What was the first country you visited? Who with and why did you choose it?
The first country we visited together was Australia. This was my husband's first visit to a country outside of the United States, I had personally already traveled extensively in Europe and Central America prior to this trip. We moved to Australia with the intention of working on holiday visas because at our age we wouldn't have the option much longer. It worked out that we both secured jobs in Oz prior to our arrival, but it didn't work out that the jobs were pretty unpleasant. In an effort to escape the jobs quickly we discovered house-sitting. Now house-sitting is our preferred method of travel. Funny how things happen.
When did you start a travel lifestyle? What inspired that change?
Our travel lifestyle started in June of 2012. The change was inspired years earlier when my husband was laid off from a company he was loyal to for almost a decade. Whereas I knew I couldn't and wouldn't sit at a desk for most of my life, it took that event to inspire the change in Brock. Once we had decided that a life in the suburbs with comfortable salaries, two cars and a mortgage wasn't how we ever planned to live it was just a matter of time. We set a ''departure date'' and then had to figure out what we were going to do...or better, where we were going to go!
It was fun to start decluttering our lives, donating, selling or gifting almost everything we owned. We felt lighter and less tied to possessions. The more we got rid of the better we felt. We knew we were making the right decision. We felt alive, inspired, excited about everything involved in this change. Our first big adventure as nomads was a cross-country bicycle trip in the United States that took us five months, then we bought a one way ticket to Australia and have been all over the world since then!
Do you have a base you travel from? Or is it continuous travel? And why do you choose that style?
We are completely nomadic, which means we don't have any sort of base or home. We live this way because it allows us complete freedom. There are no utilities, homeowner's insurance, taxes on anything anchoring us to a place and possessions. Right now we are perfectly content with living all over the world. Just this year we spent 3 months in Australia, two months in New Zealand, a month in Mexico and will be in California for 3 months before heading to Europe until the holidays.
How do you fund your travel lifestyle? Is it something you do when travelling or are you a saver?
We are savers and we work as we travel. We always lived below our means before we became nomadic, or before we even decided to be nomadic. Living on our savings is how this all started. We also made a little money working in a Australia. At the moment though we work about 70+ hours a week as bloggers on our website OurFavoriteAdventure.com. Though we may be in the beginning stages of monetizing the blog, it is like any new business, you have to be willing to put in the work to earn the the kind of living you want.
If you could tell yourself one tip before you started your travel lifestyle, what would it be?
This is a great question! "It's all going to work out'' is the first thing that comes to mind. I knew it would because we wanted it so badly, that we would find a way to sustain this lifestyle, but if I said I wasn't a little worried I'd be lying. It is like anything else, when you want something, and you are willing to make it a priority and give it your heart the universe will conspire in your favor.
What does "Living The Dream" mean to you?
Living the dream means living a life that is completely in line with personal values and goals. For us, living our dream is to be able to wake up everyday and spend the next 24 hours exactly as we want, not answer to anyone except ourselves and our needs. It means having time to explore our hobbies and nurture relationships we care about. It means being able to learn, grow and have complete control of our lives.