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Are you wondering if you could handle long-term world travel? Would you thrive not knowing where you’re going to sleep every night, or would you cave after a few weeks and head back to the familiarity of home?

Long-term world travel is not for everybody. Most people need the stability and predictability that comes from sleeping in the same bed every night. Then there are those few crazy souls, like us, who just have to keep moving and keep exploring.

We sold our home in 2013, but we’ve been travelling together and living as expats for 20 years now!

If there’s one thing we’re experts at, it’s how to travel the world!

Everyone we meet has so many questions about how we travel full-time. Below we answer the most-asked questions about our nomadic lifestyle.

So dive in and find out…

Could You Handle Long-Term World Travel?

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Q1: Where’s your home base?

We don’t have one! That’s the beauty of full-time world travel :)

People who ask this question are confused and intimidated by the concept of not having a place to call home. They can’t quite stomach the idea of leaving their familiar surroundings and not going back after one or two weeks.

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We’ve learned to make ourselves at home pretty much anywhere.

We understand that feeling of familiarity and we love it too! It’s an amazing feeling to be encompassed by the security and coziness of your own home.

While travelling, we try to recreate that familiarity by going slowly, staying in some places for several weeks to several months. This helps restore our equilibrium. Housesitting through TrustedHousesitters.com has been an amazing way to have a “home” every once in a while.

Could you handle not having a home?
Some people are just serious homebodies and could never deal with the upheaval that comes from long-term world travel. But, if your sense of curiosity and adventure outweighs your need for familiarity, or if you feel like normal life is like living the same day over and over again, a nomadic lifestyle might be perfect for you.

Related: If you don’t travel full time, this article about post-travel depression from Wanderlust Storytellers

Q2: Don’t you miss your friends and family?

When people ask this question, what they really want to know is, if they decided to travel the world, would they be desperately homesick?

The answer is complicated. Yes, we miss our friends and our family ALL the time. As soon as they invent teleportation, we will zip back to visit every month! But until then, we keep up on FaceTime, Facebook, Instagram and even by email!

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Sometimes, our family even comes to visit us!

The great thing about world travel is that you meet new friends wherever you go. Now, when we travel, we get the chance to catch up with our friends all over the world – who we would never see if we just lived in one place.

Could you handle the homesickness that goes with long-term world travel?
It depends on your personality and how much effort you’re willing to put in. If you’re worried about homesickness, read our guide to our favourite tricks for handling homesickness while you’re on the road.

Q3: Don’t you get sick of each other? How do you handle always being together?

This question is usually asked by people who wonder if their relationship could withstand the stresses of long-term travel.

Trust us, we completely understand your worries. We’re not one of those couples that is completely blissed out in each others’ company 24/7!

Our first trip together, backpacking Europe in the late 90s, did not end well! We left Vancouver with big hopes and big backpacks and although we had some great times, we also had many, many massive arguments. After 4 months of travel, we broke up and went our separate ways.

my five acres travel adventure yoga

We’re not always perfect travel companions like this!

Of course the story has a happy ending. We got back together a few months later and got married in 2000!

That experience, plus all the world travel we’ve done since, has made our relationship rock-solid. We know we can rely on each other for anything, we know how to take care of each other, and when it’s time to take time apart.

That doesn’t mean we don’t have arguments.

Read this post from our 2-year bike trip if you don’t believe me

Could you get along with your partner during full-time world travel?
It takes a lot of effort and a lot of time with your partner before travelling as a couple becomes easy. The shift from seeing each other just a few hours every day to seeing each other ALL THE TIME is massive, so you need to give yourselves a break in the first few months of travel. After that, things will start to get easier.

If you’re hitting the road with your sweetheart for the first time, try to visit some of the most romantic cities in the world (according to us!)

Q4: Where do you keep your stuff?

It’s amazing just how much security people derive from their possessions. When people ask this question, it comes from the fear of losing that security during travel.

First of all, we do still have some stuff! Yes, we did sell our cars, our house, all our furniture and most of our clothes, books, records, appliances etc when we decided to take up a nomadic lifestyle.

