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  1. So true, you can’t really run from that voice. Well, you can but that just leaves you unhappy. I think that is the reason many people are unhappy with their lives even though they have seemingly everything and don’t understand the unhappiness. There’s that one thing missing: that voice they’ve ignored. Good that you decided to listen! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I love what you and your husband are doing. My husband and I will have a very similar journey very soon. We are young, newlyweds, black, educated, entrepreneurs, artists, and we both developed that traveling itch. We are also both fans of Tim Ferris, my husband owns all 3 of his books (4 Hr Work Wk, 4 Hour Body, 4 Hour Chef)….I quit my VERY demanding job in the midst of listening to 4 hour work week on audio lol….I had something very similar to a panic attack. We too have realized the importance of time and we truly value other cultures, so we are selling almost everything that we own and traveling beginning October 2015. I’d love it if we could set up a google hangout with you guys. Lauren form CantStayPut told me about you guys and ever since I’ve been reading your blogs, listening to podcasts, and browsing all your photos. We only planned to travel for a year but I’m thinking that it will end up being longer than that.

    1. Hi, Love! How exciting! Yes, Lauren and I went to college together! I just checked out your website, photography is a great skill for traveling! How exciting for you to be preparing for such an adventure with so much time to plan! I emailed you so we can talk more!

  3. Your story is sooooo inspiring. I myself desire to travel the world extensively by house-sitting and the like. “You cannot force yourself to go somewhere you donโ€™t want to be, doing something you donโ€™t want to do for the majority of your day and expect free thinking when you leave.” <– You hit the nail on the coffin with that one. For us to live a life that is free and full of love and joy, it is required that we let go of things that no longer serve us and our passions to be authentic. Great story!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks so much, Kayla! It’s true, but we’re so conditioned to doubt ourselves and our potential that following your dream is scary. We are taught how to make money for others, so when you take the job out of the equation you do not always know how to make money for yourself. I’m going to post some new stories about how to do just that.

  4. Your blog is so inspiring! Like seriously.You hit it on the nail when you talked about listening to your voice but when I have bills due my whole ” quitting my job” leaves my mind. Someday I will make that push and Iive the life I WANT. Thank you Amirah again. I will be reading more ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Hi,

    I wanted to know from the couple what are the other websites that you used to find to house sit in? I’m not particularly interested in taking care of an animal.

  6. May you live and serve your journey well! Living your own adventure is exciting, inspiring and encourages others (including myself).

  7. Hi Jarrell & Amirah,

    What an inspiring story! I am floored by your tenacity to explore the world! I have always had an affinity for travel. My fiance & I have promised ourselves that each year we would take 2 trips to foreign destinations we haven’t yet seen! Thus far, together we’ve been up, down and around the US, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Grand Turk, St. Thomas, Spain, Italy, France, England, and Monaco. I consider myself to be a nomad as well, never staying in one place too long. I find that the more we move around, the more we identify with ourselves since we are never in one place long enough to assimilate. We are now faced with the dilemma of planning a destination wedding, but truth be told, I would have no problem doing what you all are doing (taking an extended honeymoon). Perhaps we have some thinking to do? Thanks for sharing your story!

    – Fellow Traveller

    1. Hey Janishia! Wow! You two have already been on an amazing adventure, how exciting! I’m happy to inspire you and hope you can learn from my travel secrets to travel as far and as long as you desire!

  8. Hello,
    I have been traveling the world since I was 18 and for someone reason I decided to settle down get a career and “live happily ever after” however I am suffocating. I want to get back out there what are your regrets and negative experiences? I hate when people just post the great things without sharing the struggles. Do you care to share?

    1. Hey Erika! Thanks for reading. I’ll be posting an article Monday about what it’s really like to travel nonstop for two years. Join the newsletter to be alerted when it’s posted.

  9. I loved this post! My husband and I are also digital nomads. We’ve been location independent unschoolers (our daughters and 11 and 9) for the past 3 years, and it gets better and easier each year. I love your story, and since Morocco has long been on my radar, I’m taking your post as another sign from the universe to get my family there soon! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Wow! That’s awesome! Definitely a life goal for us. I felt like Morocco, outside of the major cities, was a great place to raise children that age! I love the term unschoolers! Happy Travels, Love!

  10. I have been following your blog for a while & I just want to say thank you for such an honest account of your experiences travelling. I have been researching like mad to see how people manage to make long-term travelling a reality, and no site has spoken to me more than yours, because I get the feeling you’re really open and honest about your experiences and many of the sites I’ve come across seem like their priority is to make people jealous and/or make money from their ‘secrets’ etc.

    On top of that, as a black woman (from the UK) seeing you two throw caution to the wind and just live fully, despite the dangers, as exemplified by this beautiful article, is just really inspiring and motivating. I hope to be following in your footsteps soon!

    Thanks guys

    All the best with your continued adventures

    1. Wow! Thank you so much for your kind words, I truly appreciate it! Two years ago I was in the same space you are in now. I was frustrated with travel bloggers that were not transparent about their journeys, so I try to do the opposite. If no one else reads this, I am already satisfied because I helped you. Good luck on your travels and be sure to email me if you ever need any travel advice or help.

      1. Thank you, Amirah ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s a lovely thing to say.

        I will take you up on that, I’m sure ๐Ÿ™‚

        Also, please feel free to contact me if you need any information or advice about the UK or London, I’d be more than happy to help.

        Thank you again & all the best! X

  11. Greetings
    I was lead here by the BGLH entry and was intrigued to find out more of your experiences. I live in London with parents from the Caribbean, Antiqua to be exact. It is important to know that people from many of the Islands were invited to Britain after the WW2 devastated the land so it is fair to say that we have all had an influence on British culture. We were invited here with empty promises ending up doing the jobs which the natives were either too lazy to do themselves or felt the jobs were beneath them. We suffered racism, were refused accommodation by Landlords because we were Black. My grandfather remembers having to sleep on park benches in the freezing cold with my grandmother. I too marvel at all the beautiful buildings, parks etc.. in London but lets not forget that the British relied heavily on the success of slavery, something we are still fighting today. If you ever visit London again and it’s just a suggestion, try a Black History Walk, visit the Black Archives in Brixton. There’s also the Sugar museum in Canary Wharf. Sugar was a very Lucrative commodity during slavery in the Caribbean. Sorry for the History lesson, I hope I haven’t put a damper on things. You are both an inspiration to all, keep doing what you’re doing.
    Bless.

    1. Hey Maria! Of course you didn’t put a damper on things! I am very happy to have your perspective and to share this with all the readers. We will definitely be back to London and I will be sure to visit some of the places you mentioned. I appreciate you checking out the blog and thank you so much for sharing!

  12. Omg I couldn’t of seen this at a better time! This is a sign that I am supposed to take my leap of faith with my travels! I moved to st Thomas from DC last year and want to take it to other places! I’d love to ask you a few questions and talk to you about starting out, stays and strategies etc. how can I do that?! I don’t know you but I’m so happy for you and what your doing it’s amazing!! Keep up the good work ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Wonderful reading. Looking forward to reading more. Who could ask for a better best friend than Rell…..TRUE LOVE:) I am so happy to know he is on this journey with you.

  14. Thank you for doing what others are afraid to do, for living free and inspiring by just living your journey. I’ve revamped my life as well.. My schedule is mine to dictate. I vacation when I want to and give back freely. Keep sharing please!

