Location number 2 is now confirmed and will be Malaysia!
We fly out from Bali to Kuala Lumpur on the 16th of March and plan to stay for about a month.
Have you been there and have some awesome recommendations for us? Anything from restaurants, bars, apartment rentals, instagrammable places will be very useful. You can just send me your links to your blogs or videos in the comments below. I love getting inspired by fellow travelers!
We now rented out our apartment for 6 months (starting 17th january) and are one step closer to making this dream of moving to Asia a reality! We’ve lived in our place for almost 3 years now, so it feels very strange to leave it to someone else and store our stuff when the time comes.
My last working day is 21.12 and we plan on spending the Christmas holidays with Mike’s family in Malmö. We will then probably come back to Gothenburg just before New Years Eve. This then gives us about 2-3 weeks to pack eveything. We aren’t too sure what we will do about our car yet, but it’s definitely not worth selling it.. Perhaps park it in a garage/yard of a relative? We will have to see!
The next steps are to book a place to live in Bali, in Canggu to start with. Then we also need to book a plane ticket out of Bali, since we will be getting the Visa on Arrival, which allows us to stay in the country for 2 months. At the moment we are thinking of going to Kuala Lumpur after Bali. We also need to get a travel insurance and need to research the different providers a bit.
That’s our plans at the moment! We are not too keen on ‘planning’ everything when it comes to what we will be doing once we are there, we really want to take it as it comes. Our lives are already too planned out, so we wanted this experience to be all about relaxing from that!
I did it! I quit my full-time marketing job to travel and I couldn’t be more excited!
On October 4th I handed in my resignation and chose to do what I love and what I am passionate about. Travelling and photography.
To make a long story short, I didn’t just quit my job because I felt like going abroad. The position didn’t turn out to be what I signed up for and my role changed too much, too many times. My work made me feel over-worked, stressed, sad and disappointed. I started wondering if this place is really, truly worth staying at. It didn’t take me that long to realize that it isn’t. Life is simply too short and I want to live mine with me in charge!
What now then? Well, my last working day is just before the Christmas holidays and on the 17th of January 2019 we start our travels. By then, we have to arrange for someone to rent our place, pack up all our stuff, get travel insurance and much, much more. The preparations are quite intense, but we are both super excited!
How can we afford to do this? Luckily we both have well paid jobs and saving up is easier if you don’t have to worry about surviving day-in day-out. But this doesn’t mean we don’t sacrifice anything. We sacrifice the savings which would otherwise go towards our future (we planned to buy a house next year!). So a slight change of plans one might say hehe.
Where are we going? We bought a one way ticket to Bali to start with and from there it is not totally decided yet. But we are keen on going to Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines… We will leave our plans open and hopefully everything will work out just fine.
Even though leaving the comfort of having a home, a routine and an income will probably be harder than what we imagine right now, we are ready to tackle whatever comes at us. If we end up coming back home broke and unemployed, so be it! What neither of us want is the regret of not giving it a go.
Have you considered doing the same? Are you doing the same right now? Let me know in the comment section below. Would be fun to see who else is in this boat!
HI THERE! I'M PATRICIJA.
Adventure traveler, photographer, blogger and savvy wanderer.
Born in Slovenia, studied in London and now working with marketing in Sweden. In January 2019 I am relocating to SE Asia, starting with Bali.
Join me as I document my travels and my life around the world.