In West San Jose, born and raised on the playground is where we spent most of our days. Now, let's take you back to where it all began in the summer of 1996. Back when Alanis Morissette's "Ironic" and "You Oughta Know" were being played on a loop in everyone's cassette or cd player.
We've been traveling together since the moment we met one destined summer at YMCA camp -- camping trips, capture the flag, and a really crazy trip to Disneyland.
We didn't know it back then, but we'd be traveling together for the rest of our lives.
Since then, we've become best friends and traveled to 17 countries together (27 combined), checked off some of our Travel Lust Diary items and gained tons of incredible stories along the way. Now we're on a mission to share our best travel tips and stories with the hope that it will inspire you to design the life that you love that gives you the freedom to travel more.
Many people often ask us: how do we afford to travel as much as we do? To be fair, we do travel almost every other month -- sometimes for weeks at a time. A couple of times, we’ve been asked if we even have jobs or if we have a sugar daddy!
How could we possibly travel so often if we had regular 9-5 jobs?
While we started planning our first big international trip to Europe in 2015, we like many of you deep dove into travel blogs to get inspired on places to go and what activities to do, but after a while we felt like our entire news feed was flooded with stories of people quitting their careers, selling everything and saying goodbye to all their friends and family so that they could travel the world on a shoestring budget.
They kept throwing “tips” around like “stop spending money on eating out or taking tours” or “couchsurf” or our personal favorite “travel the world on shipping container boats instead of airplanes” -- we realized that most of this made no sense because who actually wants to travel that way?
Instead of sacrificing the life that we’ve built and saying “no” to spending on everything, we knew there had to be a BETTER way to travel more while spending less and not having to "give up" anything. We wanted our cake and to eat it too; we wanted a successful career and to travel as much as we can.
So over the years we’ve been learning and testing different strategies to travel hack our 9-5’s so that we can not only design our lifestyles to prioritize travel, but also how to leverage key tactics to travel like a boss without the hefty price tag. We started this blog so we can share those findings with you!
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