We’ve been on the road for almost 4 months already, and we’ve seen quite a bit. Lately, I’ve been reflecting on what it is that we are doing and how blessed we are to be doing it. We have shared a lot of our adventures with you, and we have so much more to share. However, something has been tugging on my heart.
The internet is flooded with travel writers and bloggers all too eager to share the perfect picture or to describe the smell of street food being prepared at a night market. Recommendations on where to stay, what to do, and what to eat flood the results of your Google search.
I understand that we have lots of friends and family at home that look forward to hearing about our adventures, and many of them living somewhat vicariously through us. I want to be sure to continue to share our lives and what we are doing with everyone.
When we first embarked on this journey that began almost 3 years ago, it was with a couple things in mind. Of course, the primary goal was to break out of the 9-to-5 and live life freely and on our own terms. For us, that meant that we paid off all of our debt, sold our possessions, figured out a way to earn an income free of location, and then we just left. We would begin an adventure that went wherever the the wind would carry us. The other thing that we had in mind was to pay attention to how exactly we did it and also how we can keep going. I have always had this inner desire to be able to inspire others to follow their own dreams. If their dreams are similar to mine, then I have a responsibility to share the way and empower them to act.
Maybe you are reading this, and you love the pictures and the stories. I hope I can be entertaining and relate the good, the bad, and the ugly of our travels. Of course, it is amazing, but it isn’t always waterfalls and amazing street food. Well, mostly it is (LOL), but there is also real life. There are days we work and just relax. We do not and cannot maintain a lifestyle of going 100%.
It is during the down times that we reflect and look at this amazing life that we have created, but we realize that we aren’t special. Meeting people on the road, we realize that there are many like us. Many of the people we meet have fallen accidentally into this traveling lifestyle. Most of the travelers we encounter are on a trip for a month or even a few and have plans on getting back to work and what they call their “real life.” When people learn that this is actually our real life and that we have no plans to go back, they are intrigued, to say the least. The conversation always turns to questions about how we did it.
This is the calling and has been my wake-up call to the part of this blog that I’ve neglected.
I will be continuing to share our journey and the wonderful moments and experiences of this new life. I will continue to blog about the places we stay and visit through the eyes of a couple of “homeless” Americans who are wandering the globe in search of good food, cold beer, and new friends. What will also be accompanying these blogs are more empowering blogs that share the how-to’s.
We are just a normal, American, middle-class couple who pulled off something incredible. I make that statement humbly, though it may not sound like it. I understand the enormity of what we accomplished, as we were burdened with many of the same things you may be right now as well. We had jobs and debt. We worked hard during the week, hoping to relax on the weekend, only to be met Saturday morning with chores and to-do lists that inhibited that weekend rest. It was a slow process, and it was a lot of work. During the 2 1/2 years leading up to our departure, our friends and family just knew we were leaving and perhaps did not understand what was happening behind the scenes to make it work.
I feel like we have a responsibility to share what was happening during that period and even before we made the decision. While we decided to travel the world, that may not be your dream, but the road we took to get to March 2018 when we were able to leave is a road to freedom. It is a road that anyone can take to realize their own dreams.
I am not trying to sell you anything. No get-rich-quick scheme, no magic pill, and no easy, golden road. This was hard work, and the proof is in the pudding, as they say. I am writing this in an open restaurant on the Mekong river in Laos while I enjoy a cold beer and watch the World Cup.
If you have enjoyed our Vagabonding adventure this far, please stick around. There is so much more to come. If you have found this and are looking to figure out how to get out of the 9-to-5 and live life on your own terms, welcome! There will be plenty for you here, both practically and inspirationally.
Thank you for joining us, and we hope you find all that you are looking for!