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Hang Gliding

Hang Gliding in New York

How many times have you had conversations about doing something crazy, adventurous, new, exciting, or different?  How often do you actually follow through, satisfy that urge or as they say, ‘scratch the itch’?  How often do you instead, forget that conversation and just carry on with daily life? What if one day, after one of those conversations, you decide to actually do what you said you would someday love to do?  Now, you have to face your family, friends, and co-workers with your decision.  Now, you actually have to plan your great idea. Imagine that.

Going Backpacking

Our particular idea is probably a bit extreme; okay, it’s probably very extreme (relatively).  I mean, how many people, in their late 20’s to mid 30’s, do you know have the great idea to quit their jobs, sell everything they own and go backpacking?  How many actually do it and travel the world?  Regardless of how extreme the urge, following through or scratching the itch, is quite intimidating, scary at best.  Now, I know why most people don’t execute on those conversations.

I must admit, we too have failed to launch a number of ideas.  Over the past 2.5 years Jason and I, mostly Jason, have had a large variety of ambitious desires to pursue some endeavors that have not come to fruition.  For example, buying a house, moving to Philadelphia, woodworking, opening a sneaker store, and creating a non-profit just to name a few.  Luckily, in my own selfish opinion, the previous have come and gone and this has stuck.  We are so going backpacking!

Hiking the Grand Canyon

Hiking the Grand Canyon

Trip Planning

In retrospect, once we began to put on paper the different tasks that we needed to accomplish to make the trip happen, I realized why most people don’t make it this far.  Holy planning!  I’ve put the numerous pre-trip tasks in the following major categories: liquidating our possessions, trip budgeting, itinerary building, gear buying, credentials research, and other (endless minutiae of long trip planning).  I must confess, there was a point when I thought telling our families about this would be the toughest part of all.  I was wrong.  Building a website that satisfies Jason’s requirements has been the toughest task yet.  Did I say, “Holy planning?”

Although we did have that, “I would love to do that one day,” conversation in late March, I didn’t seriously think we would be going through with the trip around the world until quite recently.  Now, here we are less than 2 months to our departure date and we have accomplished the following;  we’ve told our families, our place is an absolute mess, and we are actually getting somewhere with the website (great job Jason)!  To answer the question at hand, yes, we are absolutely going backpacking for a year!

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Lisa says:

Hi Aracely and Jason–
I love your blog–so amazing and inspiring. I just found it so I am sitting here, reading every post. I, much like you, think every day about leaving it all behind to fufill my never ending wanderlust. I always get overwhelmed by idea at some point and think it un-realistic, however. I am excited to read your blog and be inspired by your real life stories. Keep up the great writing and traveling 🙂

Jason says:

Thank you for commenting Lisa. We began our first long term trip back in late 2009. It seems so long ago now. It was the most incredible experience either of us have ever had. We got engaged on that trip and have now since returned to the United States. We will continue to plan our futures around flexibility and experiences. It’s not easy, but remember, there is never a better time.

lorraine says:

Good to see things up and running! I’m very excited for you and I’m glad you’re both doing it!

Aracely says:

Thanks Lorraine, it’s been a lot of work getting to this point but we are starting to make progress. =)

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