We’re Moving To Asia: Living The Dream – A Life of Independent Travel

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Arriving in Kuala Lumpur June 10th, 2013

Arriving in Kuala Lumpur June 10th, 2013

Several months ago Matt and I announced to our close friends and family that with great anticipation we’ve decided to begin a life of perpetual travel, beginning this June in Indonesia. We’re now sharing this news with our readers and over the next three months we will be addressing the various aspects involved in planning a round-the-world (rtw) trip, extended vacation or a life of independent travel.

For us this is not just a simple move with plans to come home after a year. This is a complete mind shift for us. We have no end date in mind, no set itinerary and we plan on having a child on the road, travelling with and unschooling our child as he or she grows up.

“Unschooling,” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unschooling) is the belief that learning and schooling is more than about being in school and that children learn at difference paces, thriving in different environments. It is our opinion that there is no better classroom than the world. This is not to say that our child will never go to school or receive zero schooling from us but Matt and I share similar philosophies on child rearing and this model appeals to us and our life plan.

Pulau Weh, Indonesia

Pulau Weh, Indonesia

How Did This Come About?

I have pursued travel blogging for over a year now and in that pursuit I have enjoyed a few solo trips each lasting 2-3 months. Last October Matt and I were in Kenya working together toward a common goal, to become partners in travel writing and travel photography. We soon realized that travelling back and forth from Toronto wouldn’t work. There were many reasons that came to mind but the primary were that it costs much less to live in many parts of the world than it does to live in Canada and a successful travel writer/blogger/photographer really needs to be consistently travelling, learning and sharing those lessons to be successful.

So, What Now?

We have been diligent in our budgeting and spending and have made few, unnecessary expenditures over the past six months. My condo is up for sale (click here), we’re taking care of our worldly possessions and we’re simply doing whatever we need to do to make our dream lifestyle a reality.

Reality Setting In

While we are both excited about this new chapter in our lives it is also a bittersweet decision. We are saying goodbye to much-loved friends and family and will not be a part of their lives in the way we once we dreamed we would.

And, perhaps the most heartbreaking is that we need to find a family and home for our beloved 15-year-old white Angora (cat), Diesel. I cannot imagine a life without her and it will be the hardest thing I’ve had to do, but, Matt and I need to begin living our lives and staying in Toronto with Diesel is not part of the plan.

Diesel in the Park

Diesel in the Park

Pulau Weh's waters

Pulau Weh’s waters

Our Plans:

We arrive in Kuala Lumpur on June 10th and spend a week there discovering the city.

June 17th – 27th we’ll be on the tropical island of Pulau Weh where Matt is going to get his Open Water scuba diving certification. We’ll also visit the city of Banda Aceh, the epicentre of where the 2004 tsunami hit and over 60,000 residents losing their lives.

The next six weeks will include hiking volcanoes, trekking through the jungle in the search of orangutans and we’ll spend a month in a small village learning how to surf.

By the third to fourth week of August we’ll be in Bali and plan to spend a month there. A friend from Toronto is coming to visit. 🙂

After which we’ll likely spend some time, a month or so visiting the  islands of Indonesia’s archipelago.

Currently I am working on the logistics and costs of visiting Papua New Guinea (on my bucket list).

Ferry to Pulau Weh, Indonesia

Ferry to Pulau Weh, Indonesia

We look forward to you keeping up with our adventures and invite our close friends and family to join us on the road!

Keep tune for my weekly posts on Long Term Travel where I’ll cover all the aspects of planning a long-term trip. In addition, we’re in development of a web blog (TV travel show of sorts) and hope you enjoy following our travels with us.

Xo. Julie

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  1. I, for one, am certainly very interested in following your travel plans and wish you all the best on this amazing new life adventure! xo

  2. Wish you both an exciting time travelling to these place of the world that we wouldn’t ever have a chance to visit ! Have fun and safe travels.
    Looking forward to follow you on your posts. Love U lots ! XX