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Glimpses of a past life: our maison formidable

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in All posts, Thoughts and Treasures | 0 comments

I love our past home. We used to live in the top floor apartment in an old house in Cologne/Germany. We paid it off over a long period of time, dedicated a lot of time and mainly money to renovation. It was one of the most rewarding things we have done in our lives. Tomek’s dad was a great help. He came all the way over to spent some of his precious retirement time at a construction site – our home to be. We did everything you could possibly imagine to rearrange our apartment which basically was expanded attic space. We put in a solid floor out of natural wood, new windows, reinforced walls, build a new hallway, bought a modern kitchen and completely changed bathroom interior. There was a lot of technical adjustments to be made, too, but...

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Perpetual travel tips: packing for the one-way trip

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in All posts, Perpetual travel issues | 1 comment

Basically, after our first year of perpetual travel I know that we could have packed a lot lighter than we did. Globalization means that your known high street shops (or top end fashion boutiques) can be found all around the globe. In poorer countries you will find great markets with very cheap clothes. If you are a passionate shopper like me, pack light, then cut that pile in half and double the amount of money you prepare to bring. Here is an overview of what we bring to comfortably conquer the world. Your list will totally depend on where you plan to go. We have packed for warmer countries – the benefits of perpetual travel for us is to get the best of the sun all year. Adjusting to cooler seasons (we spent two winter-weeks in Lithuania) was not...

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Perpetual travel tips: storing past life

Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 in All posts, Perpetual travel issues | 2 comments

My new year resolution is to share some useful things with you, everything I learned from our first year of constant travel. This post is going to be about packing and getting organized to enter the life of a perpetual traveler (the kind who likes to travel comfortably). It was about September 2011 when Tomek proposed a new way of life to me and in February 2012 we left for our first trip to Panama. For someone who didn’t marry in white that was pretty romantic. And crazy. I had my full time job as a speech and language therapist (a nifty pay raise was waiting after New Year), Tomek had started his own IT business, we had paid off a wonderful apartment and completely converted the place into our very unique love-nest. Decorating was in progress, friends were...

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Pillow talk

Posted by on Jul 6, 2012 in All posts, Perpetual travel issues | 1 comment

Since we sold our home and most of our household stuff in January 2012, we are nomads living off our suitcases. As brand new perpetual travelers we are constantly on the move and although getting there is half the fun, we do look for an anchor in every country. And that will most likely be the place where we not only rest but also work – our temporary home, the hotel. Finding appropriate accommodation and holding a fine balance between comfort and budget is not always easy, but independent travel gives you the freedom to chose what you like and the time to look for it. So far, we have spent the majority of our time enjoying our new lifestyle in Asia by going through up scale hotels to middle priced boutiques to fair budget accommodation. But we always...

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How we find a Home

Posted by on Mar 6, 2012 in All posts, Perpetual travel issues | 0 comments

Here is how we find ourselves a new habitat during our travels.           9flats and Airbnb Great sites to find a place to stay for weeks not just days. Live like a local, not a tourist. Have your own flat and don’t change hotels all the time. You have to get in contact in advance though or you will end up at booking.com when making enquiries last minute. Yeah, I know you wouldn’t do that anyway. Truthfully, that is just a reminder for us. So far, renting worked out well in Athens, Budapest and Vilnius.   booking.com Choose a city, your budget range and get loads of hotel offers with detailed descriptions and customer reviews. I love this site for the awesome flash-deals you can get if you spent time searching for hotel accommodation. It...

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TICK and GO

Posted by on Feb 10, 2012 in All posts, Perpetual travel issues | 0 comments

Once you have decided to change your live into permanent travel adventure like us, this is how to go about turning it into reality. Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you our brilliant tick list, that helped us to get going, in the literal sense of that word. Under many of these points we had more concrete steps written down, so take this as an inspiration and elaborate adjusting to personal needs.   Wake up with a big smile every morning knowing that soon your dream will come true. (mental preparation) Think of all the places you always wanted to visit. (mental preparation) Think of all the things you always wanted to do. (mental preparation) Prepare parents, family and friends well before departure. Quit your job. Sell or quit your flat/house/rent. Give a goodbye party to all colleagues. Meet...

