Behind the Scenes of The Overseas Escape // Big News!

Behind the Scenes of The Overseas Escape // Big News!

Behind the Scenes

I’ve got news, big news! No, I’m not pregnant. A vlog (my first!) felt like the best way to share it so here goes:

Now, pretty please, tell me what you’d do if you were in my shoes!

  • So many big decisions! I was just thinking about usa travel the other day – there’s so many beautifully places to discover and yet europe, Asia, etc seem stop get so much hype. Can’t wait to see where you settle!

    • Thanks for the support lovey! I think you’re right, the US definitely gets a bit overlooked with it’s offerings. I certainly can’t say that life is going to be the same though – traveling nonstop – and maybe that’s okay. Ha, my wallet will certainly be pleased with that choice.

      Very excited to meet up with you in a few months! πŸ˜€

  • I vote Portland, Oregon! A smaller, cheaper version of San Fran, an hour from the beach and close to Colorado, sounds like a win to me:) And I so agree, I have traveled so little in the US, if/when we move there that is definitely something I am going to make a priority. Good luck with all the decisions!

    • I SECOND THIS!!!!!!!!! PDX is my former home. πŸ™‚

    • Definitely noted! Amazing how many people are lobbying for PNW – it’s one of those places I always pocketed as like “yeah, it’s beautiful” but never actually evaluated what it’d be like to live there. You and your fellow PNW’s (like @livinginanotherlanguage:disqus ) have done a valiant effort lobbying for it! πŸ˜€

      • And just saying but if/when I head back stateside Portland is most likely where I will end up, so basically you will have an automatic bestie to explore with:)

        • done and done! I’ll tell Dan the news now! ;D

          Just think – Azora and Stuart could be the BEST of friends! omg, so adorable!

  • Throwing Charleston, South Carolina in the ballot box because it’s my favourite place in the entire US! Beautiful, amazing food, on the beach but not far from the mountains, tons of history, wonderful people, etc.

    Good luck with all your exciting decisions coming up! I think you could definitely play with your name in the new title somehow…Mar”go” has to have something about moving around in there – but I’m clearly a fan of playing with words πŸ™‚

    (PS – You sound exactly like you look, if that makes any sense haha. In the best way, of course! And your apartment looks adorable, colour coordinated bookshelves just get me.)

    • VERY interesting you should mention Charleston. πŸ˜‰ (Shhh, but it’s definitely toward the top of our list… I honestly can’t imagine what a joy it’d be to live in the “The Friendliest City in the US” – such a change for the independent culture here… to put it nicely!)

      Great suggestion about using the -Go! Hmmm, perhaps I’ll bounce some of my final ideas off of you via email in a few weeks? πŸ™‚

      High five for color coordinated books! Dan thinks this method of organization is somewhat ridiculous. “Alphabetical” he whines. Pshhh, we know better.

      • OOOooooOooo I would seriously live vicariously through your blog if y’all wound up in Chucktown! I loved everything about my time there, I miss it to pieces! Feel free to shoot me an email if you need any convincing πŸ˜‰

        And yes I would love to help if I can! Blog names can get so stressful haha.

        Colour coordinated > Alphabetical, all day.

        • Yeah! Seriously! Between me, you, and Disqus, he’s paying Charleston a visit at this very moment to scope out what it’d be like to live there. I told him he just had to go to Fleet Landing for shrimp and grits, that should seal the deal. We’ll see though!

          What are your thoughts on the simple name of ‘Margo Escape’ with a subliminal ‘Go Escape’ built right in? Boring? Exciting? 100% weird?

          • Merp, disregard – it’s too wrong grammatically for me to feel comfortable with. False alarm! πŸ™‚

  • Ahhhh we are so in the same boat sister!! I didn’t realize yall would be leaving so soon as well! And why didn’t we travel back in the States haha?! I also have a new outlook on everything…it’s gonna be interesting. Aww I know it was sad to send your boys home. I’ve got to get my pups out of here soon as well. Looking forward to your journey! I say Colorado!!

    • Yesh, I honestly had no idea that we were in the same boat. Another reason to love blogging – sharing these kind of experiences with others. In 6 months from now we’ll look back on this Disqus chat and be like “we had NO idea what was in store for us!” Glad I don’t have to do it alone. πŸ™‚

      Where are you guys moving to?

      • Well Van is staying with his company so we don’t have a huge choice as of right now….it’s looking like Atlanta right now…which is eh. It’s great that we will be near so much family!! But..not looking forward to commutes and such (but. I will have a job again yay!!) Florida may be an option. With vans job, I’m sure we will have an overseas option again…so I’m calling Atlanta the “5 year plan” hehehe!! So many ifs and buts urgh!! Excited to see where you choose!!!

        • Oh yay! So I definitely thought he was in the military so there wasn’t much of a choice for you guys. It all makes so much more sense now. Exciting about getting a job, what are you going to be doing?

          • Hoping to get back into Victim Advocacy (what I did pre england :)) And yeah, van is in defense/aviation so kinda the same!!

          • Ah, gotcha! That’s awesome for both of you guys! I’m sure you get so much fulfillment out of your work. Good for you dear! πŸ™‚

  • I shall miss your European adventures but I’ll be in the same boat in one year heading back to Canada.

    • Do I sound annoying if I say “Oh yeah, savor it, that one year will go by fast…” – yeah, I sound like just another departing expat that’s full of advice. Ignore me, k?

      But really… it’ll go fast! ;D

  • I love putting a voice to a face! πŸ™‚

    • Ha, I was wondering what people might think of this! Some folks said that I sound the way that I write – that’s a good thing, I think?

      I rewatched my vlog too many times and flinched with each and every “umm”, do me a favor and ignore those, k?

