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Adventures in Wanderlust: Meet Matt and Josh @thevanwithnoplan June 18 2015

Meet Matt and Josh. Two brothers, one van, traveling the country with no plan. They started in a 1992 Ford Econoline E-250 and just recently traded that (and 5 weeks of labor) for a shuttle bus, touring the states with no set destination. 35 states and counting so far!  They self-fund their inner wanderlust and travels by finding odd jobs everywhere they go. As if that's not cool enough, they have been focused on paying it forward along the way, volunteering everywhere they can. Their most current adventure? 7 individuals skateboarding from LA to NYC to create a film and raise $20,000 for teens with Cancer. Check out their interview below sharing their inspiration for the journey, their experience on the road, and some great advice on positive living. You can follow Matt and Josh as the document their adventure on IG @thevanwithnoplan or on Facebook at The Van with No Plan.

Matt and Josh - seriously, you guys rock! Thanks for sharing inspirational story with us!

Tell us a bit about your adventure…

TVWNP is two brothers that were raised in Montana by a single mother, and lived in California together for two years working sales jobs for multiple companies before even getting the idea to travel. We have been livin' on the road since November 2012. Getting involved (however that may be), skateboarding and exploring 35 states since we started our unplanned journey.  

What inspired or prompted it… 

Before living on the road we worked many sales jobs in Sacramento Ca. In order to haul more product and people, we bought a Ford van from a friend's dad. What really promted TVWNP was the $600 1992 Ford Econoline "Van Go". It never did get used for what we bought it for after finding out we can sleep comfortably on a weekend camping trip. within 3 weeks after that comfortable van-life weekend, we had most of our things sold and gave away the rest! 

What were you most looking forward to as you worked towards starting this adventure…

When you start traveling, or are working towards traveling, it is overwhelming to think about what you're looking forward to the most and the experiences you hope to have. Possibly because the possibilities are endless, or in your head there's just not enough time! But when it comes down to it, what we look forward to the most is simply meeting new people, and having new experiences. Which is what traveling, and vanlife is all about.

How did your friends and family react when you announed your journey?

We actually made our facebook page for friends and family so we didn't have to call everyone all the time, we could just post what were doing and how we are to make things easier. Everyone has been supportive of us this whole time, some worry about us but know that we can handle any situation that comes our way. We are brothers that have been through it all our entire life, and we may have no plan, but we are prepared for that.

Have you made any significant life changes to start/accommodate your adventure…

The only significant life change we have made and adjusted to is the fact that we live our life mobile now. Before TVWNP we had our own apartment in California working multiple sales jobs, home shows, door-to-door, things like that. We are good at finding work and were hardworkers, the only difference is now we do that on the road. Vanlife is a lot easier to do than one might think.

Share your favorite moment of your journey so far…

It is so hard to think about the favorite part of the journey. When thinking of something to even answer that question with, memories flood my head, and all i can do is laugh to myself. A couple things that come to mind is when we landed a job at Universal Studios in Florida. When we met Kurt and Rob Widmer at the Widmer Brothers Brewery, or even when we broke down in New York on New Years. From working on farms to gambling in Vegas, it's all apart of the trip in full, to try to take a "favorite moment" from what has been our adventures so far isn't possible.

What have you learned so far on this journey…

There is countless things we have learned while living on the road. When it comes to skills, since we are self-funded just from finding work, we have become really good interior/exterior painting and landscaping as it seems these are the most frequent jobs we find. We have also learned many things about farm work, construction, working events, commercial cleaning, etc. So as you can see we have taken away a lot of things from this adventure we now call life, but we have also learned much about ourselves these past couple of years.

What advice would you give to someone with a similar goal or dream…

The only advice we can give to someone with a goal to do something similar to what were doing is to STAY POSITIVE! The power of positivity is a powerful thing when you live on the road. If one thing goes wrong or not the way you "planned", there is always a bigger picture to what's going on around you, and if you go in with a negative attitude everything plays a small part in how it all comes together for you in future. You will never look back later and regret the negative things that happened to you, because without them you most likely wouldn't have got where you got and met the people you met while doing it. Not only do you take away memories from these experiences, but also a kickass story you get to share with friends and family.


Adventures in Wanderlust: Cody and Trisha @ourwanderingrhythm May 21 2015

Meet Cody and Trisha. After three years of planning and saving, they quit their jobs, bought an RV they named Harvey, and they have been traveling ever since. They have both taken their careers in new directions, learning to manage stress in a healthy way, and have been enjoying the freedom of life on the road ever since. In the interview below, Cody and Trisha share the story behind their beautiful ongoing adventure. You can plug in to their journey and wanderlust inspiration on ig @ourwanderingrhythm or on their blog www.ourwanderingrhythm.com. Thanks Cody and Trisha for sharing your story and for your gorgeous pixels. Don't quit your day dream!

