Wake up call!

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We didn’t realize that inside us the clock was ticking, till one day… The wake up call!!!

We have been working for 4 years, saving every penny and doing our best to have a comfortable and nice life. We were happy, everything seemed to be in the right place. But one day we realized that all this was good but  not enough, The wake up call. The truth was that we wanted to do more, be more and see more.

It was time to leave the comfort zone and run after our dreams!

The wake up call happened on August 2013. We finished our honeymoon trip, got back to our lovely home, to our jobs and routine.  Guess what? We were depressed! After some weeks we had the “talk” and decided to leave Brazil again

We were inspired by a Canadian couple that we met in Istanbul. We were staying  in the same building and they shared with us precious stories about their journey. They were in their 50’s, decided to sell everything in Canada to travel the world. (Thanks guys for the beers and chats!)

This wasn’t the first time we would hit the road, we already lived in Ireland for two amazing years, more details on our future post Memories of Irish times.

But this time it would be different. We were not in our twenties any more,  we had a house, two cats, a car, and a life to leave behind. In the other hand we have more experience, more money and more dreams. The result of the equation was:  sell everything that we would not need, save as much money as possible, plan an open long-term travel, and find a way to earn money on the road.

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So we had a plan, it didn’t sound simple, but it wasn’t impossible. To organize our thoughts  and stay focus we made three guidelines to follow:

How to save Money?

Where we want to go, and how we can get there?

How to earn money while travelling?

Research was the key for everything, we found so many travel blogs with inspiring stories and tips. Here are some of the ones that we’ve found really helpful and interesting:

www.hecktictravels.com

www.theprofessionalhobo.com

www.nomadicmatt.com

www.legalnomads.com

www.uncorneredmarket.com

www.adventurouskate.com

www.wanderingearl.com

www.alexinwanderland.com

www.hippie-inheels.com

www.alittleadrift.com

After all the digging and reading we set a date: April 2014. On December 2013 we started the counting down! I have to be honest with you, I was more than happy. Actually I was thrilled. I would be able to do the things I like the most:

– Be with Rob 24/7 basis

– Travel the world

– Write again

I’ve never felt so lively. Everyday I had butterflies in my stomach, a mixed feeling of happiness, fear and anxiety. To leave the comfort zone is not easy, you have to give up lots of things and become a minimalist. I had to figure out a way to leave back my possessions and focus in our project. As Rob usually says “Giving up something big for something bigger” and that’s how I managed to leave everything behind and started a new style of life.

PS. Ditching the high heels was SOOOOO hard..

18 Comments

  1. Hello.

    I’m so happy for you. I always dream to meet many countrys. Now I will meet in this blog. Congratulations. I love this idea.

    1. Thanks for passing by… It´s our pleasure to mention your blog, it does inspired us. About the heels, I´m missing them but for the moment is good to learn how to be and feel sexy in flat shoes…lol

  2. Hi Nat!

    Congratulations on your decision to become nomads for a year (or hopefully longer…)
    This is really a great post. Just stumbled upon it through Twitter (thanks for following us by the way!) In short and simple words, and yet so sincere, you’ve explained your “Wake up call” so well! 🙂

    We’re looking forward to reading your upcoming posts and wish you both happy travels!! Who knows, we might meet each other someday, somewhere around the world 😉

    All the best,
    Mei & Kerstin

    1. Thanks for the kind words Mei & Kerstin!

      I’m so happy that you liked our post and share the same passion for travelling! I think we got bitten by the same bug!

      We loved your Blog too, and hope someday we could meet and share a bit more of our adventures.

      Keeping travelling, living and loving!!!

      All the best,
      Kisses from Nat & Rob

  3. Great article Natalie and Rob!

    I really like that you talked about how different the decision is to travel nomadically when you’re not in your twenties anymore. There are definitely some terrific benefits as well as some serious drawbacks, but overall it’s fantastic. Interesting that you guys are from Brazil. It’s been one of my favorite places to go among so many wonderful locations around the world.

    Thanks for sharing and please keep the posts coming!
    -Dale

    1. Thanks Dale!

      As you say there are pros and cons about travelling in “our age” lololol…But we are having the time of our lives!! On our 30´s we tend to be more conscious and we learn that the fun is not when you arrive in a new place, but all the journey till there!!

      Hope you enjoy our posts, we are trying hard to inspire people with our story and useful tips!

      All the best!
      Nat & Rob

  4. The wake up calls come for as all at some point. I took my first trip to Thailand for a month in august, came back and settled back down in England and by Christmas time I had decided I was going to save up and make it a permanent lifestyle.

    Settling down just isn’t for me right now. I love being on my toes and having the freedom to come and go as a choose and have the entire world as my home.

  5. Congrats Sarah!!!

    It’s so good to meet people that fall in love with travel!
    The feeling of having the world as our back garden is amazing!
    Enjoy your travels and keep exploring the world!
    All the best 😀

    Nat

  6. Love your confidence and what you did…will stay tuned for stories from around the world. We (myself and wife) are travel lovers too… we are starting small and hoping to make it big some day. People like you are our inspiration

    1. Thanks!! 🙂
      Wish you all the best, adventures and happiness…
      Don´t worry about being small or big, size doesn´t matter. What you need is to follow your passion, run after your dreams… In the end everything works fine!!
      Cheers,
      Nat

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