Around the World Adventure: Announcing Our Journey of a Lifetime!

Our life here on this planet is too short to live with regret.  Regret is a burden that can follow you for an eternity, so we strive to live our lives without it.   We also believe that things happen for a reason.  While it may not be clear to us right then and there, it will undoubtedly be revealed.  And sometimes, you need to trust yourself and take a leap of faith, knowing that all will work out in the end.  For the two of us, that moment is NOW.  And that leap that we are taking is to leave our comfortable lives and jobs here in the States to travel around the world, living and working for an undefined amount of time.

Walking across the border from Thailand into Cambodia.
Walking across the border from Thailand into Cambodia.

It’s Impossible to See the World With a Couple Weeks of Vacation!

Both of us have always wanted to explore the world, since we were kids.  Perhaps the universe knew that when it brought us together.  Even though we both had this dream, we got caught up in the expectations of American life.  School, work, marriage, home, kids…you know how it goes.  And somehow, that dream of being the explorers we wanted to be got pushed aside as we conformed to society.

But it was last year while we were in Cambodia watching the sunrise over Angkor Wat when we realized that we couldn’t contain our curiosity about the world.  We want to see and experience as much as we can, and that’s just not possible when we work so much and only get a few precious weeks of vacation a year.  We realized that at that rate, we would never have time in our lives to do all we wanted.   It was that experience that really made us start to reevaluate our lives and priorities.

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia, sunrise, beautiful, adventure, travel, explore, reflection,
One of the greatest adventures in this world is watching the sunrise over Angkor Wat.

A Shared Passion for Exploration

Even though Josh grew up in Georgia and Liz grew up in Idaho, we both share the same passion for exploration and travel.  We want to see and touch wonders that we read about as kids in history books.  We want to learn foreign customs, and participate in centuries old traditions.  We want to appreciate the art, taste the food, and dance to the music.  We want to learn new languages and see the world through a different set of eyes.  Once you have these feelings of wanderlust, it never escapes you.  In fact, in this way travel can be addicting because the more you see, the more you want to see.

Dinner with a local in Hong Kong - great to make new friends and try new foods!
Dinner with a local in Hong Kong – great to make new friends and try new foods!

As we set out on our around the world journey, we have heavy hearts for what we will be leaving behind.  For most, it is unfathomable to voluntarily leave a comfortable middle-class lifestyle, quitting jobs and selling everything, so that you can hit the road with your belongings on your back.  We understand that this is not common in America.  But what most American’s don’t realize is that many other developed countries in the world give their citizens much more vacation time away from work, and encourage young people to travel.

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Hanging out the window enjoying the beautiful countryside in Thailand

Other Developed Countries Encourage Traveling, Especially While Young!

In a number of countries it is quite common to take a year or two before or after college to travel the world.  Last summer while visiting Toronto, we ran into a young German traveler who was finishing up with a trip all across North America, the USA and Canada.  He gushed about all the wonderful places he had seen.  On another trip in Italy, Liz met two young girls from Australia who who were on a journey around the world for nearly two years!  They too told amazing stories of places they had seen and wonderful people they had met.  And whenever we asked why these travelers took on these journeys, they all said that it was quite common where they came from.

The opportunity to travel allows young people to actually see life beyond what they have known, so that they can become better global citizens.  It also gives them a chance to explore who they really are and who they want to be.  Sure, there may be some rowdy nights along the way, but it’s still a learning experience.  Not only is this tradition of taking extended time off to travel here in the States uncommon, but it may even be frowned upon by some who would see a long-term traveler as a “slacker.”

Running through the Highlands
Josh running through the Scottish Highlands

Make Your Own American Dream

In contrast, our culture expects you to go to college right out of High School.  Once you have finished schooling and internships, it’s time for the job and family.  Then once you have raised the family, it’s your turn to do for yourself.  By this time most Americans are in their 60’s and retired from a job that they likely stayed in for at least 30 years, in part to pay off that mortgage and achieve their “American Dream.”  But at this point you are in the latter part of your life, with only a small window to be able to see and touch all that 60 years of dreaming have built up.  And there are no guarantees that you will even be healthy enough to travel or physically able to do what you want!

See that parachute? That's Liz paragliding in Switzerland after running off this mountain in the Alps!
See that parachute? That’s Liz paragliding in Switzerland after running off this mountain in the Alps!

