Over the past 9 years, our life together has been like a book, with us writing the chapters as we go. We like to think of our travel journey in various sections. First came the full-time backpacking stage, for 13 months around SE Asia and the Subcontinent, followed by 16 months of exploring the Middle East, Africa, the Subcontinent and Asia.
The next “chunk” of our lives was a year spent teaching English in China – an experience that allowed us to save enough money to backpack through Mongolia, Russia, Central Asia and Iran for 5 months. This is also the time when we really started working on our website so that we could earn enough money to continue to travel.
For the next 2 years, we switched it up and decided visit Central America and the Caribbean – Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Cuba, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, and Grenada.
After that, we embarked on our most recent adventure, 5 months spent both living and travelling around Eastern and Central Europe.
Each part of our book has been a life changing experience. We’ve grown together and have learned a lot about the world, and what we want from our lives.
During the past 3 years, even though we were able to travel around numerous countries, almost half of each year was spent house sitting and pet sitting in Grenada – somewhere that we’ve dubbed our “home base“.
If you’ve been following us during those years, you’ll know that we absolutely adore the island of Grenada and the 3 dogs that we take care of while we’re living here.
House and pet sitting came at the perfect time in our lives. We were starting out with our blogging careers and were quite strapped for cash at that time. In exchange for free accommodation and a vehicle for our use, we were able to have a base to work from, which really helped us to grow our business.
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We were able to experience living like a local, while having loving pets to care for. There are endless things to do in Grenada and our time spent here has been eye-opening and very memorable. We wouldn’t change a minute of it.
In just 10 days from now, we are saying goodbye to Grenada yet again. But this time, we won’t be returning next year.
We want to travel freely and widely, with no lengthy commitments, and room for as much spontaneity as we please.
Not only do we want to travel how we choose to, but we also want to be open and available for any and all work related opportunities. We missed out on a few press trips this year, with the biggest disappointment being the epic trip to Kyrgyzstan with some of our favourite blogging colleagues.
As sad as it is to say goodbye to what has been our main home for a total of 1.5 years, we’re very excited for our upcoming travels, and are looking forward to seeing what the year brings!
It’s time for the next chapter of our book to be written.
We have yet to touch down on South American soil. But, this will all change on November 10th, when we fly from Grenada to Medellín, Colombia! We’re travelling around this diverse country for about 6 weeks, visiting the mountainous coffee region, colonial cities, Caribbean beaches and towns, National Parks, ancient ruins and the capital city of Bogota.
From Colombia, we are making our way south to Argentina, a country that conjures up images of sultry dancing, exquisite dining, rugged adventures and robust wines. Christmas is a very busy time of year in South America, so rather than fight the crowds, we have rented an apartment on Airbnb over Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
We’ll be in the city of Buenos Aires for one month and can’t wait to explore, drink, eat, dance, work and practice our Spanish!
From Buenos Aires, we’re thinking we’ll travel around Argentina for another month taking in the incredible Iguazu Falls, Mendoza wine region, Patagonia’s mountains and glaciers, and the colonial city of Córdoba.
After that, we’ll probably travel around Chile for 2 months and then who knows…?
One thing we do know is that this will be a year of continent and country hopping, with apartment rentals interspersed between backpacking around. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook because we’ll be posting up lots of live videos, photos and articles from our upcoming adventures 🙂
If you’ve been to Colombia, Argentina or Chile and have any “must-sees” or practical tips and advice for us, please leave us a comment below or send us an email!
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