  15. Love from Ohio! Keep it going, you guys are so inspiring. I vicariously live through your blog of travels and because of it, I’m taking my first solo trip to the Motherland for my 30th. Safe travels and may God bless your journey and keep you both safe.

  16. You two are such an inspiration. There’s freedom in how you’re living and it’s my dream to feel that kind of freedom. Thank you for sharing a party of your story.

  17. Lovely article darling! So happy to be in touch with you. I feel you on the ‘uncomfortable’ side, even in Southern Spain hot showers aren’t always there lol and just often being on the move and the struggles of buying something you need or not (I usually fail: ‘Can i do without a kettle?’ Yes I can ๐Ÿ˜€ *proceeds to use a pan for 6months* ends up buying one when visitors come) And really have the biggest admiration for managing to put your life in your backpack ๐Ÿ˜ฎ WITH paint material. Increรญble. That’s my continuous goal: less stuff! Lol. And letting go. Loved reading your story, thanks for sharing! Much love, Latee

  18. I just can say Ole Ole y Ole!! if you have been in Spain you probably know this expression, cause I haven’t read such a thing before and I am so proud! I also have that need to go beyond and there are moments that without realizing it, I cut my dream. As you, I want to see the world but I always stay in the “how” and “when” process, but I am happy to read your story cause inspire and shows that there is other ways of living, much more meaningful for the soul. I really appreciated and admire what you are doing, there is only one chance to live and we should live it to the fullest. Right now you are ahead of all us mentally, and I hope you keep enjoying your journey and continue learning. You never stop growing.

    I am studying right now but after completing my course, I want to just that see the world and know myself. I have a good example now that everything is gonna be alright. =D Good bless you guys

  19. I have been in corporate America since high school and I am now 48. And I am so inspired by your story and I would to get out of it. I feel stuck. So thanks for sharing your story.

  20. I want to travel the world but don’t want to do it along. You guys are so blessed to have each other. Where can I get the courage to follow my heart ? Help

    1. Thanks, Love. I am forever grateful to have such an amazing partner. Only you can give yourself the courage to follow your heart. You probably already have it, you’re just not listening. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Fear. Conformity. Lack of awareness about how the universe works. Undervaluing ourselves. Social conditioning. Ignorance. I can think of all these reasons and more why ‘contouring’ is preferable for most people. You make such excellent points! The military thing really got me thinking. I took a voluntary redundancy from my job 4 years ago in order to travel and express myself creatively. They paid me to leave, and people thought I was crazy. Four years later, those people are still there and I have created a life I LOVE which challenges and excites me beyond belief. I have no idea what comes next. But it beats knowing. Go you two, go!!!!

    1. I couldn’t agree more! Fear is definitely the number one thing holding us all back! Kudos to you for creating the life you want! That’s so awesome! Heading over to your blog now!

  22. Such an enlightening and thoughtful analysis of the opposition met by those choosing to live alternatively from the current of society. Keep living, keep enriching.

    T

  23. Hey pooh! Ya Uncle Vinnie found your folks and now you. So proud of you following your life’s passion. You can’t help but inspire others. The life of freedom, you and your husband have truly embraced. I will enjoy your messages and adventures vicariously. ๐Ÿ™‚ Touch base when you can. You have become a great woman. I am a proud Uncle. Much love to you and your husband and mercies for travelers! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. To be young and free at heart. So that is what it is called….CONTOURING…trying to fitting my square into a circle. Keep enjoying LIFE. Wonderful read!!!

  25. I like this article. Very inspiring. I wish 20+ yrs ago we had information like this out here. But I’m glad you & your husband are doing it. Take care.

  26. Growing up you are always told “You can be anything you want to be”, but you are given very little time to figure out who you want to be. I am always surprised about how so much time is spent on these milestones you need to reach and how little time is dedicated to deciding on what milestones you want to reach.

    Very well written!

    1. Thanks so much! Yes! When you’re little you can be anything you want, but as soon as you get older everyone has already decided what you’re going to do and when. It’s pretty easy to lose control of your life to societal pressures and norms.

  27. Thank you do much for this post, it came at the perfect time for me, im currently on AutoPilot and really not wanting to continue this way, this was an amazing read, that i cant even articulate into words, just thank you, thank you very much

    1. I’m so sorry! I honestly can’t remember for the life of me and they’ve since taken it down. I’ll post some good videos later this week as a replacement!

    1. Thanks so much! It really is never too late! Whenever something interests or intrigues you, write it down and feed your curiosity! It’s never too late!

  28. I love this article! It’s so real! “Just figure it” out has been my motto for a long time. I realized that you have to be intentional in life… nothing just happens. Thanks for the continued inspiration! “I went to Argentina one time and everyone just seemed to be sitting around. It was beautiful!” Gotta love Dupree:)

    1. Yes! You have to be intentional in life or it will just happen to you! I figured if anyone in the world would get as much of a kick out of Dupree wisdom as me, it would be you!

    1. We use all of these methods to create multiple income streams. Sign up for my eCourse to learn how to make money from your skills using all of these methods. I will cover each method separately, you will naturally select the method(s) that work best with your skills. However my goal is to give you the confidence to use each method to create multiple income streams.

  29. I love love love you guys story. I am an inspirational lifestyle coach and always encourage people to live life to the fullest and on purpose.I’ve traveled all my life however it was family or mostly work. I worked in the entertainment industry for years. Thankful but I want more and on my own terms. My mentor moved from the states to Paris and she’s truly living her life. I want and will travel just the way I want to so thank you for sharing your story and your knowledge on how to do what you did. I actually have a radio show on http://www.worldstarhitradio.com it’s called The Inspirational Lifestyle with Stacey J. It comes on thursday’s at 7pmest. I’m actually going to talk about you guys tomorrow. Hope you don’t mind ๐Ÿ™‚ big smile. Again thank you for helping to ignite that travel fire that i kind of lost. Keep traveling, living and loving.

  30. Loved this article. I am definitely at the point in life where I am tired of just going through the motions and trying to figure out what I want.

  31. Hey Amirah,

    Cool name by the way, my little cousin has the same name. Anyways, I was looking for your ebook but couldn’t find it. Can you help me out.

    Shawn G

    1. Hi Ayesha! You can enroll whenever you’re ready and take it at your own pace. Click ‘eCourse’ in the main menu and you will see the option to enroll.

    1. Yes! The visa requirements have made planning our trek more difficult, but I’ll just have to plan our journey more than we usually do. After 3-months in Morocco, we can’t wait to see more.

  32. Amazing how serendipity happens…..Your debit card not working was a sign! So happy you took heed! Never force what isn’t meant! Safe travels as always!Continue to let the spirit guide you.

  33. Serendipity is a beautiful thing. India is on my to go list. I was able to visit Seoul, South Korea in May and it was such a beautiful experience. I actuall met a man from India there as a graduate student who was schooling our group on the India-Africa connection. Looking forward to the upcoming blog posts.

  34. WOW! I love reading about your experiences and every time it ignites me even more to get on the ball and make something happen.

  35. I’m loving what you young people are doing!!! I’m older and everything you said above is so true!! Don’t get stuck doing something you hate for 30yrs!!! Keep living life to the fullest and enjoying everyday God breaths life into you!! May your journey be filled with new and wonderful, life altering, breath taking experiences!!! Peace and blessings to you and your soul mate!!!

