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2018

Inside a Traveler’s Walls: The Traveling Family of Ken Liu

INSIDE A TRAVELER'S WALLS

This week I am pleased to introduce you to the traveling family of Ken Liu and his fiance Joanna! Will and I first met Ken through his Work Anywhere Summit about a year ago. We had plans to meet in person at Oktoberfest, but as this travel life sometimes goes, we got delayed. I am sure our paths will cross one day in this WorldTowning life and we look forward to it.

WorldTowning takes many forms- sometimes it means a new country, and sometimes it means traveling back to your roots – like what Ken decided to do! Along with his fiance Joanna, he decided to spend extended time in Taipei to be close to family.

When talking about his untraditional family and the decision to – in essence- travel back- Ken says that:

It’s a huge learning experience as long as your mind is open to it. If your mind is closed, you will really, really hate it.

Isn’t that the truth?

Ok, enough of my chatting, grab your coffee and get comfortable. It’s time to be inspired by this traveling family.

Traveling Family

Who are you traveling with?

My fiance Joanna. She is from Poland. Actually, it depends on who you ask. We just had our Taiwanese wedding reception last week! So to my Taiwanese family, we’re technically married, but to her Polish family, we’re still engaged until we do the official ceremony in Poland next year.

Where are you in the world and what are you living in?

Right now we are in Taipei, staying with family.

Why did you choose to live in your current arrangement?

I’m having an extended stay in Taiwan because my 2 living grandparents are over 90, and I wanted to spend more quality time with them.

What do you do to personalize your unique (less traditional) living situation?

I don’t do much personalization. I’m saving that for later.

Traveling Family Ken Liu

Traveling Family Ken Liu

Tell us your favorite and least favorite room in your space and why?

I split time between my dad’s side of the family and my mom’s side of the family. I don’t really have a favorite or least favorite room. I guess it’s because none of the rooms are actually technically mine.

What is the biggest misconception you had about your current living situation before you started living in it?

My biggest misconception is that my family would leave their opinions to themselves. I get to hear many different opinions about my new lifestyle on a weekly basis.

What is the one household item you carry with you every time you move or the one item you cannot live without?

My laptop and my phone. I can’t make money without them.

Traveling Family Ken Liu

Traveling Family Ken Liu

What do you miss most about permanent, stationary, traditional living?

I miss the routine of going to the gym, hanging out with friends, and having my own space with my own stuff.

What is your best resource to find items you need for your place?

Just random local stores. 7-Elevens are huge in Asia.

Traveling Family Ken Liu

Traveling Family Ken Liu

If you could only have one of the following in your home which one would it be and why?

Space, natural light, dishwasher or above average internet.

Internet – I need to make money online.

If you were to compare your unique (less traditional) home decorating style to a kitchen appliance or gadget what would it be and why?

The Vitamix – gosh I miss my Vitamix… and also because I’m kind of a blend of everything. I don’t have my own unique decorating style. I just go with whatever I have and whatever I fancy at that particular moment in time.

How do you keep traditions alive for your family in your unique living situation?

I don’t have many traditions to speak of.

Traveling Family Ken Liu

Traveling Family Ken Liu

How do you decorate for the holidays in your unique (less traditional) home or do you skip it all together?

Skip! Every day is a holiday.

What is your favorite part about this lifestyle choice?

This one is easy. I have the freedom to spend as much time as I want with my grandparents in Taiwan and my fiance in Poland.

Many traveling families subscribe to the “house is not a home” theory. What is home to you?

A home is a place where I can put up my feet and relax, get a comfortable night’s sleep, and lay out all of my stuff anywhere I want.

Traveling Family Ken Liu

Traveling Family Ken Liu

What makes you love the place you live?

Comfort. A solid bed and pillow are to die for.

Can home be a person, or an idea?

Not really. I always consider a home to be a physical location.

Words of wisdom to anyone considering venturing out into the world of unique, less traditional homes?

It’s a huge learning experience as long as your mind is open to it. If your mind is closed, you will really, really hate it.

Anything else you would like offer?

This lifestyle is not without sacrifices. Know ahead of time what you’re willing to give up in order to live this lifestyle.

Traveling Family Ken Liu

Traveling Family Ken Liu

What is next for you? Will you continue to live in your current home or try something different?

I am headed to Poland in June!

How do you make a living?

I’m currently teaching English online. I make less than 10% of what I used to make, but I know it’s not permanent.

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I’m in awe of how much Ken and Joanna have traveled – and love the conscious choice to make family a priority. Ken and Joanna pack a lot of knowledge into their life of full-time WorldTowning:

This lifestyle is not without sacrifices. Know ahead of time what you’re willing to give up in order to live this lifestyle.

Go Adventure,
Jessica

Inside A Traveler’s Walls is where we feature families living in less traditional and unique homes (tents, boats, camper vans, yurts, flats, etc). If you think you might be one of those families and are interested in being profiled, please contact us for details.

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