  • Julia

    Wowow, that is big news! Such an exciting new stepping stone in the adventure. San Francisco would be super cool, I love that city so much. And see as much as Europe as you can before you leave!! And it’s always so cool to hear the voices attached to the faces πŸ˜€

    I would change your name if that’s what makes you happy. Like you said, make it something about you, something universal that can apply to where ever you are. If you change it, I can’t wait to see what you end up coming up with! πŸ˜€

    • Thanks for the support lovey! No worries, I’ve got soooo much travel planned between now and when I leave. In fact, I’m already worried I’m going to burn out in the middle of it. Don’t worry though. I’ll some how persevere over gelato in Rome. ;D

      Thanks for the support about the name. If you think of anything let me know! xo

  • You’re so cute – don’t fret at all about being judged. Your true readers will follow you regardless of your blog name. How exciting that you’ll be returning to the US and starting a new chapter in life. I’ll be right along with you in July – end of an era as expats…for now. πŸ™‚

    • Although I don’t want to sound happy that you’ll also have to go through would could be a challenging transition, I do appreciate that we’ll be going through the motions at the same time. I’m sure it’ll be helpful to bounce the feelings associated with repatriation off one another!

      Hugs and yay for the weekend ahead! xo

  • You should definitely not be judged, you’re changing it because it will no longer be an ‘overseas escape,’ totally understandable… city wise I guess it is a tough choice, so many options to choose from!

    • thanks for the support dear! if you think of any names let me know! (that’s like the worst task ever so feel free to disregard!)

      where would you move in the states if you had your choice?

      • I like the one someone mentioned Mar GO.. haha play with that one or something similar..

        and that’s a tough one.. we were actually considering a job in San Francisco before moving to kaiserslautern. maybe Charlotte, or Florida (only to be able to go to disney/universal studio whenever)
        btw I sent you a message through facebook, check your others folder.

        • Ah! Thanks for telling me to check there. I never ever do! Replying now! πŸ™‚

  • Oooh, exciting!

    Good luck with your decision. Speaking as an someone who visits the States for my holidays I can now look forward to reading about all your future adventures there instead, wherever that ends up.

    You have a loyal blog following so changing your name again, while not ideal for SEO, is something you can certainly survive. Blogs are such a personal thing, so I say do what makes you feel happy.

    I heartily condone the idea of a domain that includes you name though πŸ˜‰

    • Penny, thanks for ALWAYS being so sweet, your support means so much to me. While I am looking forward to US adventures, I can’t deny that Europe is in a category all it’s own and life will surely change tremendously. I’m just digesting the fact that maybe life changes are okay… and maybe even needed. You know?

      We’ll see what happens the with name. Fingers crossed I see the light one of these days and decide what to do! πŸ˜€

      • Aww πŸ™‚

        Well, whatever you choose I’m sure it’ll all work out just fine – I mean, just look at how many supportive responses you got here!

        Besides while it’s obviously longer flights, Europe isn’t going anywhere (I hope, else I’m in big trouble πŸ˜‰ ), I’m sure you’ll be back and perhaps even seeing it with a new perspective.

  • HandLuggageOnly

    Wow! Big choices! But definitely exciting times ahead! You definitely need to carry on blogging – there’s so much to see and blog about in the US and I’d love to hear how you find life back in the US too! πŸ™‚

    Also, just my two cents but I don’t think you need to change it. Regardless of what you do in the future, the name is still valid as it represents the period when the blog was created. πŸ™‚ Of course you should do what you want and what you feel comfortable with but heading back home doesn’t diminish the fact that you did have an overseas escape (and chances are that you probably will carry on doing so albeit perhaps in a different way in the future).

    All in all – GOOD LUCK BOTH OF YOU!!! πŸ™‚ Here’s to exciting times ahead and more adventure for the two of you!

    • Vava

      I totally agree with Hand Luggage!

      Very exciting new chapter for you in the US! Looking forward to seeing where your next adventure takes you. πŸ™‚

      • Thanks Vava! I’m also excited to see what pans out for us. Sometimes this “world is our oyster” is absolutely awesome but other times I’m dying to know where we’re headed. Good thing I’ve got this dear ole blog to vent about it! ha πŸ˜‰

    • Agreed wholeheartedly!

    • Your energy and enthusiasm is absolutely contagious! It’s so interesting to see how much feedback I’ve received from people curious about US travels and sights. I never expected it. Although, I won’t deny that there can surely be some lackluster sights over there too but I’ll count on you to keep me in check – i.e. feel free to call me out when I post “10 Awesome Things to do in Gary, Indiana!” πŸ˜€

      Oh boy, thanks for the recommendation of sticking with my current name. We shall see what pans out. (No, swear I’m not ignoring you!)

      Thanks again guys!

      • HandLuggageOnly

        Good luck with what you decide! πŸ˜‰

  • Wow! That is so exciting! You all might like the Raleigh or Chapel Hill area. Closer to home, but still a big change. Portland was always something we thought about if we moved back.

    As far as the name, I’m totally with you on that! As hard and probably frustrating for you to change again, it’s obvious that you want the name to really means something to you. And that’s okay! Don’t worry about how it will look because at the end of the day, this is you putting yourself out there. Hopefully we’ll get to meet up in Europe before you head back! Best of luck in this transition!

    • Ohh, between you and me (and Disqus staff?), Raleigh is definitely on our shortlist. It’s at the top of SO many ‘best places to live in the US’ lists it’s absurd. There and Asheville, actually. It’s kind of all boiling down to where Dan can find a job he’s passionate about so we shall see!

      I’d love to meet up while I’m still here! Not sure if you saw that list in my side bar of places I’ll be the next few months. Let me know if you’re going to be there too! hugs!

