Travel has no boundaries. Whether you are single, married, young or old-travel welcomes you. You can choose your own style and your own journey-but in the end the answer is the same-Just Go! What we love about travel is meeting so very many people who push the envelope, defy the stereotypes and do what they feel is right. In the end, the answer has always been the same whether in travel or in life-if you want it badly enough, you’ll do whatever you can to make it happen. We’ve learned, through our travels that although it may take an unconventional approach or buck the norm, if you want to see the world there’s a way to do it that works for you. Here, one husband and wife share their story of how travel works for them!
Kevin and Ruth are a traveling couple based in Canada. Married for thirty years, these adventurers spend all the time they can exploring this great big world. Having been a part of the blogging world for seven years, many follow their travels as they take on the world. Whether in a motor home throughout North America or hiking southern Africa-they can be found smiling and exploring the world-together.
1.When did you get started traveling? We always loved traveling, but of course it’s not easy to do a lot of it when you’re bringing up a family. Between jobs and extracurricular activities it’s tough to get even a week away. However we always managed at least one family holiday away each year.
2.What made you decide make the jump to a location independent/travel-based existence? It started off as a motor-homing existence! But that’s travel, isn’t it? In fact, because we still had our family dog Whiskey, it turned out to be the perfect way to explore North America, including quite a few months touring Mexico.
3.What benefits do you feel you get from this lifestyle? How do you handle the nay-sayers in your life? We’re sure that many people think we’re nuts giving up the security of a “normal” home. But we enjoy experiencing different cultures and seeing that our Canadian and/or American culture isn’t necessarily the only way or the best way. Travel seems to give you a very open mind.
4.How did you save money to be able to afford living ‘on the road’/traveling often? How long did it take you to make the jump to a location independent/travel-based life? We didn’t save money. We simply sold our home. Without a home, you also don’t have the expenses normally associated with a home. It took us two and a half months from the time we made the decision to the time we left our previous life behind.
5.How do you choose your destinations and for how long you’ll stay? What type of accommodations do you typically choose? Are there any specific resources you recommend? We enjoy spending time with the locals and so we use small guest houses and couch-surfing a lot.
6.How much money do you traditionally need annually to support this lifestyle? About $18,000. We’ve proven that we can travel and live quite comfortably on that kind of money.
7.How do you make money on the road and save for retirement? We make a very small income from our website when we’re traveling, but we also work in Canada for five months during the summer running a seasonal campground. That allows us to travel for seven months of the year and still have some left over.
8.How do you handle visas, vaccinations, legal documents/passports, taxes and healthcare while living without a home base or an ever-changing one? We have a mailing address in Canada that gives us stability for those items. We don’t do vaccinations unless they’re mandatory.
9.If you decide to settle somewhere – where and when do you think it will be? So far, we could easily live in Mexico. When will we settle down? It will be many years yet!
10.What advice do you have for others trying to make the jump to a location independent/ travel-heavy lifestyle? Just do it. People are resistant to change, but once you go for it things will fall into place. Besides, if you find that you’re not happy you can easily go back to a “normal” lifestyle.
11.In your experience, what have been the two most significant gifts of travel? Friends and memories.
To find out more about the traveling couple; check out their website.