Searching For Home – Where Is It?
Simply put, we feel that it’s time for a change.
Our lives, As We Travel.com, and our way of traveling – will be taking a new turn during the next 6 months.
We’ve been traveling pretty much full-time for the last 2 years, to over 45 countries, and are starting to long for a place to ”call home”.
Not having anywhere to go back to, a base or a home is not what we ultimately want for ourselves, living like a nomad is fun for a while, but it also has limited us in so many ways.
The things we enjoy doing like skiing, surfing and mountain biking can’t really be done the same way when you’re always traveling – believe us, we tried.
So our plan is to base ourselves somewhere and rent an apartment for at least 6 months, and go on shorter (2 week) trips every second month.
The question is… where should we be based?
Where would we be willing to make a commitment to live for a longer period of time?
We have long been dreaming about the ”perfect place to live” – a place where we could settle down but still travel when ever we wanted.
Everywhere we travel we always ask ourselves: “could we imagine settling down in this city?” – sadly most of the time, the answer has been no.
There are so many amazing cities out there around the world, which offer so much, but it is one thing to love visiting a country and travel there, another to make a commitment to actually live there…
We’ve been looking around websites for places to live on a long term basis, and have found many great options, but still haven’t decided yet which place is the best.
We only really have two criteria for a long term place:
- Options for either skiing, surfing or mountain biking (or all three!)
- Fairly close to an airport (i.e within 1-2 hours reach)
Here are 3 places that are at the top of our list at the moment:
Zell Am See, Austria
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Oh it is hard to decide! :p
What do you think? Where would be your ultimate place to live be?A few weeks ago we talked about settling down somewhere for a while, but we couldn’t quite decide where.
Well, it is now official: We will be moving to the winter wonderland of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany – tomorrow!
As much as we love Asia, sun and warm weather – this just feels so right, and we figured that following our gut would be the best thing to do.
We initially settled for Zell Am See in Austria but missed our chance on the apartment we wanted, so Garmisch-Partenkirchen it is.
While Asia would have been cheaper if you stayed in the same place, we knew that we wouldn’t have been able to stay away from traveling all the time while we were there.
Which sort of takes away the point from what we wanted – staying in one place, focusing on our new business projects and taking them to the next level, while at the same time having fun skiing.
We made a few rough calculations on predicted costs to live in Europe vs South East Asia and found some interesting data.
After comparing flights, food costs, accommodation and extras, it would cost about the same traveling around and living in South East Asia on a budget as it would staying in a ski resort in Europe including all ski gear and ski passes for 3 months.
This would make some people think ”Wow, you can travel to all of these places in Asia for the same price?”, but for some reason we didn’t feel all that excited about that.
And in the end, the calculations and positive vs negative-lists are really just guidelines, it all comes down to what you want to do.
So after a month traveling around different parts of Germany, we are now ready to move in and spend some time in this little Bavarian resort right on the border of Austria…
Have you been to Bavaria? What did you think?