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!

47 thoughts on “We are Moving to Seattle!”

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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! 🙂

  6. 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 🙂

  7. 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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