This Will Be Our New Home!

Searching For Home – Where Is It?

Simply put, we feel that it’s time for a change.

Our lives, As We, and our way of traveling – will be taking a new turn during the next 6 months.

back in 2009 – our first time in Budapest.

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:

  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

  • 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?

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45 Responses to This Will Be Our New Home!

  1. Shannon Mason January 6, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    Sounds like a place I’d check out, I am not a fan of the cold but in favor of checking it out sure, why not but we’ll see how I feel about it after I land in Zurich then go to Hannover (2nd week in March) 

  2. Travel With a January 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    Sounds awesome and very similar to what we’ve been discussing recently. I’m loving our S.E Asia travels but we are also here to stop and work sometimes and so far we’ve just wanted to travel so much our itinerary is more travel and less time to work. I’m also desperate to ski again so i’m very jealous of you guys right now!

    It would be great to get a breakdown of costs, rent, bills, ski passes, etc to see how it compares to travel / location independence in S.E Asia. With you’re help I’ll hopefully convince my wife it’s definitely something we should do!

    • Andy Lackie January 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

      +1 here.  Would love even a rough breakdown 🙂

  3. Scott January 6, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    I spent a day there in 2008, that town is breathtaking as is all of Bavaria. So jealous!

    • Sofia - As We Travel January 6, 2012 at 9:57 am #

      Great to hear you liked it, I’m so excited! Yeah Bavaria is beautiful, we’ll make sure to explore some more of the area around there.

  4. Jon Gorrie January 6, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    Sehr toll! 🙂

  5. Anthony January 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    Oh. My. GOD!!! As much as I also love sun, this looks like a bloody fairytale 🙂

    SO excited for you both!!!

  6. Marie January 6, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    I love the mountains! SO BEAUTIFUL. Be sure to have some young wine (sturm/federweisser) in the fall, it’s delicious 🙂

  7. Reeves January 6, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    I wouldn’t make that choice as I hate the snow :), but I can see the appeal of Europe. After 10 years of living in Thailand, I’m sick to death of Asia and can’t wait to get back to Europe and ‘civilization’ soon.

    Hope you enjoy your time there!

  8. Kelly January 6, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    Congratulations on finding a home y’all like. I studied abroad in Germany and lived in the northern region. I really enjoyed it, and spent time traveling around. Bavaria is wonderful. a truly beautiful place to be. 

    Enjoy the skiing / snowboarding!



  9. Jeremy Branham January 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    Wow, congrats!  Looks like a beautiful area.  I love mountain towns in Germany and Austria so these are some of my favorite places.  Hope you enjoy your new home and life there and look forward to reading updates as you explore the area!  I love this area and could spent a coupe of months just hiking during the summer!

  10. The World of Deej January 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    No doubt it is beautiful, and I could spend a lot longer than 3 months there…

  11. Sharon January 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    I just got back from Garmisch! You are so lucky!! Don’t stress about the money. Just LOVE it. I’ve lived in Asia for the last 10 years (Turkey, then China, then Laos, now India) and it’s awesome, but Bavaria is truly magical. Please check out my blog for details.

  12. Sabina January 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    I hit Bavaria on my first European trip and just loved it!  Munich is a little too cutesy quaint for me, but the evergreen wilderness of the rest of the country is so beautiful.  I hope you have a great time skiing for three whole months 🙂

  13. Anonymous January 7, 2012 at 1:12 am #

    What a beautiful place! I’m currently chasing summer around the globe after two straight (albeit mild) winters in California and Australia…but would love to spend a ski season somewhere snowboarding every day! Enjoy and drink lots of hot chocolate! 

  14. Laura January 6, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

    It looks beautiful, enjoy!

  15. Kieu Nguyen January 7, 2012 at 4:57 am #

    Wow! Congrats on finding a beautiful home. Bavaria is one of my favs. It’s probably a good idea to settle down for a bit especially when you figure the cost is about the same while you’re on the road. Change is good. There’s so much to see and do where you’ll be living, looking forward to hearing all about it. 