  • First off, I LOVE vlogs! Matching a voice with a face is always fun! This is big, but exciting, news! You seem so positive about everything which is great, I was such a downer about moving back. I totally get the whole ‘up in the air’ thing but I promise it’ll all work out! Good luck with the move! As for the blog, making the blog name more personal makes it easier to adapt to your surroundings/ any life changes you may go through. No judgement for changing, I look forward to seeing what you’ll come up with!

    • why are you SO sweet? seriously, I want to give you hug for always having the most thoughtful things to say! so where do you think you’d go in the US if you were me? Interestingly enough, Dan has found that there are a ton of jobs in solar in TEXAS. How bout them apples! ;D

      • Personally I looked a lot into Nashville and Boston when I was trying to find a job, but somehow I ended up in my hometown of Houston! Lol. Give it time and I’ll move again πŸ™‚ As for Texas, Houston and Dallas (while they usually offer the most jobs) are exactly interesting because they’re so new and metropolitan. Austin and San Antonio however are great places to live/ have such a cool vibe!!!

  • Polly Barks

    Obviously I have to advocate for NOVA but NOT DC! Congrats on coming back!

    • Question – hypothetically only, say I did move to, say… Leesburg. We would go on a wine tour together blate, right? (The answer is YES.)

      • Polly Barks

        Yes!! just a little hop over the mountain! God knows VA needs more awesome travel-type bloggers.

  • I’m in the SAME BOAT as you. I’m returning to the U.S. in July and I’m sad about leaving here, but also ready to return. It’s weird though… I’m also considering where I will be located, and while it’s just me, my debate lies between living in Portland, OR or San Francisco Bay Area. Bay area because all of my friends and family are there, Portland because it’s like San Francisco but obviously much cheaper and more interesting (in my opinion).

    • No kidding – while I hope our boat isn’t the Titanic I am glad to share it with you! (Get it, because the Titanic sank crossing the Atlantic? Such a dumb stretch isn’t it?) Well good luck with your decision but ya know what? I say go to Portland. It’s SO easy to go home, but it’s not so easy to try somewhere completely new. If it doesn’t work out (which it will) then you can always throw your stuff in the car and head south. Ya know? Good luck to both of us and I promise, no more Titanic references.

  • Awe I love your first vlog! Such exciting news! And an exciting next chapter in your (and Dan’s and Stuart’s) life! I totally get the name change, no judgment, I’m actually looking forward to seeing what name you pick πŸ™‚ As far as cities, my vote is for Austin (of course, I would pick a Texas city)! I love that city so much and we would move there in a heartbeat if it weren’t for my husband’s job. You got the city life, then awesome lakes and watering holes and live music is of course awesome there! But the US has so many great cities to offer so while stressful, it’s a fun “problem” to have! Good luck with whatever you choose, I will always be a reader πŸ™‚

    • I just read that entire buzzfeed list and ended it with an audible “Huh!?” I definitely did NOT realize there were all those beautiful lakes/waterfalls/parks around the city. Had no clue, actually. I visited Austin once before – saw the capital and ate a ton of food truck food but didn’t honestly get the full feel of the city. Really though, great suggestion, I’ll pass it along to the man! ;D

      • Ah yes, hitting up a food truck in Austin is a must! Just wanted to “throw my hat in the ring” πŸ™‚ Since it’s starting to get warmer here, we have already been talking about heading to Austin for some paddle boarding and tubing down the river. And when I saw your vlog, Austin was already on my mind and I had to share! Excited to see where you and Dan (and Stuart) pick! πŸ™‚

        • Thanks love! I’m excited about finding out too! Ha! πŸ™‚

          If it were Stuart’s choice we’d be at the beach! That boy is lovvves digging in the sand.

  • First of all, I just love that your books are in rainbow order! Also, I think it’ll be hard to go wrong – any choice you make will be a good one because you’ll make it so. Just because everyone’s jumping in… you might love Charlotte or Asheville in NC, they’re super outdoorsy, vibrant, cultured, and you’d still be close-ish to family. I think the only thing to do is take a roadtrip around the States for a few weeks and decide on your favorite stop πŸ™‚

    • What a brilliant idea! A cross country road trip sounds like the best, and only, way to decide where to live. If only! ;D Interesting you mention Asheville, I’m not sure what the mayor has been up to but absolutely everyone ranks it in their top 10 lists. We literally have it on our short list for that reason – we’ve never even visited!

      Yay for color coded books! Dan things this method of organization is absurd but we know better don’t we? πŸ˜€

  • You guys should look in to Portland! Great cost of living, tons of outdoor activities, an hour from the beach and close to me! πŸ™‚ But seriously also with your husband in renewable energy… ton of work in that field here!!!!

    • YES!!!!! Please move to Portland. πŸ™‚ Not sure if we will eventually end up, but we have family there so we will be visiting often whenever we do move back! Blate with you and Casey!

      • Ha, Amanda you’re definitely the captain of Team Portland! Just a warning – if I ever blated with you and @disqus_UcuYHSfubo:disqus I would blush 90% of the time. #myidols

        • That’s ridiculous. πŸ™‚ I’m sure we’d all mesh together like old friends!!!!! πŸ™‚

          • Hahaha I love this!!!! πŸ™‚ And Margo… seriously, you guys should look into it… all the amenities of a big city but with so much more and great cost of living! Plus you and I and Amanda could be BFF’s πŸ™‚

          • Ha, so it’s settled! I’ll tell Dan now that the blogger-gals and I have life planned out perfectly for us on the left coast. (Do you guys call it that?)

