July 15, 2012

.away we go....someday..maybe.

Have you seen the movie, Away We Go? It is one of my favorite movies, I could watch it over and over again (and still cry at all the same places). I feel like I have always connected with Maya R.'s character. In the movie she loses her parents the same age I lost my mom and now she is traveling with her partner to figure out where to raise their child.  I always feel like I am trying to figure out where it is that I/we will settle down in this life. Since 2008 I have been a little bit of a wanderer moving from MN to DC to Australia to MN......and then to...who knows!

On our wedding anniversary (4 years!) Dave and I talked a lot about our future, mostly about where do we see ourselves living and raising a child. We decided that we are going to do our own, Away We Go.  We took out a map of the U.S.A. and marked it up with where we could see ourselves living and where we never ever want to live!

We decided that we really don't want to live in-land, except for a few certain cities. Since Australia we have been craving the ocean and beach, so it looks like we may head to either coast. My criteria is that it should be at a max. 5 hours away from the ocean! So where are we considering? 

Tacoma, Portland, Seattle, and maybe somewhere in California 

 Houston or someplace near on the Gulf of Mexico coast

Minneapolis (of course!) and Fort Collins 

Virginia (VA Beach or Fairfax area), North Carolina, 
Australia, New Zealand, & London for our international desires!!

Now we have the exciting opportunity to research these different areas and plan visits!  I have my own top three cities but I'm not sharing those with anyone..not even Dave!! I am excited to see where this adventure will take us and where we will finally settle down. 

Are you familiar with any of these places?
Have any tips or info you would like to share??