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2017 What’s Next For Us – The American Southwest!

2016 was a whirlwind of a year for us. We did so much and we traveled more than ever before. We sold a large chunk of our business and we spent three months in Europe. It was exciting and fun and we have zero regrets. But what about 2017?

Now that we’re a month into 2017, we are looking ahead to this new year and it’s shaping up quite a bit differently than last year.

Whereas we sold a business last year, we are starting new business this year. Where we spent a large portion of the year in Puerto Rico, we’ll be spending most of our time in Arizona, USA. And where we traveled abroad, we’ll be traveling a lot in the American Southwest.

So, is 2017 better or worse than 2016?

I think neither. I simply think it’s different. We’re actually quite excited about the changes, you know us, forever the gypsies. We love to roam around and haven’t been able to stay still for very long, especially once we started this location-independent lifestyle.

Specifically, on the list of things to do this coming year:

  1. Starting up e-commerce branch of our business – It is time to expand our business and this is the most logical direction. It is also one of the main reasons we’re moving to Arizona.
  2. Starting up different types of blogs – Up until now, we’ve specialized in Tech and Travel, we’ll be adding others – stay tuned for more..
  3. Book writing – I have lots of ideas. So, I’ll be venturing into authorship – hopefully.
  4. Thoroughly exploring Arizona – We have been visiting AZ for years because my son lives here, but the more we see, the more we want to explore. Arizona is absolutely beautiful and full of history. We can’t wait to learn more.
  5. Thoroughly exploring the American Southwest: New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, and even California – We know the eastern US pretty well, but this is our chance to explore the western side of this beautiful country.
  6. Visiting Mexico – And why not? We’ll be just 75 miles from the border 🙂
  7. Disney Land – Who doesn’t want to go to Disney Land? It’s the quintessential American Amusement Park. Besides, we want to explore California, anyway.
  8. Lego Land – We’ve been told: “Lego Land is better than Disney Land”, so guess what? It’s on the list 🙂
  9. Las Vegas (aka Disney Land for Adults) – You can’t be within driving distance and not visit Vegas. This is where we got married and we’ll be going back for our anniversary this year. WOOT!

And in case, you’re like some of our family and think “Why in the world, would you want to move to the desert with all that ugly sand?“. Ugly? Check out this video and tell me if you still feel the same.

So, the above to-do list and much more is coming in 2017. We’re going to continue writing about Puerto Rico and our adventures there (we have lots of material from the past two years) but also about our new life back in US and how it compares. We’re going to be writing about the places we visit in the Southwest and Mexico. And, how we make money online. So, if you’re hoping to break free of your life and roam as we do, keep reading and we’ll tell you how we’re doing it.

Here is to another great year (2017), roaming the world and being the GenX Gypsies!




About Joanna

is a Polish American living in Arizona with her husband Tim. She is a founding partner of JTR Tech and she is proud to be a professional geek. She had dreamt of living abroad for many years. So, she and Tim created AbroadDreams.com to document the process of making their dream of moving abroad come true. They spent 2 years in Puerto Rico and several months in Spain and Poland. Now they are exploring the American Southwest.

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  1. Hi Joanna,
    Do you still have any contacts in PR?
    I am looking to retire in PR and am having an amazingly hard time trying to get my Chiropractic license there.
    I cant reach the board by phone or fax, Lived in Ecuador for a few years and had a “facilitator” that handled all the paperwork for me, and was wondering if you knew anyone in PR that did the same.
    Thank you, My wife and I have really enjoyed your blog.

    • Hi Bob,
      We have lots of friends in PR but no contacts, like what you’re describing. I’m actually not surprised that you’re having a hard time reaching anyone. We have encountered the same. We found that phone numbers listed online or in different publications are usually outdated or go to a fax. PR also has a culture of basically “no one calls you back”. When we were involved with a farmers market, we were on the other end of this – we were the ones getting calls. Now, almost a year after we’ve stopped working with the farmers market, someone in PR is still giving out our old number and people are calling us (while nwe’re in EU and USA) wanting to know how to sell at the farmers market. So, we started ignoring the calls. What we learned is that Puerto Ricans don’t give up easily. They will literally call 6-10 in a row, until we answer. So, perhaps that can give you an insight. Call and call and call until someone responds…?
      Good luck!

  2. I’ve been waiting and watching for a new post from you guys, wanting to hear more about your plans so this is a great first step! Do you know when you’re actually making the move? Looking forward to hearing more and following your new adventures.

    As I think I might have said before — we’d never really spent any time to speak of out west (being southerners and easterners, by and large) and we only landed in Utah since that’s where our daughter and her family are. But we have really enjoyed it and have so much still to explore. Wishing you guys the best of luck and eagerly awaiting more new posts.

  3. Wow, that is awesome for you both! I have a lot of respect for what you do and that you follow your heart where ever it made lead and take charge of your dreams. Many blessings to you both, on your next journey. Looking forward to following along.