We are Moving to Seattle!

I’ve been sitting on this for what feels like forever, but I am so excited to announce to you guys our next big step: We are moving to Seattle! 

After living together in China, Argentina and Mexico, and traveling through many more countries, Mike and I have decided to put down roots back in the US. Although I love exploring and even spending long stints of time in other countries, I always knew I would end up in the US long-term.

I realize you guys may have some questions, so let’s dive right in:

Why Now?

A couple of reasons, but the biggest one is probably: we want a home base. We’ve been traveling progressively slower and slower, choosing long-term living situations and shorter trips over the life of constant backpacking.

While some people are able to travel indefinitely, I never really believed I was one of those people. I want a place to come back to after my trips- a place with my books, my couch, my fuzzy bathrobe. Mike wants a calm place where he can focus on work (Mexico was a lot of things, but quiet was not one of them). I want my own kitchen where I can practice my vaguely scientific cooking projects. Mike wants a place to play video games.

The second really big reason: now we can afford it. Mike is working full time for Woo and I am making a healthy amount of money via the blog and freelancing, so for the first time since we embarked on our many travels 5 years ago, we can actually afford to rent a small apartment in a city we actually like.

Why Seattle?

Since Mike and I both work remotely, we put a lot of thought into what city we wanted to move to. San Francisco, Portland and Denver were all on the shortlist with Seattle. In the end it came down to:

  • Seattle is really cool- we visited a couple of years ago and totally dug the city’s laid back but fun vibe. They have a great food scene (important for me), and a thriving tech scene (important for Mike). They also have an international airport (important for everybody).
  • Seattle is more affordable than San Francisco (our first choice). The cost of living in Seattle is significantly less than in DC even. This is important because we are not rich and we plan to live very centrally as we don’t have a car.
  • We know a lot of people in Seattle. Some of my best friends live there or are moving there shortly. There are a lot of travel bloggers in the area as well.
  • We just feel good about it. That’s basically our motivation for moving pretty much anywhere.

What Happened to Italy?

Some of you might remember that last year Mike was applying for his Italian citizenship and we were hoping to move to Bologna by around this time. Well, we severely underestimated the glacial pace of the Italian bureaucracy that Mike’s application is still slowly creaking through. We have no idea when his citizenship might be processed (or if it is in fact being processed at all). Honestly, at this rate we could literally be waiting years.

That’s not to say Italy is out of the picture forever. It’s just not in the cards for us right now.

 Is this Permanent?

I don’t know, is anything permanent when you are as impulsive as we are? We are fully committed to making a go of it and signing a one year lease, after that pretty much anything could happen. I am however looking at this as the start of a new chapter of our lives.

Are You Done Traveling?

Ha! I assure you I am not. I’m still the girl who can’t sit still and nothing has changed about that. In addition to this whole new city I have to explore, I am already researching potential trips- Hawaii maybe? Europe sometime next year? Portland and Austin soon for sure. In a way, I think having a home-base will give me greater freedom to travel.

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about sharing this information with you guys. Will you think I’m a traitor? A hypocrite? Personally, I don’t feel like one. I’ve always wanted to live a life that felt authentic, that felt chosen and not just a default. For me, this feels like the most true thing to do right now, and the best way to continue my life of travel.

 I hope you guys will follow me along on this exciting new adventure!

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Stephanie Yoder is a girl who can’t sit still! She is the co-founder and editor of Why Wait To See the World. Learn more about her here.


  1. wow big news! I lived in tacoma outside seattle for a few months back when I was doing travel nursing and would come in to seattle to stay with friends on the weekends. It was a little too hipster for me overall, having come from high-hair, higher shoes.. shorter dresses Charlotte! But the food is amaaaazing and the views there are great. so many hiking options & I could see Ranier from my window!

  2. This is fantastic and exciting news, congratulations! I’ve always wanted to visit Seattle, so I look forward to reading all about your new haunts and finds. No way are you a traitor – I totally agree with you on wanting a home base you can fill with souvenirs from all your travels. Enjoy it and know we’re all behind you on your decisions – I look forward to hearing all about it!