But we kept the stuff that means the most to us!

We still have about a thousand vinyl records stored away, plus our incredibly comfy bed, lots of clothes that we still love, a few pieces of our favourite art, and even some dishes that we’ve had for a decade!

They are all in a storage unit on Vancouver Island. It’s weird, but when we go visit that storage space and dig through our boxes, it’s a little like coming home.

Could you handle getting rid of your stuff for long-term world travel?
It can be hard to let go of your things but take it from a confirmed pack-rat (Stephen), clearing up and saying goodbye to the stuff you don’t use anymore is incredibly freeing.

Possessions can weigh you down; giving them away can make you feel lighter than air.

If you are sad about letting go of some precious things, do what we did and hold a giving-it-all-away party where you invite your friends to take your things home. It’s great to see your prized possessions earn a place in your friends’ homes.

If you’re wondering where you would even start when it comes to packing up, read our Complete Pre-Travel Downsizing Guide

Q5: Where do you do your laundry?

People ask this question surprisingly often. I think for a lot of people, clean laundry represents something bigger — the comforts of home, of course!

When you travel long-term, doing laundry ceases to be a chore and becomes the ultimate luxury! We love the smell of clean clothes.

If we’re housesitting or staying with friends, which we do a LOT, then we just do our laundry at “home”. In most parts of Asia, you can get your laundry done by your hotel or hostel for just a few dollars.

In Europe and North America, laundry is a little trickier! It’s more expensive and harder to find facilities. But there are laundromats when you need one and hostels usually offer a laundry service. (Hotels do too, but it is usually way too expensive.)

Because we travel light, we also do a lot of shower and sink laundry, washing out our undies, socks and t-shirts at night and hoping they dry by the next morning!

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Usually, hand-washed laundry dries overnight.

Could you handle dirty clothes on a long-term trip?
You’d be surprised at how comfortable you can get with being dirty!! On our bike trip, we became one with nature, exposed to all the elements and camping wild. We still loved to shower or jump in a lake at the end of the day, but our standards of cleanliness definitely declined.

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You don’t have to get this dirty to enjoy travelling the world.

For non-bike travellers, it’s much easier to stay clean, so don’t worry, you don’t have to like being dirty to enjoy world travel.

Q6: Are you rich? / How do you pay for world travel?

First off, no, we are not rich by Western standards. There’s no trust fund or wealthy uncle funding our travels. However, we are rich by world standards – our relatively small income still falls squarely in the world’s top 10%. Use this calculator to find out how rich you are, too.

Here’s a breakdown of the many ways we have paid for our travels over the years:

Being Frugal

Learning to spend less is vital if you want to travel the world on a budget. Not only will it help you save a ton of money for travel but it will give you practice spending less so you’ll be able to stick to your budget on the road.

Before our trip, we practiced frugality by:

  • Living in a smaller house than we could afford, saving the extra money for our travels
  • Buying “things” only when we really needed them – not filling our lives with gadgets, excessive clothing, and other disposable junk
  • Cancelling our cable bill and conserving electricity and water to keep our bills low
  • Cooking from scratch – it saves a huge amount of money and is healthier too

Selling Our Possessions

When you stop to think about it, it’s stunning how much money you might have tied up in possessions. Old clothes, books, records, dishes, knick-knacks, art works… they’re all worth something. Not to mention your house, cars, bikes, skis or whatever else fills your home.

Read this post to find out how to sell your possessions to fund world travel

Freelance Writing, Editing, & Design Work

Jane has been a writer, editor, and designer for 20 years, so it would be crazy not to harness those skills into making money on the road. If you have a portable skill and can find a few repeat clients, it’s a great way to fund part (or all) of your travels.

Yoga Teaching

Stephen teaches Adventure Yoga in studios all around the world. His income from teaching has been growing steadily over the last few years. It is now our main source of income.

If you want to learn yoga from Stephen, check out Stephen’s events page to see when he’s next teaching online or find out if he’s teaching Adventure Yoga in a city near you.

first yoga job

Stephen earns a decent income teaching yoga these days. Photo by Zhou Zihan.

