All in International Tips
After nearly three months on the road we are still definitely newbies to this whole European motorhoming thing. Before we set off to other different countries I thought it would be interesting to share our first impressions from our English travels. Warning: Opinions may change in the future.
We are used to the idea that the US and UK have different words for the same thing. When we moved to The States we had to learn a whole new vocabulary. Ask any British person about their first time buying bed sheets in Bed, Bath and Beyond and they'll tell you what a humbling experience it was. Well the same goes for motorhoming/camping or whatever you call this thing we are doing around Europe.
San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico has become the place on everyone's travel bucket list. It's not difficult to see why. It's charming, colorful, fun and has a great climate. Here is our experience of getting from Mexico City (CDMX) Airport to San Miguel de Allende (SMdA).
We have looked at various cities for a year-long stay, so we could get to know them better. Spain and Mexico are still the countries at the top of our list for that kind of experience. But after staying in one place for 5 months last year we came to the realization that no matter how much we liked that place, and we really did love Valencia, we are not ready to sit still yet. We miss the excitement and challenge of moving around from place to place.
In a recent post we compared a couple of popular ex-pat neighborhoods in Valencia, Spain. It got me thinking about what we typically look for when we are apartment hunting in a new city. It's interesting that living in a neighborhood that is popular with ex-pats incites criticism from all sides and I feel like that's not really fair.
We have used medical facilities outside of the US before. Of course, we did spend more than half of our lives so far living in the UK and are used to the services there. We have had vaccinations, routine check ups and even dental cleanings in Malaysia, Thailand and Mexico. So far our experiences have all been good and saved us a ton of money.
In June of 2014 we sold our San Diego home and everything in it and started traveling full time. The last three years have been an amazing experience.
As full-time travelers, we often get asked "Did you win the lottery". We didn't! This means that our travel style has to be kept within the budget constraints we have set ourselves to make our lifestyle possible.
Our plans for 2017 began to take shape last year, with the idea of a family vacation in Europe. It seemed so odd to be thinking 9 months in advance, but now we are just a few days away. And we are ready!
Spending extended periods of time in another country is a fantastic way to truly get a feeling for a place. Without the breathless itinerary of a week-long trip you can really appreciate what it would be like to live somewhere, not just see the sights. So no surprise 2017 will have a lot more of that!!
While doing research we were met with such conflicting information about practicalities because things are changing at a rapid pace. I thought it would be helpful to share our experience.
We stayed for a month in Hua Hin and spent most of our time in the city itself living like locals with just a few days exploring the surrounding area. Here are the various ways got around.
We are kind of dating places, planning at some point in the future to settle on a location as a home base for our ongoing traveling life. So how did it work out?
During our recent three month stay in Penang we decided not to rent a car so here are a few ways we got around the island.
Up until we started our international travels we talked about full-time RV'ing, or full-time travel. But what we are experimenting with right now is a bit different.
Our experience apartment hunting in Penang Malaysia.
Things are different when you are staying for more than a week or two. What you may be able to put up with for a short vacation is different from a longer term stay.
How we spent Thanksgiving in Mexico having our teeth cleaned, buying low cost meds and sampling tequila.