Establishing Basecamp Gallivance


“Basecamp – a main encampment providing supplies, shelter, and communications
for persons engaged in wide-ranging activities, such as exploring.”

Nobody is more surprised than us.

We’re buying and renovating a small, one-bedroom condo on St. Simons Island, which we’re calling “Basecamp Gallivance.” The biggest surprise was that we really weren’t seriously looking for a house!

For years we’ve been casually searching for a small, inexpensive home base in the Southeast USA. The home had to be small, easily maintained, and capable of being locked up and left, so we could continue to travel. We stumbled across a little condo that needs some serious TLC. It has “good bones” and will be a fun renovation project.

As to why we’re looking for a base, our approach in the past has been to buy a house or condo, live in it while completing the necessary renovations, and then sell it a few years later. We weren’t really flippers – we just liked experiencing new places, and taking this approach enabled us to live in lots of great cities. For us, each place lasted as long as it lasted. And fortunately, we’ve always managed to sell at a good profit – it’s helped us fund our travel all these years!

Previously, when we sold a house, the next step was to move all our belongings into a storage unit, and hit the road. This meant long US camping trips, RTWs, six-month trips living in Europe, etc. However, after years of this process … and many moves, we realized that what we really needed was a low-cost US base. We wanted to find an enjoyable place to live, that we could leave for long periods of time to go traveling.

Condo Camping

So that’s the update from Basecamp Gallivance. We will continue to post on our blog about our travels, and will definitely throw in a few renovation posts. In the near term, our rolling backpacks will stop rolling, we will be enjoying island life, camping out in our condo (sleeping on a blow-up bed), and finishing projects before we head out traveling again.

Happy Trails,
James and Terri


We're Terri and James Vance - high school sweethearts who went on to international careers and became world nomads. Today, 65 countries later, we're still traveling ... and still in love. Check out Our Story for more of the backstory at

3 thoughts

    1. Wow, Tom and Louise, what a gorgeous condo! It looks like the perfect basecamp. I didn’t even know you had that one up your sleeve. 🙂 Can’t wait to see it once you’re settled. And thanks for the very kind shout-out. As much as we have loved our St. Simons Island basecamp, we’re in transition to a new basecamp (that’s why we were delayed in responding to your post). We are so excited and will be sharing our news shortly. Enjoy your new digs. Are you still in Portland? All the best, Terri & James

  1. We too purchased a condo because I grew weary of worrying about the house while we were away and taking care of it when we were home. We chose not to downsize, but it has met our needs very well. I hope your decision is as satisfying for you in ten years.

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