  36. These are some amazing destinations with great memories to share for years. Thank you for sharing them. I enjoyed your tips. I will remember them for my clients in the future.

    Happy New Year!

  37. I’m glad I opened my email and read this article. I’m not so young anymore but certainly inspired. Thank you!

  38. Hi Amirah, I really enjoy your site. Thank you for sharing your adventures! My girlfriend and I are hoping to quit our NYC jobs and embark on world travel by the end of the year and your writing has been inspiring. I especially appreciate your stories, as both my girlfriend and I are young people of color.

    I’m sure you’re in India already but, I thought I would mention Dharamsala in India, because it was my absolute favorite place when I traveled the country a couple years ago. It’s in the very north of India, in the lower Himalayas. There is a big Tibetan population there, as it is where the Dalai Lama keeps his headquarters. So His Holiness’ presence is very much felt there too. I also recommend Kerala in the south. It’s beautiful for entirely different reasons – all jungle and rivers. Munnar – a tea plantation town in Kerala was also amazing. I dream about the masala chai there.

    Anyway, I hope all is well and I look forward to your future posts!

    1. Hi Lara! Thanks so much for reading. Good luck to you and your girlfriend! You should download my ebook for free (you can find it in the main menu). We didn’t get to go any further than Delhi during this trip. I planned to visit Kerala, but we loved Goa and ended up changing all of our plans to stay here the longest. Now we’re moving on, but thank you so much for the advice! I’ll be sure to use it on our next trip to India!

  39. 1. Do you know how to make money without a job? No

    2. Can you make money without exchanging your time? Not anyway that I’m aware of.

    3. Do you build wealth by saving or spending money? Well the philosophy is it takes money to make money. So I’m going to say by spending money.

  40. Wow, this reminds me so much of myself. For so many years I’ve been afraid to admit my dreams to myself. Well, I’m full of ideas now and I’m ready to say them out loud! God bless.

  41. As for good places to travel, one of my best travel reminders is that there are rich people (almost) everywhere โ€“ so regardless of where you go you can find comparable accommodation to what youโ€™re used to. Of course, you can usually find options much different than youโ€™re normal as well โ€“ but the world does tend to cater to us Americans, so you will never be too far away from your comfort zone if you donโ€™t wish to.

    That said, London is a great place to go and hardly feel away from home, although there actually isnโ€™t much to do in London-town, and the dollar doesnโ€™t stretch far there. Europe in general will feel really foreign, yet welcoming if you go to a large city. Italy is my favorite, Spain is beautiful, and France has such a rich culture.

    Central America is beautiful as well, and your dollar can stretch far throughout all the countries. On top of that, flights are always on sale for $250 or less round trip. You and your son can live like a queen and prince in Central America for less than $60 a day!

    Search ‘Best websites for flight deals’ on the blog and use those websites to be alerted to all flight deals. I recommend subscribing to all deals from the states, because you can find cheap domestic flights if the international flight deals donโ€™t depart from Columbus.

    Lastly, be sure to download my free eBook, 101 Ways To Travel The World For Less Than $10 A Day, if you havenโ€™t already, and youโ€™ll learn about all the travel secrets Iโ€™ve learned and cheapest regions to visit. You can access it from the main menu under ’Freebies’. Also use the free Bootcamp to create a budget and plan for your trip.

    Hope that helps! Good luck on your journey, Love!

  42. As far as us traveling long-term, one of the goals for our trip was to create streams of passive income, as well as entrepreneurial endeavors. So we ’work’ while we travel, we just work for ourselves. I have never taught English, though I wanted to. I am not a big fan of contractual obligation, so I don’t want to be tied to any geographical location for a job. Plus I just prefer to work for myself. We have done workaway, and house sitting, in the past. However, we’ve stopped doing those as well. They are great ways to keep your costs low, but there is definitely an exchange, which took up too much of our time and didn’t fit our lifestyle. If you want to travel long term, you have to find a way to make money on your own, preferably online and ideally passively. We use five methods to do this: blogging, selling, affiliate marketing, reselling and freelancing. I teach others how to use all five of these methods in my eCourse: Passport to Passive Income.

  43. Thanks, Love! I just use whatever oil is popular in the region we’re traveling in, and wear a lot of French braids and buns. I have only straightened my hair three times in the entire 2.5 years we’ve been traveling, which has led to my hair growing about 6 inches and my curl pattern low-key perfecting itself. I don’t take great care of my hair, so I’m probably not the best to give advice, but that’s my basic strategy. As for styles, I use flexi-rods when I want to be cute. Just Youtube a couple of videos and try them out. They work well on wet or dry hair with a little oil and gel.

  44. Moving to London was actually my desired next move when I was living in LA, so I can completely relate. We are trying to enjoy our couple of years before children as well, so again, I relate.

    One thing I’ve learned from our extended time in England is that London is very much like NYC or LA, with several sub communities. The way that NYC is more than Manhattan, London is actually a county, with many different areas to live outside of the city center. I say that, because local residents find it very difficult to live in the actual city center, the cost of real estate is astronomical. Don’t let that deter you though, because commuting is very simple.

    We work online, so we have never even gotten a work visa while traveling. For that reason I do not have any in-depth understanding of the job market there. If, by chance, you find a way to ’work from home’ or to work for yourself online, you may want to consider just house sitting for an extended stay – 6 months or so – and renting for the other half of the year. The UK gives American citizens 6-month travel visas, so you would need to apply for a different visa for longer stays.

    After staying in The UK for seven months, I honestly would suggest living here as well as other places during your year abroad. As I mentioned earlier, I really wanted to live in London, but it wasn’t all I thought it would be. Of course this may be different for you, but the weather and cost of living tended to make other European destinations more appealing to us. Outside of The UK, you also have the opportunity to teach English, which could be a great career opportunity.

    Just some things to think about, I hope that helps. Thanks again for the support, talk to you soon!

  45. Very inspiring! Would love to be able to do this! Love your pics and all the info on traveling. All the best with your journey! Continue to share! Thanks!

  46. Well, the tourist visas for that region are not for the EU, but for the Schengen Area, which is different. And the tourist visas work by giving you a 90-day visa within a 6-month period. So you must spend no more than 90-days within the Schengen Area every six months. Every time you leave the Schengen Area, your tourist visa renews for another 90-days. So we would simply spend 3-months in the Schengen, visiting France, Spain, The Netherlands, etc. Then we would spend 3-months out, in The UK, Istanbul, or Morocco. All of The EU is not in The Schengen, and some countries in the Schengen have different rules. Just research the Schengen Area to get a clear understanding, then research the loopholes to understand which countries do not abide by the ’90-day visa within 180-days’ rule, and go from there.

  47. We started out with 35L Northface backpacks, and used those for over a year. They were never more than 20 pounds, so not too heavy, but living out of them was very difficult. We’d basically have to completely unpack every time we wanted something, and it was a big hassle. I think the biggest allure of using a backpack is being able to claim that you ’backpacked’ somewhere, but other than that there aren’t many benefits. Yes, you can travel on foot easier in some circumstances, but we haven’t had much mobility trouble with our suitcases either. The other main pros of backpacks are security – if you plan to stay in hostels, I think backpacks are better because you usually have a locker of sorts and sometimes they’re too small for suitcases. Also, carry-on requirements, although some backpacks are too big or heavy for carryons. We never checked our backpacks and always pay a fee to check our luggage now (it’s small enough to be a carry-on, but way too heavy). So, if you’re trying to do complete budget traveling, I say go for the backpack. But if you’re more about convenience and style, suitcase is definitely the way to go.

