Q: What do people do when they return from a year of travelling and aren’t coping back at home?
A: They rent a house in another country of course!!
Yep – the secret’s out.
We rented a house in Malaysia!!
The 5 bedroom, 2 storey house that we stayed in waaaay back in February of last year was suddenly about to be vacant. And we could nab the houseful of furniture too at a reasonable price if we got organised. So we skyped a bit with Our Travel Lifestyle who were about to head off to New Zealand and we got ourselves organised!
Gert and I had a whirlwind trip to Batu Ferringhi for 3 days to sign the lease, get a bank account, change over all the services and eat a tonne of roti and curry!
Then we sublet that baby to a lovely family from the US. It was their first escape so was nearly as exciting as our own for us! Everything seemed to be super simple (shoot us an email if you have any questions about renting in Malaysia).
We don’t really plan to live in Malaysia. But when there was a furnished house for rent and the rent for one month there equals the rent for one WEEK here we kinda lost our minds and couldn’t resist! I’ll say it again to convince myself. We rented a house in Malaysia!
We’ll use it as a base to store our stuff and live there occasionally for three month stints. Malaysia has easy access to a 3 month visa but we can’t really be bothered doing Visa runs all the time to keep coming back. So we plan to be there each year for 3 months and see where the wind takes us the rest of the year.
Yes I said we plan to be there……we have decided to set off in January 2014 for an unlimited travel adventure! Negotiations are still happening over who exactly will be accompanying us (as many of you know Kate wants to finish pesky SCHOOL!)
And work is afoot to get our online income up by about 100% so we can afford to eat!
But it will happen….we have about 209 days to really get ourselves together. We’ve done it once so I’m not remotely bothered by the second effort. This time we’ll be selling everything we own and not storing anything besides photo albums!
So dear readers…it’s really you guys who will be the beneficiaries of this next travel adventure. We have a knack for having funny things happen to us (or we think everything is hilarious!) The result is usually some funny travel stories like these:
- That time I pooped my pants on an aeroplane (Still our most popular post!)
- or that other time when Gert couldn’t remember which language he was meant to be speaking!
- or that time there was a grizzly bear on our train!
- or when I fell over in the Penang night market!
- or those loads of funny travel communication disasters we survived!
You get the picture right?
Strap yourselves in people….the real fun is about to begin!