Tell us a bit about your adventure…

We are living full-time on the road in a 1987 Toyota Travelmaster, affectionately named Harvey the RV. We love traveling and just finished going coast to coast, although travel is secondary in why we chose this lifestyle. We wanted the freedom and flexibility to pursue health and our passions without having high overhead living costs, and living on the road made sense for what we wanted to accomplish. 

What inspired or prompted it… 

Cody had some health problems early in our relationship, and we quickly realized the importance of  how we spend our time and the quality of the time we have. We knew that if we didn’t change our stressful lifestyle soon, we wouldn’t be healthy enough to enjoy our lives (or even enjoy one another much longer). Once we made the decision that something needed to change, every decision we made from that point on was intentional to take us closer to our goal. 

What were you most looking forward to as you worked towards starting this adventure…

The time and freedom to listen to our minds for clarity of purpose and our bodies for healing. In a fast-paced lifestyle, we would often ignore what our bodies needed, and we filled our minds with distractions to avoid having to listen or be still and find the source of our stress. Now, although there are still distractions (like the RV breaking down, or Tricia banging cupboards while Cody’s trying to write), we have the freedom to pursue things that we find satisfying, the freedom to do something great, the freedom to do something purposeful with our time. 

How did your friends and family react as you announced this journey…

Our families and friends have been very supportive (we even thought some of them were going to hide in the RV’s back closet and come along!). We’re not sure everyone we know understands exactly why we quit good jobs and took off around the country, but they’ve been behind us all the way. We’re very blessed to have such a great group of people in our lives. 

Have you made any significant life changes to start/accommodate your adventure…

We knew that we’d need to downsize significantly to fit into the RV, and we also made a huge effort to minimize our costs as much as possible so that we'd have more freedom to stay on the road. Some of this included getting rid of things we didn’t use or need (which is an ongoing process, even in the RV), having solar power on the RV so we don’t need to stay in expensive RV parks and even unsubscribing to Netflix (streaming data is expensive on the road!). Since we’ve been in the RV, we’ve definitely had to learn to give one another space to work/create and to find personal space when there isn’t much! 

Share your favorite moment of your journey so far…

We’ve had so many beautiful moments on this journey, from being enchanted by New Mexico’s skies to meeting amazing people who are also pursuing their passions, but if we had to pick just one, we’d have to say that a dry lake bed near Joshua Tree has been our favorite. There’s something beautiful about being in an area where there is nothing but sky, wind, and dirt. Life, and who we are, becomes very clear in the absence of all distractions. 

What have you learned so far on this journey…

We’ve learned so much it’s hard to know where to begin! We’ ve learned the joy that comes from pursing our passions and dreams. We’ve learned to say yes to that urge to pull over and admire the view, even if we just stopped fifteen minutes ago. 

We are also learning to minimize stress, which is an ongoing process. With so many options for things to do on the road, we’ve had to map out our goals and then create a list of questions to ask ourselves when we make decisions. Otherwise, we get so caught up in wanting to do everything that we forget what we want to accomplish and end up feeling stressed and overwhelmed. 

What advice would you give to someone with a similar goal or dream…

We’d say that if you want to make it happen badly enough, you can. We’ve met so many people with inspiring stories during this last year on the road and they all had one thing in common: they didn’t let anything stop them from getting where they wanted. Things like chronic health issues, needing a new engine (or RV), or adjusting to raising children on the road; no obstacle is insurmountable. You may need to make sacrifices, and it may take a long time (it took us three years to get on the road), but if you really want to do it, there’s always a way. Sometimes dreams change shape and it’s important to learn to adapt with them. 



Adventures in Wanderlust: Ariana and Matt @busesandbackpacks March 11 2015

Meet Ariana and Matt. It all started off with a trip through South America, leaving their homes in LA behind. It was upon their return to the states when this couple realized - they weren't quite done traveling yet. And so their adventure began. They continued their journey with a roadtrip from San Diego to Milwaukee and have been out on the road adventuring ever since. Check out their interview below as well as a preview of pictures from their travels. You can follow the adventures of Ariana and Matt on ig @busesandbackpacks. We love your story and your spirit Ariana and Matt! Thanks so much for the wanderlust inspiration and for taking us along for the ride with your gorgeous pixels.  You rock!