  48. I guess I am a bit of an expert in this field. I think my biggest lesson, and therefore advice, is to never expect a change of scenery or environment to change you, or your relationship. I’m the same Amirah regardless of where we are, and I nag whether I’m on a beach or in a mall! Haha! No really, just don’t over analyze it or set outrageous expectations. You’ll still get on each other’s nerves, traveling does not eliminate challenges, it often increases or heightens them, instead. So just keep your cool and look at it as a team challenge. It’s the two of you. And cut each other some slack, because you’ll both be out of your comfort zone. Remember that neither of you know what the hell you’re doing, so don’t get frustrated with each other. Our main rule is, when one of us is frustrated, the other has to try their best not to get frustrated, because then we’re no help to anyone. You’ve really got to work together. But you’l have fun and experience new things together. It’ll be a great adventure. So just enjoy the ride, have fun, and take plenty of pictures!

  49. Your story is so inspiring to me, I wish you and ur husband accomplish all that you wish to accomplish. I am adventurous like that before i had children, my dreams are far different I will keep my dreams alive

  50. All I can say is WOW! You and your husband are amazing and I just spent the last 3 hours stalking your site. You guys are such an inspiration to me and my family. Thank you for sharing your life with the world!

  51. Hi Love! Congratulations on your upcoming journey! Honestly, you can begin wherever you prefer. As long as you keep up with flight deals (I have a blog post about the best websites to follow), you will catch cheap flights to and from every region. Europe is a great starting point because you can reach so many different regions while also exploring so much in Western and Eastern Europe. Europe also has the least amount of culture shock, in my opinion, although it has many languages. Central America is a good middle ground – there’s a little culture shock, but one language throughout. So I would suggest you decide what you want – huge culture shock? Or would you prefer to ease into it? That will help you pick a good starting point. Hope that helps!

  52. Congratulations! That’s exciting! For water we use a purifying water bottle. You can view a link to purchase it on the resources page (coolyounghistory.com/resources). However, I recommend taking charcoal to put in your water as well, because it is known to take the taste away from water. In Mexico, we purified the water, but I still couldn’t drink it because I didn’t like the taste (we didn’t have any charcoal). So we just used bottled water during our entire month there. As for jobs, we work for ourselves online. You can learn more about how to do that in my eCourse.

  53. Hey Amirah. I was in Delhi this past summer and it was def chaotic. The Taj Mahal was on my list of things to do and it was cool to experience. Goa sounds like a great respite from the heat/congestion andI will keep it in mind for a return trip to India.

  54. You’re so dope & I just love hearing, seeing & following you twos adventures. God bless & protect you two as you head into 3 years and traveling the world!!!

    1. Hey Nikki! The live streams will vary on times and dates, and my goal is to make sure every video session is recorded to be shared permanently in the members only section.

  55. Wow thank you very much Amirah for this article. I am right now in a moment where I am trying to find myself and my place. I have been living quite a lot in London (UK) to realize that the way of living is not satisfying and through your notes I realize I have spent a lot of times watching videos of Spaniards living in foreign countries and wishing to do the same! But as I keep reminding myself and others do as well that I better finish uni and then… it is frustrating at times, however as you mention I am going to start to make a list of things I like and I don’t like, and make sure that I spend the time enjoying. It is nice to hear your growth!=D

    1. Thanks, Noemi! I’m glad you enjoyed the article and I hope that it inspired you to start prioritizing yourself and your desires higher. You seriously can create the lifestyle you want, it’s all up to you! Good luck on your journey, Love!

  56. No, itโ€™s not too personal. People actually ask me this all the time! One of the main reasons we decided to embark on this adventure was to expand our horizons. You only know what youโ€™re exposed to and we wanted to make sure we could offer our future children more than we were used to, intellectually and culturally. The more weโ€™ve seen, the more detailed and tailored our ideal lifestyle has become. I have always planned to be a traveling mother, but because my perspective was so narrow, I used to think that meant being a complete hippy, walking through the jungle barefoot with a baby wrapped around me with a bamboo leaf. Haha! Thankfully, weโ€™ve been introduced to different lifestyles we didnโ€™t even know existed, which have allowed us to use more potential characteristics to create the lifestyle we want. We met a family in Paris that practiced family learning, where the parents learned alongside their children, making education a group activity. I loved that! We also met another family that used travel as a learning tool, and would spend a month studying a subject before going to live in the location of the history for a month. Total life goals for me. Iโ€™d love to study ancient Egypt before taking our children to live in Egypt for a couple of months. Weโ€™ve also been able to live with families that practice entrepreneurship, such as the couple that moved from Amsterdam to Italy to open a B&B. Their two daughters spent every minute they werenโ€™t at school, hanging out or assisting at the B&B. They thought entrepreneurship was normal, thatโ€™s what they thought you did โ€œwhen you grew upโ€, plus they were bi-lingual! Serious family goals! Gosh, Iโ€™m so long-winded. But to answer your question, yes I do want to travel with children, but I donโ€™t think it will be a traditional traveling experience. Iโ€™ve already benchmarked places I want to raise our children at different stages. I love the French countryside for infants, Amsterdam for toddlers, Asia for young children, Morocco for adolescents, and so on and so on. This trip is our bootcamp for parenthood, so weโ€™re mapping out where we want to live and how we want to raise some sweet babies. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  57. Hello I’m Teresa 24. I love to travel. I’m currently a traveling CNA. Around the USA. Your story really inspired me. In October I will be giving up my apartment in Florida the place I call home. I have always wanted to do something like this. It makes me happy to see two young African Americas do something out of the norm. My family thinks I’m crazy for always wanting to be on the move. But I know this is what God made me for. I’ve been to Europe and loved it. Didn’t want to leave. Any suggestions on what to do. I have many trades.

  58. Hello Amirah! I’m so excited about participating in the webinar today! Is there going to be an email sent out as to the specifics about the webinar such as time, and the link to participate? I just want to make sure I’m available for the live stream. Thanks!

  59. Amirah, this was a good article, I appreciate the nuggets…”I agree to eliminatin and reverse engineering”. Thank you for sharing!

  60. I’ve followed you and your husband for the past few months and have been tugging on my husband’s sleeve for the better part of a year trying to explain to him that what we are doing is surviving and not living. I’ve considered the tiny house movement as a local alternative but truly I want to travel for a lifestyle. The world is constantly changing and accesses and environments are changing all the time. I don’t want to look back and think all I did during my short time here is pay bills. There’s more to life and though I’m unsure how I want to find a way to get more out of my life than just the 2 weeks given back to me each year for the 50 I invest in a normal job.

