We are Rachel and Al. In July 2021, we both retired from jobs we loved to begin the next great adventure in our lives. We hatched the plan as an interesting idea to talk about, far in the future: someday we want to live in a different country each year, for a full year, for ten years. Now the future is here! Our kids are grown and scattered, our health is still good. We seized the opportunity presented by an early retirement offer to fast-forward the time frame, sold nearly everything we owned, and here we are, exploring the world, one country at a time. COVID has surely complicated things, but, like everyone else, we have learned that things can change in an instant, and we just need to adapt. If you’re interested in following along with our adventure, sign up below! If you want to learn more about us, click on About. If you want to learn more about the plan and how we launched it, click on the links to other articles we’ve written. And if you want to catch up on where we’ve been and what we’ve seen and learned along the way, check out our Blog and Photo galleries (above).

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Málaga Photo Gallery

We just returned “home” from our first trip in Spain in which we were not carrying all of our belongings with us—our first out-and-back trip from a home base. It feels good to travel lighter and have a familiar place with our creature comforts to return to. We have competing emotions about this: We want…

Arteries of the Ancients

We run our fingers along a dusty wall made of thick cubes of rock, mortared together in the 2nd century BCE by Romans to protect what would become their first provincial capital outside of Italy—now known as Tarragona. Built upon and around for millennia, the ancient wall once surrounded just a garrison, then grew to…

Holidays

This holiday season, normally a time for seeing family and friends, we find ourselves in a stranger’s home, in a town we’ve never visited before, with a dog we don’t know. But we’re happy to be here. We are exploring a new place and learning about a different culture. You may wonder: Why did we…