    • Sofia - As We Travel January 7, 2012 at 10:45 am #

      Great to hear it’s one of your favs. I agree, change is good – and Bavaria does seem like a great area so far so we’ll definitely check out the surrounding area while we’re there as well.

  16. Kieu - GQ trippin January 7, 2012 at 4:58 am #

    ps- Can’t wait to see those ski photos! 

    • Sofia - As We Travel January 7, 2012 at 10:43 am #

      I’m SO looking forward for some skiing – will definitely bring the camera along!

  17. Debbie @ European Travelista January 7, 2012 at 1:57 am #

    Bavaria is one of my favorite places to be!  Right now I am feeling huge twinges of jealousy.  Garmisch is a wonderful village in a perfect area.  I am looking so forward to living vicariously through your posts. 

    • Sofia - As We Travel January 7, 2012 at 10:47 am #

      It makes me really excited to hear you liked Bavaria Debbie, can’t wait to spend some time there.

  18. Wesleeparound January 7, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    Congratulations! It is so beautiful…looking forward to updates and pics. What do you think will be the greatest challenge as you get settled in?

  19. Georgina Young January 7, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

    I lived in Germany last year near Frankfurt although I have visited the little town (in order to go up the alps) and was charmed. I’m sure you will have a great year guys xx

  20. Hotel Wala January 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    Thats really an excellent place to live.Never knew about such a place in Germany.Thanks for sharing the images.

  21. Rodney Perez January 9, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    That is super cool. Garmisch is one of my favorite German towns. 😀 Love the mountains, how close it is to Austria and how close it is to Munich. There is something called the Bayern ticket that lets you travel all over Bavaria for 29 euros. Up to 4 people can travel with one ticket, so if you go to a station and start asking around you might be able to travel around Bavaria for a little over 5 euros per person. You should come to Nürnberg! 😀 Have fun!

  22. Backpack With Brock January 9, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

    Congrats on your new temporary home N & S! Perhaps I should visit?!

  23. David Hoffmann January 10, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    Sounds like a winter wonderland! Skiing everyday, fire place every night and never ending flow of Bavarian beer, lets trade places? 🙂 have fun you too!

  24. Peter January 10, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    Sounds super amazing and super cold too. Have fun in winter wonderland.

  25. Puertoricoistheplace January 11, 2012 at 7:01 am #

    Looks beautiful!  Good luck in your new home!

  26. Andrew - The Unframed World January 11, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    Woohoo! Look at you two. Settlin’ down, getting all business-y. Good for you!
    I have a quick question though.
    How did you get VISAs to live/work in Germany? Is it because you’ll only be there for 3 months and so on temporary visitor visas? IDK much about visas outside of Japan, but it’s awesome you can ski it up in Germany with your own place!

  27. TheWorldOrBust January 11, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    Booyaa! Looks like a sick place to call home for a little while. Enjoy!

  28. Cat January 13, 2012 at 1:25 am #

    I’ve never been to Bavaria but it sounds wonderful. But, I think y’all are living the dream! Well, one of my dreams. I’m not a fan of cold but I would love to live near a ski resort one winter so I could snowboard whenever I felt like it. Have a great time and looking forward to the photos and stories!  

  29. Alexa January 13, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    All I can say is lucky, lucky! Looks beautiful! I’ve been to Bavaria once– Regansburg. Lovely town and great spaetzle!

  30. Raymond @ Man On The Lam January 16, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    I’ve been thinking of settling down in a place as well to do some writing, and since I don’t ski, this might be a good spot to get some work done! 🙂

  31. Anonymous January 17, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    ohh its too cold…but i like to live here..

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  33. Vi @ Travel Tips January 20, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    If you love snow then Austria should be perfect location for the winter 🙂

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  35. family travel January 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    It looks BEAUTIFUL!! We are currently in Phuket, but before we moved here we took a train to Munich and loved it. Looks like we will be moving to Edinburgh in 2013 and personally I love the rain. 🙂 Then again we get monsoon here, but it’s just so hot all the time!

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  38. Christy & Scott February 14, 2012 at 1:09 am #

    This looks like the perfect place to settle down for a bit. I’ve always considered living in a ski resort for a season and snowboard every day.

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