What’s Next

by Marc on September 2, 2009

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything – the last couple months since we returned have been a whirlwind of adjusting to life back in the States and planning our next steps. Time definitely moves faster here!

We’re certainly not settling back into the same life we had before – working from a blank slate after selling all our stuff, we plan continue our experiments in lifestyle design.

We’ll do our best to incorporate the things we enjoyed most about our travels into our everyday life, and use what we learned from our mistakes to plan future trips.

Here’s a look at some of the things we’ve been up to:

Our New Home

After almost a year of bouncing between hotel and hostel rooms all over the world followed by couch surfing with relatives, one of our biggest priorities has been finding a new place to live:


Since we grew rather fond of the city life during our trip, we’ve chosen a small (but very cool) apartment right in the heart of downtown Dallas – it’s a radical departure from our previous suburban lifestyle & we love it!

Back to School?

Hannah & Olivia got along so well without it last year that we really don’t see any reason to send them back now. Our continued adventures in homeschooling will be the subject of a new blog coming soon.

This Website

We’ll keep adding content here, too. For those of  you planning your own adventures, we’ll talk more about the travel lessons we’ve learned and add lots of tips and location-specific information that might be of help.

We’ve really enjoyed meeting other travelers and lifestyle designers online, and we hope to make many more new friends in the months to come. You can always email marc [at] 4suitcases [dot] com if you have any questions or need any advice – we’ll be glad to help however we can!

Of course, our passports and 4 suitcases will always be handy, too – because you never know when it’ll be time for another road trip!


September 3, 2009 Mom

My first picture of your new home. Can’t wait to see it for real.

September 4, 2009 DAD


September 4, 2009 Nomadic Matt

downtown apartments are highly convenient! and you’ll be able to save a ton by being able to walk places

September 4, 2009 katz


September 5, 2009 Anil

The new place looks great :)

September 13, 2009 Kari

Just finished the entire blog! We are in the early stages of planning our trip. (like I have to convince my husband it is a good idea.) Thank you so much for sharing.
A couple of things I am worried about… We tend to argue when we travel, and the kids are picky eaters…
I am starting to grow my hair, so I can just do a pony, and away we go.

September 14, 2009 Danielle

@Kari – yep my hair was in a pony most all of the trip. I didn’t even bring a hair dryer. Also, I am a very picky eater, more so than the kids. I certainly didn’t starve, but I did end up eating crap too often – Ritz crackers and peanut M&M’s or Pringles.

September 26, 2009 Laurie

You are an absolute inspiration! I love the term ‘lifestyle designers’. I’m also interested in how and what you will integrate into your life now based on your travels. We just completed about a nine month excursion within North America…we had sold most of the stuff and house and bought a travel trailer…home for a bit now -for winter-staying with family, but drawn to the road again..hmmmm-anyways-I’m glad I stumbled upon your site… all the best in your transitions…

October 2, 2009 Veronica

I love that you decided to move into a city apt — a permanent change born of travel and the realization that you don’t need so much. Maybe we’ll do the same when we return from our trip (still 3 years away!)

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