible we could stop in Kauai on our way to somewhere else, too. Plans are flexible and fluid. We don’t really feel like we have a home at this point, nor do we feel we need one.
What’s the thing that surprised you most?
How good the food is everywhere! We didn’t realize how much the United States has to work on to reach the quality of food in the rest of the world. Here in Fiji, they don’t know from “organic.” Why? Because everything is organic! We couldn’t believe how outstanding the food was in Spain’s Costa Brava. And the food was amazing in Belgium as well. It became clear to us that people all over the world are insisting on great tasting, quality food which is grown with great care and prepared with innovation and love. Even pub food in the UK is amazing with a wealth of ingredients and sophisticated combinations. USA needs to work its food game: get rid of GMOs and harmful additives, cut down on the icky fast food in favor of healthier options and ensure accessibility to good food for everyone.
Is there anything you don’t like about this lifestyle?
Choosing to make a radical change like this didn’t come without doubts. We suspected we were suited for this lifestyle. That said, we are sometimes surprised by how much we like it. We both get antsy after a certain amount of time for a new place. Two or three months and we’re ready to get going again. Logistical decision-making isn’t our strong suit, so the process can be a bit contentious at times. But once we make those decisions, we’re good!
These are the most frequent questions we’re asked, but if you have one that we didn’t include, let us know in the comments and we’ll respond!
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