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December 13, 2014

How fitting this quote is for my newest update.

2015 is going to be a big year for Greg and me!  A time for us to chase a dream to create a location independent lifestyle.  A time for us to live an adventure and see if we can make a lifestyle we dream about a reality.  We are packing everything we can fit in 2 bags, leaving the rest behind, and traveling to Southeast Asia.  We plan on spending 12 months in different locations ranging from 2-6 weeks at a time.  We don’t have every area ironed out because we want to stay loose with destinations but we do have our first 3 identified; Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand.  We will start in the Philippines, stay in a few different cities and islands, then to Indonesia with the same plan then to Phuket Thailand and finally Chiang Mai.  After that we are unsure and just want to go where the wind takes us.  We are so excited to be going somewhere unknown for the sheer factor of adventure, not letting life pass us by and living out my motto in life; to have fun and do everything.

Yes I know you probably skimmed over that thinking wait what?  So we have answered a few FAQ… please see below…

Wait, what?  **a few seconds pass by as the facts sink in** Why Asia?

Its beautiful, great culture, even better food, low cost of living and we have never been.

So you’re quitting your jobs?

Yes, well the ones that keep us location dependent.   We will be working remotely, I for Just Health Shops and Greg will continue with his ever-growing entrepreneur endeavors.

So Greg will no longer be an engineer?

To quote him directly “I will forever hold an engineering degree and hope to never have to use it again.  Engineering is boring and doesn’t give enough vacation time.”

What about your dog?

Maple will stay with my amazing parents who will be spoiling her and letting her live at the beach and get lots of love from visitors.  Here’s a few pics just because we love her so much!

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What if you don’t like it there?

We will leave and choose a new destination, it’s as simple as that.

What are you bringing?

2 backpacks a piece filled with swim suits, t-shirts, dresses and laptops.

Is this for real?

Absolutely. Go out and do something awesome, life is too short.

Stay tuned for updates on how we chose the countries we did, the islands/cities within those countries, what to pack, what to pack all of it in, our timeline of events, and when we get there I will post about our many adventures of a new culture, a new lifestyle, beautiful islands and so much more.  Please stay tuned! And if you have advice, suggestions of places to see, things to do, or want to come visit (you know you do!) PLEASE let us know in the comments below!

In the meantime here are some photos of our first stop!  We will fly into Manila Philippines stay for a week and head out to the island of Palawan.  Below are some pics!

Manila, Philippines is the capital of the country and with 12 million people it’s a busy city!

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Palawan, Philippines is one island of the over 7,000 the Philippines has to offer.  It is our first destination that we will stay for a few weeks at and here are a few pics!

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If you are curious what we read/listened to that sparked this whole new chapter check out tropicalMBA.com and screwtheninetofive.com southeastasiabackpacker.com for a few fun facts!  Also check out lonelyplanet.com , www.travelfish.org and www.tripadvisor.com  for some great info on the area.

HFDE,
Liz