Couples’ Travel

A Compromise.

When I last wrote, our plans for a year in South America had gotten started and I was trying to decide what this meant for the blog.

After a few months of debating between keeping up our previous 3-4x weekly blog post schedule and giving up entirely, I’ve decided on a happy medium: social media.

When I started this blog in 2016, Instagram was well-established but not the force it is in 2018. Over that time, most of my favourite bloggers have transitioned into a mostly social media-driven presence with opportunities to point followers towards blog posts when relevant.

So that’s the plan– I know that most of our current readership came here through searches for information on Mongolia, Myanmar, or one of the other (super random) locations we’ve written on, and I do still want to post helpful itineraries, lists of what to bring, tips, etc. But it won’t happen on as much of a regular schedule and our main communication will come through Instagram posts and stories.

Stay tuned for a few posts on packing advice, and until then, follow us @unsettledlife on Instagram if you’d like real-time updates on our prep for 2019.

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We’re on hiatus.

So, I guess I made my decision without realizing it.

Now that we’ve decided to put off our big South America year until 2018, it’s time to get back to embracing life in Melbourne. Sadly, that seems to mean stepping back from the blog for a bit.

We’ll keep coming back to share our ideas for travelling around Australia and other thoughts, but we won’t be posting quite as regularly for awhile.

Until then, check out a few of our favourite posts:

Konmari for travellers

What to do in Melbourne

My 11 favourite travel-related TV episodes

What I wish I’d known before moving overseas

Our 2-week Mongolia itinerary

Our decision to postpone long-term travel

Thanks for reading and we’ll be back soon with more adventures!

Eek! Internet issues!

Regular posts will resume ASAP, but for now I’m typing this on my iPhone because our Internet is down. So frustrating, but it does remind me how dependent I’ve become on that little wifi signal staying strong.

I had some long stretches of time on hold with the Internet company this evening and wound up labelling all my random charging cords with washi tape so I can keep track of what’s what. Boring, yes, but useful when I’m tossing them all in bags to take on trips.

Well, that’s the update on my thrilling life. Rest assured, we’ll soon be back to our regular posting schedule.

Changing plans: when expat realities interfere with dreams of travel

In our About Us section, we’ve alluded to the fact that we’ve been quietly dreaming about a BIG trip. As in, leave jobs and lives and material possessions behind and spend an entire year being untethered and able to travel at our own pace kind of big.

Australia is such a great place to live and work when you have goals like ours, because it’s both common and accepted to take long stretches of time off from your job to travel and still have that job to return to. In most industries here, there isn’t a need to quit your job to travel the world. So we felt like we were perfectly set up to take this leap in 2017.

Then… real life intervenes. Doesn’t it always?

We’re incredibly lucky to have had a (mostly) smooth and heartache-free immigration process here in Australia. It’s been very expensive, time-consuming, and stressful, but we’re just about at the point where we both have dual citizenship (Canada-Australia for me and Italy-Australia for him).

But that process of getting citizenship, understandably enough, takes time. I think during our initial trip-planning stages, this was time we didn’t really estimate correctly– we kind of assumed it would all work itself out in time. Until we realised about a week ago that it wouldn’t. There just wasn’t any way to stay in Australia until we both had citizenship AND go on a yearlong trip starting in January or April 2017.

Remember how M. is overseas in Europe right now? Yeah… that was fun, having a huge life-changing/relationship-changing discussion over Facebook chat with a major time difference. But we did some thinking on our own and some talking it out together and we decided that we would have to postpone the big trip until 2018.

So now here I am, waist-deep in a travel blog and we’ve decided not to travel for another year! I feel a bit ridiculous.

This was the point in the year where I’d planned to start posting updates on our planning process. We were meant to be giving away our furniture and asking for travel gear for Christmas right about now. Instead we’re wondering whether we should finally upgrade our cars (mine is from 1993 and may not last another year…) and trying to decide what kind of couch to buy when we move out of our houseshares.

Ultimately, though, this blog is intended to share a snapshot of our real lives as expats and travellers, and this is our real life. I guess there’s nothing much more realistic than having to wait to do a big trip because you need to stay in the country to get dual citizenship!

Anyway, lovely readers, I’ll still be blogging. I think this way we’ll be able to share even more– more about the immigration process, more about the trip-organising process, more about how we balance living our day-to-day lives while still planning to travel as much as we can.

We’re wide open for time and ideas now that our plans have changed– tell us, what kind of content would you like to see us write about in the next year?

Eat Everything: Making the Most of Foodie Locations

No, seriously. We do want to eat everything when we travel somewhere. Honestly, we want to eat everything on a normal Friday evening– but when we travel, we try to eat even more.

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Keep Track of Spending As A Couple: Use A ‘Cassa Comune’

In Italian, ‘cassa comune’, (or “cas-sa commoonay” if your accent is terrible like mine) translates to “common fund” or “kitty” in English.

It’s how we, as a couple who do not share finances and thus split all travel expenses down the middle, keep track of what we spend on trips.

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