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  1. Sharon
    October 3, 2016

    The zillions of rules and regulations in my home country have definitely been my biggest frustration in returning to Australia. It’s funny how little I used to think about it but now it drives me crazy especially with a new baby and all the laws which make my life difficult in regards to travel with three kids. Grrrr!!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      October 4, 2016

      That is one of the worst parts about being in a developed country. It can really drive you mad. I’m very glad my child is old enough for me to not have to worry about some of the craziness.

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  2. Cyra | Gastronomic Nomad
    December 12, 2014

    The comparisons you have made between the US and Europe are similar to Australia (my home country) and Europe as well – and exactly the reason I spend most of my time in Spain. I am actually back in Australia now for 4 months and loving it, but I know it’s just a visit. I’m not sure how I would feel if I was here full time. Australia and the US are both very privileged and powerful countries in many ways, but I actually think the quality of life and general lifestyle in Europe is much better.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 13, 2014

      I definitely agree. And quality of life is going to be the biggest factor in our decision making.

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  3. Paula
    December 8, 2014

    It seems that the the time has come for you both to have a home and therefore a base. A place that you both know that you are coming back to when you travel. This place is where you can make it your own and know that it will always be waiting for you both. Tigger just wants a place to call home, wherever it may be and I suspect that the European culture suits you both a lot. Settle in, declare it your home and treat it as that…wherever it is. Good luck

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 10, 2014

      We already planned on settling down into a base. The big question is where. Tigger has very strong opinions about where he is and isn’t interested in doing that. So it’s just picking the right spot from the approved list now. 😉

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  4. Katie @ The World on my Necklace
    December 8, 2014

    It’s a shame that you aren’t taking the housesit on Vancouver Island as I find that the feel and culture of the Canadian Pacific North West (and Canada in general) is quite different that the US. Totally understand Tigger’s burn out though so maybe you can try out British Columbia another time. I haven’t been to Romania yet but it is a country that I am very interested in visiting and it looks incredible.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 8, 2014

      It’s an area I definitely want to explore, but I understand his fatigue. We absolutely loved Romania. It felt like home to us.

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  5. Sean
    December 8, 2014

    There are major regional differences within the United States, and I’d hardly consider Florida or Texas representative. BUT…everything you’re pointing out seems pretty universal across the country.

    Cost of living variations are not that dramatic when you remove housing from the equation. Things are expensive compared to Eastern Europe.

    Road and city layout were simply not designed for public transit, especially not intercity travel. People who live without a car tend to live in major cities that have good bus and train infrastructure within the city. Outside of the northeastern corridor, travel between cities is overwhelmingly car (or plane) dependent. The car free people I know find the car sharing programs or rentals useful for occasional trips, but they only work if you’re starting in a city to begin with.

    The culture of rules thing is very interesting. The legal environment requires all these signs to be posted everywhere. My experience is that there are significant cultural differences in different regions of the US about whether you pay attention or ignore the signs. It’s frustrating because it’s annoying to deal with signs and guess if anyone is going to care or not in that place. It’s also a major way that local law enforcement and other rule enforcers get to discriminate based on class or race. The signs are there but only *some* people get stopped, just like you found with the search for homeless people. Being poor is treated as criminal.

    I think it would be interesting to compare the difference on this last aspect between Canada and the US, so it’s a shame you aren’t able to take the Vancouver Island house sit at this time.

    Last, I’m curious about your experiences with Washington state as having a friendlier vibe. Maybe it is relative to where you are coming from or comparing things to. Or maybe you mean laid back, which isn’t the same thing as friendly to me. I am a transplant who lives in Washington, and my experience is that the Pacific NW reputation for “freeze” is extremely accurate. Culturally, people are not at all friendly to anyone they don’t know for many years. There is a laid back vibe I enjoy but there is 0 warmth and finding friends or community can be challenging. I chose to live here for the quality of life in general, as well as career aspects, and I don’t regret my decision. But that had little to do with how friendly people are, which is good, because they generally aren’t.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 8, 2014

      It really depends where you go and if you’re a transplant or not as well. They tend to be friendly on the street, etc., but building relationships is a different story. In rural towns/small cities, it can be very difficult to get long-timers to warm up to you, especially if you aren’t originally from WA. Although usually having a child in your home does help, too. At least it has in the past. Some areas are definitely worse than others.

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  6. Patti
    December 8, 2014

    I think you’ve already made the decision, you just haven’t yet said the words aloud. Hmm… reminds me of someone else?! 😉

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 8, 2014

      We’re just awaiting to arrive in Washington to have confirmation in our decision. We don’t want to make the final decision before we get there because we may feel differently once we’re in the Pacific NW. So, we’re allowing for that possibility.

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  7. Michele
    December 8, 2014

    I don’t envy you with trying to make your decision…we are lucky that we have kept our house and the girls are all there when we decide to return. I hope your next move gives you the clarity you need to make the decision but I do understand the pull of Europe and it’s convenience and reasonably cheap travel between countries.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 8, 2014

      Europe is such a great area. We both really loved it.

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  8. Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com
    December 8, 2014

    Good luck in making that decision. You both are lucky you have that choice. 🙂

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 8, 2014

      VERY nice to have that choice. I know MANY people don’t have it.

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