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Why We Moved to Canada • Our New Home in Alberta!

Why We Moved to Canada • Our New Home in Alberta!

The picture under? That’s the view out of our new townhome. This previous month we made an enormous life choice. After months of deliberation, we signed a one yr lease and moved into an excellent townhouse simply outdoors of Banff Nationwide Park. That’s proper we’re formally Canadian! *not likely 

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The city of Canmore nestled in the Canadian Rockies is our new house. It’s an enormous deal for us and the start of the subsequent chapter in our lives.

Lots of people will in all probability marvel why we might select to quiet down and quit a lifetime of journey. Admittedly it sounds odd to say we’re exhausted after a yr that concerned a number of weeks in Costa Rica, Bali, Maldives, and Hawaii. Nevertheless, the reality is we’re crushed down after three years of a nomadic way of life. Since we left our final “home” in New York Metropolis again in 2015, we’ve traveled to virtually 50 nations and have been shifting always. 

It took us endlessly to come to the conclusion that we’d like a house base and to sluggish our travels down. For all of 2018, the thought was in the again of our heads after we traveled round Canada final winter and thought we might name it house at some point. It solely took 20 nations and 80+ flights in 2018 for us to say it’s time to discover a residence!

We’ve had these nagging ideas in the again of our head. Will we cease touring? What if we don’t prefer it? Is that this the suitable name for us? Are we tying ourselves down to payments, a lease, furnishings, and all of the issues we freed our lives from beforehand? 

During the last three years we’ve got recognized nothing, however journey. It has consumed our lives and at occasions it’s terribly overwhelming. Researching, planning, touring, exploring, photographing, filming, writing, and operating a enterprise is exhausting on the street. Issues continuously go fallacious when individuals journey, and more often than not you’ll be able to simply transfer previous it. However when you’ve got issues going fallacious all time from always touring it may well make you need to scream on the prime of your lungs.

We miss a routine, a group, hobbies outdoors of touring, free time, and above all a cushty mattress to name our personal – issues that you simply fail to discover in journey. It turned apparent that we would have liked a house base.

In our expertise and after speaking to so many content material creators, there are only a few who can discover actual pleasure in life whereas being utterly nomadic. As with every little thing it’s about stability. A lifetime of journey is exhausting, however one with out would additionally really feel mundane and tiny. We’re wanting to discover that good center floor in our new residence. We’ll nonetheless be touring so much. We have already got quite a lot of journeys deliberate this yr and need to make it a aim to go to each continent at the very least every year. The one distinction is now we could have a resting place in between the journeys. A house airport to all the time fly in and out of, and a desk to work from as an alternative of laying on my again in mattress in an overpriced Airbnb. 

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The view from our bed room.

We Love the Outside

As one of many nations with probably the most land per capita in the world, Canada offers entry to loads of area to breathe. In the event you’ve adopted our weblog for a when you’ll discover we aren’t huge on cities. As an alternative, we love to give attention to the great thing about nature and it’s formed most of the locations that we’ve coated on this weblog. I’ll all the time select to journey to a quiet secluded place in nature relatively than a metropolis. 

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We now reside in the Canadian Rockies and are surrounded by a nationwide park on one aspect and a provincial park on the opposite. The chances for outside sports activities are infinite. Within the winter we’ll be snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country snowboarding, touring, and ice skating. Then when summer time arrives we’ll hop on mountain bikes, take hikes, climb some mountains, canoe, fish, and apply yoga. I might say I can’t await summer time, however the fact is each different season right here is simply nearly as good!

Excessive Commonplace of Dwelling

We’re very lucky to have the opportunity to select anyplace in the world we would like to stay and have an honest revenue. With these two issues in thoughts, why would we not reside in an space thought-about probably the greatest in the world?

The closest metropolis to us is Calgary – which can not appear very similar to on paper and after speaking to some locals they even discover it somewhat boring. Nevertheless it’s truly been named one of the crucial livable cities in the world yr after yr. Whereas the town of Calgary won’t precisely be the correct spot for us the standard of life in the area is hard to match.