Tell us a bit about your adventure…

We wanted summer weather, which is ironic coming from two people living in Los Angeles, so we decided to travel through South America. We began in Peru exploring Lima, Cuzco and of course Machu Picchu. We took the most amazing tour to get to Machu Picchu consisting of biking, hiking and zip lining. After Peru we bused to Boliva where we explored La Paz and the Salt Flats in Uyuni. From there we bused to Chile. Argentina, Uruguay and then flew to Colombia. Unfortunately there were areas in the country we missed but it gives a an excuse to go back!

What inspired or prompted it…

Both of us had left our jobs for one reason or another and we figured it was a perfect time to get out of the States, we are both young and without jobs or a dog (we really want one!) so there was nothing holding us back. We both spent so much time on Instagram and Facebook envious of other peoples adventures so we figured it was time for one our own.

What were you most looking forward to as you worked towards starting this adventure…

We really both were just looking forward to experiencing the culture and seeing new things. Of course we were also really excited for some staple events like Machu Picchu, New Years in Valparaiso and the food...we LOVE food!

How did your friends and family react as you announced this journey…

They were totally understanding of us wanting to take this journey. Ariana's father traveled most of his younger years and both of our parents love to travel now. Our mothers were living vicariously through us, we would find them sending us the top places to go in cities and info about them...they were basically our personal travel guides. As for our friends, they were really excited for us. We think they wished they were traveling with us instead of sitting in their cubicles though.

Have you made any significant life changes to start/accommodate your adventure

If you consider having no home or job to call ours a significant change....yes. :)

Share your favorite moment of your journey so far…

That is a tough question, we loved meeting so many new people from all over the world and all the countries we visited were so different and beautiful in their own ways. Some cities were scorching hot while others were freezing, some were bustling while others were completely dead. Two moments that stood out to us were New Years in Valparaiso, Chile watching 32 tons of synchronized fireworks fill the skyline of the bay hearing everyone surrounding you chat "CHI, CHI, CHI, LE, LE, LE" and our time in the Salt Flats in Uyuni, Bolivia where all you saw from horizon to horizon was white salt while staying in a hotel made out of salt.

What have you learned so far on this journey…

Living out of a backpack for two months with a few pairs of shirts and pants really made us realize how little you need in life to be happy and how grateful we are for all that we do have. We also realize we are so thankful for the small things like electricity past 7pm and toilet seats!

What advice would you give to someone with a similar goal or dream…

Do it! If it is your dream DO IT! There shouldn't be anything holding you back if you want it enough. We met so many people from other countries and unfortunately not many from the States, we need more people to help change the stereotype on Americans, we aren't that bad!! But really, we think that you can learn so much by traveling outside of your own country and that exposing yourself to other countries really opens your eyes to what is happening outside of your small comfortable bubble. Granted, everyone has to do things to survive and put food on the table but we think there are always ways to figure out how to do what you want to do. You should always be happy in life, if you are unhappy in any aspect of your life change something and do what will make you happy. Please don't not let anyone else's opinions deter you from that.

 


Adventures in Wanderlust: Blaire @lifeofblairepie February 26 2015

Meet Blaire. She is a natural explorer and wanderer with a gracious spirit and a passion for adventure. Her first solo journey was a 3-month backpacking trip through South East Asia. While traveling on her own, Blaire volunteered with various non-profit organizations along the way helping contribute in any way she could. This ‘voluntourism’ style of travel changed Blaire forever as she discovered a new way to explore the world while helping make a difference. Blaire also lives her mission by serving as a main contributor to BuyConscious.com  - an amazing site dedicated to inspiring people and impactful choices. Check out Blaire's interview below where she chats about her experience backpacking through Guatemala and follow the adventures of Blair on ig @lifeofblairepie. Thanks Blaire for sharing your journey, your gorgeous pixels and for inspiring wanderlust rooted in kind action and social awareness!

Tell us a bit about your adventure...

I took couple weeks backpacking through Guatemala with my husband for my 30th birthday & also to check out a really cool shoe brand called Teysha. All I care to spend free time and money on is travel, so any kind of celebration is reason enough to hit the road!

What inspired or prompted it...

I work with an amazing site called BuyConscious.com. We feature impressive products, inspiring people and impactful choices that help create positive change. One day while researching I came across this awesome new shoe company called Teysha, they employ Guatemalan artisans, bringing more opportunity to the communities they work with, as well as supplying beautifully handcrafted shoes. I loved their boots and was super inspired to go check them out! With my 30th birthday coming up, I thought celebrating in Guatemala while learning about Teysha would be brilliant.

What were you most looking forward to as you worked towards starting this adventure...

I love Latin culture and have traveled to Mexico many times...so I was really excited to explore a new country. I had heard amazing things Lake Atitlan and was very eager to check it out. I also couldn't wait to go meet the Teysha team! After reading about all the amazing work they were doing within the community, I was looking forward to finally meeting the founders , as well as the talented local artists they were working with.