          • Haha! We call it the West Coast πŸ™‚

    • SO many folks are recommending not just the PNW, but Portland specifically! It’s like all you Portlanders have banded together to tell us where to go! (Have you?) Really though, your suggestion is a great one. I was actually just looking at Craigslist Portland and was really surprised with how much you can get… especially compared to your spendy neighbors North and South!

  • exciting! emailing you now πŸ™‚

    • Thanks again for reaching out! Hugs!

  • You are so cute! Great first vlog! Repatriation is hard – but you’ve articulated it so well that it’s good to be closer to home for family etc but also that it changes your perspective and that indeed there is so much to see in your own backyard (though to be honest the US is a huge backyard to have haha). Well good luck with the rest of your stay in Europe and all your travels! And good luck with repatriation! For the blog name, I recently changed mine and I decided to go a bit more personal so that even if I change my circumstances it will follow me through it πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, love! Definitely felt a little weird to turn the camera back on myself for the first time but I was amazed how much easier it was just to talk it all out then type it. You should try it some day! (By the way, don’t count the number of “umm’s” I had, okay?!)

      I’m still on the fence about the blog name switch. Eckk! We shall see! πŸ˜€

  • Love the vlog – a lovely little chat! Good luck with the repatriation… it does sound a little unnerving not knowing where you’ll end up but HOW exciting that you can choose from anywhere!! Also good luck with the blog name change… no judgment here as I can totally understand that it might bug me too, once I thought about something like that. I like your mom’s view of it as an Escape… maybe you can still incorporate that in somehow?

    • Ya know it’s interesting how many folks like that ‘escape’ idea. What about just a simple “Margo Escape” like “marGO Escape”? With a subliminal ‘Go Escape’ in the title. Huh, that literally just dawned on my and I kind of like it. Let me know what you think! πŸ™‚

      Thanks for not judging my indecisiveness! This is my life – you should see my try to order at a restaurant. πŸ˜€

      • OH man I REALLY like MarGO Escape! That’s cute πŸ™‚ And escape can mean from your daily grind just as much as to a different continent, which works if you’re going to do lots of more local trips once you find your new home. Good work!

        • Thanks so much dear! I thought about it a lot last night. It feels like it just makes sense to me – easy and clear, you know? Thanks for helping me come up with the idea!

  • Wow what a great change for you! I’m sure it’s crazy scary moving back to the US, but remember, now that you’ve lived on foreign soil, you’ll have that extra ITCH to travel you didn’t have before you moved! I’m confident you’ll be traveling a lot after the move. As a few of the ladies have stated below, you should definitely consider Portland, Oregon! The PNW is such a gorgeous area of the US, and by far my favorite. But I might be a little biased…. Good luck with everything!

    • thanks so much gal! I like the idea that this stint in Germany has changed me fundamentally to becoming a true ‘traveler’ in every sense of the word. (Now I sound like my Pinterest ‘Travel Inspiration Quote’ board. Eck.) I’ll keep you posted on our decision on where we move – if it’s the PNW you can count on emails from me pestering you about details on where to live/go/eat!

  • The slow pace

    Oh, I’m really sad… are you leaving us? πŸ™ I’m sure you will figure everything out and you will find a new home in a very nice place! San Francisco sounds great! I have a friend that has moved to Texas recently and she is beyond happy. Oh what a new adventure! We would like to move too,we’ll see…
    We are going to love your posts in USA, for us that’s overseas πŸ˜‰ Let us know if you happen to visit the North of Germany before leaving!

    • Absolutely! Such a crying shame if we don’t cross paths before I move. I really want to buy you a coffee and just chat. How great would that be!? Sigh.

      Texas, huh?! That’s like moving to another country entirely! So much personality and life in Texas – Austin is actually on our list, especially with the solar industry there. We shall see!

  • Charlotte M

    I agree with HandLuggageOnly in keeping your name, since that’s where it all began.
    Also, I just got back from Portland, and while it’s a nice place to visit, I don’t think I’d want to live there. Denver is much nicer, the weather is sunny and beautiful most of the time, and the outdoor activities really can’t be beat.

    • I sense a Portland vs. the rest of America brawl developing! Those Portlanders sure are passionate about their city, ha! πŸ˜€ My sister lives in Denver so it’s definitely on our short list. I wasn’t aware of all the sun there until her move – it’s literally more than 300 days a year, I can’t imagine! (I say this under yet another gray German sky!)

      Thanks for the recommendation about the name. I’ll keep you guys posted!

  • I love that you used a vlog to talk about how you’re feeling and what you’re thinking; I can imagine these feelings are hard to articulate! I’m a longtime reader, not an avid commenter, but I wanted to stop by and say that I am so excited for you. I am confident you will find a great place to land! I live on the East Coast but am pushing to move out West. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for the support, dear! Where are you thinking of moving out West? Although I’m also an East Coaster I don’t have that NY-fast-paced-living lifestyle ingrained in me so I feel like I’d be really happy over there too. Thanks for commenting, it’s great to hear from you and best wishes on your decision too! πŸ™‚

      • Denver is right at the top of my list right now! After the cloudy winter and fall, I am ready for the sunshine. πŸ™‚ We’re also checking out places in the Pacific Northwest or California. San Francisco would be my choice in less than a heartbeat, but I’d have to get a raise or two first. πŸ˜‰

  • Brianna DePauw

    Love the vlog! I would love to see some US City guides her and! I can’t wait to see what new name you choose! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks gal! That Vlog was definitely awkward at first (my first take was an absolute mess) but it was actually so much easier to chat about it than write it all out. You should try it one day! By the way, I can’t seem to find a link to All Thats Glittered in your Disqus profile, just your twitter link, maybe think about adding it in so people can find your blog when you comment? πŸ™‚ hugs!

