Ever since Jürgen and I began our relationship, relocation has been a central theme of our lives. We met in Boston, lived for a few years in Berlin, spent eighteen months in Western Ireland, and then moved to Spain. It’s some sort of shared mental sickness — as soon as we start to settle down and feel comfortable, we freak out and decide on a radical change of scenery. Individually, we’ve both always been like this. Together, we’re hopeless.
So it felt like a “eureka” moment when we hit upon the idea of For 91 Days… and like most “eureka” moments, it happened over wine. We were at a bar in Valencia, Spain, talking seriously about uprooting ourselves again. But the difficulty was that we loved Valencia, and didn’t want to leave forever. We wanted to live here, but also live in other places. It wasn’t until the third glass that it finally dawned us: we could do exactly that!
There’s nothing holding us back, we realized. We both have jobs that travel well. We have no kids, nor commitments tying us down. We could totally live in other places and occasionally return to Valencia. Or are we wrong? We should talk about it more… let’s get another glass of wine.
A few weeks later, we had cancelled our rent contract and sold all our possessions. A few irreplaceable things were put into storage. And then, we were off. Every 91 days a new home, a new culture, and a new adventure.
This blog was almost an afterthought. Our original plan was just to live and work in a new city for three months at a time, and then move on. We have “real” jobs. I work for a managed WordPress hosting company called Flywheel, and together, we run a couple popular websites: film recommendation site Criticker.com and Ebay portal Lastminute Auction. But it didn’t take long to realize that writing a blog about our travels had a few useful advantages.
For 91 Days pushes us to really explore our new homes. We try and write 91 articles for each destination, so we have to get out there every day. And it’s fun to share the things we’ve discovered with the world. The blog provides a great platform for Jürgen’s photography, and I enjoy writing about our experiences… it forces me to do research, and pay closer attention to the places we go, than I normally might. And it seems to be a concept which really resonates with people, if the press we’ve received is any indication.
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