How did your friends and family react as you announced this journey...

Guatemala was the 24th country I'd visited, so my family and friends were used to traveling. Guatemala is definitely economically distraught and many people are in terribly desperate situations, so they were somewhat concerned about our safety...but no more than usual. Unfortunately we did run into some trouble...

Have you made any significant life changes to start/accommodate your adventure...

Not for this particular journey. Airbnb'd the apt and worked remotely :)

Share your favorite moment of your journey so far...

One of my favorite moments on this journey was when one of the founders Travis took us to meet his employee Cesar, a lovely craftsman who made my Teysha boots. We were brought into his home, which was nothing more than a tin hut held together with tarps and wood...no electricity and mud floors. It was amazing and see how efficiently he was working, with such ease and high spirits, and in such dismal conditions. It was an inspiring moment realizing just how important Teysha was to Cesar and his family and how the growth of the company would help him out of such extreme poverty.

What have you learned so far on this journey...

A lot. I've learned the hard way to listen my my instincts and never ignore my
gut. Unfortunately on our first night we were mugged on our way back to the guest house by 2 men with a knife and large rock. It was a
huge learning experience, because I noticed them following behind us and felt uneasy...but I brushed it off and didn’t say anything. Luckily they didn't hurt us, but stole all our things. As soon as they ran off through my tears I couldn't stop yelling "I knew it! I knew it!" It was a rude awakening to remember no matter how well traveled you are...always stay alert & listen to your intuition!

What advice would you give to someone with a similar goal or dream...

I've always loved the Danny Kaye quote "To travel is to take a journey into ones self." I don’t think of traveling as a luxury, I think of it as a necessity -- to learn about myself...humanity, our world. So I would advise anyone looking to take an adventure to think of it as an essential obligation and you'll make it happen!

 


Adventures in Wanderlust: Karlie @misswanderlustca February 21 2015

We had a chance to catch up with Karlie of @misswanderlustca recently. We have been a fan of her adventure and gorgeous instagram pictures. What caught our eye first was Karlie's goal. Karlie had a dream to visit 30 countries before she was thirty and she did it! Then we fell in love with her ig pixels. In the interview below, Karlie shares how she has worked towards her day dream and what the journey has meant to her. You can follow the adventures of Karlie on instagram @misswanderlustca and at www.misswanderlust.ca. Thanks, Karlie, for taking the time to share your journey with us and for the travel inspiration - don't quit your day dream!

Tell us a bit about your adventure…

I first traveled outside of Canada in 2008 when I was 22 years old. My husband and I went to the Euro Cup and to Italy, where my family, including my five-year old father, emigrated from in 1958. We started traveling every year, more and more frequently. By the time I was 25 I had been to 10 countries and set a goal to visit at least 30 countries before my 30th birthday. I achieved and surpassed my goal with eight months to spare!

What inspired or prompted this dream…

This is a tricky question because it wasn’t like a lightning bolt hit me one day and I decided to do this. The goal evolved over time. My husband and I always enjoyed road trips when we were younger but didn’t have the money (or so we thought) to travel abroad. I lost my mom in 2007 and my entire world changed, completely altering my outlook on life. I started to think about what was important, what I would want to look back on at the end of a long life, or what would happen if I died tomorrow. I needed to start living the way I wanted to and enjoy time with my husband in a way that is special to us. Aside from the heavy stuff, the more I saw of the world, the more I wanted to see!

What were you most looking forward to as you worked towards starting this adventure…

Experiencing the world. Seeing all of the famous places that I’d only seen on TV and in magazines. Deviating away from that and discovering places that I hadn’t heard of that would end up surprising and delighting me. Meeting people. Eating delicious food. Proving to myself that I can do anything and accomplish my goals.

How did your friends and family react as you announced this journey…

When we first started traveling, people would act somewhat surprised whenever we told them we were going on another trip. I think this is because we’ve done our travels in a different way, meaning we go to a destination and return home, rather than doing an extended trip in one region of the world or a RTW trip. When I first announced my 30 by 30 goal in May 2010, most people didn’t give it a second thought, but as our travels picked up and we got closer and closer to my goal, people were really encouraging and excited for us.

Have you made any significant life changes to start/accommodate your adventure…

I barely spend any money on myself when I’m at home. I’d rather spend money on plane tickets than gadgets or material things. My money saving is so extreme that every time I save and/or don’t spend, I think of what I can buy with that amount abroad, down to single dollars. I also haven’t had a “real”, permanent job in years. I work on term contracts and have done temp work in the past. Sometimes the uncertainty can be nerve-wracking, but it’s always worth it. Like my dad always says, there will always be another opportunity to make money.

