Musings on The Road

“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living”.   Miriam Beard

We’ve changed from the people who took off in September 2012.  We’ve left what we were behind along with all our things and what we and others thought and expected from us.  Travel has allowed us a new start; to redefine ourselves and explore and experience not only new places and cultures but also new facets of ourselves.  And, if we don’t like a particular side, we can change again.

“…When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then…No yesterdays on the road”.   William Least Heat Moon

We smile and laugh more.

We say hello to people on the street, exchange pleasantries with shopkeepers and strike up conversations with complete strangers.

We (try to!) accept the fact that things don’t have to be perfect and that there’s not much in life that we can control.

We appreciate what we have.

We (try to) remember to treat ourselves well.

We’re kinder and gentler to each other.

No longer do we wish away the days Monday through Friday.  Each day is a new beginning and we move through the day with a sense of anticipation.  We hope to have many more years to travel through our world and explore other countries.  Having little to encumber us allows us to move ahead, at will or at whim with no particular place to go.

At the Sebaco, NIC market 2014

Sebaco, Nicaragua  April, 2014

Anita and Richard, June, 2014

 

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  • Brian and I are going to be in Lagos from 9 to 17 of September and would love to meet up with you for a coffee or drink. We have rented an apartment via airbnb. Let me know if you are going to be there during that week and if you are free to meet up.

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    • Hi Gilda! It looks like our timing couldn’t be worse as we’re in the US right now (August 17th to the end of September) combining a family reunion with visiting friends and road trips to various states in between. So bummed as we’d love to meet you and trade some travel stories. Enjoy your time in our adopted home city and make sure to rent a car to explore some of the other little towns nearby. Here’s hoping our paths cross at some point and maybe we’ll have a chance to meet up in 2017! Anita

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      • Hi Anita, such a shame but I hope you have a great time in the US and I will look forward to hear all about it on the blog. We have rented a car and are planning some exploring around Lagos. I am sure oir paths will cross in the future 😄

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        • So sorry to miss you this trip and the chance to show you some of our favorite places. You’ll have fun driving around the Algarve as it’s much easier to visit some of the smaller cities like Sagres and Monchique that aren’t on the train route or visit some of the beaches. Have fun and we’ll look forward to a future meet up! 🙂

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  • We like your site. You are 4 years ahead of us. We are trying to decide whether to be be global nomads or set up home base in Portugal (Porto or Braga) and travel from there. We have traveled to and ruled out Panama and Ecuador.

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    • Thanks for stopping by our blog and commenting! We had a great time exploring Mexico, Central and a portion of South America and, like you found that Panama and Ecuador weren’t a good fit for us. Our time though, as nomads broadened both our travel experiences as well as helped us decide what we might be looking for when we decided to set up a home base. Since we love both history and learning about many different cultures, Europe worked out to be a great place for us and Portugal has proven to have everything we hoped for and more. Figuring out how you want to travel can be a hard decision but if you’re like us, there’s no rush to make it right away. Slow travel can work out as a way to have both a temporary base and a place to set out to enjoy more travels. We’ll be interested to hear what you decide! Anita

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  • Enjoyed reading your blog. My husband and I will be retiring in about a year (early!) and have decided to move to Nicaragua first. We visited there in February and loved it. Only about one more year to go. Starting the process of selling things. Your stories are inspirational and informative. I’m looking forward to being able to travel at will wherever the moment decides to take us.

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    • Hi Sue and thanks for stopping by our blog. You’re at a very exciting point in your life … the countdown! How well we remember the lists, and what ifs and the tug-of-war as we parted with our stuff (it gets easier, I promise!) And, we’re not sure if you’ve picked up this fact yet in your perusal of our posts, we have a definite “soft spot” in our hearts for Nicaragua and still keep in touch with several friends there. In fact, this April and May we had several visits from different Nica expats to our place in Portugal to see what we were excited about. Good luck in your preparations, enjoy the anticipation of future travels and a change in lifestyle and stop in to comment or ask a question whenever you’d like! Anita

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  • Good morning folks… from Sunny Central Alberta. I am a retired senior and my partner is a soon to be retired Canadian. We have been planning to retire to Nicaragua for the past 26 months or so… and will finally board the jet this September to commence that adventure. Your blog is a joy to read, you folks seem well equipped and happy in life and it is always a pleasure to read from those who have made sacrifices and change in life… took a risk and jumped in so to speak. Will be following your posts…. good luck to you both and safe travels wherever you may go.

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    • Hi Mark. Thanks for stopping by our blog and we’re so glad you’re enjoying our posts. CONGRATULATIONS on you two making some major changes of your own! Number one – retiring and number two – a move to Nicaragua, one of our very favorite countries. We wrote this page in 2014 while we were still in Nicaragua and are so please to find that our feelings haven’t changed at all. In fact we’re more passionate than ever about travel and our lives as expats and, rather than “giving up” anything we’ve gained so much more! Stay in touch and maybe we’ll be reading about your adventures!

