a remote year?! — i want his job!

the adult version of studying abroad?! remote year.

Ok, my husband and I love to travel – who doesn’t?  We both did a semester abroad in college and loved it.  However, our friend has stumbled upon a similar program but for working adults who have the ability to work remotely.  You bring your remote job with you, and join 75 other people who have their own different remote jobs. You travel to 12 different countries throughout the year – one country each month.  For only $27,000, “Remote Year” provides you with all of your travel between the 12 destinations, your living accommodations for the year, a workspace with internet access, and community activities.

It is shocking to us how cheap it is, because you can hardly pay rent in San Diego on $27,000/year.  We are extremely jealous of the amazing time that he is going to have living in all of these different locations. We are definitely looking forward to hearing about Portugal, Morocco, Bulgaria, Croatia, Columbia, Peru, and Argentina. He promises to post updates during his remote year here.  He’s single with no kids, and so it’s the perfect opportunity for someone in his situation (but probably not for us married folks with kids).  However, we will keep this in mind for our daughter after she finishes college and you should too.

We are pleased he’s taking a piece of us with him though.  He had been having trouble sleeping, so we gave him a bunch of different essential oil samples to try diffusing at night to see which ones worked best for him.  He had success with Breathe (respiratory blend), Lavender, and Frankincense and decided to order some.

Essential Oils Remote Year

The funny thing is that he only wants to take carry on luggage for this remote year. A 12 month trip around the world – not one checked bag!  He’s now trying to figure out which shirt he’s going to leave at home to make space for his diffuser and sleeping essential oils.

Kaylie's Crafts Remote Year

Our daughter is also sad to see him go for the year, but she came up with an ingenious way to force him to stay in touch. She has been making duct tape wallets for our friend for years now.  In her latest wallet she made for him, she taped a note on the inside of the wallet. It says “don’t forget to send a postcard to Kaylie everywhere you go!”

“no one wins a machete fight.”

“no one wins a machete fight.”

a week in Salina Cruz, Mexico.

My husband recently returned from a surf trip in the southernmost part of mainland Mexico near Salina Cruz. It is a beautiful undeveloped part of Mexico with uncrowded 300 yard point break waves – a surfer’s dream. Too hot for me though (and someone has to hold down the fort at home), so I gladly let him go play with his friends for a week. When he returned, he was not only a better surfer but he was also a wiser man.


Surf resorts often provide visiting surfers with a local surf guide who show them the ropes in the foreign land. After an amazing day of surf, his group of friends returned to their resort where they typically share their surf tales with the other guests at the resort (all surfers). However, all of the talk this day was about the machete fight that the other group had witnessed between two of the local surf guides from different resorts. As you can guess, the story involved a lot of “sangre” or blood, and the fight was in essence about – you guessed it – a girl. As the story came to an end, my husband asked a pretty stupid question – “Who won the fight?” The answer, of course, is “No one wins a machete fight!”  Fortunately, nobody died either or was permanently injured.

A machete fight is kind of like engaging in a political discussion with your friends or someone you want to maintain a relationship with. No one wins. No matter how similar you are to your friends, you will never share all of the same political views. You will never convince another person to change their political views. Not one friend, and not one view.

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