Here’s Part 2 of my Homemaking on the Road Series! This will focus on the ins and outs of packing for a trip… and the tricks I use to save money, sanity, and space.
I like to think that I’m a minimalist, but the truth is, anyone who can’t travel without a set of hot rollers isn’t exactly low-maintenence. So let’s explore how to pack as lightly as possible but still be prepared once you get to your destination.
Husband and I have been traveling a lot since November, moving across the country from California to the lovely South in Georgia, and then criss-crossing the states for contract and freelance consulting.
While traveling, it’s important to me to retain a sense of order and make it fun, especially when balancing expenses and taking pets, so I’ll be doing a series in 2013 about Travel and adding it as a new blog category.
Part One – Planning The Great Escape
With just a few weeks left to pack up our home and say goodbye to our Los Angeles area friends, I still can’t stop partying. Ever inclined to host, even with one foot out my own door, I decided to just keep on inviting guests over and let us be our social selves. Because once we’re gone, it may be months or even years before we see our West Coast friends again.
One evening, after a long day of packing, our friend Jenny came over for dinner and relaxation with wine. We lounged in the back yard and grilled out and talked politics, religion, and jobs. Another night, we invited friends and family over for a “Come drink all our weird leftover alcohol” bar potluck. We still have a ton of vermouth, rum, and lychees, but we got rid of our pink champagne, vodka, and soda, and it was a pleasant evening enjoyed by all.
Here are some tips on how to host at home even when you’re moving out:
It’s kind of ironic that I have a hosting and homemaking book coming out next week, as, simultaneously, Husband and I have been packing up our beloved rented bungalow in California and preparing to move across the country next month with no real employment opportunities, or solid idea of where we’re going to live next.
After over a decade of being Angelenos, we’ve made the decision to leave California, moving back East to be nearer to my family and toward our own version of the Promised Land. (For us, it’s named Virginia.) True, this happened because of job layoffs, but other than the initial freak-out, we decided to see it as an opportunity rather than a crisis.
This is our life right now.