What has been your favorite moment of your journey so far…

I truly appreciate every moment that I’ve spent on this journey, because they all add up to make special memories and exciting trips. I love experiencing the world and getting to share that journey with my husband. It’s really hard to just pick one moment because I’ve had a lot of wonderful moments, but one that stands out for me is watching the sunrise with my husband on a sand dune in the Sahara Desert in Morocco with nobody else around. 

What have you learned so far on this journey…

I struggle with anxiety and I sometimes have lapses in confidence, but this journey has taught me that I am capable of anything I put my mind to and beyond. It has taught me how to set goals and work hard to achieve them. I have learned that the world is a fascinating and complicated place that is worth exploring, and not just the beautiful or easy destinations. And it has taught me to appreciate everything that I have.

What advice would you give to someone with a similar goal or dream…

There is nobody stopping you from achieving your dreams but yourself. If you want to do something, do it. There will always be an excuse not to. Acknowledge those excuses and then toss them in the garbage. If you put your mind to it, anything is possible. If I can do it, you can do it!


Adventures in Wanderlust: Betsy and Pete @passthrucom January 23 2015

Meet Betsy and Pete - a couple who gave up the conventional lifestyle they’d had for so long in favor of one they really wanted...and they have been traveling the world ever since. They sold it all, moved to a tropical island and are now on a 2 year (or more) trip around the world! Catch their interview below and check out a sampling of their beautiful pictures from their journey. You can follow Betsy and Pete on Instagram @passthrucom and at their blog passingthru.com as they document their life traveling the world. Thanks so much Betsy and Pete for sharing your incredible and inspiring story so  graciously and for your gorgeous pixels!

 Tell us a bit about your adventure…

We're about five months into a 2 year RTW journey. We left our home on Kaua'i in September, 2014 and spent 3 months in Fiji. Now we're in Australia for about four months. After that, our plans are fluid; essentially the only itinerary we have is to follow warm weather around the world. We'll be attending some travel-related conferences in Spain and Thailand in 2015, and we're hoping to get "home" to Minnesota for Pete's high-school class reunion later in the year, too.

What inspired this journey? 

We came home to Kaua'i early in 2014 after an extended trip. We'd flown to Ireland, and then traveled mostly by train across Europe to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Although this was an absolutely marvelous experience, it was quite a whirlwind, too: 13 or 14 countries in 5 weeks. As we generally do, we wished we'd had been able to slow portions of it down in some of the fantastic places we visited. So it felt as though the trip of a lifetime was more reconnaissance for future trips. We fall in love with a place, we want to return. We realized we're slower travelers now, preferring to get to know a destination in more depth. This all requires time with a more open-ended schedule. The solution was to travel full time for an extended period. So, while we were happy in Kaua'i and consider it our home, we're not getting any younger, so we needed to leave again. Our daughter is getting married in September of 2016 in Minnesota, so we figured we had a couple of years with no big obligations until then. It was time to do this thing.

What were you most looking forward to as you worked towards this…

There's always the excitement leading up to a departure, but this time it was tinged with a bit of fear. We wouldn't have a home awaiting our return. Overall, though, it's an exhilarating feeling to let loose without a safety net. We managed to land a lengthy housesitting assignment in Fiji, and it seemed like this would be the perfect jumping off point. Exotic enough and familiar enough for us to get our feet wet, an extended period of time to get our bearings, and free accommodations in turn for watching over the homeowners' property and awesome dogs. That assignment led to another here in Australia, which we secured before we left. So we knew what we'd be doing for the most part in the near future, and as it turns out, that was just the right amount of structure to take the plunge.

How did your friends and family react as you shared your plans...

Well, by now they should be used to the crazy. We're the wacky ones who sold everything in Minnesota and moved to Hawaii, after all. We'd had a bit of unexpected pushback making that move from folks who couldn't wrap their heads around the concept of location independence - were we retired? did we suddenly become independently wealthy? Would we be back in a couple of months with our tails between our legs? We came to realize all this was more about them than us. With this latest iteration, there's been more positive support. And it has been wonderful to see inklings of our influence: friends and family who are simplifying their own lives to make room to do the things they love and find inspiring.

Have you made any significant life changes to accommodate....

It's been more of a progression with us: downsizing a couple of times on the mainland U.S., getting rid of almost everything to move to Kaua'i, and then paring down to a couple of suitcases' worth of stuff to bring along on this journey. When you're older, slower transitions are easier to make! On the work front, we've deliberately structured a network of online businesses over the past six years that enable us to work from anywhere. We'd had enough of making life fit around work for the past thirty or so years! We needed work to fit in with the life we wanted and so we made it happen.

What has been your favorite moment so far...