My Five Acres Travel Blog

Our travel blog income is still just a drop in the bucket compared to our other income sources – but for us 2017 is the year of growth! We are finally starting to see our income from our blog grow. By this time next year, we want it to be a steady, reliable source of income for us.

Be warned, it usually takes a few years to start to see money from a blog (if you ever do) so you’ll need some other income at least at first.

Related: If you want to travel longer for less, this post by Jey Jetter will help.

Q7: Are you always broke?

We don’t get asked this question that often since people tend to be too shy/polite to ask it. But we know you’re all wondering.

Again, the answer is relative. Before we started to travel, we managed to put a decent chunk of money into retirement savings and I highly recommend you do the same with any of your disposable income.

Since our income is pretty small right now, we do live on a shoestring budget. But again, that’s all relative.

We can always afford clean, comfortable accommodation, transportation, food, and beer, so compared to most of the world’s population, we live in luxury. We even have enough to give a little to charity each month.

But to be completely honest, we would like to earn more than we do now. It would be great to start staying in slightly nicer accommodation, be able to afford a few more activities, and start saving for retirement again.

Could you handle the finances of long-term travel?
Even the worst spendthrift can learn to be frugal! It just takes practice, like any other skill. You might even discover that you enjoy spending less and experiencing more. Start teaching yourself the skills and practicing them today. Mr. Money Mustache was hugely influential in my own education in frugality. Start with him and you’ll get there in no time.

Q8: What’s the worst thing that’s happened during your travels?

I think people ask this question because they’re scared by horror stories they’ve read in tacky newspapers and magazines around the globe.

I was going to write that Stephen and I have been incredibly lucky… nothing bad has really happened to us in all our years of travel! But, the truth is, it’s incredibly unlucky if something bad happens on the road. That’s why those stories make the news – because they are rare.

We find that if you greet the world with trust and openness, it’s amazing how much you are rewarded by the same in return.

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We had a lot of flat tires in Malaysia – that was pretty annoying.

We can’t count the number of times our lost belongings have been returned to us when we thought they were gone forever. Like the time I dropped my iPhone in a field in Central Vietnam. With the help of countless locals, I had it back within a matter of hours!

There are endless examples on our trips of people going out of their way to help us, with no more reason than that they wanted to talk to the foreigners. Like the time in Syria when we asked a man on the street directions and he spent the next hour showing us all around his city.

We have stayed in dozens of strangers houses and shared drinks and food with dozens more. We have received thousand of waves and smiles and hellos everywhere we go.

The worst things that have happened have involved minor discomforts, like being stuck in the back of a crowded bus or stranded on a slow boat with no toilet!

Yes, people do have travel horror stories. But they’re not normal, they’re the exception.

Could you handle the discomforts and dangers of travel?
Long-term travel allows you to get familiar with discomfort. Sometimes your beer is warm or your bed is hard. Sometimes you’re stuck outside in boiling hot or freezing cold weather. You might get food poisoning or injure yourself. Seen from afar, these discomforts can be scary — but they also teach you just how strong and resilient you can be!

Q9: What’s your favourite country?

Picking a favourite country is a bit liking picking a favourite child… and our favourite child is…

Canada!!

We admit to some heavy bias, having been born and raised in Canada, but every time we go home we are once again reminded what a beautiful and friendly country it is. We do love it and even though we haven’t lived there for more than 20 years, Canada still feels like home.

vancouver island kayaking

Yeah, Canada is pretty freakin’ awesome!

The runner up is Finland, which stole our hearts during our bike trip. It is an amazing place to experience the great outdoors and to take advantage of the famous “right to roam” laws, meaning you can camp almost anywhere, legally.

In Asia, our fondest memories are of Laos and Cambodia. The people of Laos are so friendly, so far the tourism industry (at least in the north) has not gone overboard, and the food is amazing!

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Cambodia’s beaches were pretty wonderful.

In Cambodia, we just adored the south coast, where we lazed by the river in Kampot, stayed on a deserted island for a week, and wandered the jungle alongside elephants and monkeys!

Q10: Least favourite country?