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Start with a thought and bring it to paper

Posted by on Feb 9, 2012 in All posts, Perpetual travel issues | 0 comments

Beginning a new chapter in life requires some kind of preparation. Since that first thought of becoming a perpetual traveling couple to actually doing it, there was loads that needed to be done and we talked about what to do and when and how all the time. Many thoughts vanished cause we didn’t write them down in the beginning but finally, to avoid getting things got done last minute before we had a big sheet of paper, on which I jotted down first thoughts. Over time it got crumpled, written up on both sides and developed torn edges. Nice haptic feeling though – of something that transformed as we got more and more things done. So this is what we would recommend: Start one to-do-list with whatever needs to be taken care of before departure day, then gradually add...

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We are world citizens

Posted by on Feb 7, 2012 in All posts, Perpetual travel issues | 0 comments

Being officially a permanent traveler is not a desired option by state for the average citizen and not such an open possibility for authorities, as we thought, unless you are a criminal and state will thankfully see you leave the country. It does pose a challenge to state office programs designed to change permanent address, not to eliminate it. A person without a permanent address shouldn’t really exist and is sort of a modern outlaw, that is not easy to trace or to control, hence a unwanted matter per se. Bureaucracy has its ways that cannot easily be crossed. So happened, when we were canceling permanent residency at the ‘Bürgeramt’ in Cologne/Germany. The lady behind the counter never had such a case in which she removes residency without a follow up address. But what address do homeless people have?...

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Leftover clothes, books, furniture

Posted by on Jan 27, 2012 in All posts, Perpetual travel issues | 0 comments

Perpetual traveling only works if you can do without most of your possessions. So selling and giving things away was a major task before we left. Most of the stuff that we hoped to get rid off were clothes and books. Even after the home-stay-garage-sale we still had plenty left. But in the end all that was supposed to go – went! Here is what we did.   Clothes that didn’t get sold: Sort the best garments out and get them to a second hand shop. This is, of course, a rather female thing to do. I like second hand shops and their special atmosphere a lot and I was lucky enough to find a cute second hand shop that took and sold almost all my dresses, shirts, skirts and coats in Cologne/Germany. This is the romantic name of...

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I’m a material girl

Posted by on Jan 22, 2012 in All posts, Thoughts and Treasures | 0 comments

Oh boy (oh girl!), going through personal stuff and finding things that you forgot ever existed can suddenly become the most precious treasure, you’ll definitely wanna keep – for future generations, that will appreciate your collectors sentiment, obviously. You just know, that one day you will need it for sure :) It’s funny how easy it is to accumulate stuff that we don’t really need and how difficult it is to get rid of it afterwards. While we philosophize about material urges… Is it a trade that we are in control of or are we mere slaves of possession? Always wanting to get more, better, faster. Is that what drives us and lets us evolve so fast. I mean, in the end we are the most successful and unscrupulous species on the planet. So next time shopping you go...

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Let’s get movin’

Posted by on Jan 22, 2012 in All posts, Perpetual travel issues | 0 comments

This is it. We are becoming perpetual travelers for real:) We will leave Cologne/Germany for good, where we used to work, where we had our own neatly renovated flat, where family and friends live. During the last weeks, we picked up masses of moving boxes from friends, looked around the flat and thought: we don’t have that much stuff, it’s not that much packing, it won’t take much time. Very funny thought actually, sort of underestimating the issue. We have more than we actually need, we had to buy additional cartons (returning twice to the DIY market) and it took longer than expected to pack it all up. Most was done one day (and especially night) before departure day, which positively hurried things up :) So we made it after all. Word of wisdom: Based on that packing experience,...

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House garage sale

Posted by on Dec 16, 2011 in All posts, Perpetual travel issues | 0 comments

Once we decided to go serious on the perpetual travel thought, we had to get rid of a lot of our household stuff.  We sold some things over the internet but a very effective way to sell a lot of our stuff comfortably, while staying at home, was through that brilliant idea I am about  to share with you. Have a great home-sale, if you live in a flat without a garage! It is so easily done and a great opportunity to see everyone again before departing. This is how it goes:   Buy a pile of sticky notes and a red marker. Walk around home and find things you want to sell, then decide on a price, write it on the note and stick it on. Make sure to empty drawers, cupboards and closets. Buy a clothes rail...

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