Yes, we’re officially homeless. Yup. By choice, I know; but homeless, all the same. Paul Young comes to mind: “For I’m the type of boy who is always on the roam. Wherever I lay my hat, that’s my home.” That’s us- not the sleep with them and break their hearts part; but where the backpack rests, tis home—liquified Homelessness. I like the sound of that. It morphs, oozes, flows from one form to another; like us. We’ve stayed in shacks, RV‘s, tents, huts, a cabana, house-sat, host-homes, an attic with tarantulas, the occasional 5-star hotel (we’re connected), airport floors, and hostels.
So, liquified homelessness is a photo/video journal of all these cool places we’ve stayed in for the past 18 months throughout North, Central, and South America; and now, South East Asia. It also glimpses into what we haven’t done yet, and the potential of checking those off the bucket list: ship, cabin, igloo, adobe village, under the stars at the beach, and under a bridge come to mind. Have I missed any?
Our Lifestyle of Travel and Living
We pride our ability (and our children’s undying patience) at recreating home each time anew. It’s not always easy and romantic being a traveler. Malleability, flexibility, and compromise become your basic fibers of existence. Sometimes, the road slaps you so far out of your comfort zone, you almost wish you could morph into the mud you’ve gotten yourself into.
Our Ability to Adapt and Compromise
Now, people ask us a lot about sex. In the greater scheme of things, how important is it that our kids can hear every moan and groan in the middle of the night? (We’ve learned to be very quiet.) So, the sex thing was an almost-issue in many of our abodes, but as we get to taste paradise all over the globe, we also learned how to face the hardships of muffled sex.
Places We’ve Stayed At
Rustic Ranch (La Lucha de la Tigra, Costa Rica)
So what if there’s no hot water? When the skies poured; we soared! It is hard to describe in words the feeling of raw freedom, of total aliveness when you stand under freezing cold rain for your shower. Invigorating, it doesn’t even come close to covering it!
Tent on the Beach (Huanchaco, Peru)
We fell in love with Huanchaco, acozy little surf town with a laid-back vibe. We camped on the beach, waking up to the sound of waves crashing on the shore, and falling asleep to the same lullaby. It was a little bit of heaven on earth.
Indigenous Village Cabins (Union Venecia, Ecuador)
Our stay in the indigenous village of Union Venecia was one of the most unique experiences we’ve had. The cabins were basic, but the community was warm and welcoming. We learned so much about their culture, traditions, and way of life, and left with a newfound appreciation for the simplicity and authenticity of their lifestyle.
Questioning Our Parenting on Airport Floors (Narita, Japan)
After missing our connecting flight, we found ourselves stranded at Narita Airport with no place to stay. So, we spent the night on the airport floor with our two young children. We questioned our parenting choices that night, but we made it through and learned to be more prepared for unexpected situations.
Garden Village Guesthouse Hostel (Siem Reap, Cambodia)
This hostel was a real gem. It was an oasis in the middle of the bustling city, with lush gardens, a refreshing pool, and friendly staff. We met other travelers and shared stories over breakfast in the communal kitchen. It was a home away from home.
Cabin Off the Pacific Ocean (Las Lajas, Panama)
This cozy cabin was perched on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It was a peaceful retreat where we could disconnect from the outside world and reconnect with each other. The sunsets were breathtaking, and we spent our days lounging in hammocks and exploring the nearby beaches.
Liquified homelessness has been an adventure of a lifetime. It has tested our limits, challenged our beliefs, and enriched our lives in ways we never thought possible. We’ve learned to appreciate the simple things, to be grateful for what we have, and to find beauty in every corner of the world. We hope our journey inspires others to step out of their comfort zones, explore new places, and embrace the unknown. Because, as we’ve learned, that’s where the magic happens.