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

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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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Where Should We Go? Part 1

The decision has been made about going Overseas.  We know we are leaving the states.  What we haven’t decided yet is where that will take us.  Some of the contenders will be highlighted in the next several blog posts.  We have a pro and con list for everywhere we have considered and that will (hopefully) help us narrow it down.

Option 1: Barcelona, Spain

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  • Romeo speaks Spanish.  It’s important for our kids to learn another language and what better choice than a language that embraces their Latin American roots?  It’s the third most spoken language in the world.  MamaSita needs to learn Spanish, too.  Spain seemed like a natural first choice.
  • The Beach.  We are beach folks.  We live about 30 minutes from the beach and we love to be able to dip our toes in the ocean whenever we feel like it.

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Obtaining Passports: Take 2

Photos

We decided to go to CVS and get passport photos before going to the passport office.  I rounded up all the little people and dragged them with me to the store.  It was busy but the manager took us over to their pull-down screen and took care of us.

While waiting for the photos to process, I got to hear about Manager Mike’s travels.  He wanted to know where we were planning to go.  One thing led to another and he told me about some of his favorite places.  He lived in Spain for 3 years.  His kids speak Spanish fluently (although he does not).  He lived in Iceland for 3 years.  He said it is the best possible place in the world to go if you love nature.  He was there when the volcano erupted under the ice and broke part of the glacier free.  But my favorite bit?  He talked about new foods.  Being married to a foodie is turning me into one, so, of course, I wanted to hear about the food.  The two best meats he’s ever had in his whole life:

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