To avoid slandering a country possibly undeservedly, we are going to stay silent on this one. We do have a least favourite though! Ask us about it the next time we meet. ;-)

If you have other questions about long-term world travel, don’t hesitate to ask. After four years on the road, we have tackled so much and are happy to share what we know!

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43 comments

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  2. Comment by Jade Mortimer

    Jade Mortimer Reply August 19, 2017 at 9:16 am

    We don’t have a home base either and so many people ask where we keep our stuff – basically our parents have stored it all! Including our two cats :)

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 21, 2017 at 2:21 am

      Ahh, so interesting to hear from someone who has left their pets behind. This is the biggest reason a lot of people don’t travel long-term… I’m glad to hear you found a way around it!

      J

  3. Comment by Cate

    Cate Reply August 18, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Great Q & A! I spent my late teens through my early 30s living and traveling abroad, moving around frequently in the US and abroad, doing lots of new things all the time, and I loved it. I lived frugally and created lots of opportunities for myself. It’s so do-able if you want to do it! I’m more “settled” now but still work in a lot of travel. :) The only thing I REALLY don’t like now is that we’re accumulating so much stuff…even when we actively try not to. I loved living out of a backpack or a couple suitcases!

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 21, 2017 at 2:23 am

      It’s amazing how quickly stuff piles up when you stop for a little while. A couple of years ago we had an apartment in Canada for a few months and kept buying little “necessities” that of course were not necessary!

      I also love that you mention opportunities. We always marvel at how many things pop up because we’re travelling that we’d never get a chance to do if we were at home.

      J

  4. Comment by Punita Malhotra

    Punita Malhotra Reply August 18, 2017 at 7:45 am

    You have shared so many great insights in this post, and anyone can figure out that full-time travel equals tough life. Not everyone can handle it. Kudos to you for sticking to your passion and making it all work for you.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 21, 2017 at 2:24 am

      Ha ha. Well I wouldn’t say it’s exactly “tough”. We have it a lot easier than most people we meet! But it is different – and certainly not for everyone.
      J

  5. Comment by Red Nomad OZ (Marion Halliday)

    Red Nomad OZ (Marion Halliday) Reply August 18, 2017 at 5:04 am

    So great to read about the realities of life on the road. We did something similar (but not nearly so dramatic and on a MUCH smaller scale!!) for about 18 months when we sold up and travelled Australia in a camper trailer. So many of the same questions apply – especially those about being together 24/7 and our ‘stuff’! Even though that adventure was awhile back now, the takeaway for me was to cut down on the stuff, and live frugally. Now people ask us how we can afford to live/travel and while we have a permanent house, we live on a lot less than many of those who ask the questions. It’s just a matter of not getting sucked in to the big lie about how much you ‘need’ things and how much you’re missing out on by not having them!

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 21, 2017 at 2:26 am

      So true, Marion. I think our biggest realization on our 2-year bike tour was that we were very happy living with just four bags of stuff! And yes, we have many friends who could easily afford to travel if they just saved their money instead of buying a lot of junk (and Starbucks coffees!).

      J

  6. Comment by Alyson

    Alyson Reply August 18, 2017 at 12:51 am

    Well yes we could because we’ve been doing it for over 4 years with 2 kids! Love it, never want to go back. Don’t miss anyone, ever and don’t miss ” stuff”. The best thing we ever did. We actually still own our house in Australia but we wish we’d sold it now, we’ll never live there again. So here’s to another 4 years, the next 4 far more financially easy as the blog is a great earner these days. See you on the road, we’re off to Vietnam next week :)

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 21, 2017 at 2:28 am

      I’m always in awe of people who can do this with 2 kids in tow! Congrats to you. We were going to hang onto our house in LA before we left (we LOVED it so much) and we’re so glad we sold it now. I could never imagine going back to live there. But at least once you do sell, there should be enough money for a few more years of travel, right?

  7. Comment by Carol G

    Carol G Reply August 11, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    I do prefer having a homebase. But I’d like to talk my husband into medium-term travel– perhaps 6 weeks somewhere a few times a year.

