From Full-Time Travel to City Life and Why We're Embracing It Wholeheartedly
We recently stopped traveling the United States full-time and are settling down in one of our favorite small cities. Going from National Parks and an endless stretch of road to street grids and urban life is a bit of a change, but we are wholeheartedly embracing it.
The big decision: full-time travel to city life
In October 2018, we had to make a big decision. Continue traveling for another 3-6 months (or longer) or make the leap to returning to our old adopted hometown. This was such a hard decision to make! We loved the freedom of travel, the sightseeing and togetherness, and the ability to see family and friends around the United States.
But truthfully, we were quite lonely, and the kids were eager for friends. Kirk and I missed dinner parties and get togethers with good friends, and we were both ready to take the next steps with my business and his music.
Although we knew we would be giving up travel, it seemed we had a lot to gain.
So when a great hospital job opened up for Kirk in the city we wanted to live in, we figured, why not see what happens? He got an interview and then two days later, the job offer. We had already tentatively accepted a next travel rotation in Monterey, CA (my hubs took contract medical work as we moved around the US) and we made a really quick decision to pivot toward city life.
He started work two weeks later!
Now that we’re back “home”, we’re planning for what our future looks like and getting excited about raising a family in the city.
We’ve always swung between craving wild open nature and walkable city life, so it’s natural for us to give this a try. We like to approach life with a “why not?” mentality, and we’re really enjoying seeing how city life can ALSO fit our family’s values of simplicity, togetherness, community, and wellness.
What we’re loving right now about family city life
a vibrant, well-developed urban core full of interesting new shops, restaurants, and gorgeous green spaces, museums, and entertainment.
a supportive creative community of entrepreneur mamas (for me!) and a happening music scene (for Kirk!)
opportunities for alternative and sustainable living for families: great family housing options in the urban core, plenty of public transit options (new streetcar lines and rent-able scooters and bikes), and a growing awareness around sustainability and zero-waste living.
plenty of good friends and community in close proximity and other families equally excited about the growth and progress happening in the city.