I can’t even begin to keep track of all the emails, messages, and comments I receive seeking advice about everything from packing lists to travel destinations. While I love answering your questions and building relationships with my readers, I often wish I could share my answers with all of you, because some of you have the same questions, and I bet that others are too shy to even ask a question! Well, I’ve created the solution!
Two years into my corporate career, I knew it wasn’t for me. After countless college classes and training courses, stressing the importance of efficiency, I couldn’t ignore the ironic redundancy in my profession.
Honestly, I can’t believe this year is over already. It has been such a great year and we’ve had the opportunity to visit so many new places, while also spending a little time in repeat destinations.
All in all, we visited twelve countries this year. Rather than bore you with an extremely long post, I’ll just pick some of my favorite destinations for this 2015 roundup.
Asia was “it” for me. Every time one of my Instagram friends goes to Asia, I’m always thinking how much I want to visit while scrolling through the breathtaking pictures.
I’ll always remember the guy we met from Amsterdam that so vividly described Vietnam and other parts of South East Asia
We arrived in Panama and were genuinely impressed with ourselves and everything we encountered. Grocery shopping was exciting, negotiating a taxi price in broken Spanish was a thrill, and eating fried red snapper, with sweet plantains, was a dream.
I am always telling everyone how light we pack, which naturally brings about questions regarding what exactly to pack when traveling abroad, especially for longer periods. Well, here is my packing list as of now.
If you follow my blog or have read my ebook, then you know I prefer to live outside of the tourist areas when traveling. I’m most interested in understanding and embracing new cultures, which is very difficult when you’re surrounded by restaurants serving hamburgers and stores selling American flag t-shirts. Luckily, we booked an apartment on the outskirts of Marrakech for the first part of our trip, so we were able to get a more genuine feel than you do in the medina. While we enjoyed our time in Marrakech, we wanted to travel further south for cultural and historical purposes. So, naturally, that’s what we did.
Travel has played a huge role in my life, directly and indirectly. I was born just outside of a military base in Germany, before being raised in Columbus, Ohio. My parents were both from the east coast, so I grew up far away from my extended family, with no sentimental attachment to my hometown. As a child, I took countless road trips with my family, visiting relatives and competing in track meets every summer. It was no surprise when I decided to leave Ohio for college, or when I chose to head to LA after graduation. I have always been a wanderer that makes up the rules as I go.
I’ve been overwhelmed with messages and emails from readers that have heard of our story and decided that indefinite travel seems like something they want to do. I cannot express how honored I am to inspire people, but I feel extremely uncomfortable as the catalyst for such a huge decision. Yes, I quit the career I hated to create a lifestyle centered around my desire to travel and write, and yes, its all worked out to be a great adventure, but it is very unique and tailored to my loves and my Love. The process was far from overnight and I honestly don’t think our plan of “winging it” is a good plan to follow.