who are the watsons?
We are a 30-something married couple who decided to leave behind our home, careers and comfortable Silicon Valley lifestyle to try a new course. Join us as we travel the world to learn about other cultures, lifestyles and ways to generate income beyond the traditional 9-5.

Category Archives: Life

How we create our own reality

To quote Oprah, today I’m going to talk about something that “I know for sure”: Each of us creates our own reality. Bad stuff going on in your life? You are responsible. Good stuff happening? Pat yourself on the back because you brought that into your life, too. Living with constant ups and downs? You…

How to survive an IRS audit while traveling

We received a Christmas gift from the Internal Revenue Service this year: one audit notice. When my mom — who receives and reviews our mail — started reading the letter to us, neither she nor we knew what it was. She skipped around as she usually does, first reading out our tax ID number, then…

Happy Thanksgiving from Down Under

Although Aussies aren’t celebrating today, we thought we’d take the opportunity to wish a very happy Thanksgiving to our friends and family back home and to spend a few moments giving thanks ourselves. Today, we are especially thankful for: Getting to spend most of every day, for the last 240 days, with each other The…

Strrretching my comfort zone

Do you ever have to psych yourself up to go somewhere new or go solo to a group event? I do. That may be because I’m a homebody at heart, but I also think it’s because it can be difficult to change our regular habits. I’m comfortable going out with Brian; I’m much less comfortable…

Follow-up: Ocean woes

Back in June, I wrote about my newly discovered fear of ocean swimming and I resolved to delve deeper while we were in Hawaii.  Mission accomplished!  Before we left Hawaii, I floated and drifted — swam is too strong a word — first at Waikiki Beach on Oahu and then later at Kikaua Beach on…

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