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    • Thanks so much for your inquiry and interest but we’re not accepting affiliate links at this time. We enjoy writing as a hobby and accepting any sponsored links resembles more work than we’re interested in right now. We will, however, be checking out your product because it looks like something that could be extremely useful!

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  • Hi Anita!
    I met you today at the salon, the dilated (pupils) receptionist. I am so happy you gave me your card. What a pleasure it has been to look through your blog. I hope to one day achieve what you have. Best of Luck in Portugal !
    xo,
    Rose

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    • Thanks Rose and I had a great time visiting with you, too. Good luck in school and following your chosen career of working with others. Try not to let life’s distractions sideline you from your dream to travel. You can always start with places nearby (Florida has lots of them) and, if you want to really pursue traveling to foreign places, you’ll figure out a way like we did. We say it over and over but it’s still the best decision we’ve ever made!

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  • Hi Anita and Richard,
    I just discovered your blog through the collaborative post that we both contributed to on One Weird Globe. I really enjoyed reading your take on slowing down, and I noticed that you are working on obtaining residency in Portugal! My husband and I (he’s Australian, I’m American) are looking to do the same thing, so I would love to exchange info on the subject when you have a minute. You can reach me at wendy [at] thenomadicvegan [dot] com. Who knows, maybe soon we’ll be neighbours!

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    • Hi Wendy, Sounds like we have a lot in common and we are, indeed, in the process of applying for a residence visa for Portugal. We’re looking forward to having a “home base” again as well as a place to return to from our travels. We still plan to travel and often but it would be awesome not to carry all we own as we go! Thanks for your email and we’ll definitely contact you for an information exchange!

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  • You lead a charmed life, and I wish you blessings and safety along the roads you travel.

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  • Hi Anita and Richard,
    I just discovered your site, and am enjoying your posts. I’m about to retire shortly and my wife will be following me in the not too distant future. I’m wondering what kind of monthly budget it would take to do what you’re doing. Many thanks. Michael

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    • Thanks for stopping by our blog, Michael, and for taking the time to comment as well as congratulations on your soon-to-be retirement! There are so many factors to take into account for our monthly expenses … The main thing to keep in mind is that we have no home nor costs that are incurred back in the US. What we spend is directly related to our travel and living expenses on the road which vary greatly from country to country. Another factor is if we’re traveling slow and renting for a month or two in one place which is much cheaper than staying a day or two in one place and then moving on (expensive and exhausting.) We’ve paid as little as $400/month in Mexico to as much as $2100/month during high season in Cartagena, Colombia and the Algarve Region of Portugal (double and triple the prices during off season) We try to rent places where we can cook the majority of our meals and buy from the markets which is very cheap compared to a grocery stores. Most of our travel in Central America and South America was by bus which is a great value but in Europe we’re using local trains which are also inexpensive. We’re just starting our travels in Europe (and during high season too) so we won’t discuss that but the countries where we found the best values and lowest cost of living in Central and South America were Nicaragua and Ecuador. Costa Rica was probably the most expensive. Anita

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  • I only just located your site and it is a pleasure to meet you two.

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  • I was just struck by the photo on “that was then” vs “this is now”. You look younger, happier, more relaxed. It looks like this life really agrees with you. I love the way you write and love reading about your adventures!

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    • Thanks so much for the lovely compliment and you’re right, this life-style really agrees with us! It feels that we’ve shed pounds of responsibilities (maintaining a home and acquiring new things to take care of) and focused on what was important to us. We see and learn so much through travel and, far from always having to say goodbye, we have developed a whole community of friends that we stay in touch with and plan to meet in the future. Life really is good!

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  • Lovely to meet you, thank you for visiting my blog. I’m looking forward to looking through your posts!

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  • We still feel that this is the best decision we’ve ever made and we do feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to travel. Keep reading and thinking “outside the box” (that’s what we did before we figured out what we wanted) and I hope you find a way that works for you to pursue your dream of travel.

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  • Currenly my husband and I are thinking of doing the same, and dreaming of not to get up on Monday and thinking we wish this is week end. How lucky you are to be able to enjoy everyday as holidays….
    Enjoy your travel 🙂

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    • You are so right that we are lucky to be able to pursue our dream of long-term travel. We had to let go of a lot of things that we thought we needed and rearrange our priorities in order to live this lifestyle. However, we really believe that there are many people stuck in 9 to 5’s who could be traveling like us. It’s just a matter of deciding whats most important and letting go of all the rest…

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