We are selling everything and traveling around the world.
Please let that sink in for a moment, because some people have not gotten this. Amy and I are planning on selling everything we own and leaving the United States at the end of next year.
We have posted some things about the vacation we took because we wanted to give those curious, a place to hear about our adventure. We did not want to be the couple splashing our pictures all over social media bragging about our awesome trip. In doing so, we think that people may be confused about what it is we are doing. Just this weekend Amy’s parents said, “Wait. . . you’re doing what?
We are not just going to take a bunch of vacations and document all of our fun. We are leaving for an undetermined time and have no real plan of all of the places we will go or how long we will be there.
Here is the deal. We are in our mid 40s and still have much of our productive years ahead of us. Because we are not independently wealthy of have not won the mega millions, we have to find a way to make this happen. We simply came to the realization that if we are going to have to have jobs, why have them here in the US? Most people in this country spend most of their life working with the hope of having enough money to not work anymore and “retire”. Retirement may have many different meanings depending on who you ask but, travel is usually a part of it for most. We started to think outside of the box on how we could travel now instead of later.
The cost of living in the United States is among the highest in the world. According to the Economist, in 2015, Seattle was the 43rd most expensive city in the world to live in. this fact alone is motivation for us to get out of here.
We are just like you most likely. We have jobs that we drive to every day. If we do not show up, we do not get paid. It is pretty simple, we trade hours for dollars. That equation is our anchor. That formula, while working currently, is what is keeping us right here. After listening to The 4 Hour Work Week we started pondering. What could we do for work that is not location specific? How could we earn US dollars and live in another country to minimize our cost of living? Is it possible to work our way around the world? What do we really need to live?
When you start asking yourself questions like this, you most assuredly will be surprised by the answers. We certainly were. We found great resources like workaway.info where people all over the world will trade room and board for a few hours of work a week to help them with projects or businesses. Amy discovered a need in Southeast Asia for people to teach conversational English and is currently getting certified to do just that. We discovered that some of the most beautiful places in the world have a cost of living that is less than half of what it is here. We took an honest look at the accumulation of 26 years worth of stuff and realized that we don’t really need any of it. Just by asking ourselves these questions we began to develop a plan to leave.
So we are still going to have jobs, but when we get off of work we will not just go home to have dinner, watch Netflix and go to bed so we can do it all over again tomorrow. We will not live for Saturday and Sunday. We will be in an entirely different part of the world learning and experiencing different cultures. We will be literally working our way around the world. Teaching Conversational English in Vietnam, working at a vineyard during harvest time in Italy or a building project in Belize are just a few of the opportunities that await us.
Maybe you are wondering if we are out of our minds. What if it does not work out? Our answer, What if is does!? We really have nothing to lose and everything to gain. We have already gotten in the mindset of experiences over things and this will be one heck of an experience.
We do not know what the future holds.We do know however,that tomorrow is not guaranteed, so we have decided to live boldly. Why not us? Why not now?