We Don’t Want to Wait Until Retirement to See the World

For us, now is the time to go see and do all the things we want.  We want to climb Machu Picchu, walk The Great Wall of China, stand with the Christ the Redeemer overlooking Rio de Janeiro, climb Mt. Kilamanjaro in Tanzania, dive to the Great Barrier Riff, hug a statue on Easter Island, cliff dive in Hawaii, wake up in Patagonia, ride a camel to The Great Pyramids.  These are only a few of the many items on our bucket listsThere is no guarantee that by the time we are retired and well into our 60s that we will be physically able to do these things.  So we have chosen to travel now. 

This journey is not only for us, but for our readers who want to explore the world too.

Follow Along on the Adventure of a Lifetime Around the World!

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29 thoughts on “Around the World Adventure: Announcing Our Journey of a Lifetime!”

  1. Susannah Davis Cox

    I am SO stoked for you guys!!!! Have an amazing time- I cannot wait to read about your adventures!!!!! My love to you both! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Susannah! It’s just starting to hit us that this is real. It will be a wonderful and amazing experience. We will definitely have lots of fun stories to share on the blog!

      – Liz

  2. It’s great that you are doing this. The idea of you’re unsure what your health will be like when you’re older is hitting home for us as our parents age. And honestly, that’s another thing to consider. As you get into your 30s and 40s your parents might not be in great health. I know people who have moved home to care for aging parents. It’s not just traveling before children (or even with children), but get out there and explore now because you can. Good for you both. I’ll be following.

    1. Thanks so much Lance! Very true. Both of our parent’s are getting older and starting to have a bit of trouble. We know that we need to do this now because at some point, we will need to be back here to help if needed. There are always so many reasons not to go, and so many “what if” scenarios. We know that things may change down the road, but at least we are making the leap. You never know how things will turn out until you try! 🙂

      – Liz & Josh

  3. Wow!! Good for you!! We have VERY much the same theory as you about travelling while you can rather than waiting for retirement. Who knows what tomorrow holds so grab life by the wings and fly with it 🙂
    We are not ready to give up our “stable” lives just yet to travel full-time, so we travel whenever we can. Although Le had to quit her job for this 4 month trip we are doing. Not sure we ever will travel full-time but we admire everyone that does!
    Can’t wait to see how your life adventures unfold!
    Have fun and enjoy the experience 🙂

    1. Thanks for reading and for the comment! Not everyone is in a position to give up their stable lives, and there isn’t anything wrong with that. In fact, not everyone would want to. Everyone is different. But even if you live a nomadic life traveling the world continuously, or if you value your trips in between working, we all share the same passion and love for the world. When the travel bug bites you, it infects you for life. I grew up in a family where my parent’s needed to work, but we still traveled ALL the time! I imagine that one day when we return here to the states and have a family, we will do the same thing. But for now, this is a great time for the two of us to seize the moment for ourselves! 🙂

      Thanks for following!
      – Liz

  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE that you guys are making the leap! Having done long term travel once already, while preparing for another, indeterminate time period trip, I can assure you it is absolutely life changing! I just wrote a post myself about searching for a dream and how to make sure YOUR dream is what you’re chasing, not the dream American society says you should, so I commend you on bucking the pressure to live your life on someone else’s terms. Can’t wait to follow along on the journey.

    1. Thanks so much for the comment Rhonda. Completely agree that you need to do what is right for you, not what society expects you to do…which can be tough. Don’t get me wrong, we are fortunate to live where we do and we have been able to build a wonderfully comfortable life. But you have to follow your dreams, and there is nothing wrong with that. Stuff is just stuff. And a job really is a job (even if you love it). Why not take a break from all that and enjoy our lives while we can!

      Cheers and thanks for following!
      – Liz

  5. Look forward to reading about all the great places you will travel to!! Have fun, be safe and stop back by occasionally!! I am jealous of your journey!!

    1. Thanks so much Kathleen, we appreciate the comment and glad that we could inspire you. We hope you enjoy following the journey!

      – Liz

  6. We’re so excited for you guys! Can’t wait to follow your adventure. As you know, we’ve taken off for a year at a time for extended travel, and even that length of time hasn’t been enough to quench our thirst for long-term, slow travel. We hop after our current work contract is up we may have saved enough to join you out on the road again! Safe travels.

