Last updated on May 8th, 2018 at 01:37 am

As promised, here are my answers to your questions Part 2. This post is the second part that sheds some light on our travel style and preferences. Ready?

Read Part 1  where I cover detailed insights into our travel life.

1. Why BoardThirteen?

I wanted the name to be different from any other travel blog out there. Board stands for boards that you usually see at the airport. The ones that show you your flight status. Number 13 has always been my favorite number because it often discriminated against.

I neither associate any magical qualities with it nor believe in stuff like that. Number 13 is an unlucky number in most countries. I guess both words sounded good together, so that is why I picked it.

Costa Rica travel tips2. Don’t you want a place of your own?

Yes, I do. Every other time we stumble on to the next “cozy” retreat, an alarm goes off in my head. Coming from a designer background, I become restless with my imagination. The best part is realizing that we are leaving and that our living situation is going to be better next time. That is how I learn from my renting mistakes.

Taiwan food market3. What about a wardrobe and clothes? How do you manage?

Every three months or so Mr. K’s parents visit us wherever we are in the world. That is when I have a chance to change my wardrobe either entirely or partially.

I tend to buy quality stuff right from the start, so I do not throw away anything for a very long time. To this day, you can see the same blue dress I bought in Australia from 2012.

4. Are you going to buy a property overseas?

It all depends on conditions, the amount of money, and political stability of a country. Mr. K and I are open to buying property outside of Canada, but we haven’t found the perfect location yet.

Cuba sightseeing5. Do you prefer a house or an apartment?

We both prefer an apartment. I grew up in a family that had several houses, and I am not ready to commit to a house. In my experience, homes need to be regularly repaired. Even in a new house, it is impossible to save on repairs. A well- soundproofed condominium is a way to go for me.

Tsukiji Fish Market review6. How do you keep up with friends and family?

There is Facebook, Skype, WhatsUp, Line and many other networks that I use to keep up with friends and family. Since our wedding, we decided to meet up everywhere we go. That way everyone gets to enjoy new destinations.

Since then I have met both my parents, grandparents, aunt, and cousins all over the world. I think that some of the members of our family we see more because of our travels.

Did you know what my favorite country is? Find out in this post!

7. What is your travel style in a new country?

Recently we were called digital nomads, and I have to say that it sure fits. Depending on the time spent per country, we like to cover as much ground as possible by pretending to be local. Most of the time I am the one who plans, researchers, and schedules everything.

Mr. K is busy with work. We like to rent apartments from locals, live in a non-touristy area, shop at the grocery stores, and cook our meals. Sure, we go out and treat ourselves, but we also try to do it where locals do it.

where-shop-in-Toronto8. What do you do every day?

Funny enough, many people assume that we do something new and go out every day. It is true when someone comes for a visit or if we are visiting a new country for only a couple of days. Otherwise, we have a routine that keeps us on schedule and in check.

A typical day for us is work and research from 9 to 19.00 with breakfast, lunch, and dinner in between. Mr. K has ongoing projects with his programming business, and I have my blog as well as new location research, entertainment calendar booking, and cooking, and cleaning. We try to do cleaning around the house together, but I prefer to do it myself.

Edit: Since 2016 we have a little mini Mr. K running around. He took up a huge load of our time and effort, but we love him and don’t mind at all. So right now we are balancing kindergarten, work, house, and some personal space all in one. 🙂



9. What do you see when you travel?

Regarding what we like to see. Mr. K and I are up for anything we haven’t tried before as long as it is safe. We do seek opportunities to challenge our comfort zones and expand our horizons when it is not toxic or potentially lethal to our bodies.

Do we do touristy stuff? Sometimes we do. How else can you suggest others not to do something? 🙂

Read this helpful post on how to visit Italy and stay sane!

Here it is! I think I covered most of them well. Let me know if you have any questions about our travels, lifestyle or anything else.

I would be happy to answer any questions you might have. Please leave your comments down below or email me, Julia.k(at) 

If you don’t ask, you don’t receive!”

Thank you for reading!


Always improving one's surroundings.


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