Well, it's hard to pick just one moment out of so many, but we both could probably agree on an evening spent during low tide on the reef in Korotogo. We were blessed to join a local family at the water's edge who showed us how to collect and clean sea urchins. The sun setting the horizon ablaze, the sweet and salty texture in your mouth from something freshly picked out of the sea, and the realization that this simple scene has played out in exactly this way for centuries: pure magic.

What have you learned so far on this journey...

"Bula!" This is the word you use in Fiji to greet everyone you encounter, accompanied with a smile, and often a stop to chat. The literal translation of the word "bula" is "life" but it's much, much more. Its use is a recognition of divinity and humanity in each individual, the idea that everyone matters, that it's important to be kind and loving. Fijians don't seem to engage in the pursuit of happiness. Instead, Fijians live in happiness and gratitude, often with very little in the way of material things. The people of Fiji are so very rich in spirit. They are an amazing example of what's really important.

What advice would you give to someone with a similar dream or goal...

Don't be afraid to take an unconventional path in life. Listen to your heart and gut to accept or reject ideas from others who think they know what's good for you. Go before you think you're completely ready. Give yourself a firm starting deadline that's not too far out. Do it now. Someday never comes. No regrets.

 

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Adventures in Wanderlust: Chris and Danika @nodestinations January 07 2015

Have you ever thought about leaving the 9-5, selling it all and traveling the world?? Meet Chris and Danika - an amazing couple who actually did what so many of us just dream of doing. Catch their interview below and check out a sampling of beautiful pictures from their journey. You can follow Chris and Danika on Instagram @nodestinations and at their blog nodestinations.com as they document their life traveling the world. We love your story Chris and Danika! Thank you so much for the inspiration and for sharing your journey with us.

Tell us a bit about your adventure…

We sold the majority of our stuff, (except for 16 small storage boxes, that are mostly filled with Danika’s shoes and bags), rented out our apartment in San Francisco and quit our jobs, all so we could travel around the world. Our international travel was a bit limited, so we wanted to start with all the major cites first, Rome, Paris, Tokyo, etc. with the goal of discovering the hidden treasures later on. We started in March of 2014 and have been gone for 10 months, traveled to 12 countries and over 40 cities. Although we left our 9-5 jobs, we still work for various clients and companies. Chris helps to build websites and web apps and Danika works with clients to enhance their online marketing efforts. 

What inspired your adventure…

We both have always has a passion for travel but work always seemed to get in the way. Chris was working for a few different tech companies and he had unlimited paid vacation. I was Director of Marketing for a group of Boutique Hotels and only had 2 weeks of vacation each year. We were really bummed that we could only take one or maybe 2 trips for the entire year, including small trips to see our family in San Diego and New Jersey. At the same time we were at a point in our lives that we’ll refer to as the fork in the road. We both had great careers, good jobs, a house and were pretty much living the safe and stable life SF. We weren’t ready to have kids and go down that road, so we decided we needed some excitement, to get out, before we were ready to do the “stable home” thing for a very long time.  All this combined with a few cocktails and before you knew it we had a tentative plan to leave the US and go see the world.

What were you most looking forward to as you worked towards this dream…

Danika: Seeing all the major cities I had only read about (Paris, Rome and Tokyo) and getting a Bali tan!
Chris: Leaving the 9-5 routine and never going into an office again. (Oh and nude sunbathing!)

How did your friends and family react as you announced this journey…

Everyone was so supportive and genuinely excited for us. Danika was so nervous to tell her family and work, but everyone just gave us big hugs and said wow, just go for it. 

Have you made any significant life changes to start your adventure…

Packing up and leaving was probably the most significant life change we’ve both ever had to make, aside from getting married. We were leaving everything we knew and loved for a nomadic life stye.

Danika: Absolutely. I went from having over 200+ of shoes to living out of a backpack. I am learning how to live more simple and to travel with only a carry on backpack and an overstuffed bag. Although I prefer working remote, I have always been a “face to face” marketing girl so for me it’s been more difficult to make the transition to working 100% remotely. Also I love to print out things and keep files, journals, planners and editorial calendars, which is pretty impossible to do while being a digital nomad...I miss my white board wall.
Chris: No not really. I’ve always been a simple person. As long as I have a computer, wifi and good food, I'm happy. 

What is your favorite moment so far…

Danika: There are so many! Today I would have to say it was waking up to the most incredible sunrises in a small villa, on a small island in Indonesia
Chris: Experiencing outdoor showers in Indonesia, they really are amazing…oh and cruising along the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. 

What have you learned so far on your journey...