      • Thanks for letting me know! I don’t think I’ve really looked closely at my Disqus profile previously, I just added it! πŸ™‚

        • no worries – it’s like the most random observation ever but I rely on it often so I thought I’d share! πŸ™‚

  • A huge, big congratulations on your big announcement! With what Amanda said below, I’ve found that since returning “home” to the US I’m more inspired to find adventure in my own community and local area. Plus, the US is stocked with gorgeous places to escape to πŸ˜‰ If you ever want to explore Philadelphia together, I’m just a stone’s throw away!

    • Definitely noted! Honestly, I do feel ridiculous that I never visited. It’s, what, 2 hours away? So absurd! Let’s meet for cheese steaks as soon as possible, okay? πŸ˜€
      Did you find repatriation difficult? Eeck, I’m definitely nervous about it!

  • Wow, so much going on for you! How exciting! It’s funny, I relate so much to you right now – I’m at a point where all of these changes are going on and I’ve been thinking about moving to some random city in the US as well. It just depends on if you like winters, what your budget is, how big of a city you want to live in, what type of job market you’re looking for, etc. But one thing I have learned is that creative markets (especially photography) are pretty much everywhere. I’ll be excited to learn where you guys end up!

    Exploring the US is something I’ve been spending a LOT of time on lately as well. There is so much to do! Utah, alone, is an incredible state with endless hikes and national parks to discover. I think you’ll have endless fun rediscovering all that the US has to offer πŸ™‚ Plus, I think a lot of people from the US would love that because those types of travels are seemingly more obtainable for the average reader. It’s not just pin-able and bucket list worthy content, it’s content that will actually inspire people in the moment to go out to do that random hike in their hometown they didn’t know existed! I’m looking forward to seeing the kind of adventures you guys take in the US πŸ™‚

    As for the name… hmm… I do love the name because it is a little mental escape online. I’m thinking “The ____ Escape”, but I don’t know what to fill the blank with, haha! I do like the idea of incorporating your name or something more personal, that way you can change your content to whatever you’d like in the future without having to worry if the content fits the title. But then again, I don’t know if it’s even necessary to change it. You will still be doing trips abroad, right? Just not as frequently? There will just be US content strung along in there. Ah, I’m not much help, haha! But hopefully I can at least help get the creative juices flowing πŸ™‚

    • so interesting – so where are you leaning towards? are you in the creative industry? very cool, if so. if not, then I’m right there with ya! πŸ˜‰

      I completely hear ya about US travel. so much is right under our noses that we overlook. it’s investing how many europeans I’ve me that have done cross-country us trips already – like a lot of people! they go on and on about the grand canyon and here I am, an american, that hasn’t even seen it! I feel silly!

      regarding the name – i like the use of escape still too. I kind of works for me and I haven’t seen it around very much (as in, in other blog names) so I kind of want to stick with it. another comment got me thinking – what about just simply ‘margo escape’, using the ‘go’ as a subliminal ‘go escape’?! ha. i kind of like it but kind of don’t all at the same time.

      • A big NM on that one – it’s too wrong grammatically for me to feel comfortable with. Back to the drawing board!

        • I feel like everyone (especially in these comments) is pulling for Portland – it seems like it’s full of fun creatives and the geography is impressive too!

          I currently work in IT but dream of somehow moving into marketing (my college degree) or.. and this is a real dream, working in the travel industry. I feel like life would be grand, but perhaps the grass is always greener, right?

          You’re so right about the Grand Canyon and Zion NP, not sure what I was doing in the US for 27 years without having seen either but safe to say I’m embarrassed! πŸ˜€

      • Yes! I’m a photographer πŸ™‚ I think I only thought creative stuff, especially photographer, was do-able in a big city like NYC or LA. But I’ve realized the demand is totally there in so many other cities. Right now things depend on my bf and where he is with work, but I would love to live in Portland or Seattle! What kind of work are you looking for?

        Haha exactly! I’ve met a bunch of Europeans like that as well! You def have to get your booty over to the Grand Canyon πŸ˜‰ And Zion National Park! It’s one of my faves!

        Hmm, I think Margo Escape is cute, but it doesn’t quite have a ring to it for some reason. I suddenly thought of these: The Weekend Escape, Inside Margo’s Suitcase, Escape with Margo. Another way to look at it is what word could you replace “overseas” with? What kind of escapes do you want to have? Not just physically (overseas, local, national), but also emotionally or mentally. Like “the inspiring escape”! Well, probably not that exact one, but I think you know what I mean πŸ˜‰

  • Hi Margo! In listening to your vlog, I couldn’t believe how similar our situations are. I’m also from the DC area and rarely traveled when I lived in the States (mainly because of the nature of my job and the limited amount of vacation time I had). I’m in Europe now, but each day is uncertain – a change could come at any time, and I have no idea when/where it will be.

    For this reason, I also didn’t want to base my blog name on on geography. Instead, I based the name on my writing profession. I’m a screen writer, so I decided to call the blog “This Off Script Life” not only because I write scripts but also because my life took a big turn when I moved to Europe (I feel like I’m living every day “off script”). I think a blog name that incorporates your name is a good idea, and you should change it if you want to. No one will judge you, I’m quite sure. Just take some time to think about it, and the perfect name will come to you.

    Good luck with your repatriation, and I can’t wait to hear where you go and what your new blog name will be!