We have entry to something we might need! It’s the primary time in some time we will truly on-line store whereas working from our own residence workplace. We even obtained an Amazon Prime account (Though the Canadian website shouldn’t be almost nearly as good because the US) and have been reminded of how a lot we missed ordering fast factor on-line. We can go to the grocery retailer and refill on a fridge filled with recent veggies, fruits, and seize issues like oat and coconut milk. Whereas grocery buying and on-line ordering might appear to be small issues it’s one thing we actually take as a right whereas touring. 

Calgary additionally gives a reasonably well-connected airport, and we’re solely an hours drive away from it. We had checked out different locations to stay in Canada apart from Canmore, however as soon as the drive to the airport turned longer than three hours we determined it wasn’t one of the best transfer for our way of life or enterprise. 



We Miss North America

There’s a critical love/hate relationship between us and US tradition. Nevertheless, we nonetheless do love so many issues about North American tradition in common. Though the US might have many issues, it appears that evidently simply over the border it’s positive. So we might nonetheless get that familiarity of the USA, with out truly being in the US.

In our first week right here, we’ve discovered ourselves in full on conversations with residents right here on gondolas and chairlifts on the ski resort. Once you stroll previous an individual on the streets, they smile, and even might say Hello, one thing I’ve observed is quite common in North America, however not many different locations.  It’s true – Canadians are a pleasant bunch!

With out going into any politics I additionally love that Canada is a really numerous nation, one thing that must be embraced. I really like seeing all the colours, listening to totally different languages, and studying from totally different cultures with out having to journey. 

As People, our northern neighbors have finally a tradition we determine with. There are numerous ugly obtrusive points in American tradition, however we’re part of it and there are lots of people comparable to us. And from conversations to life, it may be simpler to determine with North People for us over individuals from one other tradition.

Our second choice for a house this yr was to arrange store in Japan. It’s one among our favourite nations to journey and we completely can’t get sufficient of the tradition. Nevertheless, we discovered it’s not one we will determine with – and would doubtless by no means have the ability to determine with or be accepted into regardless of how lengthy we have been to reside there. That and a slew of different issues made us select to transfer to Canada over anyplace else. We can grow to be part of the group right here and that’s one thing we now have been lacking and craving through the years.

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Superb Creature Comforts

Nobody does consolation like North America. We love massive cozy couches, roaring fireplaces, plush rugs, and the truth that we will put on our sweatpants and sweatshirts (Tasha says yoga pants too) wherever we would like. Our first day in Canada this yr, we noticed quite a few individuals strolling down the road in their pajama pants with no care in the world, and I immediately knew we weren’t in Europe anymore. It will not be admirable to individuals and cultures, however I assume you’ll be able to simply say that North People are tremendous laid again and actually don’t give a shit. Three years in the past I might have advised you individuals are far too informal, now as we journey the world in our Patagonia fleeces and baseball caps we discover ourselves lacking it.

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What are sometimes outfits include.

We Miss A Home

We miss familiarity, we miss america as a result of we all know the lifestyle. Greater than something we miss having a house. For a 3 years, our closest factor to house was an Airbnb that we might coupe ourselves up in for a couple of weeks to a month, however that solely occurred a couple of occasions out of the yr and the remaining we have been performing some quick paced touring. In Africa, we referred to as our trusty Land Cruiser and floor tent our house, however that couldn’t final perpetually both. 

Nevertheless, as journey continues to develop in reputation we’re discovering the standard and worth level of Airbnb sucks. We’re typically paying a premium for much less fascinating flats with low cost furnishings and a hodge-podge of crap the proprietor might discover at a storage sale. Don’t consider me? Subsequent time you keep at an Airbnb that’s beneath $120 or so an evening begin wanting round on the furnishings and get a bit of important. You might begin to discover it too. 

We’re sick of not having our personal place. It’s been about time we received to furnish a spot the best way we like with furnishings that’s snug and good.  It’s been an enormous challenge since we confirmed up to Canada a number of weeks in the past with simply three suitcases.

