We are marking three months on the road with our departure from Vietnam. After 28 days we say farewell to Vietnam. Tomorrow we fly to Laos.
We will only be in Laos for nine days, six of those will be spent on board a boat on the Mekong River with 20 other passengers. I am very much looking forward to this experience and the sun that is forecast. No doubt it will generate a blog or two.
At the end of our time in Laos we close Chapter Five- Southeast Asia, and turn the page. Chapter Six is six weeks in New Zealand!
At the three-month mark we have settled in to the
lifestyle, behaving less like tourists and more like locals. I am surprised by a few things – finding a place to run has been hard and it is not happening as often as I would like. Cooking has actually
proved more expensive than eating out, so I am not cooking as much as I thought I would. That will likely change in New Zealand.
We regularly take a day or two to do nothing. Hanging out, working on the computer and reading. I like these days and do not need to be on the go all the time.
I try to blog a couple of times a week and just submitted my next story for my column “Travel Bug” to West Sound Home & Garden Magazine.
We have been amazingly healthy. We both had a tummy issue in Thailand that was brief and a cold here in Hanoi only lasted a few days. Feeling great.
We tell our travel story to people we meet who all stare at us mouth agape at our plans. Why it seems so unachievable to most people but not to us still baffles me.
We are under budget thanks in part to how inexpensive everything in SE Asia is. A beer costs about $1. A manicure is about $3. Dinner for three people, $15 or less.
We track our expenses very closely right down to
taxis and tips. It helps us see where we are spending and where we can improve.
I will say once again that our choice to live this life is not for everyone. We are living much less
expensively than we did back home. We do not have a house to update and maintain. We do not have a yard to spend thousands of dollars on each year. We are not entertaining as we used to (which I of course loved to do but also spent tons of money on). No
cars, boats or even lawn mowers to put gas in, maintain and purchase tabs for. I haven’t had a haircut since August. I don’t buy shoes and clothes or even gifts. But I know some people couldn’t give all that up. And that’s okay. We did – for now at
When asked Arne always tells people that if we make it to the sixth month mark he thinks we can make it to the six – year mark. My answer is a bit different – as long as we are having fun then I can continue.
And we are. We spend nearly every waking hour together and get along better than we ever have.
There is nearly no stress, nothing to argue about or disagree about. It’s working.
So it’s farewell to beautiful Vietnam and hello to Laos. I’m looking forward to a bit of a change of scenery and learning something new – I know so little about Laos. So it will be an adventure.
A Grand Adventure!
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Note- I have been asked to write about the books I have been reading (currently reading book #18) and I’ve also been asked to write more about how Airbnb works. I promise to both in the near future.