A Visual Tour of Where We’ll Be Living in 2015

April: Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong

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May: Bali, Indonesia

Jimbaran Beach, Bali, Indonesia

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June: Pokhara, Nepal

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Our 2015 Monthly Country Itinerary

By David

Our Monthly Country itinerary is set! We’ve mentioned this a few times over the past couple months, but now we’ve made the adventure official: We have paid for our monthly homes for the rest of 2015!

Just for fun, here’s a little visual tour of where we’ll be traveling, displayed in weather…

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Photo Friday: Views From Our Apartment

By David

Yes, you read that right… By David. I’m stepping in this week with a Photo Friday guest post (don’t all let out a sigh of disappoint at once).

Because I’m so obviously not as talented as my amazing wife, I didn’t want to throw one picture up here touting its quality and have you all be supremely underwhelmed. So I thought I would share a small collection of photos — photos that provide a glimpse into our daily lives.

If you’ll excuse the poor quality, the photos below show one of our favorite things about living in Thailand: the amazing sunrises, sunsets, and general sky-scapes. And the best part? We take in these sights without ever leaving out apartment.

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Cotton candy sunrise.

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Rainbow over Doi Suthep.

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Alexis loves the puffy Thai clouds.

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Birds flying over.

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The daily multi-colored sunsets are incredible.

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The colors only get better as the sky purples.

I just got back from Kuala Lumpur (more on this soon), so I guess I’m feeling glad to be home 🙂

Roses on the Road Origins: Our First Apartment

Alexis wrote about her whopping 23 homes here. As part of Urban Compass’ Starter Stories, this post will zero in on one of them: The very first home Roses on the Road shared together.


February 22, 2010. That was the day I met Alexis.

March 4, 2010. Our first date. The result of a loser-buys-dinner bet I conveniently lost.

August 19, 2010. Less than six months later, we’re moving into our first apartment together. Sounds crazy, right?! Those two will never last, you say?

Ha! Well, the joke’s on you ’cause now we’re married!

Not only did Alexis and I move in together less than six months after meeting one another, she flew across an ocean to do it.

We met at the University of Utah where I was a visiting student for one semester. Alexis used the same student exchange program (UH Hilo NSE shout out!) to come back to the University of Hawaii-Hilo with me the following semester.

Yes, I’m a pretty lucky guy.

I thought I would be coming back to Hawaii and moving back into my filthy college dude house with my buddies (read what Alexis wrote about that house here), but instead found myself looking for cute one-bedroom apartments that were just slightly cleaner and more respectable.

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We made our first home at 50 Maile Street, Hilo, HI 96720. Quick aside: Years later, we would discuss naming our first daughter Maile in memory of our first home. But… Miley Cyrus.

Still, the Waiakea Lagoon View Apartments were perfect. We were young, we were in love, we were building a life together.

I remember being so excited that our names were together on the same mailbox for the first time.

And we shared a mailbox! Holy crap, that was that cool to see.

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The Curse of the Traveler (via Lucky via reader DJ)

There are a few travel blogs I read regularly. One of them is Ben Schlappig, aka Lucky’s One Mile at a Time. Yesterday he posted The Curse Of The Traveler which recounted a story one of his readers posted in the comments of his site. The story goes like this:

“The Curse of the Traveler”

An old vagabond in his 60s told me about it over a beer in Central America, goes something like this: The more places you see, the more things you see that appeal to you, but no one place has them all. In fact, each place has a smaller and smaller percentage of the things you love, the more things you see. It drives you, even subconsciously, to keep looking, for a place not that’s perfect (we all know there’s no Shangri-La), but just for a place that’s “just right for you.” But the curse is that the odds of finding “just right” get smaller, not larger, the more you experience. So you keep looking even more, but it always gets worse the more you see. This is Part A of the Curse.

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