So, we’ve to purchase actually every part, which kinda sucks. Once we arrived we didn’t also have a glass to drink out of. Now we obtained a espresso maker AND blender (one thing you possibly can critically by no means discover in leases) and are stoked! Nevertheless, we’re truly just a little afraid to take a look at the bank card invoice. Fortunately, Calgary has an IKEA and our residence city has a reasonably good thrift retailer! With the assistance of my mom, we have been in a position to purchase some nice stuff and repaint for an excellent worth.

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We LOVE having a sofa and a room we truly made livable

Canada Home

Canada Home

Canada is likely one of the Most secure Nations in the World

Canada is nice because it’s very comparable to the U.S. with out all the weapons, violence, and mass and faculty shootings. The outcome is likely one of the most secure nations in the world. Critically, Canada ranks because the sixth most peaceable nation whereas the US sadly ranks at 121. Sure, 121! Individuals are all the time shocked once I inform them how unsafe the US could be. It’s a widespread notion for individuals to assume their very own house is a peaceable place and query our choice to journey to creating nations and overland throughout Africa. However the actuality is that locations like Sierra Leone, Madagascar, and Namibia rank a lot greater than house in regards to security.


There’s Massive Mountain Snowboarding and Snowboarding Close by

We spent a variety of time snowboarding in 2018 and located that we couldn’t get sufficient. Anywhere we might name house wanted to have entry to mountains and snow. We’ll have two main ski resorts inside a brief drive from our townhouse in snowboarding in 2018 — Banff Sunshine and Lake Louise. (And even Nakiska and Mt. Norquay even for smaller mountains). In different phrases, there are a variety of choices round right here, and in just some hours drive into British Columbia we’ll discover much more resorts. 

As well as to being a few of the largest in the world, they’re additionally held in excessive regard for a number of the greatest snowboarding in North America. Lastly, when the day comes and we determine to depart the resort boundaries the Canadian Rockies current an countless quantity of backcountry prospects.

We made the choice the purchase carry passes at Lake Louise and look ahead to having a house mountain! Plus we received an awesome cope with mid-week passes for $599 CAD or $450 USD.

Things To Do in Banff Winter - Banff Sunshine Ski Area - Cameron Seagle and Natasha AldenThings To Do in Banff Winter - Banff Sunshine Ski Area - Cameron Seagle and Natasha Alden

Within the Identify of our Enterprise

Our weblog is our essential supply of revenue and we now have discovered from different profitable bloggers and ourselves that this is usually a huge enterprise. Our enterprise could also be about journey, however in 2018 it turned obvious that the neverending journey was getting in the best way of our journey enterprise. Managing emails, telephone calls, and producing content material turned extremely troublesome this previous yr whereas on the street. Even simply reserving flights turned an issue as we by no means knew what airport we would wish to be when. 

As well as, all of this new revenue means we’d like to have our enterprise managed correctly. So, we’ve gone about lastly registering as a enterprise, establishing enterprise financial institution accounts, enterprise bank cards, and outsourcing. It’s been an excessive amount of to deal with whereas on the street and we really feel good now that we have now a spot to come, sit down at a desk, and have a transparent mind with out having to take into consideration motels and the place I’m staying subsequent week. 

We’ve additionally had numerous alternatives cross us by over the previous yr since we had no residence handle and will neve commit to dates or places. Then you definitely’ve obtained the large image stuff like operating excursions or internet hosting a running a blog retreat that requires a whole lot of time and logistics to execute. Which we absolutely plan on doing this yr!

On the finish of the top of the day what we’re most comfortable about is having a desk to name our personal! Not just one desk, however two desks one for every of us in separate rooms and workspaces.

Speaking at Vital Voices

Speaking at Vital Voices

Put together the Instagram

Our residence is gorgeous and terribly photogenic. We’ve watched a quantity Instagrammers achieve success just by dwelling in the beautiful Northwest, posting lovely pictures, and gaining fame on Instagram. Whereas it’s not a motivation to stay in the world we’d be mendacity if we didn’t hope to get some unbelievable video footage and pictures from being in the mountains. 

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We actually took this photograph after pulling over for just some minutes. It gained’t be onerous to get lovely photographs right here!

