I was recently asked to share my experiences with indefinite travel with Graham Brown, the author of several guides as well as a book encouraging you to be location independent, creating the lifestyle you desire.
After traveling for so long, I’ve found a nice regimen to stay healthy and fit regardless of the amount of pasta and pizza we eat in Italy or plantains we enjoy in Costa Rica. Living in different locations makes it difficult to maintain a specific fitness routine, so we live by these simple lifestyle choices because we can implement them everywhere we go. By implementing these habits we’ve successfully learned how to stay fit and healthy while traveling. Try to pick up one or two of these habits during your travels and see if it works for you.
When I write or tell people about the amazing deals I get on airline tickets, they naturally ask how I find these steals. The truth, per usual, is part luck and part formula. I have websites that I frequent whenever I am planning our next move and they have proven to be life (and money) savers time and time again. Use this information to find different deals depending on your location, these are my favorite and best websites for flight deals.
I’ll admit that when I was invited to stay at the Chelsea Arts Club I had no idea what it was. We were at brunch with a couple of our newly made British friends in Suffolk when we announced that we would be staying in London the following night, though we had not yet booked a hotel. Everyone at the table quickly started mentally scrolling the London section of their Rolodex when one casually announced, “I’ll see if The Chelsea Arts Club has a room”, before grabbing her iPhone to make a call. The rest of the table shared a shocked expression before turning to us with an, “you better be grateful, this doesn’t happen everyday” expression plastered across their faces.
I’ve often heard of people losing lots of weight when backpacking, especially when taking on the vagabond approach, as we have. I’m embarrassed to admit that we have gained weight over our entire journey, eating every new cuisine we meet along the way. Because we house sit or rent private apartments, we tend to seek out local markets and attempt to cook everything we try in restaurants. Cooking has always been our ‘thing’, we cook together and really enjoy trying new recipes.
When the husband has a sweet tooth and you’re staying next door to an apple tree in, in the countryside of England, recipes like this one are born. I mixed a few things up to create a simple apple pie recipe from scratch that turned out so well, our host asked me to make them again for her dinner party. I made everything from scratch, of course you can buy premade pastry dough if you’d like. Lastly, because there were only two of us I chose to make four small, individual pies. If you would like to make a 9” pie, double the ingredients and follow the same instructions.
After volunteering several times, I felt confident enough to finally figure out how to couch surf. You’ll hear the phrase frequently amongst travelers, “Yeah, I couch surfed throughout Europe” or “I’m going to the states for a month, I’m just gonna couch surf”. The difference between couch surfing and volunteering or house sitting is simple; there is no exchange at all. Couch surfing provides a platform for strangers to open their homes to other strangers, allowing them to sleep in their guest bedrooms or even; you guessed it, on their couch.
Nothing annoys me more than a person stretched too thin. We’ve all seen them, running around like a chicken with their head cut off, talking a mile a minute with their shirt on inside out. I always want to grab them and force them to take three deep breaths. We all have the same twenty-four hours in a day and there is always someone getting more done in a day than you. One of my best college lessons was to work smarter, not harder and this is my approach to everything, especially time management.
I am definitely a budget traveler, but every once in a while we “splurge” what we used to spend on a pair of shoes to experience something unforgettable. As you may have read, we rarely spend money on accommodation and tend to shy away from touristy traps. However, some places are worth spending a little extra money to fully experience all they have to offer. This was the case when we found ourselves living in Umbria, Italy for three months, only a $14 train ride away from Rome.
One of my favorite dishes to make, especially in the winter months, is creamy mushroom risotto. While you can add just about anything to risotto, mushrooms have become our favorite as of lately. I learned this simple mushroom risotto recipe while living in Italy last year and through several tweaks and additions have perfected it. You can serve this as a main dish or a side; it compliments chicken dishes very well. This is my go-to dinner party meal because a lot of our friends are vegetarian and I don’t like making two different meals.