We didn’t realize that the clock was ticking inside us until one day we had the wake-up call!!!
We have been working for 4 years, saving every penny and doing our best to have a comfortable and pleasant life. We were happy, everything seemed to be in the right place, but one day we realized that all that wasn’t good enough. The truth was that we wanted more, be more, see more, travel more.
It was time to leave the comfort zone and run after our dreams!
The wake-up call happened in 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 chat!)
This wasn’t the first time we travel non-stop, we already lived in Ireland for two amazing years, more details maybe in a future post. But this time it would be different. We were not in our twenties anymore, we had a house, two cats, a car, and a life that we were willing to leave behind. On the other hand, we had 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 for a long-term journey, and find a way to earn money on the road.
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:
The key to success was to search for all the information we needed, and we found so many travel blogs with inspiring stories and tips. Here are some of them, people who inspired and helped us achieve the nomadic lifestyle dream:
After all the digging and reading, we set a date: April 2014. In December 2013, we started counting down! I have to be honest with you, I was more than happy, 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. Every day 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 my possessions and focus on our project. Rob always told me, “We are 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.