By now, I am sure you have some questions about Mr. K and me. I had another section before but it was not constructive or even decent so I changed it up and updated it. Here is a bit about ourselves where I hope to shed some light on our chosen lifestyle. This post is about how and why we travel, what we find important and many other aspects. So many people asked very similar questions. This article is inspired by them. Thank you for asking. 🙂
In a basement of Mr.K’s duplex through a friend. I came to his shared house because my computer broke. It was right before St. Patrick day in Montreal, Canada. It was a beautiful sunny and warm Sunday afternoon that we spent in his basement trying to fix my laptop for 16 hours. After that, I knew he was a keeper. I also brought donuts with me and, after three hours of work, offered to make tea. That is how he knew I was a keeper. 🙂
Mr. K is a software developer and his work depends on an internet connection. As for me, before having a blog to work on, I used to work as an interior designer. I was involved in both commercial and residential projects in a firm in Montreal. I also provide marketing and brand consultancy to Mr.K’s several companies.
Many people assume that if you get to travel then it means you are rich. To that, I often answer that it all depends on your priorities in life and spending. We can also afford our travel because we do not have any debts, loans, or outstanding interests. There are no car payments, mortgage, kids, or any other payments except for rent and everyday expenses like food and entertainment.
Budgeting per month helps us to save and keeps us on track of our spending. Budget is an awesome tool that is a good indicator of how “rich” we are in a particular country. In addition, it shows us how long we can stay there. For example, in Australia we could afford to go out to a modest place once a week, while in Taiwan, another first world country, we could go to a good quality restaurant every day.
We prefer planes and high-speed rail for transport. We do use cars only when local infrastructure does not permit walking or taking public transit. We own one backpack and three suitcases. I call them the three bears – the big, the middle, and the little one. 🙂 I have one purse for going out and one that carries everything when we are on the move. I am going to publish my packing tips in a separate post.
Recently, we have decided to stay, if possible, at least three months at a time per country. The longer we stay the more time we have to assimilate and learn about a local life. Long stays give an in-depth view on nation’s culture and values. Furthermore, extended periods do not disrupt our work schedule, workout routine, and sleep pattern.
We prefer to rent apartments in a nice residential area next to a park or a quiet street. I prefer apartments because I like to cook and it gives me freedom to do so. Moreover, it is a lot cheaper and bigger than renting a hotel room. There is a sense of privacy and freedom at the same time. You just cannot put a price on that! Check out my recent posts about the places that we stay here!
Travel lifestyle is hard on a body and sometimes spirit. To stay upbeat and healthy our routine is about work first and leisure second. It is very close to a regular people schedule. Yes, we do have the freedom to just not to do anything, but Mr. K and I choose otherwise. Our day consists of mainly work, then going to the gym, and house chores. When we have free time, it is then we go seeing sights. If the time is up, we have to leave and there was a missed opportunity, it is possible that we will come back to it.
This question also partially answers why we chose to travel.
We started traveling because being in one place was daunting for us. In our minds we could not understand how can a person live all his or her life without knowing what is out there? How do we know that this is the best place to live? We started traveling because we wanted to see the world (I know it does sound a bit cheesy). Nevertheless, it is true. Mr. K and I wanted and still want to know what is out there.
No, I do not think we will ever settle down entirely. If we do, it is going to happen only because we have children. Even then, I think we will continue to travel. Some people find happiness in having the American dream; we find happiness from learning different cultures and taking a walk in park in a different country every three months.
Though it is a personal question, it does occur quite often.
Mr. K and I got married initially to have a family. Children is a natural step towards our family. However, it is definitely not the ultimate goal. If you decided to have children earlier, it is your choice. For us it is going to happen later. When? Unfortunately, I do not have a specific date in mind. For now, I am enjoying the company of my many nieces and nephews.
Those were the most popular questions. Hope this post was insightful and that it gave you a glimpse of who we are. It turned out more than 1000 words so I will post a second part in the nearest future. It will include some other popular questions about buying a foreign property, travel wardrobe, and how do we spend our time. Stay tuned for F.A.Q. Part 2!
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