Finding your own way can be a difficult task after years of following directions. I know it was for me. It was as if my life was already predetermined for me, and I was just going through the motions. The ability to pick small details – which sports I would play, what college I would attend, my college major – created a small sense of freedom, but honestly, I was on auto-pilot.
Our final week in the states is a blurred memory of buying and selling things. We had a short list of everything we thought we needed and a 3-bedroom apartment full of things that had to go. We had an epic ‘everything must go’ garage sale,
If you’ve ever been more interested in the juicy details of our personal life and what would make two kids from Ohio embark on an indefinite honeymoon around the world, check out our latest feature on Madame Noire.
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.
Can you guess our next destination? We’re heading out to country #18 next week, so we decided to create a fun contest to involve our readers in our journey.
We’re giving away some goodies to everyone that can guess where we are going next! All you have to do is guess (correctly) which destination we are going to next, and you win the contest!
We all have people, relationships and behaviors in our life that have been identified as unproductive, unhealthy, or even the root to our unhappiness. I’m a bit intrigued by our innate desire to make them tolerable, rather than restructuring, or eliminating them altogether.
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.
We’re all born optimistic. We see the good in people and, most importantly, we see the good in ourselves. We believe that we can do and be anything we want, and the world seems to revolve around us in a subconsciously selfish kind of way. We’re all creative and opinionated, regardless of whether we’re confident enough to express those opinions. We feel, we think, we dream.
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.