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Seven Questions You’re Dying To Ask The BS Travelers

Are you back in the United States for good?

Nope! We have a round-trip ticket back to Croatia.

Are you moving to Croatia?

Although Croatia is a place that checks off most of our must-have boxes, we still do feel the urge to float and get a change of scenery every few months. We like the idea of living nomadically so we can move when we crave something new. As of now, we are “penciling in” staying in Croatia for our allotted 6 month visa stay in 2018.

How long are you here?

We secretly arrived into town on November 21st, but have been laying low because we were on a mad quest to surprise our friends and family each in their own special way. Our flight back to Split, Croatia is on March 7, 2018.

Where is your next adventure?

After a week back in Split, we are off on a hiking adventure in Trossachs National Park, Scotland in March 2018. We’ll be staying for a week at the Gartmore House on the Gartmore Estate. All bedrooms in the Gartmore House are en-suite and many have beautiful views towards Stirling Castle. This beautiful 18th century property is set on 75 acres of private land.

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What did you miss most about Chicago?

Hands down Giordano’s Pizza! We’ve already had it twice!

So what brought you guys back home?

After three years on the road, it was definitely time for a much-needed visit! FaceTime always helps with staying in touch, but it felt great to hug all our loved ones. (A special shout out to my mom Patti who brought us back home for the holidays.)

We also had two new babies that recently joined our family, Bayleigh Rose and William Joseph. Our drivers licenses expired in October and we definitely needed to renew those. We are also anxious to further downsize from our initial downsize so we can live more freely with even less.

What does it feel like to be home?

Although we’ve been gone for over three years, we tell everyone that the time seemed to pass in a blink of an eye. The biggest shock was seeing our nieces and nephews, who have grown and changed the most since we left. Things are familiar, yet unfamiliar all at the same time.

We can definitely say that Chicago no longer feels like home. Some long-term travelers rent their homes while away, but we sold our condo while abroad. Not having a house to return home to probably contributes to that feeling. For now we are happily homeless and feel free of the daunting responsibility of home ownership. Oh! And we also forgot how extremely flat the Midwest was! It reaffirmed our love for mountains and dramatic landscapes even more.

Are there any other questions that you have for us? Did we miss anything? Feel free to ask away in the comments section below.

How Sarma Turns Friends Into Family: Thanksgiving Day Reflections

My story begins from a craving and a conversation starter. One September Sunday afternoon, we spent the day hiking up Mosor Mountain. The round trip trek takes about five to six hours. It’s a great opportunity for a digital detox and provides the perfect setting  for good conversation between friends. Continue reading How Sarma Turns Friends Into Family: Thanksgiving Day Reflections

How to Get the Best Car Rental Price In Europe – IT WORKS, 100% GUARANTEED!

Many people think that renting a car in Europe has to be expensive. Those that go the traditional route of renting  through the big names like Avis, Budget, and Hertz will surely be overpaying. If you’re planning on renting a car for at least 15 days in Europe you can save a small fortune by going through a lease buyback program. Two reputable companies offering this service are Peugeot (Poo-dʒou) and Renault (Re-new).  We purchased a brand new car in France for ONLY $28 per day through <Auto Europe> Continue reading How to Get the Best Car Rental Price In Europe – IT WORKS, 100% GUARANTEED!

Why We’re Doing a Complete 180

“One time I found this old home movie my grandma made of their visit to the Grand Canyon back in the 1950’s. She’s filming the scenery and a couple times you can barely see my dad and uncles run by. We’re watching this in the mid ‘2000’s – 50 years later, near the end of her life. She goes, ‘Why didn’t I point the camera at them? I don’t care about the Grand Canyon.'” Continue reading Why We’re Doing a Complete 180


We recently accidentally deleted two YouTube videos. After completing some light research we became extremely nervous that we weren’t going to be able to undo this mess. Nearly everything online stated that it’s impossible to restore a deleted video. Guess what? It’s not! We were able to get YouTube to restore the two videos that were deleted by completing the following steps:


To the Unbound Girls

Not all girls were meant for making babies, wearing lipstick, or working hard just for the sake of owning hardwood floors. Continue reading To the Unbound Girls

Kicking-off 2017 with a “Bang”

Happy New Year! After over two years of traveling through Europe and living the European lifestyle, it is time for a little change of scenery. We are excited to announce that we are switching continents for a few months to enjoy some warmer weather, new cuisine, and a lot of adventure. Continue reading Kicking-off 2017 with a “Bang”