If you followed the site since its launch, then this is a perfectly valid question. In fact, it’s one that we have been asking ourselves.
Our lives have taken something of a turn over the last few months. As I mentioned in our first post, we have been trying to save for our future travels, as well as create income streams that help sustain us on them. Days of hiking, climbing, and surfing all left us with a wonderful high, but each of those days ended with no more money in our bank accounts than when they had begun. So finally, we decided to put fun on the backburner (WTF, right?), buckle down, and really get serious about working and saving.
Several months of 80 hour weeks later, we don’t have much* more in the bank account than we did when we started (but we do have a little more). It turns out that when you are dead ass broke and living paycheck to paycheck, it’s REALLY hard to save any money. Although I did resort to a diet based largely on peanut butter sandwiches for a while and that certainly helped. Likewise, my latest project was a great deal of fun, and made some small amount of revenue, but I just do not believe that it will travel with us when we hit the road, so it is not something that I feel I can justify putting a great deal of time and effort into.
The long and short of it is that our attempts to save money and create future income streams were largely unsuccessful. Though neither were a complete failure, and both were great learning experiences.
So what is going on now?
After being completely burned out from working to the point of adopting a sleep schedule that saw me going to bed after 5am each day, I was completely burned out. A trip to Alabama to visit family, quitting one of my jobs, and getting my sleep schedule straightened out, and I am feeling much more like my old self.
I’m back in the water surfing every day, and we are planning a trip to Mexico in the next week or two. (My first one!)
Meanwhile, Michole is still grinding away at her job, and we have both let go of any illusions of being able to leave California with any tangible sort of connection (meaning an apartment). We will still be here for some time, but the thought of leaving with nothing but the clothes on our back, much like the way we arrived here, no longer bothers us. Thus, we are resolved to have fun, and not worry about money. Isn’t there a saying that goes something like “The universe will provide”? I’m pretty sure there is, and I really hope it is right!
On the immediate docket is a road/surf trip to Baja Mexico, a camping trip to Sequoia, a cruise with my mom and sister (a first for all four of us), and then the beginning of our one way ticket adventure! Even sooner, will be our first steps toward minimizing. Not that we have a terrible abundance of material things to start with, but we do have far more than we will be taking with us when we leave for the next chapter in our lives. We may not quite be living out of backpacks until we leave, but we plan to make a concerted effort to move in that directions starting immediately.
We will be keeping the site updated on all of these things over the coming weeks and months, so please be sure to check back in with us!
Also, if you have struggled to find a work life balance, or struggled to accumulate the funds to travel, drop us a line in the comments below and tell us about it. Otherwise, just say hello. We would love to hear from you!