Savannah, GA – February 2016
After Charleston, we continued our winter tour of the south in Savannah. We assumed that there would not be as much to do in Savannah so we only stayed a week. In hindsight, we could have stayed a month or longer and enjoyed it just as much! We have moved the city to our shortlist of ones where we might want to buy property and live part of each year.
In general, it has also been nice to get into the swing of things with both work and travel, and to establish something of a routine while keeping a flexible schedule on a daily basis. In Savannah, we usually started the days with coffee and emails, followed by an hour or more walk with the dogs and lunch out somewhere. Then it is back home to drop off the dogs and take the car for a shopping/inventory sourcing trip or a visit to somewhere further out of town. We try to only eat one meal out a day and cook the other meal, so usually we are back home to cook dinner. For a couple weeks in a row were making one shipment to Amazon each week, so at least 3-4 evenings a week were spent listing products, prepping and packaging them for shipment. We have blown through a number of Netflix TV series in a row, but that’s not new for us!
I am going to say that historic Savannah is probably the best laid out, green and peaceful settings of any city in the states. Seemingly every other square is retained as a park, the architecture is colorful and beautiful and the people are friendly. Tourists and the stores that cater to them are common but only on the riverfront would I say that it is too noticeable as to be obtrusive.
Here are some scenes of the lovely parks…
And the neat architecture..
We stuck mainly to southern cooking and Savannah did not disappoint there! It’s a smaller city than Charleston so the international offerings were sparse, however.
Another great aspect of Savannah is being right on the ocean. There are a number of great beaches within an hour drive or so, and plenty of options for water activities. We spent a day at Hilton Head where we had a very long jog/walk on the beach, seafood dinner and some product sourcing before returning for the evening.
We are working out the kinks of working while traveling. In terms of the online business we are finding all sorts of new inventory, and having the van to transport everything is a huge help (thanks M&J!). It can get cramped to do both business and living in a small space (like the one in Charleston) so we are trying to filter future apartment rentals to at least 600 sq ft or more. I don’t have tax exemption outside of TN which also eats into our margins, but on the other hand being able to shop locally and then keep buying profitable inventory as we travel from one place of stay to another is a benefit.
The pups are loving the travels as well as we are having them in tow! We have found people to be more friendly and approachable than while walking the dogs than without. Also, we have something other than the weather to talk about with strangers!
Next stop is Atlanta, GA then back home to TN for about a week..