Frog and toad are always together. Frog is ever optimistic; Toad the realist waiting for proof of life’s simple pleasures. In real life, we’re a 20-something couple on an extended trip across 3 continents and 19 countries.
These are our stories of searching, wandering, and exploring.
More About Nick:
I grew up in a military family, moving base to base as a child. I was born in Hawaii, spent preschool in Myrtle Beach, elementary school in Okinawa, middle school in Colorado, high school in the suburbs of Cleveland, college in the hills of Appalachia, and finally made it to my current residence in Chicago. I have yet to spend more than a few years living in one spot. Even as I started my career, the road warrior lifestyle kept me most Mondays through Thursdays traveling around to Stamford, CT; Washington, DC, Columbus, OH; Cincinnati, OH; Houston, TX; Racine, WI; Orange County, CA; San Jose, CA; San Francisco, CA; Singapore; Zurich, Switzerland, and small-town, Indiana. You get the point… the list keeps going. I can’t sit still.
I’m slowly escaping corporate America, with step 1 occurring in 2012 when I left a Big 4 to go independent. This is step 2. My plans for travel are to live more simply … live slower … and live a holistic life. I enjoy good music, good food, and most of all… this girl down here.
More About Kris:
I grew up one of two kids, the other being my twin sister. My parents were very enthusiastic about summer vacations and every June/July/August we found ourselves in our little woody station wagons road tripping – packed to the brim and sometimes hauling a little pop up camper- to Maine, Virginia, South Dakota, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, with CCR and Hall and Oates playing all the way to ‘there.’ – the beautiful creations of the ever changing ground beneath our feet.
Steph and I held down the fort in the folded down back seat of the station wagon, arguing all the way about my teddy bear being on ‘her side.’ And although I didn’t really think about it or acknowledge it then, their dedication to family vacations made me appreciate travel and all the awesome and mind opening places that exist outside of our home in Ohio.
There was nothing better than waking up at 5:30 in the morning when it was still dark outside, the air cold and the grass still dewy, knowing that in 14 hours and hundreds of miles on our odometer, we’d be in a different world, starting a new adventure.
Yes, there were arguments (my parents once ripped a map in half while driving through the craziness that is Washington DC with Steph and I crying in hysterics in the back seat) and yes there were moments that no picture could ever adequately capture (like the time we took a midnight walk to the edge of Bryce Canyon and quite possibly saw every twinkling star in the Milky Way). But travel is really just about being, taking it all in, reflecting, appreciating and accepting whatever happens- good or bad. It’s all an experience that you wouldn’t have had sitting on the couch watching summer re-runs of Boy Meets World.
And my parents taught me that; I’m so thankful that they laid down that foundation of understanding as Nick and I prepare for 6 months of (mis)adventures around the world.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: Where are we going?
A: Our current plan is 6 months broken out across Europe (6 weeks), Eastern and Southern Africa (5 weeks), Southeast Asia (10 weeks), and Australia & New Zealand (5 weeks). Check out the map for more detail.
Q: Where will we stay?
Q: What are we taking with us?
Q: How much is this going to cost?
A: We saved diligently for over a year and a half to be able to afford to take this trip. Check out are detailed budget here. For the lazy, the total budget for 2 people, for 6 months in Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Australia and New Zealand = $52,296
Q: Do you have to be good looking to travel around the world?
A: You be the judge.
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