Another week of #travel1k rankings out, how did we do for the week of March 7th you ask? Why, look, they’re finding all our blog posts again; that’s good for a jump from #112 all the way up to #32! Woo-hoo! We can certainly live with that, thank all you Dear Readers for doing your part!
We were both neck deep in the ‘American Dream’, Lina working in the IT department at a prominent Midwest bank and David working as the Sales Director for a large outdoor manufacturer. We had big offices, comfy paychecks, a mortgage, new cars and just about everything else that comes with a corporate lifestyle.
For 13 years we traveled while working full time jobs. It all started quite normal, the annual vacation to somewhere warm. Slowly it built to two annual trips, three annual trips and long weekend trips on top of it all whenever we could get away. Travel became a huge part of our lives and we spent the better part of those 13 years exploring 30 countries together.
In 2010 we honeymooned in SE Asia. Yes, we are those people that took a 3 week backpacking trip through Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia for their honeymoon! It was on that trip that we learned about long term travel and after talking to some people that had left their ‘normal’ lives behind and hit the road, we were bit by the long term travel bug and an incredible thirst to explore the World.
We mulled over it for 3 years, trying to decide if we could even make it happen and of course figuring out if we wanted to give up the quintessential American dream for a life of travel. In 2013, we made the ultimate decision to come up with a plan for our escape and execute it.
It was one of the best decisions we have ever made…
Like us, they have a bucket list they’re checking off:
We’ve visited 81 countries on 6 continents and learned a lot along the way – about all of the things that make adventure travel itself, let alone the destinations, one of the last real wonders of the modern world.
It’s no secret, we love adventure travel.
So this year and beyond we’re raising the stakes and going in search of the Top 100 Travel Adventures in the world. Chase the adventure alongside us – watch our videos, follow our posts and updates – and get inspired yourself.
If your idea of a perfect trip involves the words “Hike,” “Trek,” or “Climb,” well then they have just the list for you there, with a smattering of air and water adventure too, but it’s mostly foot powered. So they unquestionably get the Most Physically Challenging Bucket List Award!
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Us, we spent our twenties and thirties doing that climbing snowboarding paragliding and so forth; that’s why we’re focusing now on culture and history. However, a dose of adventure now and again keeps things mixed up — we’ll definitely be following the Divergers here, and recommend you all do too!