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.

Tag Archive: long-term travel

You can’t go home again…or can you?

I’ve been silent here a long time. For a while I was uncertain what to write. Then, I was demotivated because I couldn’t tell you the full truth — including some major reasons we returned to the States — mainly because Brian didn’t want me to. You see, he was hospitalized in Thailand and if…

Homeward bound

The luster of travel has faded. While we were in New Zealand, one of Brian’s friends said our travel plan sounded like logistics on steroids. It turns out he was absolutely right. Usually when we take short trips, I prepare a suggested itinerary and a map with cool places to see, eat and hang out,…

Apartment hunting in Melbourne, Australia

Would you live on the grounds of a former prison? Would you rest comfortably each night at the site of numerous criminal executions, including the most recent hanging in Australia (1967)? I never thought we’d be faced with such a decision during our apartment hunting experience in Melbourne, but we were. Our decision? No way….

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…

Art adventures: Jade carving

One of the activities I looked forward to in New Zealand was jade carving. I found out about the opportunity shortly after arriving when a girl in our first lodge showed me a beautiful pendant she’d made. As Stray had a jade-carving activity available during the West Coast leg of our travels, I decided to…

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