Danika: That I used to buy a lot of unnecessary crap. Buy better and live simpler, really is starting to make sense to me.  I also never understood the importance of travel. Before this trip, traveling meant heading to a tropical place, drinking fruity drinks and working on a tan. It’s so much more than that. It’s beauty in the different cultures we see, the complexities of figuring out how to run foreign washing machines, trying to order food from a Japanese menu, and venturing out of our comfort zone to try new things. I’ve also become much better at geography. 
Chris: There is so much of this world to see. Every time we try to figure out where to go next we have to narrow places down from a list of 50. We thought this adventure would make our bucket list smaller but instead it just keeps growing. 

What advice would you give to someone with a similar goal or dream…

If this is something you really want to do, then you just have to make the decision to leave and actually leave. Leaving is the hardest part, everything else will fall into place.

Oh and bring a decent camera, taking good pictures means you’ll always have a beautiful way to remember those memories.


Adventures in Wanderlust: Jewel and Ashley @thewanderlustings December 09 2014

We caught up the The Wanderlustings recently to learn more about their adventure. Jewel and Ashley are two friends originally from northeastern Pennsylvania, always up for an adventure, and currently following their dreams to explore the left coast. Catch their interview below and check out a sampling of their beautiful pictures from their journey.You can follow their complete journey @thewanderlustings on IG and thru their blog at @thewanderlustings.com. Thank you ladies for the travel inspiration and for sharing your adventure with us thru your gorgeous pixels! 

Tell us a bit about your adventure…

We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. We have so many amazing destinations just a stones throw from us. We found ourselves creating a bucket-list of places we wanted to visit in the future. One day we decided there's no better time than the present and starting planning trips to finally see these places. Many people let money or busy schedule restrict them but we have been willing to do what it takes to make it happen!

What inspired your journey…

We've been living in California for 6 years and felt we were missing out on an opportunity to really explore the west coast. We decided to start documenting our travels as a journal. We also wanted to motivate others to get outside!

What were you most looking forward to as you worked towards starting this adventure…

We wanted to find unique places to visit "off the beaten path." We love sharing these experiences with people. It's awesome to hear our followers tell us how they want to plan a trip somewhere after seeing our reviews.

How did your friends and family react as you shared your plan…

They were super supportive and excited for us! Living across the country from our families can be difficult but they keep up with our adventures by following our Instagram and blog.

Have you made any significant life changes to start/accommodate your adventure…

We haven't had a quiet weekend in a while. We've pretty much been weekend warriors hitting the road early. 

What has been your favorite moment of your journey so far…

Our trip to Vegas was pretty incredible. Instead of doing "typical Vegas" things like pool parties or clubs, we went to Red Rock Canyon and the Rise Festival. We also stopped at a place called Elmer's Bottle tree Ranch. This man has been constructing this ranch for 15 years and it's incredible. It's so unique that it was a must see for us (pictured below). We want to encourage people to try new things. You can go to a city that you been to a hundred times and still explore which is really exciting.

What have you learned...

Going to some of these awe inspiring places really puts things in perspective. Suddenly your problems seem very small and insignificant. We definitely live life to the fullest and enjoy every part of the journey. We're so grateful we have the opportunity to travel the way we do. 

What advice would you give to someone with a similar goal or dream…

It's important to have a no-excuses" attitude. If you really want something, nothing will get in your way.

 


Launching Soon! Adventures in Wanderlust. December 02 2014

A new series featuring incredible stories of Wanderlusters, Adventurers and Dreamers. Stay Tuned!

We welcome you to join us as we launch our new blog series Adventures in Wanderlust. We truly love and admire stories of individuals making moves to pursue their real passion and follow their dreams. Thru our blog, we will present the stories of fellow adventurers and travelers via candid interviews which share a bit about their individual adventures and their success in living their dream. We hope this series inspires you to connect more to your passion, to do more of that - whatever that may be, and to live your truth.


Vibe Tribe Chronicles: Iceland October 15 2014

When it comes to Iceland, we are pretty sure Mother Nature felt like showing off.

Ok so what do we most remember about Iceland from our elementary school geography lessons? Iceland is green, Greenland is ice. Besides that little factoid, we thought Iceland would be an exotic stop however it wasn't until we actually experienced it that we fully grasped all it's glory and it is time to spread the word: Visit Iceland. There are certain places you visit in this world that take a little piece of your soul...this is one of them.

