On Fears

One of the things that comes up for me as I weigh and measure our options is fear.  My own fear of everything that makes me anxious.

I tend to be a pretty positive person, so its hard for me to admit and put out there all of the niggling negative talk in my brain.  It’s hard for me to reveal my fears for everyone to look at.  To open up and let everyone stare inside.  But these are real.  They are on my mind.  And they are all the things I’m facing as we make our preparations. Continue reading

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Obtaining Passports: 3rd time’s a charm

FINALLY!  We accomplished the passport task.  It feels incredibly good to strike that off the list.Passport

We decided to venture to the passport office on a Friday morning when Romeo’s boss was out of the office.  He has a job where he can come and go as he needs, but a certain someone gives him the stink eye if the mood strikes.  So, Friday, we decided it was a good day.  Romeo went to work before the rest of the family was out of bed and we had a plan to pick him up at his office at 8am.

The kids made me 5 minutes late.  Then a detour to the restroom on the way to the car added another 5 minutes but by 8:10 Romeo was in the car and we were heading to the passport office so we could be there when they opened at 8:30 am.   Continue reading

Where Should We Go? Part 6

Here’s a thought…

What if we don’t choose ONE place?berlin

The more we discuss possible options of where to go, the more we want to go everywhere.  So it occurs to us: what if we don’t choose a single location and take more of a nomadic approach?

We definitely want to travel around.  We had considered choosing a base-location that would allow some budget-friendly travel to see the rest.  We could also also forget the base location and just move.  Fast travel has the advantage of seeing more places.  Slow travel would allow for more time in each location. But either option has a nomadic approach instead of a settle-in-a-new-place approach.    Continue reading

What? Why are you moving your family? The Big Question

3D Character and Thinking , He is standing with question mark

I thought it would be worth it to get a little bit of a peek into what I want, my motivations and a little more about me personally.

So you may be wondering, why in the world would this otherwise normal man choose to uproot his family and move halfway around the world? There are multiple reasons.

“It’s a dangerous business going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”- J.R.R. Tolkien

The obvious one, is that traveling is inherently more exciting and adventurous than yet another night thumbing through Netflix to find something interesting to watch. Continue reading

Where Should We Go? Part 5

If you didn’t start at the beginning of this series, you can read the first part here: Where Should We Go? Part 1

Priorities

Deciding where to go seems like a real exercise in priorities.  What we might rank as a con for one place, leads us to finding that “missing thing” in the next place and ranking it as a pro.  But the new place comes with a whole list of its own pros and cons.  As with anything there are going to be ups and downs no matter where we choose.

So what’s most important for our family? Assessing our personal priorities is going to be key in finding the right place.    Continue reading

Get in Gear

What do we NEED for the trip?  What are we taking with us to the other side of the IMG_5885world?  One thing’s for sure, its not going to be everything and the kitchen sink, too.

In typical fashion for our family, the quest for our gear began with research. Should we pack and carry everything for ourselves and the kids?  What can we count on the kids to carry? Does everyone need their own backpack? I discovered Wardrobe Capsules.  (More on the wardrobe coming soon because I’m getting excited about this concept.)  But in short, this is an awesome minimalist approach to clothing.  An approach we are going to need when we have to live out of suitcases and backpacks.

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Where Should We Go? Part 4

If you didn’t start at the beginning of this series, you can read the first part here: Where Should We Go? Part 1

Option 4: Penang, Malaysia

Pros

  • Food!  Romeo is a foodie and he has turned the whole family into foodies.  When we ask our seven year old penang foodwhat she wants for dinner the answers are usually “Vietnamese” “Thai” “curry” or something of the like.  MamaSita was raised on Indian food and spices and has a special love for heavily spiced vegetarian food.  Food is a huge consideration for our family.  It’s also possible that we have watched too much Anthony Bordain and Andrew Zimmern and we want to go to some of the places they’ve been to and eat some of the amazing food around the world.

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Where Should We Go? Part 3

If you didn’t start at the beginning of this series, you can read the first part here: Where Should We Go? Part 1

Option 3: Merida, Mexico

Pros

  • Cost. The cost of living difference between our current location and Merida is huge.merida map
    • Indices Difference
    • Consumer Prices in Jacksonville, FL are 71.10% higher than in Merida
    • Consumer Prices Including Rent in Jacksonville, FL are 96.36% higher than in Merida
    • Rent Prices in Jacksonville, FL are 230.14% higher than in Merida
    • Restaurant Prices in Jacksonville, FL are 103.88% higher than in Merida
    • Groceries Prices in Jacksonville, FL are 65.99% higher than in Merida
    • Local Purchasing Power in Jacksonville, FL is 240.00% higher than in Merida
    • See the full comparison chart here.

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Where Should We Go? Part 2

If you didn’t start at the beginning of this series, you can read the first part here: Where Should We Go? Part 1

Option 2: Bucharest, Romania

Pros

  • Cost. The cost of living difference between our current location and Bucharest is huge.
    • Indices Difference Info
      Consumer Prices in Jacksonville, FL are 93.26% higher than in Bucharest
      Consumer Prices Including Rent in Jacksonville, FL are 106.27% higher than in Bucharest
      Rent Prices in Jacksonville, FL are 153.02% higher than in Bucharest
      Restaurant Prices in Jacksonville, FL are 99.60% higher than in Bucharest
      Groceries Prices in Jacksonville, FL are 132.39% higher than in Bucharest
      Local Purchasing Power in Jacksonville, FL is 156.42% higher than in Bucharest
    • See the full comparison chart here.

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