My name is Maria Feist and I’m tired of the daily grind we find ourselves living in North America.
In early 2012, my husband, “the Chef”, and I went on a 3 week vacation to a part of the Philippines dubbed “the last frontier.” We planned this get-a-way for 4 years saving as much money as we could and finding the right time to pull ourselves away from our everyday lives. This wasn’t an easy task. My husband is in the hospitality business so it’s difficult for him to take time off for any significant length of time.
Leaving the sub-zero weather of a Canadian winter we flew halfway around the world and landed in an environment so different from our own. Stepping out of the airport our senses are immediately assaulted by hot, humid air and the thunderous chattering of people and honking vehicles.
Despite the chaos we felt an immediate connection to this foreign land. As we travelled away from the cities and into the surrounding countryside we found ourselves enjoying a more relaxed pace of living. People worked hard but they seemed to be happy. Most of all we liked the simplicity of life.
This got us thinking. All we do now is work to pay our bills and our mortgage. We have all the conveniences of a comfortable life yet we feel a real disconnect to the life we lead here. We are ready for a change.
This is how we started the blog. This site is dedicated to our plan of escape. Wish us luck!