Why Iceland is awesome:

Mountains, waterfalls, volcanos, glaciers, geysers, hot springs, lava fields, black sand beaches, geothermal pools…all these natural gems Iceland so gracefully offers up are easily accessible to the everyday traveler and beautifully laced thru long winding roads and an endless blue sky. Our on adventure, we hiked behind the glorious Sejalandsfoss Waterfall, got up real close to the amazing Skogafoss Waterfall, walked around erupting geysers, and stood below an active volcano. We explored the eerie wreckage of an abandoned U.S. Navy aircraft on a glorious black sand beach and went on a glacier walk which felt like we had just landed on Mars. That was just day one. Truth. We highly recommend our new friends at Icelimo Travel (http://luxurytravel.is) as they will take you to all the regular stops on the standard Golden Circle Tour and then beyond as noted above, all in a private tour setting. We found it well worth the expense.
 
Route 1 (the main road circling all of the Island), the vast lava fields, and lava caves. Whatta drive. The landscapes, the light, the colors, and the vastness of the landscapes while driving Route 1 and in stopping off to hike the lava fields all along the way was so incredibly humbling and beautiful it literally brought us to tears. You know that sense and feeling, that visceral reaction one gets while in majestic wild places? Multiple that times 12. Oh, and the road loops the entire island making it pretty hard to get lost. 
 
Somewhere in the middle of a gorgeous lava field in Western Iceland, the midnight sun lightening up the sky, it hit us: Iceland may be a nature lover’s holy grail and an explorer’s dream. Throughout summer, Iceland is bathed in continuous sunlight. Endless sunlight = extended playtime. Our theory was further validated as we realized the most dangerous animal perusing the land while we were out exploring was the plump little bumblebee. No lions. No tigers. No bears.

Feeling even more adventurous? Ante up.  Dive into deep crystal blue pools and scuba dive between tectonic plates at the Continental Divide. We missed out on our chance to do the latter but we are not stressing it too much as there is no doubt we will be back. After all, this time we basked in the endless daylight. Next time, we will go back, when the night takes over the days, to witness the Northern Lights. Yep, add that in as another little gem. Remember to keep the change in season in mind as you plan your trip. 

It's much closer than many realize. It is just a quick 5.5 hour flight from Boston or 7 hours from Sanford Florida on Icelandair. Yep. Really.

And we have only just scratched the surface on all Iceland has to offer.

We haven't even touched on Reykjavik city center, the fjords, the whale watching, the puffins, the fishing excursions, or talked about the beauty of its people. That would merit a whole other post. This visit, we chose to end our travels with a dip in the Blue Lagoon, a warm sky blue geothermal pool and spa located in the middle of a jet black lava field. The rich contrast of natural colors at this spot - the water, the lava rock, the sky...felt like we had just stumbled upon a side door to Heaven. The Blue Lagoon lies between Reykjavik Airport and city central so most visitors stop in on their way in or out. Ladies - if you are taking a dip, just remember to keep your hair up or apply extra conditioner as the minerals in the water can drastically dry up your hair.

Iceland is magic.

Since our visit, we've heard it said there are no photos or words that can truly capture the unique beauty of the Iceland experience and to us, that is undeniably true. Iceland could possibly be one of the most beautiful places on Earth but we haven’t been everywhere just yet….  we are working on that. Oh, and whatever you do, don’t leave Iceland without grabbing the Icelandic pylsa (hot dog) and a Coke (bottled with pure Icelandic water and sugar). You can find them at local stands bearing the bright red slogan "Íslendingar borða SS pylsur" which means "Icelanders eat SS pylsur"....SS being the most popular brand. Clever huh? Trust us on this one. You, like us, may be stocking up on all the ingredients at Reykjavik Airport on your way out to make sure your family and friends get to experience this deliciousness when you get back home. And we don't even like hot dogs. You won’t regret it. 

 

Travel Resources: Airline - Icelandair   Tour Company  - Icelimo Travel  http://luxurytravel.is Blue Lagoon - Bluelagoon.com  Other: Check out the landscapes in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" - shot primarily in Iceland.

 

 

 

 

 

 


#Spread the Vibe - Project Kind September 25 2014


Don't Quit Your Daydream. September 24 2014

At Vibe Tribe, we believe in going after your daydreams, whatever they may be. Where does your mind wander during your busy day as you are running around getting things done? Or maybe inspiration hits you while in the shower. What are your daydreams? Be inspired by your passion. Follow it. You really can do anything. Here is a little day dreams inspiration for you......the view following an amazing day hike to a crazy beautiful spot known as the Top of the World in Malibu. Magic. #spreadthevibe


Welcome to Vibe Tribe! September 15 2014

At Vibe Tribe, we aim to inspire creativity, positivity and to connect to people. One of the ways we accomplish this is thru our travels, dropping in on spots all around the world and spreading good vibes. It felt right to focus our very first blog post on our California wanderings, to honor the place which originally inspired our Vibe Tribe style and intention. Here is to your undeniable beauty and magic, California. Yep....with this much gorgeousness, no filter is required. #spreadthevibe