    Steph xx

  3. I LOVE Seattle. It’s one of the places I’ve considered moving to. I’m the same so I totally understand. I like long-term travel but want a place to come home to that’s mine (not just an air mattress here or there that is temporary). Good luck with everything! I go to Seattle as much as I can to visit friends – so maybe I’ll see you there sometime!

  4. Exciting! I’d love to visit that area someday (I meant to when I was in the States recently but I got caught up in other places). I totally get where you’re coming from, too. I like having a home in between trips more than constant travel.

    About the Italian citizenship – a good friend of mine finally got his recently, NINE YEARS after he started the process. Apparently that’s not out of the ordinary. I’m sure he’ll get it someday, but don’t hold your breath!

  5. I already knew this, but yay! to be making it official! I love Seattle and it’s on my short list of places I would live aside from Chicago. Hope to get out there to visit again in the next year.

  6. Hey guys! I love your blog and have been following for a little while. I have lived in Seattle for about 7 years now and it is amazing! I love this city so much so welcome and I hope you guys enjoy it here!

  7. I completely understand why you would want a home base. I’ve been contemplating a move too and my shortlist looked very similar to yours! I’m sure you two will love Seattle. It’s a great city. And there is so much to explore in and around it!

  8. YAY! So excited for you guys. Seattle does seem like the place to be at the moment – I feel like a lot of my favorite bloggers call the area home. Makes me want to move out there with you! 😉

    I think having a home base WILL make it easier for you to travel – or at least focus on traveling to the places that you *really* want to visit. Plus, Seattle has flights to just about anywhere!

    Now the real question is… when can I come visit??

  9. Congrats on finding your new home city! I have only been to Seattle once (and for a long layover at that) but I loved the short time that I did spend there. Can’t wait to continue reading about your adventures in your new city!

  10. What was that thing Polonius said to Laertes via a Shakespeare play? “To thy own self be true”. Do what’s right for you and as someone who has been around the block (as it were) more than a few times, I can assure you that what’s right will mutate, marinate and evolve as you continue through life.

  11. Yay! We both announced our big moves within a week of each other! How about this, I will come crash with you in Seattle (a city I desperately want to see) and you guys can crash with us in Puerto Rico. Deal?

  12. Congratulations! If I ever move back to the US, Seattle is on the short list as well. I think you and Mike will have a fantastic time there. So much great food and coffee to be had!

  13. Yay! I hope you guys get down to Portland sometime soon…Bolt Bus runs from Seattle to downtown Portland, fyi. I’d be happy to show you around!

    • Thanks! My grandmother is moving to Portland this Summer so I will be down there for Thanksgiving if not sooner.

  14. I’m from the Seattle area and I have to say you made a great choice! The more I travel and live in other areas of the country/world, the more I begin to realize how awesome Seattle is. When are you moving?

    • In about two weeks! Which is kind of terrifying considering how much packing needs to be done…

  15. Congratulations! It seems more and more bloggers who have travelled long-term are setting down roots in one place or another, and I totally get why. Your reasons for moving to Seattle are very similar to ours for moving to Berlin, and unless you’re a special kind of person, it’s probably not realistic to expect to be able to live a fully nomadic life for 10+ years. Hope the move goes well!

  16. Congrats guys! Steph, when Mike filed his citizenship application did they give him a choice of filing in Rome or in his family’s hometown? This is what held up my application for two years, and I can potentially help if that’s the case.

    • I think they told him he had to file in his family’s hometown. Ironically, the hold up isn’t with them, it seems to be with the slow as molasses Philadelphia consulate.

  17. Congrats Steph! Though personally, I would’ve chosen Portland (which, to this 27 year old ex-hipster is still the coolest city in the country), Seattle is a wonderful place too. Also great that you finally have a home base – the road can be very inviting, but nothing beats coming back to a place you can call your own.

    Good luck in Seattle and hope to see this blog grow as strong as ever.

