As most of you know, Jill and I are traveling around and only staying with friends or family.
I’ve titled this new way of finding a place for us as “upwardly vagabonding.”
A vagabond is someone that is essentially homeless and is just trying to find a place to live and survive.
We are more Upwardly mobile about our vagabonding so I’ve joking called it just that.
We are staying in nice places, with good people, and don’t have to worry about shelter or really being homeless.
As Jill continues to build her site, SF Tourism Tips, and we are now building our new website together (to be released to the world in a month or so) we want to stay as frugal and with as little limitations on us as possible.
We also are traveling by plane, train or bus wherever we go unless friends are driving and we can hitch a ride. We also use uber or taxis if needed to get around. It saves us money and saves us mental strain as we don’t have to worry about driving and possibly being in a car crash, paying insurance or worrying if we are going to get lost. We leave the work to the driver or pilot. We also then have time to enjoy the scenery or work on projects while we travel. Win-win.
We have gone through another round of minimizing our stuff and donated all our winter clothes and whatever we think we won’t need.
Our plan is to be down to one good sized backpack and one daypack each by the time we head off for Los Angeles on February 28th.
It is rather amazing we’ve been home for a month already because it seems like we just arrived and are still settling in.
Part of that is the reverse culture shock after being in China for 1.5 years but it is also that we have stayed in 4 different places in one month so we didn’t really “settle” down in any one place and feel at home.
We will be staying at our friends, Randy and Alethea’s house, for most of the the rest of our trip in the bay area so that will make life more comfortable and easy on us. Hopefully it will on them also as they are being incredibly generous letting us stay and hang out with them. Randy is like a second brother to me so it is wonderful to spend time with him and his family and just be “home.”
Here are a few pictures from the Golden Gate Bus as I was upwardly vagabonding home to Randy and Alethea’s recently.