    • thanks, dear! no kidding you’re from DC? I love that city and I’m sure you did too. I say DC but actually I lived in Courthouse, so just over the Potomac. It doesn’t so much cooler to say DC than Northern Virginia, ha! my husband is from Leesburg, if you’re familiar with that area. πŸ™‚

      I love the name of your blog – definitely perfect for you and well thought out! That’s so interesting that you’re a script writer. What kind of scripts you’re writing? If you’d like me to star in the next big action movie then I’m in! πŸ˜€ (I’m sure you get that all the time, so I’m sorry for being corny!) ;D

      • Small world — my husband used to live at Courthouse, and I lived and worked in Old Town, Alexandria. I grew up in the DC area, so I know Leesburg too (I love to go wine tasting around there).

        And I’m glad you think the name of my blog works for me (I sometimes worry that it doesn’t make sense). I write drama and romantic comedy, so maybe you could be the next Meg Ryan instead πŸ˜‰

  • This is such an exciting time! It is very cool that pending the job situation you could live anywhere in the US you wanted. And, you can prioritize places to search for jobs based on your new priorities. Not many people get that opportunity! When/if we move back to the states we will also be in the same situation, and though it is nerve-wrecking, I think it will be incredible. I look forward to hearing more about where you end up and reading about your explorations in that new area.

    I really hope you keep blogging – I love reading it πŸ™‚ It’s okay if you change your blog name again- I think that happens all the time!

    • thanks for all the support dear! so it’s interesting you point out that we’re in a unique situation that we get to choose where we want to live – it’s actually made this whole situation harder, I think. but I’m definitely not complaining! at one point dan did an job search with the location of “united states” hahaha. I came home to kind him completely bewildered with what to do. fortunately we’ve narrowed it down to about 8 cities so that definitely helps things! ha

  • How exciting! But also stressful. At this point in time, it looks like my job will be ending near the end of the summer so we’re also trying to figure out what to do next. I may be able to stay with my employer and be transferred to another office but I won’t find out about that for a couple of months. So much uncertainty! Which is good and bad.

    About the blog name, I think it’s totally acceptable to rebrand again! It’s your blog after all. And the name would drive me crazy too if it was my blog and it didn’t represent what the blog was currently about. Generic names are a great call.

    Also, I really enjoyed the vlog! It’s great to hear a bloggers real voice every once in a while. Nicely done! πŸ™‚

    • I hear ya about uncertainty! Sounds like you’re in some difficult/tough shoes (that sounds so weird, ‘tough shoes’) too so at least just know you’re not going through this alone! Where are you guys thinking about moving?

      so as for the rebrand, another comment got me thinking – what your thoughts on ‘margo escape’ playing off a little subliminal ‘go escape’? ha, i kind of love it but i’m not 100% sure!

      • Ahh… scratch that – it’s too wrong grammatically for me to feel comfortable with. False alarm! πŸ™‚

      • We’re looking at Toronto, but that’s only if my employer wins a contract there. And if they don’t win that, then who knows!

        I also kind of love Margo Escape. You want something “generic” that you’ll be able to use for a while… although now that I think about it, it also sounds a bit like you’re trying to escape yourself or something. haha

  • Coming from someone who has changed their blog name at least four times in the past four years, I definitely support your choice in going with something personal (if you do decide to change it) and I’d definitely recommend choosing something that could cross multiple niches. You know…just in case your life changes (read: babies!) and you want to write about that in the same space. πŸ™‚ Regardless, I hope you’ll continue blogging after the move. I know I’m crap at commenting, but I do read almost everything you post and enjoy your blog tremendously! I’d miss it if you were gone! xx

    • sarah, you’re the sweetest! thanks for the encouragement and I’m happy to be on ‘team why not rebrand?’ with you! funny you mention babies! I feel like that’s only the natural next step – we’re not quite there yet but of course our parents are! ha

  • Congratulations on y’all’s big news!! I hope wherever y’all end up you love it, and I’ll definitely still follow along with your adventures! πŸ™‚ I totally support changing the blog name! Don’t have any suggestions off the top of my head, but I definitely support it. I follow other expat bloggers who changed their blog’s name when they moved back stateside!
    Also, really enjoyed the vlog! It’s fun to hear the voice behind the blog every now and then!

    • thanks, gal! so the vlog was an interesting experience – the first take was a nightmare, but I honestly could see myself doing it again. you should give it a shot, it’s surprisingly faster than typing everything out, and hopefully more engaging? by the way, do me a favor and never ever count the number of “umm’s” I had, okay!? πŸ˜€

  • GIRLLLLLL, I have a plan for you. Just come in my suitcase, ok? Then you can keep your blog, stay in Europe, and not have to decide where to live in the USA. Dan and Stuart can live without you πŸ˜‰

    • Ahh! It’s like a dream and a nightmare all in ONE! Leaving Dan/Stuart – eecckk! Living with Jordan Beck – weeee! I’ll keep you posted on my decision, okay?


  • hahah well obviously I’m a fan of using your name in the blog title heheh. But your name is actually even MORE perfect to do that because you literally have the word “GO” in your name, which still relates to traveling and exploring. While my blog name does have my name in it, its more generic because I couldn’t do any cool play on words like that. But you can! I don’t know if that helps at all!

    I also wouldn’t hate it if you didn’t change your name! But to be honest, it would probably bother me too haha.

    Best of luck with everything! Can’t wait to follow along with the rest of your adventures!

    • haha, thanks gal – I’ll pass on your kind words to my parents for picking “Margo”. Apparently my alternative name was going to be “Yvonne” (really!). They like the less common names, it seems.

