Making the decision to travel the world was not an easy one. Don’t get me wrong, there was definitely a spontaneity to it however, there were a number of discussions and a fair amount of Googling to ensure it was possible. Once decided though, we have refrained from looking back and are looking forward to the day when we get to hop on the plane and start our adventures.
Making the choice to give up our house, belongings and jobs was difficult. Not so much for Brandon as it was for me. Brandon has always had that desire and calling to travel, his dreams have always been lofty, but he has always had the drive to make them attainable. For me, the opportunity to travel was limited, due to medical issues throughout my early adulthood. It made the idea all the more difficult to fully grasp. What had once been a futile fantasy, is finally becoming a reality.
We have gone back and forth on this decision for a long time. We have talked about making some significant life changes but were undecided as to when and where we would go. Ideas have been tossed around for the better part of the past year as we have considered our next steps.
Plans ranged from moving to Laos and saving up money by working remotely (Laos is a great, cheap base for travel in SE Asia), RVing across the US and Canada (despite Brandon’s multiple road trips across North America, I still have only been to 12 states!) or to make a transcontinental drive across Europe and Asia. Based on the rough estimates for overall costs, we ended up deciding on something else entirely.
Spurred on by a close friend from Nepal and his upcoming wedding, we decided to take advantage of a chance to travel throughout Asia. From Brandon’s work he has made friends throughout the area, and this would give us a chance to visit with them and see what adventures may unfold.
So, why are we doing this? Life is too short to stay 9-5 in an office. Brandon once told me, when I was considering quitting my job to learn web design:
“What is your time worth? When you work a job, you are saying an hour of your life is worth $9. Would you rather spend an hour of your life, doing something you hate, for $9 an hour? Or would you rather do something that creates a memory for a lifetime? I dunno about you, it’s your choice in the end. I wouldn’t want to keep doing something I hate. My life, and time, is worth more than that to me. I think your time is worth more than that too.”
From there I decided that my time was worth more than that, and that traveling the world was something I would throw myself into headlong. Additionally, Brandon is an avid photographer and this will allow him to dedicate more of his time to refining his abilities while capturing the stunning landscapes and diverse creatures that inhabit the areas we visit.