Selling Out to the American Dream
Yes, we’re still alive! I know….it has been over 3 months since our last post which is the longest we’ve ever dropped off the blogging grid. We left Thailand and headed back to the States on Feb 7 and we’ve since been settling back into life in America. After our month in Asia (that was actually supposed to be 4-6 months) turned into a total mess, we were just kind of burnt out and needed a detox from travel and blogging.
In case you need some refreshing, we were supposed to head to Thailand right after Christmas for a few months, followed by another few months in Bali with our friends Whitney and Robert. But when our visas for Thailand were denied, we had to scramble around and make new plans which left us losing money on flights we already purchased. We decided to re-route to Malaysia for a few days to spend New Years Eve in Kuala Lumpur, and then headed straight to Bali without much of a plan or place to stay.
After a few days in Bali, we realized that although beautiful, it wasn’t the ideal place for us to stay long term. So we decided to leave Bali.
We took a chance on getting the 30 days on arrival visa in Thailand and booked a flight to Chiang Mai. We were so relieved when we made it back to our favorite little city in the world. We moved right into a nice serviced apartment in the city center, got a motorbike for the month, and got to enjoy the beautiful January weather in the north of Thailand. And then, Charlie and I became so sick that we ended up in bed for the first week and never completely felt ourselves again until about two weeks later. So, we pretty much had two weeks to show our friends around the little place we called home for two years. The last two weeks turned out to be really nice, but we did have to spend a large portion of our time catching up on work.
We did manage to celebrate Whitney’s 30th at this beautiful spot overlooking the reservoir in Chiang Mai.
After the stressing and scrambling around for the month of January, we were really exhausted and happy to be going back home for a bit with no travel planned for a while. We just needed a break. Oh, and there is also one minor detail I forgot to mention…
We bought a house! Actually, we bought a house in Florida while we were in Thailand. Who does that?!? So that may have been why we were a little excited to get home and stay a while. We totally sold out to the America Dream….or maybe not? So why on earth did we buy a house? Are we done with traveling the world? Let me explain…
We were never looking to buy a house, but Charlie (as many of you know) is always looking for a “deal”. Three days before we left the States for Malaysia, a house on 4.5 acres with a 1 acre spring-fed pond came up on Zillow. Charlie immediately saw something in this house and had to go see it. We looked at it on Christmas Eve and before we knew it, we were making an offer. As we were in the Tampa airport about to board our flight, we received an email from the owner’s that they had accepted our offer. What was even better, the previous owners were travelers like us, they had already sailed around the world, and they were selling this to move into an RV full time to travel. So the house came fully furnished. They left everything behind, including the tractor (that’s really what sold Charlie ;-)All we needed were our tooth brushes to move in, which was excellent since we had sold everything we owned 2.5 years ago!
So is this it for us? Absolutely not. We’ve been home not even 3 months and we already have the itch to go again. Its been a nice change of pace just sitting still, unpacking our bags and being domestic for a while, but we still have so much we want to see. And the great thing about this place is that our only bills are electricity and internet and the internet is a hotspot we can take anywhere with us. We can still pick up and leave for a few months and we might even take advantage of Trusted House Sitters as a home owner now.
The plan is to keep it as a home base for about two years and then flip it, and for the price we bought it for it should be a great investment.
In the meantime, we are working on a number of projects to get the house and property into shape. We decided it was the perfect location for a backyard wedding in November 😉 See the progression of the work we’ve done on the pond since we’ve been home!