Photo by Marilyn Nimz
We have some big news to share today and we couldn’t be more excited to share with you all. This weekend we will be traveling to Sydney, Australia where we will be staying for a two-week vacation with our family and some friends! We had hesitated to share this any earlier than today because it seemed a little too good to be true. (Also, we were waiting for a passport and our visas to come through and were scared something might go wrong). However when the opportunity presented itself to us, we could not pass it up to say yes to this trip. The decision to go was just one of those ‘Y.O.L.O’ moments where you have to take a chance, spend some money, and live!
One of our deepest passions that we both have is our love for travel. As we have mentioned in some of our other posts, we both have lived long-term abroad in other countries and for us, there is just something so fulfilling about travel. We love meeting new people, exploring an unknown culture, eating foreign foods, and learning the language. Here is a small and very basic mental checklist of some things we recommend doing when traveling to a destination outside of your ‘typical’ travel checklist:
1. Find people to meet up with. Research and find people who inspire you in the area you will be traveling. Then send them an email to get coffee or visit their business, if they have one, and make a connection. If there’s a hobby you are into, find events you can participate in to make those connections while you visit. This is totally immersing yourself in the culture and you should be commended for doing it right! While it seems like a lot of work in the beginning and not everyone says yes, we have made some of our closest friends as a couple while traveling because we took a chance and reached out to someone we didn’t know.
2. Scout out all the local hangout spots and one-of-a-kind shops. We absolutely LOVE seeing what local shops have to offer in different areas. There is something so special about being able to find a unique product or experience somewhere that you can’t find anywhere else in the world. And of course, we love supporting local businesses.
3. Sign up and spend all your money on every adventure you can. Every time we go on a trip, there is always that moment where we were about to spend a lot of money and we asked ourselves, “Should we really spend $500 a person on this? We worked so hard for that money.” And the answer is ALWAYS YES. What do you think money is earned for? To live life to the fullest and swim with those dolphins, do that scary zipline, or jump in the shark cage. Those always make for the best memories that are worth every penny and live on for you to tell your children and grandchildren.
4. Purchase a nice camera and take lots of photos! Photographs are some of the best memory-makers. Of course a nice camera is very pricey, but we have found that every camera we have purchased has well-covered itself with the amount of nice photographs and memories we’ve been able to recreate with them. And with most digital cameras these days, even when shooting on AUTO, you still have nearly perfect images. We love being able to shuffle through some of our prints and show people the experience we had on our trips.
There is beauty in every culture and we look forward to sharing every bit about that from our trip when we return! If you haven’t planned your next vacation yet, maybe it’s time. We can’t help but say Y.O.L.O.!