  18. How exciting. Seattle is a great city, and there are lots of other places close by to explore. If you haven’t been to Victoria, Canada it’s only a few hours (and a ferry ride) away, and it’s a nice city to check out. Looking forward to reading more about your adventures in Seattle.

  19. Joyce says:

    Great choice!! You deserve a place to call home – home sweet home.

    My sister and her family live in Seattle, so does my 27-year old son. We are all originally from Southern California. My best friend was born and raised there. I actually like visiting Seattle – such a beautiful state! If I could, I would relocate there too. But for now I can’t. So I envy you and I wish you the very best. You and your husband will do great!

    Make sure you visit Bruce Lee and his son, Brandon Lee’s grave sites. Just standing above them and realizing they are actually there, made me feel sad. We used to watch Bruce Lee growing up.
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  20. I totally get wanting a home base – I love travelling but I also love the familiarity and comfort of home too. Seattle is a great city – you will be so spoilt for coffee choices and I loved the Fremont Markets. You are also super close to the incredible Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands, Mount Rainier, Olympic Peninsula and Vancouver Island, not to mention my favourite city in the World – Vancouver. I’m sure you guys will love it 🙂

  21. Congrats Steph, I’m truly happy for both of you! I’m also excited because Seattle is on my list of hopeful destinations next summer… and now I have someone else to visit! 🙂

  22. You’re not a traitor AT ALL. It makes sense to have a home base, and there’s nothing wrong with putting down roots, however long it might be for. I’m really excited for you guys, and also excited to read about ALL THE FOOD IN SEATTLE.

  23. I head back home at the end of August after two years abroad and am very much looking forward to it (even with all the feelings of how much I will miss where I’ve been). As I’ve been travelling and reading blogs by travellers, I’ve also come to the conclusion that I would love to end up at a place where I can have a ‘home base’ to come back to. Like you said, a place with my books and a kitchen and a place that is MINE. I know that’s still off in the future, but knowing that that’s what I would like makes me feel calmer, knowing, in some form, what direction I would like to be heading.

    I can’t wait to see what adventures you go on in Seattle. Exploring a new ‘home’ is always fun! Good luck with the move!

  24. Congratulations on the move! I’ve never been, but i’ve heard great things about Seattle. I think having a home base is the best way to go as long as you can find a way to keep a steady income (generally from writing.) My plan is to get an apartment in NYC (although i’m debating LA) after my RTW trip. I love traveling, but I also like my own fridge and pillow.

  25. Not a traitor! Following your heart is always the best thing to do in my opinion! 🙂 Best of luck with it all – looking forward to some posts on Seattle!

  26. Congrats and good luck from us in Amsterdam. As we have already been spoiled by the car-less life, our American shortlist would be very short nowadays, but Seattle would definitely be on it. Have a good move!

  27. Very cool, congrats! I’ve never travelled for longer than two months at a time, so I can only imagine how nice it will feel for you to settle down for a bit 🙂 Best of luck, Seattle seems like a great choice!

  28. How cool!! Never been to Seattle but am planning a road trip there soon! I hope you enjoy having a home base for a bit 🙂

  29. Now that we are buying a house in London I actually feel more excited about travel. We are like you, we could never see ourselves being on the road forever. I actually like having a routine (well a professional blogger type routine!).

    Now I try to travel once a month and maybe leave for the winter. We will never get used to winters! Good luck with the move,

    Paul

  30. wow how did i miss this? Congrats guys! I don’t know much about the US, and I only know Seattle because of Kurt Cobain (huge Nirvana fan here)…but i can feel the good vibes so I wish you a great time in there!

    Ps: regarding the Italian citizenship you are totally right. We are horrible with bureaucracy so you better get ready to wait for a very looong time! But if you ever decide to move to my country, just let me know and I’ll try to help 😉

  31. Good luck with the move! Seattle is one of the top US cities I want to visit that I haven’t been to yet. I’ve heard great things! And I’m with you in that I love having a home base to come back to after traveling. 🙂

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