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So it is 2014 (can’t believe it’s already halfway through January!) and while I generally don’t dwell on the change that happens with the bringing of a new year, this year there are definitely changes in progress. Alex and I are making the move to wine country in the next month, which is pretty exciting! I am excited as it means no longer commuting for a hour and a half to get to work and Alex is excited because it means living in a small town. With moving comes responsibility however, as my job moves from part time to full time which may cut down on traveling time. The desire to go and explore the world is insanely strong right now even though we just got back from Asia but no one ever said that traveling would stop wanderlust. We all know it’s the opposite. So Alex and I have a dilemma which must be solved for 2014, how do we keep traveling while balancing full time jobs?
Everyone who has embraced travel as a lifestyle eventually has to face this question. Do you continue on working full time and squeeze travel in or do you cast off the traditional life and take off and see the world? Alex and I wrote a little while back about why we travel and how travel keeps us young; it still holds true but it would be naive not to notice that my life is starting to head a slightly different direction. I actually enjoy my job, shocking I know. To be fair, its not a 9-5 job, I get to drink wine and throw parties; I have a tough life.
I can see that this job won’t be forever though. Travel is the one constant in our lives; Alex and I make almost all decisions based on how it will affect our travels. However, this may not be the year for long term travel, I actually see us traveling more short term, seeing more of America. We love to eat and drink and talk to people and we can do this in America as easily as anywhere else in the world, or perhaps even easier. So if your town has good food, well we may show up.
We have a few trips we are going to take for weddings and graduations and those will be taking us to places we have never been or only seldom visited. It may be a little different than what we have done before but I am excited for the changes that are coming this year. So expect more updates on the small towns of wine country (and probably a lot of pictures of us drinking wine), our experiences in San Diego, hopefully Disneyland (one of our favorite places), LA, Portland, Seattle and Spokane. And of course we will never keep writing about our past adventures because we love sharing the places that we have been and what we learned about the people, the culture and the food. (We love eating!)