4 things I hated about Key West, FL.

Traveling to Key West was quite the adventure. It was a two way highway after passing through Key Largo and several bridges. The view of the water was beautiful and exciting to see as we got closer to Key West. As a newbie who’s never been and lived there for three months – I want to share my first hand point of view on my stay and the four reasons I didn’t like it.

Too Expensive.

We stayed at Sisgbee Campground in our RV, which is a Navy Base right inside of Key West. It was a very safe Campground with a Commissary and Navy Exchange store. The prices at the stores were reasonable, but the quality just wasn’t there. When shopping off base at a Publix or another grocery store the prices were expensive. I honestly don’t know how people are able to afford living in Key West. A vacation is nice, but to live there, you would almost go broke, unless you’re rich.

Limited Resources.

Key West doesn’t have a Target, Walmart, or any other familiar store you’re used to. To go to a decent store you would need to travel to Miami which is two and a half to three hours away. It felt like we were in a foreign country inside of the United States. The most decent store in our reach was Kmart. The quality was very low and the store was a mess. Your best bet is the Navy base if you have access or ordering from Amazon. Again, this is only for folks who are interested in living there.

Hot as Hell.

It was extremely hot in the summer months. If you don’t like the heat, I would recommend coming in the winter and traveling some where else during the summer months more north. It was fun to go to the beach and swim in the ocean, but without the shade it was a bit miserable.

Prejudice/ Discrimination

Snooty people  gave us the stank eye and crooked smirk. It depended on the type of person we encountered, but there is definitely sprinkles of racism here especially on the Navy base.  I would say folks felt entitled or that they were better than others because of their status. There were customers who I served at the Navy exchange who complained about feeling like they were turned down for a hotel room or looked over simply for the color of their skin. Although, this is a common complaint all over the world, it was annoying and frustrating, so keep that in mind when visiting.

For more information on our experiences traveling watch our Youtube channel. We have a ton of resources available for traveling families.

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4 reasons why we chose to move to Medellin

If you follow us on Youtube, you know by now we are in Columbia and have been here since the beginning of the year to start a new adventure. Initially, we were very nervous and didn’t know what to expect. We’ve heard great things about the country, but we didn’t know anyone personally that made the jump to live here. We took our entire family over and we want to share our experience with you so far. Read on for four reasons why we chose Medellin, Colombia.

To learn Spanish.

Our family goal is to learn Spanish and be fluent enough to order from a menu, catch a cab, ask what time it is, etc. We will most likely learn at different times while we are over here because we all have different learning styles and schedules. Not only will my husband and I learn Spanish, but our two kids as well.

Our goal is to enroll our children in a Spanish speaking school to pick up the language faster. We will continue to provide a US curriculum at home. We will share more details about the schools in a later blog for those interested. They are much younger and have a better chance of picking up the language faster. Spanish tutors are also very affordable and it is easier to learn a language by completely emerging yourself in the culture.

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It is more affordable.

After doing a massive amount of research, we’ve learned our dollar stretches much further in South American than it does in the states. We have a few income streams with side businesses and gigs via the Internet. We would like to pursue more of our personal interest while having a good time and not worrying about paying bills. Some of those interest include learning Salsa, scuba diving, meeting new people and or families, and taking up martial arts.

The climate.

Did you know that Medellin is known as the city of Internal Spring? It’s not too hot and not too cold, just right to positively affect our moods. At night you may need a light jacket, but it is very comfortable to the say the least. Right now, in Atlanta where our home is, it is most likely 50 degrees and people are tucked away in their homes until it gets warmer outside.

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The people.

The people here are very friendly and helpful. Are you surprised? Even with the language barrier, I’ve noticed people are still willing to help you. It can be a little intimidating not being fully fluent in Spanish and trying to get somewhere or carry on with life, but it challenges you to get out your comfort zone and accept the help.

Hopefully, this helps as to why we made the decision to move here. We don’t know how long we plan to stay, but we are taking our time and enjoying the city. We also plan to travel within the country, so stay connected and follow along on Youtube or on our website for travel updates. Maybe you can learn what to do or not to do before taking your big step in traveling.

5 reasons you should travel young.

People think traveling is only for the rich. That you must stay at an expensive penthouse and have room service every night to feel like you’re on vacation. Did you know traveling can be inexpensive and you don’t have to make a lot of money to see the world? People all over the world are ditching their 9-5 jobs, houses etc. to. live more with less. Living smaller lives to travel big is the quickest way to make your desire for traveling happen sooner than later.

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Here are five reasons why you should at least think about seeing the world now than wait until you’re retired.

  • Traveling teaches life experiences.

You can learn life experiences at a regular job, but the benefits are less than if you meet different people everyday and learn experiences from first hand contact with the world.

  • Learn more about yourself and other cultures.

Traveling in my opinion makes people well rounded. You learn other ways of life besides what you are familiar with everyday and this unconsciously stimulates your growth as a human being.

  • Adaptable to different life situations.

Life throws curveballs at us all the time. If you are alive you will go through avoidable struggles that are outside of your control. Learning to adapt to other cultures teaches you to think on a broader spectrum. Generally you have an understanding that it’s not all about you when you are facing life hurdles.

  • It teaches patience and humility.

Learning a new language can be the most humbling experience known to man. Being in an unfamiliar place and having to ask for help to do normal things can be a bit intimidating. It teaches you to connect with others and to be humble because at the end of the day we need others to survive.

  • It creates opportunities.

Traveling can open the door to not only learn more about who you are, but it can attract opportunities you’ve never thought you would be interested in. For example, you may find while during your travels you like to write about your experiences with trying new foods. This may open the door to an opportunity to have a blog or start a social media page that can lead to success. You never know right?

Quitting your job and exploring the world can be risky and not for everyone. If you are thinking about it, weigh out the pros and cons and research if it is right for you.

For more information check out our channel on Youtube  or email us for questions.

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