When we decided to take our first trip around the world, we had to get serious about saving. So we moved out of the nicest apartment we'd ever lived in (to this day!) into a significantly cheaper one. And just weeks after moving in, Reece was laid off from his job. We were devastated.
He was quickly offered a freelance opportunity in Los Angeles, writing Jack in the Box TV commercials. So he began making the commute from San Francisco. A few weeks turned into a few months. And while we hated being apart, we quickly realized that a freelance salary would get us to our savings goals in half the time a staff job would.
And so it went, for 14 months. Every Monday, he'd rise before dawn to fly from SF to LA. He'd stay in the crappiest motels on Lincoln Blvd and take a bus to work, even though he was paid generously, so we could save every last penny. Each Friday night, I'd pick him up at the Oakland airport and we'd have our weekly dinner date at Sizzler. People thought we were nuts. And when we booked two one way tickets to South America with little else planned, I don't think their minds were changed. 😜
We took a Jack antenna ball with us around the world, to commemorate the gig that got us there. Today, he lives on our RV antenna (along with his Peruvian hat)! And I still I get fuzzy feelings whenever I pass a Sizzler, thinking about that year we sacrificed separately to make our dreams a reality together. 💗 #yeskampthrowback#saymoreyes
#nofilter We have one week left of desert sunsets sunrises before starting our new job in Sonoma county 1/2 mile from the coast. We could not be more grateful or excited about the next chapter. See you on the road. - rvrogues
2 12120 hours ago
I swam in the ocean by myself yesterday, which is a major checkmark on my fears conquered checklist. We went back to the same beach to catch the sunset later and saw a giant devil ray fly out of the water right where I’d been swimming earlier, which was epic but also left my stomach in a mess of angry fear knots that I spent the rest of the evening trying to undo by telling bad jokes. There is sand in everything I own and I’m so happy.
Today I have received a sample pack from Discount Sticker Printing. What an array of options to choose from 🤓 for those of you who don't know me - this girl loves all things stationery 🙃🖌 So trying to decide on the type of vinyl for Victor's logos is a pleasant task 🤗 Does anyone have any advice on different types of vinyl, printing companies, logo design, sticker application, etc?
Sharing the love of stationery... 💙💚💛
1 722 days ago
Please bring back those long warm summer days! Missing those days spent in nature doing yoga, slacklining and hooping! Thankful for all the festivals we have planned and for our upcoming adventure travelling around Europe in my beautiful little home on wheels 🙌🙏🐝🌸🌺🌈🌻
Taking pictures of Adam is a challenge. He’s always moving. He hates the idea of posing and smiling for a photo, so usually the only option is an action shot. So I set the camera to burst and observe him in his natural environment. Even then you’ll end up with 23 pictures with a blurred hand, or 2 heads, or his eyes closed. But then you capture a moment like this. He’s finally still, caught in a moment of silent admiration. And he’s pure magic.
We did a lot of soul searching before deciding to commit to a year of travel. Not only the expense of such a big chunk of travel but the lost income for the year (and impact on our super). But we decided the value we’d get out of spending a year discovering, exploring + getting to know one another. Most of all we are pretty sick of working our guts out day in day out, earning money to buy shit we don’t need. So here we are putting plans together to do something epic (and we get to go pick up our new old Nissan Patrol Saturday - yewwww 👊🏼) what’s your take on this wild ride? Year off... brave or a bit cray?
Killer bees, brown recluse spiders, rattlesnakes, scorpions, tarantulas, cougars, and bears... oh my! Adam, apart from his selective germophobia(if you eat popcorn off the ground you can’t be that scared!), is virtually fearless. Give him a cliff, he’ll jump off it. Give him a remote desert site, and he’ll camp it. Me? I like to think I’m the reasonable one. Which usually means the scaredy cat, googling any dangerous creature within a 100 mile radius. But I’m so happy to have a partner to push me when I’m too scared to jump, and to catch me when I fall.
In case you’re wondering we did completely change our lay out. We’ve moved the toilet/shower just behind Atlas’s seat followed by the bunks and a galley kitchen along the other side. In the back we’ll have our bed which will be a U-shaped couch and dining table as well. We really really wanted a permanent bed but we just couldn’t make it work without giving up too much elsewhere. So the question is: is there a better way to make the fold down bed?!
4 564 days ago
Dreaming about the cool calmness of the Annapurna countryside in Nepal...and a long cold drink....after a hot, busy weekend of markets! #sundaynight