While the day of our departure is growing closer, we still haven't left. (So many things left to do!) In the meantime, we wanted to share some of the other blogs that have inspired us to do what we are doing and perhaps help you better understand what we are aiming to do ourselves with this blog.
I've been following New Zealand couple, Craig and Linda's travels for about four years now, and last month I had the pleasure of meeting up with them in Spain. It was after becoming qualified to teach English as a foreign language, that Craig recommended the company to me that I ended up working with for almost three years teaching in Austria, Hungary and Germany, for which I was very grateful.
As you might have guessed by the name, this is not only a blog, but also a podcast (think internet radio show) aimed at first time and experienced travellers, covering all aspects of long- and short-term travel. They have made their blog and podcast in to their business and work on it as they travel. I always find it encouraging to see people living their lives on their own terms and breaking the conventional school-work-mortgage-kids mold.
Earl is another travel blogger I had the chance to meet while we were both in Syria in November 2009 when it was still a safe and comfortable country to travel in. He has been gallivanting around the world for about 12 years, working both online and in situ jobs doing everything from teaching English to working on cruise ships. His thirst for adventure and the unknown is admirable, while his writings are helpful and deliberate, showing you that you can live a life of travel, if you want it enough.
In 2010, the British couple, Simon and Erin sold everything they owned and left their home in Manchester to travel the world forever. They started their journey in South America, and it is because of them that we really decided that would be a good starting place for us too.
Their blog takes you along for the ride with them, but also shows you how they manage their life on the road, not being shy to share things like how money much they spend and make from month to month. Furthermore, their philosophy of slow travel appeals to us greatly and to be honest, we want to be just like them when we grow up!
Dani and Jess, are, as far as I know, the only openly lesbian couple travelling the world as digital nomads (something which we find encouraging), but that's not the only reason we love them! Their blog posts are interesting, informative and occasionally controversial: they are clearly not afraid of tackling some of the taboos of long term travel and the poverty gap that often makes it possible. We are hoping to be able to meet up with them on this trip, as they are also currently in South America.