    1. I read this aloud and Jarrell said, “I heard that!” Haha! Yes, Marissa, we feel you! That’s exactly how we felt/feel! You should get in our live stream discussion this weekend so we can talk and answer any questions you have. The link is on the front page. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  61. God bless you both. What an inspiration to see two young people honoring the fact that our lives are sacred treasures. You are quite the inspiration-especially to other people of color who dream of seeing the world. I just love sharing your story with my family. Keep it up-there is nothing out of your reach. May you prosper and grow and continue to spread your love all around the world!
    Peace!
    Aretha

  62. Jarrell’s realization and your support is so incredible that I struggle with how to respond to this post. Justice and peacebuilding are close to my heart, and it is in projects like this and people like the 2 of you that real change is made. I will purchase a piece of the Tokoyo project and tell my friends about it.

  63. lol…”we have to stop. I have whiskey, and you know I have priorities” too funnY! #mysentimentsexactly

    Love it! I need some purple sweet potato and tea kitkats in my life.

    I love this blog! Keep it up. You guys are so inspiring!

    Ordering my box soon!

    #HUUKNOW

  64. Amirah, thank you so much as I will be enrolling in your courses, I have searched through the Internet for information as I would like to travel for an extensive period to many places all while trying to figure out alot about my next, lol. I can remember wanting my own fashion company but while playing professional bball, I knew living someplace was something I want to experience now. Anyways just wanted to thank you for this as this has me going in the right direction as for as planning or lack thereof lol.

    1. Thanks so much, Adeola! Yes, you can definitely make it happen! Working from anywhere is the new wave, and having your own business is definitely my preference. It’s not easy, but for us it is so worth it. For a limited time, you can enroll in Passport Income for half off using coupon code: PASSPORT.

  65. I found it, Thanks! Can I still enroll in the Light Bulb Effect?

    This has always been a dream of mine and now is the perfect time. I am so excited to have been introduced to your site by a friend who posted the article on fb. I look forward to joining your class and hearing more about how I can live out my dream.

    Thanks once again,
    Penny. Fine Design

    1. Hi Love! Thanks for reaching out. You can enroll in Passport Income at any time. Use coupon code: PASSPORT for half off. The Lightbulb Effect will start a new session on June 1. Registration will open later this week!

  66. beautifully written, your openness in this post is beyond inspiring – a refreshing reminder that “happiness is in the journey not the destination” – thanks a ton for sharing!

  67. Thank you! As an artist, I feel the same way! I’m happy to create for myself… It takes a lot of courage to life life the way you guys do… Others are just jealous & could never do it. My husband & I cannot do it but I live vicariously through you guys. Positive vibes.

    1. Thanks, Christina! You can always do it, Love! But you don’t have to. Your journey is unique to you and that’s just as awesome. Being an artist is difficult in America, we often question returning.

  68. Thank you for sharing! I appreciate your courage! Yes, you are enough, blessings to you in your continued journey.

    1. Thanks, Love! And you are too! My hope was that everyone could get that from my journey. You’re enough right now. You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be.

  69. You are definitely enough!! I love morw for this. I needed this message today. Thank you!! Now i have to convince myself that “I am enough”.

  70. This was a great post. Definitely needed these words tonight! I’m new to your journey and I look forward to reading more. Stay well!

    1. Thanks, Brandon. Sometimes you have to realize that your journey is unique to you, and you have to enjoy and embrace every step, while remembering that you are enough at every stage of your development.

    1. Hi, Gabriela! You should have received your tracking info via Paypal. Your snack box will be there in a couple of days. So sorry for the delay!

  71. I call bull on feeling anxiety during track meets. I was there and you always left everyone in the dust. haha

  72. Such a good read. Very honest. I know all about that race inside of yourself. Thanks for sharing. I love the Snaps!!

    1. Thanks so much! Yes, that race is so real, but I think people don’t understand that they’re not alone in that feeling, we all feel it!

  73. You had me at “snacks”. This is my first time visiting your blog, but the moment I learned you offer subscription boxes full of international goodies, I couldn’t resist whipping out my wallet. I can’t wait until my treats arrive ๐Ÿ˜€

  74. I admire you and your husband’s journey. Making your own path. I’m a 55 year old woman with the deep down desire to shake up my life and do something different and traveling abroad is what I see. “But…this” and “But…that” ๐Ÿ˜. One question are you able to create any real friendships or is interesting and good people along the way? Is it mainly you and your best buddy? Do you get homesick and miss family and friends? I know that’s lost of questions๐Ÿ˜„, but one theme. I don’t want to romanticize this idea, but I am basing it a little off of the movie Under theTuscan Sun”. I want to not fear, but be fearless.

    1. Hi Jacqui! Yes, we have definitely made friendships around the world that I imagine will last a lifetime. And we do not even take every opportunity to socialize, because we are best buddies. I would recommend staying with local families and co-operative living spaces to meet more like minded people and spark friendships with other travelers. Believe me, it’s not at 19-year olds. And no I do not get homesick. With facetime and skype it is much like living a couple of hours from my family. Hope that helps! Feel free to email me with any more questions!

  75. Nice perspective! I am looking forward to the series. I am planning to move abroad in the next year so I can’t wait to see what you have learned. I am also looking for growth and a better since of self in the broader world view.

  76. Hey Amirah! I just wanted to take a moment simply to celebrate your journey, stories like yours give me the additional strength to live fearlessly when your walk doesn’t follow the path “they” say we should. Keep following your dreams to the ends of the earth and repping for all your fellow Bison in the process.

  77. “In an analogy that I will never forget I was taught why my goals were limiting us. By setting a benchmark of $5,000 a month, I was saying that $10,000 a month was too much, out of the question. I was more concerned with reaching my goals than succeeding. Was it more successful to achieve 100% of a $5,000 goal, or 50% of a $20,000 goal? By focusing on surviving I was preventing us from thriving.”

    THIS!!!

  78. Amirah!!! So grateful that you shared this. Especially the humbling revelation of our “privilege”. This was insightful and I enjoyed the emotional tone. I can identify with wanting to help or improve things that don’t reflect what the identities of my custom look like, only to realize things are as they should be and that I’m the one that needs the help. The cultural welcoming you expresseddring your travels is also relieving and disarming for aspiring travelers such as myself.

    Keep em’ coming!

  79. I too love to travel. A friend and I were just discussing traveling while black. It’s been extremely interesting for us and I find that I enjoy the way I am received in some countries over others (if that makes sense). Traveling and living abroad has been an eye opening experience for me. I love reading about your experiences. Thank you for sharing your journey.
    P.s. Morocco has been one of my most pleasurable travel experiences as well. What an amazing country!

    1. Hey Valyncia! Yes, the reactions definitely vary, depending on each country. Traveling is very eye-opening. And I honestly can’t say enough about our time in Morocco. I love it there!

  80. I absolutely loved reading this! It reminds me of how quickly I can forget about the privilege (or in the minds of foreigners) we have as Americans when we travel the world.

    I wasn’t the Black girl when I traveled through the UK, France or Spain, I was ‘The American’. It’s so true and we take this for granted that people don’t necessarily view us by race in other countries, they view and judge us based on our nationality. It’s a completely difference experience all together. My son often said, I don’t see light skinned Blacks or Blacks that look like me in France or Spain, they are all dark and don’t really speak English, he felt out of place because everyone knew when they saw him that he was probably an American.

    It was the weirdest thing in the world to me that my son’s main complaint is that everyone automatically knew he was different because we were in an area where everyone was either white looking or dark skinned, we fell in the middle, which single-handedly let everyone know we were different; The Americans.