    It cracks me up that people ask you about your laundry. People have clean clothes all over the world. You just have to ask about the nearest laundry service.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 11, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      Hey Carol,

      Thanks for commenting. Our first few trips together we 6 weeks or so, which gave us a chance to learn some coping skills without getting too deep into the whole travel lifestyle.

      I’ve found that the best way to convince your husband to do something is to just say “Hey honey, I’m going away for 6 weeks to x place. I’d love you to come with me but I’m going either way!” That’s exactly how I convinced Stephen to take a bike trip around the world!

      J

  8. Comment by Victoria

    Victoria Reply August 11, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Great tips! We long term travel too and sometimes we feel travel burnout! It def isn’t for everyone and this is a great guide!

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 11, 2017 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks Victoria. Yup, burnout is very real and makes you question whether travel is really as great as it’s cracked up to be. The trick is to recognize the signs early and do something about it before it’s too late!
      J

  9. Comment by liz Cleland

    liz Cleland Reply August 10, 2017 at 10:07 am

    I have so many questions! I would love to travel full time. I am around 80% there but I have a little one who is in school so that is stopping us full time.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 10, 2017 at 11:07 pm

      If you have more questions, feel free to post them here or email us! As for having a kid… only one?!? Lots of people don’t let that stop them from taking off around the world :). I know there are lots of factors that go into making the decision but just know, it is not at all impossible to travel happily and successfully with kids in tow!

      Check out http://exploramum.com/ if you need some inspiration.

      J

  10. Comment by Sanne - Spend Life Traveling

    Sanne - Spend Life Traveling Reply August 10, 2017 at 6:23 am

    This is such a great post! I have been living abroad and traveling the world for 15 years now and I get these questions all the time!
    It’s true that it is really not for everyone and your story will hopefully help people see the pros and cons of long-term travel.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 10, 2017 at 11:04 pm

      Thanks Sanne! 15 years is a long time to be semi-rootless for sure. I think most people would be afraid of that idea – and then there are those of us who do it accidentally :)

      J

  11. Comment by Kirstie

    Kirstie Reply August 9, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    I just did about 18 months of long-term travel and was asked a lot of these same questions. It’s an experience completely incomparable to anything else!

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 9, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      Hey Kirstie,
      I hope you had a great time! It is such a fabulous experience, I think everyone should try it if they can, at least for 6 months or so.

      J

  12. Comment by Jennifer Melroy

    Jennifer Melroy Reply August 8, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    When I traveled with an ex-boyfriend, he had a rule. If I wanted to spend more than 2 hours in a history museum, there need to be a pub and sports game on nearby. I could spend all day in the museum and he got to watch sports and drink.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 9, 2017 at 5:30 pm

      Ha ha! See, I think that’s perfect! Too many couples drag each other to see things they’re not really interested in and that’s when the fighting starts ;).

  13. Comment by Izzy

    Izzy Reply August 8, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    I love this FAQ, I think it really helps people understand the toil and joys of long term travel. When I first decided to pursue a backpacking trip, I did it with the intention to see if I was cut out for the experience and it turns out, I really missed stability and liked to travel shorter but better. When I was on the road for too long, I personally became less appreciative. I think had I read this piece beforehand, I would have understood better that there are pros as there are cons. And great tip about laundry! Laundry really was a concern while we were on the road!

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 8, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      Thanks so much for that perspective, Izzy! I do think we become less appreciative about travel because we’re doing it all the time. It becomes “normal” and we aren’t as excited or blown away by things as other travellers. It’s certainly not the right way for everyone to travel – I really think travel is so personal, how you do it best depends on who you are.

      J

  14. Comment by Travelwith2ofus

    Travelwith2ofus Reply August 8, 2017 at 7:20 am

    After reading this very comprehensive article, I am ready to head out. This article answered all my questions. My plan is to start in 2018 and I have been working on all the details for the past couple of years. I used your article to see if I missed out on anything. Well done guys.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 8, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      So glad to hear you have a plan and you’re all set to head out! Let us know if you have any other questions as you get closer to your journey or once you’re on the road.

