Age: Conrad – 31; Louisa – 30
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta – Canada
Quote: “Anyone can vagabond and travel – as long as you are committed to spending/saving money for life experiences and not material goods, vagabonding is very possible.”
How did you find out about Vagabonding, and how did you find it useful?
Tim Ferris mentioned the case study on one of his blog posts – we are big fans of Tim Ferris and fans of the 4 Hour Work Week. The 4 Hour Work Week and Vagabonding really appeal to the two of us. We are very independent and want to take advantage of this life we live and live it to the fullest. It is inspiring to see people do exactly what we want to do with our lives – great motivation!
What is your job or source of travel funding for this journey?
We spent the last year saving our hard earned dollars to fund this trip. We don’t spend money on anything but travel and travel related expenses… and rock climbing and yoga or course. Fortunately, we had jobs that allowed us to save enough to ensure that working is an option and not a requirement while traveling.
Do you plan to work on the road?
We hope to work for the Summer Olympics in London, England this coming summer 2012. We are also volunteering in throughout our travels to give back to the less fortunate.
What was the reaction of your friends/family/colleagues as you planned your trip?
We are both leaving well paying and well respected jobs – most people our age are shocked that (1) we can afford it and (2) that we are actually going to travel for year and not work. The lesson here is that anyone can vagabond and travel – as long as you are committed to spending/saving money for life experiences and not material goods, vagabonding is very possible.
Our family is very supportive as they understand that we love to travel and experience life. They are envious and wish they could have done this sort of thing when they were our age.
Any tips or lessons learned from the travel-preparation process?
Ensure that all visitor visas are in place and in order before leaving. This takes a lot of research and each nationality has different rules.
How long do you hope to spend on the road?
We plan to be gone 12 months starting Nov 9, 2011
Which destinations do you hope to visit?
China, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Combodia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Africa, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Europe – to name a few.
Which experiences are you most looking forward to?
We are really looking forward to living by our rules and living in the moment. Today’s society lives in the past and future and never really thinks about what is going in the present moment. We are also looking forward to meeting new and different cultures and the wonderful people that make our experiences that much more special.
What are you packing for the journey?
We are going to pack minimal. Out largest item is a tent and a few camping supplies to ensure we can save money by camping instead of paying for hostels or hotels. If there is one things I have learnt from traveling is that if you don’t have it you can probably buy it…
Do you have any worries or concerns about the journey?
We are both veteran travelers and traveled many places in our lives. Our only concern is safety while in Africa – however, things happen and if they do we will live with it.
How can we best follow your adventures?
Are you a Vagabonding reader planning, in the middle of, or returning from a journey? Would you like your travel blog or website to be featured on Vagabonding Case Studies? If so, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us a little about yourself.