    1. Hey, Jasira! Yes! The distinct separation between black Americans and African migrants, and the way we are treated is a truly mind-blowing experience. That’s so interesting that your son picked up on it! Such a perspective broadening experience that you’ve exposed him to.

  81. I’ve traveled to a few countries (nowhere near your numbers tho!) and never thought about this! It’s interesting. As a person who plans to do more traveling, I’m glad you wrote this- prepares me somewhat. I love to absorb different cultures and hate to stay in resorts when I’m away, cuz….what’s the point!? So I was felt that I would be “one of them” if I stay local and immerse myself in their lifestyle. I never considered the privilege and distinction that “little blue book” would give me. But I totally found myself in your same shoes when I visited the Dominican Republic once. I went on a ride around town and noticed the same kind of children playing around in dirt with little clothes and no shoes. I felt so sorry for them, but my “tour guide” pointed out my arrogance and told me not to worry- they were happy and always had enough to eat. I immediately realized how much we “Americans” take for granted. Anyway, thanks for sharing!

    1. Hey, Aura! Yes, they will quickly put you in check about their people and leave you feeling silly! Resorts are fun for a day, but I feel the same way – if you don’t want to see how the people live, you should’ve just stayed home!

  82. Reading this gave me goosebumps. I’m setting up my life now to be able to travel at least once a month and work from anywhere. My goal is May 2017. Thanks for inspiring and sharing your unique story.

  83. Great write up. I’ve been traveling and living abroad for 7 years. It is interesting the perception others have on us abroad and what we as Americans or Western Developed World take for granted that other countries consider a privilege.

  84. Amirah you are truly an inspiration! My fiance found your blog and sent this to me while I was teaching English in Peru last year. We have been up and down for 8 years and finally getting married. He had to realize who I was and who I was meant to be. I am not your average corporate women even though I work at a top pharmaceutical company. I am a 28 year old women who is always looking for change. I want to travel the world, find ways to feed children, help women find jobs and assist teens in making smarter choices. My soon to be husband (8/6/16) is in the IT industry he has the ability to work from home and be remote. My background is all over the place but I am working towards a Master’s in public health internationak studies. Getting my graduate degree is my personal goal. It does not define who I am but it will get me to where I want to be; so I think. I believe what you and your husband did is what Vernon and I are thinking of doing. We live in Baltimore, Maryland and originally from two separate parts of New Jersey. I am eager to continue reading your story and gain any knowledge I can about traveling and making money while doing it. My experience in Peru was amazing and I knew I had to continue that experience in order to be happy! Any advice you can give would be great! Keep writing!

    1. Hey Nyja! Thank you so much! And congratulations on your accomplishments and upcoming nuptials! There are many similarities in our story! Teaching English in Peru was actually my plan when we left the states! And our wedding anniversary is 8/16! Haha! Definitely email me with any questions you have, and download my free travel eBook if you haven’t! My travel advice is kinda enormous at this point, so use me in whatever way you can! Good luck, Love!

  85. I can remember being in Nice when I found out that Zimmerman would not be charged in killing Trayvon Martin. My husband and I were having lunch next to a German couple, who couldn’t believe the verdict. They questioned if Americans fully understood that the world was watching this as well. They couldn’t understand how our laws protected Zimmerman and yet failed Trayvon and his family repeatedly.

    It felt like we were somehow responsible to explain the justification behind the verdict and our laws, when we could hardly explain our own feelings of loss.

    1. Yes, I have definitely had to explain “my” country while in mourning myself. Its weird trying to explain something you don’t understand, and even stranger to realize that some incomprehensible standards and ugly truths are normal to you back home.

    1. Hey Beth! We actually have a running list of different places we would like for different stages of parenting. The birthing culture in France is very desirable, in my opinion. The simple culture in more remote places is ideal for growing children. Morocco was a very great experience for us, so we always talk about that being an option in the future.

  86. The struggle is real wherever you are. We just currently moved to Germany two weeks ago. So I still feel like I’m right there in America. Feeling all the emotions. Although I must say I am happy to say I’m glad we made the choice to live here and give our children a new experience.

    1. Hey Adrienne! Congratulations on your move! I was just speaking about how revolutionary it is to raise your children abroad. I applaud you, Love!

  87. Hey Amirah! I’m heading to Thailand in a couple months and Phuket was on my itinerary. I keep hearing that it’s not worth the hype so I’m looking into other islands. Did you enjoy any of the other islansd you visited (if even for day trips)? Do you recommend staying in a certain part of Phuket where day trips are easily accessible?

    1. Hey, Love! I would say not to stay in Phuket too long, because it isn’t the best island. But it is the best place to travel to the other islands from. You can go to Phi Phi and all the other popular islands for $10 on a ferry! Phuket is fun, but the water and scenery isn’t even comparable to Phi Phi. But Phi Phi is suuuuper touristy, so there’s pros and cons to it. You know you can send me an email with any other questions or more details! info@coolyounghistory.com

  88. Thanks for yet another lovely article.
    I am from a country that has high taxes which I pay even though I live abroad. I am now thinking of going back for a while and starting to look for online work, freelancing. Do you know if it’s advantageous/disadvantageous to work as a Freelancer and do you still have an address in the States?

    1. Us too!! So I completely understand – luckily there are often loopholes if you’re self employed. Email me for deets! But freelancing is a great way to make money on your own, but be advised, it is a full time job. Hit me up, Gorgeous! info@coolyounghistory.com

  89. Yup! Looking at your list, I already know that I’m going to overpack (spoke to you on Snapchat about this lol).Right now, I’m seriously like…”how many different color cross body bags do I need? What about flip-flips? You can never have enough flip flips.” LMAO

    I’m going to narrow it down, but it’s good to know that I’m “kinda” on the right path in terms of 5 of this, 10 of that, etc.

    You guys are so damn amazing. I love perusing your blog but snapchat brings everything full circle since you don’t mince words at ALL. Literally one of the few snapchats I watch all the way through with no taps LOL.

    Thanks again for directing me here!

    1. Oh, thanks, Love! Yes, you will definitely over pack – just remember you can buy things along the way and you can always get rid of some things too. But fashion is necessary. You don’t want to look crazy in your travel photos – trust me! Lol

  90. This is so real. When I tell people what I want to do, in example blog or be a content creator they look at me like I’m crazy. But when I tell them I’m a teacher, they are satisfied. Keep living Amirah! You’re aspiring others!

    1. Thanks, Nae! Yes, there are a set group of titles and activities that are accepted, and everything else is just questioned or frowned upon. So you’ve gotta start patting yourself on the back! Good luck, Love! Email me with any blogging questions – I’m happy to help!

  91. I love this article. I’m also going through the the process of finding myself. I’m just taking a break and seeing what I want for my life. Definitely not easy but I’m starting to feel happy.

    1. I completely understand. It is so difficult that I began to get upset – why hadn’t anyone told me about this before?! It seemed harder because I was starting late. But the benefits are worth it in the end. Keep pushing, Love!

  92. This is such an inspiring post! I mostly loved the part about restructuring your value system which is so important when defining your own success!

  93. Thank you for listening and thriving to/ on your OWN drum beat. You always did and I am sure you always will continue to thrive. It brings joy to my heart to read your adventures. I look forward to many,many more good reads.

