As we approach the one year anniversary of when we went out on the road last year, I felt it was time for an update. One thing we wanted to keep consistent with this blog is providing a no-bullshit version of travel and lifestyle advice. As we've said previously, we are normal, American, twenty-somethings. We have debt, we rent our home, we don't have access to excess funds, and traveling (long term/long distance) is something that takes us months (sometimes years) to accomplish. We're not here to impress, but to inspire, and I thought it was important to highlight some of the realities that come with wanderlust.... and here's the truth: patience is not glamorous, kids. It's been a long 7 months since we returned from Southeast Asia. Adjusting to working and finding our groove has taken time and admittedly, some growing pains. I took up a serving and bartending job at a brand new brewery in Buffalo called Big Ditch Brewing Company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer, production assistant, and wardrobe stylist. Brandon has continued to freelance as an animator and motion graphics artist. We also took on a contract position as wedding videographers (something we always did on the side), for a local wedding DJ & photography company. In between our not-at-all-consistent work schedules and making money any way we can, we've been busy planning our wedding here in Western NY next July (which is unabashedly American-themed, thankyouverymuch).
Aside from the obvious saving we're doing for our upcoming nuptials, we had to buy a new car this summer when our beater finally gave up on us. We had to invest in new camera equipment to keep up with all of the wedding videos we are now booking. We've also been paying off the travel card we used (albeit, sparingly) on our trip. All of these things have all but prevented us from saving for another trip. Ugh, responsibilities... Am I right?
And really, with a wedding in our midst, the questions like, 'when are we buying a house?' and 'when are we having kids?' are starting to become real. That stuff requires preparation too!
As overwhelming as it all can seem, we're trying hard not to get too frustrated. We lived out a HUGE DREAM this year (and we can't stop watching our videos to help us remember that it was actually real life). So we've been focusing on our realities and coming up with solutions to get us back on the road (For more on this, see: You Should Probably Be Traveling Right Now and Money Shouldn't Be the Reason You Aren't).
And because we are more motivated humans when there's a goal in mind, we decided to set a destination for our honeymoon next fall. Our preliminary plan keeps us on the road for about a month and includes visiting our dear friends who have moved to Shanghai, China, for work. Then we plan to head back to Thailand for another Full Moon Party and some island hopping (hopefully with a crew of friends in tow). We are leaving the last week of our adventure open to explore a new place (just the two of us), and maybe even splurge on some luxuries (come on, it's our honeymoon!) SUGGESTIONS WELCOME: our only caveat is that the location must be easily accessible from Thailand.
The thought of waiting an entire year for another big trip is actually painful. But, (here comes the point of this post), these are our realities. And as much as it's important to JUST GO and FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS, you've got to hustle and take care of your shit too. Patience is a virtue, loves. Your time will come :)