    1. Thanks Tamara! Every time we look at a jar of Nutella we think of you two 🙂 I’m sure you can’t wait to get back out there and explore. Would love to cross paths sometime on the road! Take care.

      – Liz & Josh

  7. “We also believe that things happen for a reason. While it may not be clear to us right then and there, it will undoubtedly be revealed.”

    This is exactly how I live my life. Everything happens for a reason, we just aren’t always privy to the reasons. No regrets.

    Congratulations on taking the leap of faith!

    1. Thanks for the comment Patti! It’s a great perspective to live with in life. Thanks for reading & happy travels to you!

      – Liz

  8. In your travels will you be giving tips about how you funded this worldly experience? I’ve read quite a few books on backpacking, traveling the world, and planning for trips that are similar to yours, and all of them normally suggest you have over $10,000 to start off especially when traveling to European countries they recommend over $16,000. Did your possessions get you that much money, or did you have it saved up, or did you borrow it? Are you using individual plane tickets, or did you purchase one of the plane ticket global plans? Where and when are you using trains? Are you using hostels, or hotels? What did you pack? Where are you starting? Do you have a certain plan about where and when you’re going where, or are you winging it? What are you doing for money along the way? Do you have a budget per country? Sorry but I’ve been trying to plan my ‘global adventure’ for a while and would love tips.

    Thanks so much for the info!

    1. Thanks for the comment A.J. – yes, we will be providing a lot of information about the trip, including tips, spending, itineraries, transportation, accommodations, etc. The amount of money needed it based on a number of factors: where you are going, how long you will be gone, your travel tastes (hostels, etc.). We’ve saved up money, but our goal is to try our best to make money along the way, or work for our lodging to help offset costs. We will definitely be sharing this information with our readers! 🙂

      – Liz

  9. Congrats on taking the leap!! You won’t regret it.

    The four years I spent on the road travelling and working overseas were the best in my life. You’re so right that a couple of weeks vacation is just not enough. I look forward to following your journey 🙂

    1. Thanks Jen – appreciate the support. It’s scary…but will be so awesome. Definitely one of the best experiences of our lives, I’m sure!

      Happy Travels!
      – Liz

  10. Congratulations! It’s amazing that you two can partner up and make this dream a reality. I look forward to reading of your amazing adventures. Over the last few months I’ve realized that as much as I live the idea of Travelling, I have not learned the skills of planning and making it not stressful. I hope to explore your blog so I can make those weekend trips I daydream about actually happen.

    I few weeks ago I shared this story with a long time friend and my 5 year old son. In college I spent a month in Europe. One day I went paragliding in the Alps because running off the side of a mountain was less scary than staying back at the hostel by myself and figuring out how to spend the day. How could I have never told these people about my adventure? How can I not plan a trip to the Shenendoah Valley? I need to get my travel brain back!

    1. Thanks Lisa – love to hear about someone else paragliding in the Swiss Alps…it’s so memorable isn’t it!?!?! I will never forget that moment, and look forward to doing it again sometime!

      – Liz

  11. All I have to say is WOW! Good for you! You took the words right out of my mouth when you spoke about the “american dream” and how travel is often pushed aside by our north american society in order to make room for school, career, family, mortgage, etc. Why wait until your retired to travel when your health might not be the best? Who knows what the future holds, live your dreams now! I’m looking forward to following your journeys around the world!

    1. Thank you so much Jill – we appreciate the comment, and the vote of support for what we are doing! It feels a little strange to not have a job and be giving up our great home, but life is full of adventures and we know we are doing the right thing for us. Everyone is different, but this is our dream…so we’re going for it!

      Thanks for following!
      Liz & Josh

  12. I wish you guys the very best. Josh if things get real…. and you know what I mean… give me a call and the Calvary will come and get you! Take care and make sure you carve a Hulkamania Pumpkin wherever you go!

    Much love- Cam

    1. Thanks Cambo!!! You know Hulkamania will be running wild in Asia!! We will get together soon Brotha!

      Much Love back atchya – Josh

    1. Thanks for reading Gwyn! It has just been a wonderful experience so far. We can’t believe that we’ve been on the road for a couple months already – time flies! But we wouldn’t change a thing, what a journey!

      – Liz

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