  94. Loved the article! Your blogs are giving me more motivation than I can ever express to you. Now if I can just make myself take the two classes I purchased to figure out my location independent plan I will be getting somewhere. Thanks for sharing!

  95. Now if that’s not some Wednesday motivation for you, I don’t know what is! Great addition to the series!!

  96. This is a very good point! Sometimes people don’t see how they’ve been programmed to accept or reject potential life changes. Society has definitely programmed us to shun “dreamers” and follow specific paths if we want success. Thank you so much for simply sharing your inner thoughts. You have no idea how much of an impact you make by doing so. It is refreshing for me just to know that there is someone else out there that has the same mindset and putting it into action!

    1. Thanks, Brandi! I appreciate you taking the time to read the article and comment. No, people do not always understand their thoughts are not their own. They actually believe everything they’re telling you, so you really can’t even blame them.

  97. Amirah. Sis. THIS POST WAS EVERYTHING!!!!!! Thank you for this simplistic explanation that spoke volumes to me. Keep doing what you’re doing and inspiring the masses!

  98. I love your last 2 posts. As someone who may be facing a career change after 20 years with one company and quickly nearing the age of 50, your posts have reminded me that I don’t have to settle for the corporate world but I’m free to pursue my other dreams; change my “what do I do” narrative and go forward without knowing the how. Excited about my 2nd half of life!

    Safe travels in Cambodia and beyond!

    1. Thanks, Lisa! I completely understand, but its really not about age, is it? As long as you’re still breathing, there’s still time and a reason to be happy and fulfilled!

  99. Love this! Great read. Thank you for sharing your “blah” Bc now I can actually explain what I’m going through! & I love the line, when you make money from your art, it can suck the joy out of it…it’s a catch 22. You are getting paid for what you love, cud the pressure of it can be quite draining. Completely understand!

  100. Love this post. I still experience this question at dinner parties and find it to be invasive (bc people are looking for an answer to place your meaning and value upon). I love the way you flipped the script and owned your answers. (also love your openness of dealing with anxiety) – Thanks for sharing.

  101. Loved reading this. Im definitely going to try and apply some of these to get out of my “blah” funk. I admire what you and your husband are doing. I wish you both well. So happy that I found your IG page and blog. ..and snapchat. I look forward to seeing what interesting things you guys are doing.

  102. Hi I purchased this course at the beginning of the year but want to complete it now. Unfortunately I can’t find it on this website. The course progress button doesn’t work. Can you help me please?

    1. Hi Paulette! I just emailed you all the details so you can begin the course. Please email me if you have any more questions. Talk to you soon!

  103. Nice Read! While reading it sounded so peaceful! Congratulations on the anniversary (and anniversary/birthday for your father)! We get married this Saturday too …

  104. August sounds like your personal “new year.” Best feeling ever!

    P.S. I absolutely love the direction you’ve taken with the photography and artwork accompanying the posts.

    1. Definitely! It’s a new start for sure! And thanks about the photos, only another blogger would understand how much of an improvement that is! Lol!

  105. Hello, I love the idea of “splitting” or sharing different pieces of the artwork. I am confused how this will be accomplished though. Will there be a literal dissection of the work?

    1. Hi Rhonda! Yes, the artwork was created as one large piece and physically separated into sections. This project is over, but there will be a new art collection released this month!

  106. Wow I am so happy that you have had the pleasure to witness a happy marriage and therefore work to recreate one. As you know, nothing happens magically not even the beautiful world of travel. You work to get there and you work to stay there. May we all enjoy such beautiful works, in our life of Sunday’s.

  107. I really appreciate your honesty when sharing your nomadic life with us. I was on Snapchat then came over here to read the new article. Carving a new way for yourself might not always be easy but I appreciate you sharing with us how worth it can. This post and Jerrell’s artwork reminded me of my favorite passage from my favorite book by my favorite author that I’ve been referring back to this last year. I thought you might like it too – I think the imagery she paints speaks to your final thoughts in the post:

    โ€œIn her novel Regeneration, Pat Barker writes of a doctor who ‘knew only too well how often the early stages of change or cure may mimic deterioration. Cut a chrysalis open, and you will find a rotting caterpillar. What you will never find is that mythical creature, half caterpillar, half butterfly, a fit emblem of the human soul, for those whose cast of mind leads them to seek such emblems. No, the process of transformation consists almost entirely of decay.โ€
    โ€• Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

    Can’t wait to check out Metamorphosis: A Personal Evolution!

    1. OMG!! I love this, Tiffany! It’s so true! It’s such a process of decay and I think people tend to think of it as a glo-up, but its not always glamorous at all. I’m going to get that book! Thanks, Love!

      1. You’re so welcome! Solnit is such a thoughtful writer and I really appreciate how she observes the world. I’d love to know what you think of it in its entirety.

  108. Love your post on Instagram and on snapchat. We first heard of you guys on xonecole’s instagram and wanted to immediately follow you!! Me and my husband just came back from Europe and looking at all your pics inspires us to keep wanting to travel when we can… Please keep posting ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Danielle! Thanks so much! Yes, Europe is a fascinating place to visit. We somehow ended up there for 18-months when we visited last year. Good luck on your travels! Feel free to reach out to me, I’m always down to help however I can!

  109. Wow wow wow!!! So incredibly proud (and envious) of this moment in your journey! Rell’s paintings are amazing. Sending lots of love and hugs. xo

  110. Congrats sister I’m so excited for you guys. -As always I’m praying for traveling mercies and protection as you are in these different countries.

  111. Wow!!! I’m so excited for you both. Thailand is one of our (Jetta & I)bucket list locations. I hope that when we get there we will be able to meet you both! Your journey is so inspiring!!! Thank you for continuing to share your experiences with us!!

  112. Omg that’s so exciting!! Would love to catch up with you guys either in Phuket or when we’re in Bangkok…just look for Jerkyz when you start craving that authentic jerk chicken! Xxx

  113. Living in a foreign country? That’s a heck of an adventure. I look forward to reading about your experience living abroad in Thailand! It’ll be so different from just simply visiting the place for a month.

  114. “I ate the extra donut, and read the book that was not going to teach me to be a better woman, or marketer, instead it was only going to make me turn the page faster to see if heโ€™d kiss her.”

    THIS is the point of it all.

  115. The much needed break that allowed God/universe to recharge you. Welcome back. I actually enjoy reading sometimes more than watching folks lives. Balance is key. Missed you. Keep vibrating higher. ๐ŸŒŸ

  116. As always very enlightening! I look forward to the box and artwork of the silk scarf, continue to be blessed. Love from Texas! ๐Ÿ™‚

  117. Amirah you’re amazing!!! It’s so hard to find access to information when you’re not provided with resources. Thank you so much for creating a space to share your experiences and these awesome tips!! Not sure if it was your intention to cater to the black audience, but you and your husband certainly hold a significant image to many black people who never thought of traveling the world. It’s wonderful that you two are making it on your own without relying on societies standards of living. I support and appreciate your and your husband for making the move you did with traveling. It’s inspiring and beautiful to see this image that is often hidden in the black community. It’s no longer a fantasy in my head, it can become reality. Can’t wait to start my travel journey with my soul mate.

