You know how every digital nomads story starts with some sort of "leap?" Well here's mine! Before I actually went full time working for myself/ourselves, I can't begin to tell you how much I waffled on if it was the right/smart thing to do. Should I wait? Maybe just a few more months of saving would be better? Sigh..... This is the mental battle I've seen from numerous other digital nomads about this same situation and something that I knew I would have to battle in my own mind at some point. Even now that it's done...I'm very happy but still worry because my success lies soley with me. (Oh man....do I trust me?)
We LOVE watching the show Tiny House Nation.
From their website: In “Tiny House Nation,” renovation experts and hosts, John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin, travel across America to show off ingenious small spaces and the inventive people who live in them, as well as help new families design and construct their own mini-dream home in a space no larger than 500 square feet. From a micro-apartment in New York City to a caboose car turned home in Montana to a micro-sized mobile home for road tripping – this is a series that celebrates the exploding movement of tiny homes. From pricey to budget friendly, “Tiny House Nation” is not a typical design show, but one that proves size doesn’t always matter – it’s creativity that counts.
The idea of living in a tiny home is really intriguing to us since this lifestyle requires owners to do many things we will need to do as digital nomads. The biggest and usually hardest thing is to cut down on the amount of "stuff" they have in order to fit in their home. Read about our first attempt at paring down our stuff for our life of travel.
Why choose a tiny house? It's committing to a life of experiences over a life of accumulating "stuff". It's less to maintain, much lower in cost and maintenance (for most people) and often these house are built to be mobile! Many of them are built on flat bed trailers and can be secured enough to move to a new location.
So do you like the idea or are you already considering buying or building a tiny house? Why not "test drive" a tiny house before you consider buying or renting one?
Cruising is more than just island hopping. There is so much to see and do on cruise boats these days that your "at sea" days can be just as exciting as your trips ashore in new countries. Mark and I took our first cruise together with Carnival aboard their Glory ship and along the way it was hard not to notice a lot of things you might only know about once you've been on a cruise. So we are going to reveal some secrets so you can be more prepared, have more fun and save money!
Let me start by saying that geocache GCD, Washington's oldest active geocache is an OMG WTH?!? kind of amazing, long, beautiful trek into the backwoods of Washington near Snoqualmie Pass (that's oh-my-goodness, what-the-hell?!? for those of you not fluent in texting shorthand. I write what I think and sometimes... it's weird so go with it :) A roughly 2 hour trek, 1600ft up a winding path that left us in awe of the beautiful mountain scenery and at one point, had me tightly clinging to a pine tree.
We have been planning all summer to spend Labor Day weekend up around Voyageurs National Park. And I use the word "planning" loosely since we really didn't plan anything and just jumped in the Jeep Friday and headed north. Our goal was to spend as much time as we could exploring Voyageurs, the only National Park in Minnesota, but ended up falling in love with one piece of the park that I had never heard of and knew nothing about. Lake Kabetogama.
In a continuing trek to explore our great home state of Minnesota, we ventured down to Upper Sioux Agency State Park to spend the weekend camping in one of their tipis. Tipis are available at 3 of the MN State Parks and while we thought that was going to be the sole focus of this post, we also need to tell you about a pretty sweet, limited time geocaching challenge at Upper Sioux Agency State Park.