Adventures in Wanderlust: Ariana and Matt @busesandbackpacks March 11 2015, 0 Comments

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.