    Peace, love and many travel memories to the King&Queen ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo <3

  118. I love Sundays, especially those spent with my boyfriend.
    I haven’t spent a Sunday with him in a long time and that makes me sad, but we have made enough memories for me to look back on and comfort myself with.
    I dream of traveling with him and your blog inspires me.
    Thank you for sharing.

  119. I’m glad you took a break to recharge, we can all benefit from me time. My husband reminds me of you, he works hard with few breaks so I often remind him to take time for himself. It is ok to indulge in those guilty pleasures from time to time. Every book doesn’t have to be about professional development. Time alone to reflect and just enjoy is a requirement. I wish the best of everything for you both!

    1. Not sure how I missed this comment! Thanks for the encouragement. It’s still a work in progress. I’m learning that breaks are necessary and struggling to force myself to take them. I wish you the best as well, Love! I appreciate all of your support and encouragement!

  120. Hey Amirah! Do you have a link to your very first blog post? I’d like to start from the beginning aha. Hope you’re well!

  121. I’m so Godly proud of you. I’m so glad that you stepped out on faith. Keep enjoying the life that you have and forever love the man that God has granted you to be with. Enjoy Life and Each Other.

  122. If you DREAM,DREAM BIG……It just might come TRUE. You deserve all that your heart desires. ENJOY the RIDE…It sure is a PRODUCTIVE RIDE.

  123. Hi Amirah, thank you for the update, I’ve been wondering where you had disappeared to.

    Happy for you and your new journey.
    I’m not sure if you put a link to the first four chapters you wrote or if they are attached somehow.
    I’d like to get my hands on them and indulge on them this weekend.

  124. Missed you and your postings!!! Glad u are still doing your Thang. Keep grinding lady. So excited for you to new journey. Sending love and prayers to you and Jarrel.

  125. I randomly found you on Facebook, started looking on the FB page && BAM realized I went to high school with Jarrell! I think what you guys are doing is so amazing! I’ve kept coming back to your blog to read the posts! ((Currently living vicariously through the both of you))…. Not only do I enjoy your travel tips, as my fiancรฉ and I have began planning some future vacations, I also definitely enjoy seeing a kid I went to school with so happy & free in life! Please tell him Hannah says hi! And please never stop this blog! It’s amazing!!!!
    Signing up for these websites now!

    1. Hey Hannah! Thanks so much for the love, I really appreciate it! I told Rell a girl named Hannah from high school wrote on the blog and he said, ‘Nunn?’ Lol! He told me to tell you hi! Good luck on your future travels. Feel free to email me if there’s any way I can help. I’m always down to answer any questions.

  126. Hello Amirah, I’m just finding your page! Exciting! I see the initial page was dated June 2015. Is your course and its content still available, and relevant? Thank you

  127. Hi Amirah,

    Thanks for your great post! Because of you I looked into ghostwriting and landed my first two contracts within a week. However, I’ve found that site I use is full of authors looking to pay the minimum for a large amount of work.

    Do you think, down the line, you could make a post on the blog or instagram about how to land more lucrative ghostwriting gigs? Or maybe steer us in the right direction so that we can market ourselves to land better contracts?

    Thank you so much for the endless inspiration!! Because you shared that you were starting to live your “daydream” I decided to stop being afraid and do the same!

    With gratitude,

    Shon

    1. Hey Shon!I’ll email you later, but I do go into detail about finding freelance gigs and building your portfolio in my eCourse. I’ll send you all the details.

  128. Hi Amirah,

    I’m going to Spain for a month this summer and I’ve decided that I have to stop in Morocco. Do you think Morocco is safe for a woman to travel to alone? Will I, as a woman, be able to communicate with the people up get around, get food, etc? Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
    -Dione

  129. Hey! I feel unqualified to even make suggestions to you given that you all are basically our inspiration for travel. However, I would suggest South Africa. You would get the beauty of scenery( the ocean views are amazing), the super low cost of living (I spent 2 weeks there and I may have spent $30 in groceries but eating out is super cheap), the air bnb we stayed in was easily accessible by hwy, very affordable and the host were a husband and wife who were amazing. My mom and dad still chats with them. You can easily access other areas of Africa from there with low fares. Two downsides: 1. Weed is illegal but the booze is cheap lol. 2. Not easily accessible to the states, so for those reasons it is probably out. I could give you the info onthe air bnb.

    1. I’ve heard great things about South Africa, but the culture actually makes it pretty low on my list. I’m trying to figure it all out. Airbnb isn’t the best website for longterm accommodation, so I’m thinking it may take a short trip first to determine if we love it.

      1. Hey! What about the culture of South Africa don’t you like? Different cities have a different feel to them so maybe I’d be able to help you out in that way.

  130. Hmmm if you’re thinking Africa I would recommend West Africa (Ghana has beautiful views) or South Africa (reliable internet). My husband is from Angola, Africa and raves about thise places more than his home country. I know Angola is really beautiful but really corrupt. Best of luck on your journey.

  131. So exciting that ya’ll are making another move! Ghana isn’t really closer to the states BUT I think you’d enjoy the various landscapes. It’s super cheap especially depending on where you stay and your lifestyle. I didn’t smoke while I was there but based on what I got as a feel of the country, I think you’d be able to get what you need. You’d then be able to visit several other African countries on a cheap tab!

    1. Do you know of a way to travel to other countries in the region besides flights? The airlines aren’t the best in that region. And where should I look for accommodation? Girl, help! Lol!

      1. Depending on what part of Ghana, you could get to other countries and other countries(only surrounding of course) via van services…may take you a bit longer. Turkish airlines flew me into Ghana and I believe flies into other countries as well, but you may not be able to avoid the layover. Air bnb has a lot of affordable places that you can rent long term especially in Accra but if you end up taking a real interest then I can ask my friend who stays there and his dad gives tours so he knows alllll about it. Also, if you’re trying to get a French feel but on an island…go to Martinique, not far from the states.. and girl they be selling weed right on the beach!

        1. Girl! Martinique (and every other Caribbean country) is on Rell’s list! He ain’t playing about his vice of choice! Most times its closer to fly from Africa to Europe, and then back to another African country. Traveling around the continent is anything but inexpensive. Le sigh.

    1. The Maldives are in Asia, but I’m considering the islands for our anniversary. Seychelles looks beautiful, but it doesn’t seem like a good place to fly out of, especially to the states. Maybe a great place for a short visit though!

  132. Hola! The Caribbean is expensive, Venezuela is not feasible now and no way would you be able to get a timely visa possibly not at all, being an American citizen. Peru is beautiful, cost of living on point, lots of fresh fruit and veggies, oh so very nice peeps. Not sure about the ganja.
    Belize is close, cost of living good, no nothing of the ganja.
    Colombia would be ideal (I’m partial). Spirit flies there on the low. Viva Colombia is their regional airlines and bolivariano their bus line. Both very safe and cheap. Cost of living is ideal, an abundance of everything and a very active artist community. Bogota is cold but Cali (my personal favorite) Medellin (the outlying areas) and Santa Marta are also good options. You can indulge in serious gas in Colombia.

    I lived in Ecuador for 9 months didn’t like the vibe in Cuenca, but loved other parts of the country.

    Africa would be expensive, in my humble opinion and probably would take more time than you have to plan. However, I would suggest Tanzania as a base and travel to other parts from there. There is a sister I. One of my groups who has property there and wants us to visit.

    Just my two cents. Hope it helps.