Selling everything to travel the world sounds crazy. Believe me, I get it! When we first told people that we were selling everything to travel the world, they looked at us like we were nuts! When I first wrote this post, I knew nothing about what the future had in store. We had just sold everything, were living in my in-law’s house hoping that everything would turn out alright. It lived up to every single expectation. Since first publishing, we’ve climbed mountains, and gone Jetski Island hopping. We’ve traveled to dozens of countries, and have loved every minute! If you’re thinking of taking the leap of Full-Time Travel, my honest advice is JUST DO IT! But if you need a little more guidance, click here to get our awesome free guide to selling everything and traveling the world!
As we’ve been telling people about our travel plans, we get asked lots of questions. One of the ones we get asked first is:
“What made you want to go?”
It started with our first travels through Europe in 2015. Daniel and I studied abroad in Florence, Italy for two months, and we visited: France, England, Ireland, Germany, Bulgaria, Greece, and the Netherlands. That trip showed us the passion we have for cultural immersion, and travel. After we got back from the trip, we thought we had gotten all of the travel out of our system. I graduated from college, we settled into our full-time management jobs and started saving up for a house.
After a major life occurrence at the beginning of 2017, all of those plans started to change. I had to learn how to live my life not abiding by the rules society has taught us to follow, and I figured out that the safe option isn’t always safe. I realized that I would rather work my butt off for my dreams than to help achieve somebody else’s. My “failures” turned me into someone highly inspired to live a full life. I brought up the idea of moving abroad to Daniel, and although he was willing to do it for me, he wasn’t completely sold on the idea.
A couple of months later
Daniel decided it was time to find a better job. He was hired at an emergency care clinic in town managing two facilities. It was the job he was “supposed” to get after graduating with his bachelors in business. Even though the pay was good, that job was not making him feel happy or fulfilled. We both started fantasizing about how nice it would be to just drop everything and travel the world.
Around this time, I was working as the receptionist at a preschool in town, where I got to greet parents at 6:30 AM. Somedays I would have parents who looked like they hadn’t gotten any sleep the night before. They come in with their child who just wet their pants, so now, not only did they get no sleep last night, AND they have to change their child, but NOW they are also running late for work. They walk out of their child’s classroom in tears because they are so emotionally exhausted… How about hell no. I am so completely not ready for that. Parents would tell me on a daily basis, do everything you want to before having kids. Go travel, go on dates, enjoy the silence when you’re pooping, and take many showers by yourself because that all ends when you have children.
Then the wedding came
After the wedding, I had a panic attack when I realized I had to go to work on Monday. There was so much leading up to that day, and our wedding was such a happy day, that I wanted to feel that every day. Now, don’t get me wrong… I love my job, but Daniel and I wanted to spend more time together and feel like we were living life to the fullest. We sat down that Monday night and budgeted out how long it would take us to save up $40,000 to quit our jobs and travel the world. When our calculations said we wouldn’t be able to save that amount until 2021, we felt like we couldn’t breathe. We felt trapped. It was that night that we decided.
“The selling begins now”
We started by selling our guitars that very same Monday night. We posted them on a Facebook page and within 45 minutes, we sold both! That kickstarted the next two months worth of selling our stuff. Now, remember, we had *just* gotten married and had a bunch of gifts from our guests. As heartbreaking as it was, we had to go back and return everything, leaving us with hundreds of gifts cards to stores that have NOTHING travel related. Note to the wise: if you’re thinking of dropping everything to travel after you get married… make that decision BEFORE you register for hundreds of gifts. (Thank you again, everyone!) Anyway, for the next couple of months, we continued selling our things (including Daniel’s truck), ended our lease, and moved into my in-law’s house (You guys are the best!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!).
Fast forward to now: Getting Travel Ready
We are still in the process of selling the rest of our things, saving up as much money as we can, and buying the rest of our necessary equipment. In the next couple of weeks, I’ll share with you guys all of the fun toys we’ve gotten for the trip so far. If you ask us how we feel about it… we are so scared. Daniel and I give each other pep talks on a daily basis. The fact of the matter is, leaving everything you know is scary. We’re going to countries where we don’t know the language, the customs, or anybody there. But it will be okay. We would rather go do it and fail than to never have tried at all. We are so excited to share this journey with you all. Thank you for reading and please support us by sharing with your friends. 🙂