I think it’s important to start with what I want everyone reading to get out of my adventures. A few of my many aspirations for the road are to encourage others to take that first step out into the unknown, experience that trip they’ve been dreaming about at its fullest, and maybe most importantly, learn from it at the same time.
The question we get asked most frequently is, “How do you do it?” My initial reaction is to say that I just… do it. But of course, it’s a bit more complicated than that. To start, you have to say goodbye to the comfort of your home and your routine. This is obviously quite a big step, so I thought I’d try to explain how I got the courage to do it.
I’ve quit my job to go travel on three occasions and even though it’s no small feat, it’s been worth it every single time. What gives me courage is the thought of regret; I don’t want to regret not doing things. I don’t think it’s possible to ever regret adventuring abroad. If anything, the reality is that you’ll only regret not going. There hasn’t been a single experience of mine yet that I wish I hadn’t had. As they say, a bad day on the road is still better than a good one in the office. But, even though I did, quitting your job isn’t the only way to do it. You don’t have to quit your job and leave for months just to get the travel experience—you can start with much smaller trips and still get a lot from it.
Of course, this leads to the question that’s probably been on your mind since you started reading: how do you afford this? How could I afford this? As you can probably imagine, we get the question a lot when it comes to our long-term adventures. For the majority of our time travelling, we have not worked at all and only lived of our savings. So, though it might seem trivial at first, the “big secret” really is saving. Ultimately, there is no shortcut to saving. It’s an art that needs to be mastered.
Even if you have yet to master the art-of-saving, the beauty of travelling is that it’s only up to you what budget you want to set. There’s no right or wrong. Whether you want to stay in a hostel dorm or a five-star hotel, the choices are yours to make. The only expense that’s pretty much the same regardless of budget is the flight ticket to get you to your destination. There is nothing like Skyhour to help out with those expenses in a major way. All of the sudden, there’s a gift you can get or give that actually means something and can help get you to those places you’ve always wanted to go—instead of just a-something that will end up collecting dust on a shelf.
Lilly and Andy met at home, but became a couple when they crossed paths during their travels. Their love for discovering new places and cultures was one of the things that brought them together.
If we’re being honest with ourselves, one of the biggest reasons that we travel is to escape the set, daily routines that we have a tendency of creating at home. Ironically, one of the hardest things for us while traveling is the lack of routine. Every single day is different from the last one and nothing is ever set in stone. Usually, we don’t even know where we are going to be staying more than a few days ahead. So, why do we still do it? We like the challenge of creating calm in the chaos that’s now simply our life. It’s extremely liberating to go outside of your comfort zone. The more you practice it, the easier it gets.
Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the Romance of the unusual.
I want to come back to my ambitions for the adventure-writings that I mentioned earlier: encouraging and inspiring other people to travel or ultimately, follow their dreams. I hope that by telling mine and Andy’s story to as many people as possible, we can make at least one person feel they can take those first crucial steps toward their own travels.
Neither of us has ever been very pro-social media, but we’ve recently had the realization that, when used with a certain amount of willpower and ambition, it’s an amazing platform to reach like-minded people. Now we share our ups-and-downs of our trips daily. Not only is it very rewarding for us, but it truly seems like we are able to reach people. By reading this and my writings to follow, I hope we make you think a little bit harder about that dream of yours so that one day, soon, it won’t just be a dream anymore.
We can’t wait to share the rest of our adventures with you. Follow along, watch the trips unfold (and sometimes even unravel), and we’ll keep up with giving the advice and insights to get you on the road, too.
With Love & Adventure,
Linnea Öreby from AndynLilly