When we started Getting Stamped our plan was to travel around the world for one year. We spent almost two years saving and planning our RTW trip. On June 29, 2013, we set off on our adventure with a one-way ticket to Belize in our hands. That was 1562 days ago from today…
Along the way, we have visited some epic places and experienced things we could have never imagined. We’ve slept in over 500 beds from overwater bungalows, camping in the Serengeti, living in a van as we drove across the US and so much more.
However, after 4 years we needed something more permanent as our travel style has changed. We’ve lived up to our name Getting Stamped and have visited over 70 countries with multiple visits to many countries. We burned through a few passports, but right now we don’t want to live the nomadic lifestyle. Instead, we need a home, a place to come back to between trips with some sort of normalcy.
In the past two years, we’ve tried living in Playa del Carmen and Chiang Mai, Thailand – both are great but they aren’t 100% home. We were missing that homey feeling. Our own things, friends & family, our cat Tinkerbell, American guilty pleasures at our doorsteps, and our bed! All signs were pointing to move back to Milwaukee, Wisconsin our hometown. We decided to rent an apartment for a year and see how life with a base in Wisconsin goes.
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You know when you go on vacation and you say to yourself “I can’t wait to sleep in my own bed”? We now can say that too. Just because we have an apartment doesn’t mean we’re done traveling. It just means we now have a place to rest our heads between trips. The month of October we’ll unfortunately only sleep in our own bed 6 nights because we have trips to 8 countries lined up. It’s going to feel amazing to come home to a big comfy bed! Plus our kitty cat Tinkerbell is ready to say goodbye to her Rover pet sitter and have us home.
You’re probably thinking, “You guys are total beach lovers and have been chasing summer for years, are you sure you’re up for Wisconsin winters?”. Wisconsin winter was our biggest concern, but we with our current travel schedule we plan on escaping at least half the time and the other half we can curl up in our bed with Tinkerbell. Honesty, we have so much work to do between trips we’ll be inside catching up on the website most of the time anyways. Even when living in Thailand & Mexico we found ourselves inside working at cafes and hardly enjoying the warm weather. If we need a dose of sunshine we’ll find the next cheap flight out of Milwaukee.