      J

  15. Comment by Paige W

    Paige W Reply August 7, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Great post! I love the layout of this post! My husband and I are heading out on our long-term adventure in just over a month (hoping for at-least a year, my dream is forever) and the biggest thing weighing on me, especially now that travel is right around the corner, is missing my family. We’re very close! Maybe my parents will decide to meet us somewhere too!

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 7, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      Congrats on your upcoming journey! I’m sure it will be amazing. Just make sure you leave lots of time to Facetime with your parents and write them long emails. It makes it much easier to be away if you communicate frequently.

      J

  16. Comment by Jean

    Jean Reply August 7, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    We travel as a couple and people always assume that it’s butterflies and unicorns! Ah nope! It takes a certain kinda couple to travel long term.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 7, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      So true! And when I look at other travel couples’ blogs, they always make it looks so perfect all the time! Maybe they never argue… but I doubt it. :)

  17. Comment by Kaila Yu

    Kaila Yu Reply August 6, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Thanks so much for the amazing tips! If I only we could travel with our cats….its the only way that we could long term travel. I would never want to take them on an airplane would only want to transport them by private jet, so gonna have to make some more money first!

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 7, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      Ha ha. Yup, pets can be a tough one to solve. I’ve met travellers who have left their pets with trusted friends and family for long-term travel. And of course you can always use Trusted Housesitters to have someone stay in your home and take care of your cats. But nothing will stop you from missing those fuzzy felines when you’re away.

  18. Comment by Carol Perehudoff

    Carol Perehudoff Reply August 6, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Whohoo! Go Canada. I could easily be a nomad. I moved around a lot after university, living in England, Spain and Korea for years. Now that I’m married though, I’m sticking more to home and doing shorter trips. But I’d happily go back to nomadic life … I think!

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 7, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      It sounds like you could totally handle it since you’ve already had so much experience. But what about your other half? We often meet people who would love to travel but their spouse is less excited about the idea. In fact, I had to convince Stephen to go along with my crazy bike touring plan back in 2013. He’s happy now that I did, though!

  19. Comment by Karla

    Karla Reply August 5, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    I like that you put a lot of good and bad things. It makes it real. I travel for long term but more of 4-6 months. I still go back home every now and then. I’m looking for a place to move to though. Somewhere where I can do another ” exploring my backyard “

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 7, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      We like to be honest and tell people that’s it’s not always easy and glamourous. It think moving to another country is a fabulous way to travel. You really become part of the local culture and learn so much that way.

      J

  20. Comment by Oren Loni

    Oren Loni Reply August 2, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    My overall goal in life is to travel the world. Maybe go on a cruise or go bag-packing (or both). I’m not sure how it will be or where I’ll start, but you’re article got me to thinking. It’s very inspiring to read this. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 2, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      You’re most welcome. We write specifically for people like you Oren, because we want you to reach your goal! Interesting that you want to cruise and backpack – I can’t think of two more opposite styles of travel! I recommend backpacking if you want to really get to know the culture of places. Cruising it’s a lot harder to have individual encounters with local people.

  21. Comment by Dorene

    Dorene Reply August 2, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Great post – we’ll have to meet on the road sometime and compare stories! It’s always a funny and common question – where is your stuff? How do you do laundry? We chuckle at those. When you visit your storage locker do you get rid of things everytime you visit it? We just reduced our boxes to 3 in my mom’s basement – although next time we have to find a solution for photo albums when we have more time.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 2, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      I would love to meet up with you two! I feel like we’re friends just from reading your blog ;) I am so jealous that you only have 3 boxes. We have a full storage unit mostly because Stephen has so many things he can’t part with. It will be nice when we finally settle down to not have to buy everything again though!

  22. Comment by Steven of Travel To Blank

    Steven of Travel To Blank Reply August 1, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    It is always great to hear from other long term travelers that we all encounter the same sort of questions from pretty much everyone.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 9, 2017 at 5:31 pm

      We do. And when we were cycle touring, we would compare with other cycle tourists – we always got the same questions from everyone we’d meet. We almost felt like printing a t-shirt with the answers on it.

      J

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