Our family and friends keep making the joke that we’ve “settled” now and need to change our name from Never Settle to Settled. Ha! We’ll forgive you for that terrible joke. We haven’t settled; far from it.
We do have a base now though.
We’ve recently started renting a cottage in Rosetta, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa; a beautiful area close to the Drakensberg mountains, famously known for the 1955 alien abduction of Elizabeth Klarer.
Since we left Cape Town in December 2014, we haven’t had a space to call our own. Backpacking North and South America for seven months taught us a lot about ourselves, one of those things being that we aren’t the indefinite-term-dirty-haven’t-been-home-in-nine-years-backpackers that we thought we were before we left. We don’t want to travel indefinitely, but we also don’t want to have jobs that only enable us to travel for two weeks a year. We like roughing it camping and in hostels, but we also like some comfort and clean sheets sometimes. It is also nice not to be perpetually living out of a backpack and constantly moving around.
So we decided that we would find a base; a place in a beautiful area where we would be able to live simply and save to travel. I’ve tried hard to be able to work for myself as a web developer, and so can now pretty much work from anywhere if I have access to internet. Cara is currently looking for a teaching position, which will give us huge chunks of holiday time in which to travel. We chose Rosetta because it is close to the Drakensberg mountains, one of our favourite places on Earth. It is also really affordable to live here and we’re hoping that we’re going to be able to save most of our money to travel. My parents have babysat our companion rabbit, Pips, for the last year, and we are loving living with him again. We are enjoying having a bakkie (or “truck” in American), and are already planning to do as many Drakensberg adventures as possible. We have started a veganic garden and are going to try and grow a lot of our own food. We are figuring out how we want to live. Moving into our own place has been a kind of adventure in itself.
But we haven’t settled; kids are not on the cards, we’re only renting our place, we still don’t own that much stuff, and we aren’t in debt.
In our first blog post, we wrote:
We came up with the name Never Settle for a couple reasons: first, because we can’t seem to stay in one place for more than two years. Second, because we think that life should be a constant adventure. Lastly, because, when it comes to what we believe, people often ask “but where do you draw the line? When have you done enough?”. Never. You should never feel like you have done enough when it comes to bettering yourself, widening your circle of compassion (and empathy) for others (including non-human animals), and deepening your respect for the Earth.
That is still how we feel. Bring on the next adventure!
Words by Pete | Photo by Cara