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Full-Time Travel: What It’s Really Like to Be a Full-Time Traveler

August 26, 2018

Girl on the edge of the mountain

We were running to the train station with all of our might! Our bags weighed heavy as we looked at the time to make sure we were FOR SURE going to be on the first train out. It also meant we would have to make the next 3 trains, a three-hour journey from Hakone to Tokyo, on time. That was the only way we would be able to make it to the airport on time before our flight left. This is a weekly reality of being a full-time traveler.

We made it to the airport elevator at 9:50 am, with a group of the slowest people possible in front of us. Pushing our way through, we made it to the check-in counter with only 8 minutes to spare. We were finally able to relax and relish in the victory of another successful flight boarded.

FULL TIME Travel Lifestyle

I’ve got to be honest…

When we first sold everything to travel the world, I didn’t know what to expect. I knew there were going to be great days and bad days. I also knew that I would still need to take days for downtime because, let’s be real, 5 years is a long ass time! I didn’t, however, expect any of this:

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Being a Full-Time Traveler Feels Like Vacation EVERY DAY

We get to see the most beautiful beaches in the world, climb the tallest mountains, and see the best sunsets. We go on boat rides through the islands, swim with colorful fish and coral, and jump into each city’s nightlife. I’ve tried food I never thought I would like, ridden scooters through the mountainsides, and learned that travel is the best thing for the soul. Being a full-time traveler feels like a vacation except you’re actually exhausted all of the time, but feeling so alive that you live off endorphins and coffee.

You Really Are Exhausted ALL of the Time

Between time changes, daily outdoor activities, and managing Chase for Adventure, we barely get any sleep. Being a full-time traveler means that every week we unpack all of our belongings, go see as much as we can in the 4 or 5 days we’re in a city, and pack up all over again. Also, since we’re budget travelers, our beds are often rock hard and we’re lucky if we get AC. I will admit, this trip has made us full-on coffee addicts! We used to be morning people, and now we are lucky if we get up before 10 AM! The times we do get up before 10 AM, we’re zombies for the first three hours. #noregrets

Culture Shock is Real…Even When You’re Open-Minded

I went to school for Psychology and am generally more open-minded than a lot of my peers. I thought I would be exempt from feeling uncomfortable while adapting to a new culture. If you read my first Onsen experience while I was in Japan, you’ll learn how wrong I was. The second worst culture shock was upon arriving in Malaysia. Having come from Thailand where tourists wear whatever they want, I wasn’t prepared for the devout Muslim culture just a couple hours south. I couldn’t understand why I was getting dirty looks the first week. Turns out wearing spaghetti straps, and short dresses/rompers are frowned upon. I guess I should have known, and been more prepared. Now I know.

Sometimes We Just Watch Netflix All Day

Remember how I said we are exhausted all of the time? Well, somedays we don’t feel like doing a single thing! Our favorite shows to binge are Jane the Virgin, Brooklyn 99, and Explained.

You Want to Throw Away All of Your Stuff

Every time I have to pack up all of our crap and lug it to the airport, or train station, I want to throw more of it away. We are down to about half of what we originally brought with us (watch that video here), and am continually looking for ways to downsize. At this point, I think I would wear the same outfit every day to not have to carry stuff around.

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Exploring the Southern Thailand beaches has been so fun! We've hiked through seaside jungles, ridden a scooter amongst enormous cliffs, and enjoyed refreshing pineapple smoothies almost daily. Along with the hundreds of seashells I've collected, I've been gathering memories with Daniel I'm going to cherish forever. Travel is such a special experience and I hope all of you get to experience this one day! Check out our adventures through Downtown Tokyo in our new YouTube video (link in bio)! Question: What's your favorite travel destination? We're trying to add some to our bucket list! #railaybeach #chaseforadventure #railaybeach #thailand🇹🇭 #krabithailand #thailandinstagram #thailandia #thailandtravel #lovethailand #visitthailand #travelcouple #travelcouples #husbandandwifeteam #thailandtrip #travelthailand #beautifuldestinations #travelasia #visitasia #krabitrip #travelvlog #travelvlogger #worldtravelers #travelphotooftheday #travelstories #travellifestyle #travelphotography #travelphotographer #traveltheworld #shoreline #couplesphotography

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Staying in Shape is Hard

Food abroad isn’t exactly the healthiest. I went from eating a mostly vegetarian diet back home to eating chicken or choosing to starve. Asia is also world-famous for stir-frying EVERYTHING, so expect to eat the greasiest, most delicious food in the world! You’d think with all of the walking that we do that we would stay in good shape, but it fluctuates.

Without any real western gym around, it’s hard to strength train unless you’re trekking mountains. Although we LOVE trekking, trails are not available everywhere we go. We have fully embraced the fact that some weeks we’re going to look like fitness models, and others we are going to feel fat. The lifestyle is still worth it.

You Make the Coolest Friends

Being a full-time traveler allows you to make friends with people from all over the world. We’ve also gotten to meet tons of other full-time travelers experiencing the same highs and lows that we do! It’s amazing to be able to connect with people who are just as open-minded and free-spirited as we are. Because of the awesome people we meet, we know tons about other countries cultures, political climates, and social standards. We’ve also learned dozens of card games ready to rock a party near you!

Saying Bye Every Week Sucks

Daniel and I like to be part of a community. In each country we’ve been in, we’ve made friends with locals who have become like family. Making such rich connections, only to leave them in a week gets difficult. I think I’ve cried after every country we’ve left, even though I know I’m going to meet amazing people at the next place. Never feeling fully at home is hard, but we’ve been working on changing that perspective. Now I see it as the world is my big home, and I have loved ones everywhere.

My Brain is HUGE Now

We’ve learned so much about the world while traveling. We’ve learned new languages, all of about the world’s political climate, and history. Meeting people from all around the world has allowed us to hear perspectives we had never thought of before. Travel has taught us to think critically, adapt, and think on our feet. I definitely feel smarter, and wiser than when I started.

Sometimes I Just Want a FREAKING Burger

Eating food from all around the world is great and all, but sometimes I just want to eat American food. Even though you can certainly find pizza, and burgers here, it’s just not the same.

Being a Full-Time Traveler is the Best

We get to make our own schedule, see the world, meet people, make new friends, and explore. We feel so free now that we live every single day with a purpose. I never get excited about tomorrow, because I’m so busy loving and experiencing today. That’s a feeling I never thought I would get and I’m so grateful for the life we get to live now.

Related: How to Travel the World Full-time on a Budget

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