I always knew I wanted our journey of long-term travel to be at least 12 months. I secretly hoped it would be for 2 years at least, but when we left Australia we really had no idea how long we would be gone.
Today we celebrate 2 years of perpetual travel! Two years ago we said goodbye to family and friends, not knowing when we would see them again, and left Australia on a one-way ticket to everywhere. And we’re not finished yet!
Two years ago our lives went from ordinary to extraordinary because we found a little bit of courage, and we stepped out of our comfort zone, making the decision to live life on our own terms.
Two years ago today we found freedom.
It’s very hard to put into words what these last two years have meant to us. In fact, when I think about it I get a little emotional. After all, we are living the life that most people only dream about. And let me tell you, I am grateful for this life every day. I will not say we are “lucky.” There is no such thing as luck (only hard work), but I will say we are very fortunate to be living our dream life.
My Favorite Emotional Experience
The moment we arrived in Paris I had an overwhelming emotional experience. Let me explain. It had always been a dream of mine to visit Paris. But this was something more profound. When we arrived in Paris, we had been on the road for 4 months, but it was only then that it really hit me – We were living our dreams! So, while standing in front of the iconic tower that used to be all over my walls and on my cushion covers, I could not help but shed a tear of happiness that I was finally in the country that I had adored from afar. I was finally living life on my own terms.
My Favorite Wildlife Experience
While visiting Costa Rica we saw sloths in their natural habitat. It was such a surreal moment when we saw one up close and personal in Manuel Antonio Park. We had previously seen dozens at the Sloth Wildlife Rescue (we even got to hold one!) and the Jaguar Rescue Center While those were incredible experiences, seeing one hanging from a tree nibbling away at some leaves in the wild was simply mind blowing.
My Favorite ‘First Time’ Experience
I know many travelers do not ‘get’ cruising, but I love it! Our first cruise was in December 2012 through the Caribbean. We fell in love with the region so much that we ended up housesitting in Barbados for 2 months! Cruising the Caribbean was one of the best moments of our trip. I had wanted to go on a cruise my whole adult life (20 years), so when it finally happened I was a little concerned it wasn’t going to live up to the hype I had created in my head. I didn’t need to worry, though. It was all that and more! Since the first cruise, we have been on 2 more, and we hope to cruise at least once a year while we are on our nomadic journey.
My Favorite Beach
We love our time at the beach, and we have seen some incredible beaches during our two years of travel. We have visited dozens of beaches throughout the Caribbean, Mediterranean, North America and Central America. My favorite to date is Tulum in Mexico. White sand that goes on for miles and beautiful blue waters that seemed to be that perfect temperature of not too warm and not too cold. Our travels over the next 3 months include Hawaii and Asia, so maybe I’ll find a new beach to love!
My Favorite City
We all have that one city that makes our heart beat a little faster and our eyes open a little wider. For me, that city is New York. There is nothing I love more than walking through Manhattan, taking in all the sights, smells and sounds around me. The parks, the architecture, the food, the museums and galleries, there is a never-ending supply of things to see and do in NYC. This is a city I will return to as much as I can, and I know I will never tire of being in the presence of such beauty and sophistication.
My Favorite City
I was expecting to like Barcelona. I was not expecting to LOVE Barcelona. It was a beautiful city with an incredible atmosphere. Walking around the Gothic Quarter of the city is one of my favorite experiences in Europe. It just drew me in and it’s hard to explain why I like it more than the other fantastic cities in Europe, but it just had that X factor that I loved.
These are just a few of the hundreds of memories we have from the last 2 years on the road. I am sure we will have a hundred more memories when we write our “3 years of travel” post! Until then, we will continue to enjoy every moment and be grateful that we are living such a wonderful life of travel.