      So another comment got me thinking – what if I just did “Margo Escape” with a subliminal ‘Go Escape’ in it? Too simple? Too weird? Or jussst right? Let me know what you think! πŸ˜€

      • Scratch that – it’s too wrong grammatically for me to feel comfortable with. False alarm! πŸ™‚

      • YAS I love that! It’s personal, but still goes with the travel theme! Utterly brilliant, I tell ya! πŸ™‚

  • you are so adorable and this is definitely exciting news! I agree that expat life changes you IMMENSELY and wishing you guys luck and patience in your repatriation. Michigan still has a big place in my heart, but Denver or Austin or San Diego would be high up on my maybe-move-to list. I did the east coast New York/ Philadelphia thing for 5 years and while they are great to visit I would want something more laid back. I think you guys will fine no matter where you end up, as long as there is an airport nearby! and if you ever find yourself in need of another overseas escape, you will have a tour guide in Taipei πŸ™‚

    I agree with Sara @ Sara Says that you have a huge opportunity built right in to your name! MarGoSomething might be cute πŸ™‚ I had a lot of trouble with my blog name but I think picking something a little flexible but still personal will help. who knows what kind of stuff you’ll want to blog about a year from now? I think changing the name isn’t a big deal, especially at a time like this.

    • thanks so much my dear! glad you liked my vlog (despite being chock full of “umm’s”) and support the rebrand! I mentioned to sara below – what if I just went with “Margo Escape” with a subliminal ‘Go Escape’ built right into it? Not sure if I love or hate it!

      So after Taipei you think you’ll head back to Michigan? @jordanbeckwagner:disqus absolutely raves about Traverse City – apparently it’s the best place in the world? ha πŸ˜€

      • hmm, The Margo Escape… I can’t decide either! what if it was “the everyday escape”? sortof reinforcing the idea that you can have adventures no matter where you are, and still your blog would be an escape from the everyday. or if you really want your name, maybe “Margo Goes”? or that could sound weird too. you still have some time to figure it out! and I don’t think anyone will care if you don’t change it until after the move and getting settled.

        I’m not sure where we will end up, but we will probably be in Taipei for a while. the school my husband will be teaching at starting this fall is pretty amazing and I’m getting used to this whole not having to work 9-5 thing πŸ˜‰ honestly it’s starting to sound like we will just stay abroad and save for a while. our kids could get am amazing education, not to mention grow up bilingual and having a global experience. then maybe we’d buy some property to build a summer house on and eventually return to retire there. [wow I feel old typing that!] but Traverse City area is one of the places we’ve talked about doing that because it really IS quite awesome πŸ™‚

        • Yeah, I decided that ‘Margo Escape’ is too wrong grammatically for me to feel comfortable with! So, scratch that, ha. Back to the drawing board.

          You’re a Taipei lifer huh?! I love it. Really though – it sounds like life just makes sense over there for you guys, stick with it as long as you can!

  • Wow, huge news! I’ll be looking forward to following your journey wherever you go. πŸ™‚
    I don’t think rebranding is such a huge deal, especially if it will realign more with what’s going on in your current life. You have such fantastic readers that they’ll follow you wherever. πŸ™‚ I like the idea of incorporating your own name. That way, you don’t have to fit into a niche and can keep on using it even if the blog eventually has a shift in direction. Best of luck! Enjoy Europe as much as you can while still there!!

    • Thanks my dear! Glad you support my indecisiveness about changing the name! In some ways I feel kind of trapped by it then people like you say, “mehh” it’s fine. I appreciate it! So another comment below got me thinking and I’ve been bouncing it off of some folks – what are your thoughts on just a simple “Margo Escape” with a subliminal ‘Go Escape’ built right into it? Too much, too weird? I’m not sure what I think! πŸ˜€

      • I like it, but to be COMPLETELY honest (and don’t hate me for raining on your parade!!)… Margo Escape would bug me a little because it’s incorrect grammar (like, I feel like it should be margoescapes… which would still work with the idea, but it probably doesn’t have the same ring). I really like the idea of incorporating marGO though. Maybe something like Margo Somewhere, with the message “go somewhere”? Argh, that’s probably dumb… sorry, it’s late here!

        • ha! duly noted! I completely see what you’re saying! oh my gosh, complete veto now. phew, thank you! okay, so if anything else comes to mind let me know! (sorry, this is truly the hardest thing in the world to come up with!) yes, definitely a #firstworldproblem if I’ve ever written one!

  • I don’t talk about this (at least not yet) but I am in the same shoes- we are trying to figure out just WHERE to go. we like outdoor activities, but city life too. i think you can totally change your blog name and it will be a-okay πŸ™‚

    • thanks for the love, dear! sounds like you’re in need of one of Dan’s handy dandy excel city identification spreadsheets – all the things you’re looking for in a city across the top (cost of living, outdoor activities) and the various cities down the sides! Ah, too much? Yep, I think so too! The joys of being married to an accountant, I tell ya! πŸ˜€

  • I love the idea of keeping “escape” in the title…maybe you could do something like “Margo’s Escapes” or “Margo Escapes”? That way, it has your name in it, keeps a bit of the branding from now so it’s not a HUGE transition, and you can still tell that it’s a blog about your travels. πŸ™‚ Good luck with the move! I’m mainly a traveler of the US, and there are so many amazingly beautiful places here, especially if you love the outdoors like I do.

    • you hit the nail RIGHT on the head! such a great recommendation – I think I might even just go for it! A simply “margo escape” with a subliminal ‘go escape’ built right into it! love it? hate it? let me know!

      I’m such a fan of the outdoors – absolutely dying to go to arcadia and zion national park. where are you favorites?

      • Opps, disregard! it’s too wrong grammatically for me to feel comfortable with. False alarm! πŸ™‚

      • I actually love it! Great idea. I’m super excited for you to visit so many amazing outdoor places. I’ve been to so many national parks that “my favorite” changes all the time. But for some reason right now I’m loving the desert. So the ones in Utah have been calling to me – Zion, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, and Arches. But I absolutely LOVED Death Valley in California. I could go there again and again.