Canada is Semi-Reasonably priced

Whereas Canada is on no account an affordable place to reside I might be mendacity if I didn’t point out that the Canadian greenback vs. the U.S. greenback falls into our favor. We’ve discovered that in contrast to many different elements of the world we get by with a pleasant value of dwelling right here. Our lease and way of life is certainly not low cost, however every little thing feels about 20-30% cheaper due to the change price. Sorry to our Canadian pals!  In fact this might change at any second, and we’re absolutely conscious of that, however for now we’re going to take pleasure in it.

Fiber Web!

We work on-line and have discovered to wrestle with horrible web speeds all over the world. Nevertheless, with our new place, we didn’t hesitate to get that quickest fiber web we might. It’s actually the quickest speeds we’ve ever seen and we examine each single place we journey. Even the speeds we have been getting in Japan and South Korea couldn’t examine to this. 

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Take a look at these speeds!

Our Well being

That is one thing you hear persistently from long run vacationers, however journey is hard in your food regimen and health. We each used to frequently train and head to the fitness center, however with touring full time we not often get a fitness center. We attempt to keep lively and eat nicely in all places we go and whereas we haven’t gotten fats from journey, we’re removed from our private bests.

We’re excited to begin taking health significantly once more. We can each be a part of gyms and decide up extra lively hobbies. Then there’s our weight loss plan! We attempt to eat vegetarian as a lot as we will, however in some locations it’s almost unattainable. With our new house, we will take our food regimen again into our arms and eat how we’d like. Once we journey we eat so many meals out, particularly if we aren’t in Airbnb with a kitchen. To many individuals consuming out a restaurant is a particular affair, however to us it was typically an answer to simply curve the starvation. Now we doubt we’ll frequent a restaurant various occasions a month, and once we do it is going to now be for an important day. 

Can’t wait to prepare dinner so many superb meals in our kitchen!

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Pad Thai and desserts in Thailand – Scrumptious, however not excellent for you.

Journey Isn’t What it Used to Be

Once we first began touring we have been completely happy to exit to eat or the bar and share conversations with fellow vacationers for hours on finish. We would typically discover ourselves assembly new fascinating individuals, doing distinctive issues, and delving extra into the native tradition. Nevertheless, as our workload grew our free time vanished. We miss the times of touring with no laptop computer and feeling the necessity to work each night time.

Whereas having a journey weblog has enabled to do some extraordinary issues, stay a extra liberating life, and have as soon as in a lifetime moments, it’s additionally tainted our travels. With our new house and workplaces, we now hope to not work a lot whereas touring. I’ll not even take my laptop computer on my subsequent massive journey gasp. Now, our travels might be about amassing info, taking extra time with our photographs, waking up for dawn, going to mattress at an inexpensive hour, and exploring the wonders of latest locations. It’s the extra spontaneous approach we used to journey years in the past earlier than our enterprise and we hope to get again to our roots and luxuriate in what we love extra.

Don’t let footage and captions idiot you – working in paradise shouldn’t be what it appears! And critically – who can truly work nicely whereas sunbathing underneath the solar?

Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone

Nearer to Household and Buddies

The worst factor about journey is the disconnect we’ve had from household and buddies. With our new residence in Canada, we’re now a aircraft journey away from our household houses in the USA. Meaning we will go to household and buddies simply, and rather more reasonably priced than coming from someplace in Asia or elsewhere in the world AND they will come to see us. My mother was even sort of sufficient to come up for every week and assist us transfer into our new place. Which was so useful and one thing that wouldn’t have been potential had we moved outdoors of North America.

We have already got a number of shut family and friends with deliberate journeys to come to go to us in the works. As others have extra regular jobs with workplace hours and restricted trip time we not often can get individuals to meet us once we are distant. Now we’re tremendous excited at this implies we’ll get to share our house and love of journey with them!

beach packing list

beach packing list


One of many key themes of journey and what we’ve discovered through the years is it’s all about stability. Life requires stability. We shouldn’t keep in our one little nook of the world, however we shouldn’t be afraid of that nook both. We look ahead to a life nonetheless full of latest travels and locations, however now with a house base that features moments that broaden your horizons.

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