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the alchymista

we are moving to mexico for 2 1/2 months. how are we doing it?

ian and i work from our own studios.

this gives us each the flexibility to come and go when we need or want to.  after 4 years of raising babies while meeting work deadlines all within the confines of our property, we feel the desire to step far away, allowing the perspective shift to inspire current and future work.

we've gotten help along the way.  

for the last several years, if anyone asks what we want for a birthday or holiday, we say "travel money".  loving gifts from our family over the years bought airfare for all of us.

we've saved when we could.  

we don't usually have extra money to put into a travel fund each month, but any surprise income - insurance reimbursements, escrow overpayments, excess money saved for taxes, etc. - has gone towards the fund.

while we are gone we rent out our house nightly through airbnb.

this is key for us. we have a good location in austin, so we can rent out our casa for big events like sxsw and acl festivals to help cover the cost of our mortgage. (to rent nightly we obtained a short term rental license through the city of austin and we pay hotel occupancy taxes on the rental income.)

i happen to really dig airbnb. we found our casa in sayulita through airbnb as well so i have had both the host and guest experience. here's why i like it:

-there is no startup or yearly fee to use it.

-they sent out a professional photographer to take pics of our casa.

-their aesthetic is pleasing and their site makes sense to me.

-they encourage communication between hosts and guests and you can rate each other after your stay.  it kind of has the feel of a social media site.

we have someone staying elsewhere on our property while we're gone and someone managing the rentals.

now to see if all of this actually works while we're out of the country for so long....

hearts open, fingers crossed.