And Just Like That…We’re Homeless Again
We closed on our house this morning, handed over the keys, and we are officially homeless yet again. Yes, the house that we just purchased exactly one year ago. The house that we spent so much money and energy on to fix up. The house that we had our wedding at just over two months ago. We spent the past month purging all of the “stuff” that we accumulated this past year and we are down to just a couple suitcases each and a one way ticket (OK, and a few totes and 2 cars stored at our parents house). It kind of feels like a flashback of 2013. Its pretty bittersweet I must admit.
Since we’ve been MIA for quite some time, lets go back a bit. We came home at the beginning of 2016 after purchasing a house here in FL on a whim…while we were still in Thailand. We were both burnt out from traveling and living out of a suitcase, and most importantly, being away from our family and friends. Having a place to unpack our bags (semi) permanently for a while sounded really nice, even if it did feel like we were selling out to the American Dream. We were excited for a new project and what we hoped would be a great investment.
We really didn’t realize how much work the house and property needed until we showed up on the first day. And then when we decided to have our wedding there in November, the pressure was on to get it into tip top shape. We spent the better part of the year working on the house (with the help of our family) and planning the wedding. Take a look at the photos of our pond above. How’s that for a Before and After? Talk about a TON of work. But we quickly burnt ourselves out on house work and started re-thinking our choice to buy a house in the first place. And while we enjoyed being home and being surrounded by family and friends, it didn’t take long before we were itching to be back on the road again.
We took a few trips throughout the year, such as our great 2016 road trip to Colorado and Utah and then another short trip to Playa Del Carmen for Charlie’s birthday in September.
We were less than a month out from the wedding (to be held at our house), when we decided we were done. We knew we were ready to be back on the road as soon as the wedding and holidays were over. We decided to go ahead and list the house on Zillow at a price much higher than we anticipated it selling for to see what kind of feedback we would get. Wouldn’t you know within 24 hours we had someone coming to look at it, followed up by an offer within 48 hours. The buyers even agreed to closing after the wedding and holidays which sealed the deal. Less than a week later we had a contract and we removed our listing.
Argentina and Chile were also big contenders but ultimately, we needed somewhere we could sit still and work on our websites that have been neglected for the past year and we were skeptical of the internet speeds there.
In the end, we decided to go where we always go when its time to get serious and focus on work. Back to our lovely second home in……you guessed it…Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Its the place where we can have an apartment and a motorbike within hours of our plane touching down. There is no figuring out where to go or how to get around. Essentially, we can hit the ground running. It also helps that we already have friends there! We are hopping on a plane tonight and the plan is to spend two months in Thailand focusing on the business side of things and then we will be off to someplace new to settle for a bit. I’m looking at you, Budapest.