  • I am really excited that you’re going to the US! Since I’m based in the US now I’m super excited to see what you do so I can follow your tips. Also, I love one of the commenters ideas of using your name but emphasising the Go part.

    • thanks so much gal! soooo I saw a post from you today then it disappeared! was that just me? it’s been forever and blogworld and I miss you! πŸ˜€

      how horrible was repatriation? scale of 1-10…

  • Absolutely adored your vlog and what exciting news! A little bummed that you won’t be returning to DC since I live in the area but I completely understand your woes about traffic here, it’s the worst haha. I am also in the same boat as far as planning on changing my blog name again after changing it twice already so I totally understand why you might feel nervous about the change but it’s your blog and as long as your happy with it at the end of the day, that’s all that matters. Can’t wait see where you and the hubby decide to move to in the US!

    • thanks so much dear! so I feel like I was completely bashing DC on traffic when SO many other places have terrible traffic – shame on me! DC was definitely a consideration – and still is – I mean, can anything compare to Good Stuff milkshakes? No, it sure can’t! ha

      thanks for the support with the blog name! if you think of anything let me know! πŸ˜€

  • A VLOG!! I feel like I know you a little bit more now! I’m going to say it once, but I’m going to put it in all caps and then we’ll just pretend it’s bolded because Disqus won’t let me. ready? you know it’s coming…. SAN FRANCISCO! we had a huge excel spreadsheet of best cities and favorites spots and it went through quite a few rounds of his picks vs. my picks and the choice was so obvious – and we had never been here before. open arms girl, open arms! and absolutely NO judgments on the name changing – these are big life decisions…the blog will just naturally follow suit. much love and strength during this transition! xxo.

    • You know what, I know you’re right. Like, 100% sure of it too. I know we’d be SO happy there and dinner days with the ‘Fests would seal the deal. (That’s a yes, right?) Thanks for the support and encouragement. I know repatriation is going to get icky with maybe a few “Why did we choose to do this!?” ‘s but, I think it’s all going to be alright in the end. Hugs!

      Andddd if your ultra clever/super creative mind happens to stumble upon any blog names for yours truly please let me know! xo

      • So I was thinking… would you mind sharing where else you guys considered moving? I have a feeling that you and Mr. are pretty similar to Dan and I in what you were looking for in a city, so I’m curious. πŸ™‚

        If you want to email me – xo

  • Loved your vlog!! Not knowing where to go and that general feeling of impermanence drives me absolutely nuts… I imagine you would be feeling the same right about now. I really admire your bravery with your decision to repatriate– it can be so tough to leave! Coming home in May/June for the wedding after almost 3 years WOULD have been a perfect time for us, but we weren’t quite ready, so this summer will be a big test to see how we feel back at home. I think we’ll all support you in your rebrand… I do like the MarGo idea. Best of luck with your big decisions!

    • Well this is a first – I’m definitely going to tell Dan that you referred to my attitude about repatriation as brave. That makes me feel SO good, so thank you! πŸ™‚ I hear you about just not being ready – I think the thing is that we’ve been in between for so long (esp. with Dan’s job situation) that we really are ready for some stability and structure. Surely I’ll eat my own words in a few months but I completely understand where you guys are coming from, and to be honest I’m a bit envious of your stable outlook on this expat business. It’s inspiring. Thanks for the support my dear!

    • ha, this is awesome. I’m California, through and through! You?

      • It says i should live in Hawaii, which I would not mind at all!

        • Love that idea too, I think it got me with that first question – I choose trees and nature! Sigh.

          • i’m more of a beach type of person.

  • What big news! So exciting πŸ™‚ It will be really hard to leave Europe but your adventures will continue stateside, I’m sure! There is SO MUCH to see there, too πŸ™‚ I’ve lived in both Montana and Colorado so I’m partial to the West, especially Seattle! It’s so gorgeous. In the spirit of quizzes, you should try this one:
    It gives you your top 3 cities in the U.S.! E and I both took it to see which cities we had in common, if any :). Good luck with everything!! Also, it was so fun to watch your blog, I feel like I know you in “real life” now ;). xo

    • Thanks so much for the support, dear! So this quiz is awesome – Dan and I both took it a number of times. I sent it to him (he’s in the US right now) and the next morning I got his top three with a big “WHAT’D YOU GET?!” like this quiz is honestly determining our future (which it very well might be!). Thanks for sharing! xo

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    Houston, TX! Houston is the #1 Energy Capital in the United States, and one of the top in the world. We have a great economy, always have even when the economy isn’t going well. It’s pretty affordable living. Doesn’t get that cold. Two huge airports so you can literally fly anywhere in the world easily and relatively inexpensively. So many great restaurants, bars, museums and things to do. Austin is only 2.5hrs away. San Antonion is an easy 3hrs away. Dallas 3-4hrs away. New Orleans is a short cheap flight away or a 5hr drive. And Texas is just awesome! Rodeo for 3 weeks in March. There’s always a festival or some type of running event every weekend.

  • What an exciting time! Best wishes that everything works out soon, it always does!

    Totally don’t judge you for thinking of rebranding again! It definitely makes sense to change the name as the blog will take on a slightly new character as you repatriate back to the US. As for the name, I think there are so many things you can do with your own name, basically what is coming to mind now is anything with the word “Go” and just subbing your name like “Margo-ing on an adventure” or “Margo with the flow” okay those are dumb but you get the idea!

    xo Mary-Katherine

  • I have lived away from my home country (New Zealand) for 8 years now and my husband has been away from his home country (America) for 9! One thing we have found is that when we do return to our home countries for vacations we definitely approach it as travelers/tourists & we definitely appreciate those countries in a whole new way…which I love!