Goodbye San Francisco, hello world

Dear friends and family, welcome to No Home Bass, our musical travel blog and home on the web while we are traveling.

How did we get here?

For full disclosure, a year ago neither of us would have thought we’d be able to throw caution into the wind and buy a one-way plane ticket to the rest of the world. We were in full nesting mode: adopting a rescue dog (Yuba), buying non-IKEA furniture, Xenia even going so far as to join a country club.

Our lives were definitely in the fast lane to #adulting. Before long, we might both be married, with kids, and most likely a house in the suburbs. We agreed that we had a limited time window to get out of our comfort zone and live our life to the fullest. So we asked ourselves a simple question:

“What would your ideal year look like?”

For Gaetan, that year definitely involved music: something he had been passionate about from an early age, and well into adulthood. Fun facts: he funded some of his med school education by DJ’ing Dartmouth sorority parties, and was lead singer of an indie rock band in residency). After many years of composing electronic music in his free time, he began to consider devoting himself to it full-time.

Xenia envisioned her ideal year, full of adventure. Not one to spend weekends at home, she always jumped at an opportunity to jet off to a new spot, frequently maxing out vacation time traveling to exotic locations, always yearning to stay longer, explore more.

So we decided to take a year off and get out of town, combining our individual passions and go on a musical journey around the globe. Gaetan planned to spend his time composing & producing music, inspired by local sounds….with Xenia documenting it all.

The plan

Now that you know the background, it’s probably best to move onto our travel plan.  Our planning process started with us splitting a bottle of wine and making individual wish lists of the places we’d always wanted to visit. We compared lists, prioritizing the places that overlapped, and our journey quickly began to take shape. We intentionally planned our journey to be somewhat loose, but when mapped out, it looks something like this. We want to visit 5 continents, spending anywhere from a few days to a month per location.

World travel map_journey

We already started the trip off by saying goodbye to our life in SF, packing our life into a mere 20 boxes and flying up in Seattle for a week to decompress and plan our journey. Today, June 13th, we jet off to Reykjavik, Iceland to start our Ring Road road trip. Assuming all goes well, we then move on to our agenda for the first 6 months:

  • JUNE – JULY: Scandinavia
    • Iceland
    • Sweden
    • Norway
  • JULY – AUGUST: Europe
    • Czech Republic (Prague)
    • Italy (Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, Cinque Terre)
    • Côte d’Azur (Nice, Saint Tropez, Marseille)
    • Slovenia
    • Croatia
    • Montenegro
  • SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER: Southeast Asia
    • Bali, Indonesia
    • Vietnam
    • Cambodia
    • Laos
    • Thailand
  • NOVEMBER: Asia
    • Nepal
    • Bhutan
    • South Korea
    • Japan

At the end of November, we’ll be returning to the West Coast for Thanksgiving through Christmas, and to plan the rest of the trip. Starting in 2018, we’ll plan to do the southern hemisphere, checking out Central & South America, New Zealand & Australia, and finally South Africa & Tanzania. We welcome you to follow our journey, and reach out with any recommendations, warnings, or other advice to share!

So how will this blog work anyway?


Gaetan will be producing a new song inspired by every place we visit, which will be accompanied by a detailed account of that trip. Beyond that, our goal is to post every few days as we have something new to report on.

And now, as a final farewell to the city that brought us together, here is an SF-inspired beat. Onward to Iceland!

3 thoughts on “Goodbye San Francisco, hello world

  1. This is amazing, I’m excited to follow you guys 🤗 I dream of doing something like this one day. Thanks for the re-inspiration! Where is Yuba while you are gone?


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