We’ve set out to create this blog for a few different reasons. First, we wanted a physical catalog of the progression of our international travels. On one
Brock will also unveil all of techniques that he’s learned over the last 5+ years of international travel and how to see new places on an insane budget. Lastly, and most importantly, we want to bring awareness and change. Given the current political climate in the U.S. and global issues, which are pushing communities and environments to their absolute limits, we want people to see truths in what we’ve experienced. There is no progress without understanding, and there is no true understanding without travel. We’ll share the environmental and societal dilemmas that every region faces and the drivers behind each. Whether it’s an Alaskan glacier that’s vanished or a Costa Rican hammerhead shark population that’s decreased by 90% in the last 40 years, there are drivers behind each issue that don’t make it all the way through media outlets. Readers will acquire the real facts here and what they can actually do to make a difference going forward. Our planet is too uniquely special to not explore, appreciate, and individually make a difference. We hope following our journey inspires you to go out and see what this world has to offer…but most importantly, gives you reason to help preserve and appreciate what we have left.
What brought us here?
In 2017, we came to the realization that we didn’t want to live a conventional life. We decided that living as minimalists fit our way of life much more than what society had pounded into our minds over and over. We were about to leave all we had known and created in Phoenix. We donated more than half of our clothes and trinkets, found new homes for our furniture and sold our cars. Everything we owned now fit into a couple of suitcases. Ilene was able to land a travel nursing assignment in Maui, where we lived for almost a year. Our understanding of marine ecosystems and the massive impact that humans have on them quickly changed. Beach cleanups, whale conservation and advocation for elimination of single use trash became a part of our daily lives. With Maui as an inspiration, we set forth to explore a place that’s leading the pack in conservation and environmental awareness. So, that we did. We managed to minimalize further and began our journey. The day after Christmas 2018, we arrived in Costa Rica. Nearly six weeks into our new nomadic lifestyle, we’ve scoured the southern Pacific Coast and Osa Peninsula regions. We’ve experienced how remote and raw places retain magical characteristics. Wonderful people equally share homes with ecosystems of insane biodiversity. Eco-tourism brings impressive feats of conservation and the people understand its importance. We’ve gained new friendships that could last a lifetime, learned to say yes to any adventure thrown at us and found that struggle comes wrapped together with the best moments of our journey. With the beauty of traveling comes the realization that many of these places we are not as perfect as pictures paint. In many places, there is poverty, pollution, and suffering. We didn’t choose this new life just to feel as if we are on vacation 24/7. We want to be able to do everything we can to make these countries more beautiful than they were when we arrived. This includes volunteering with people, animals and the environment.
The planet was meant to be explored, so we invite you to follow us on our journey along the way!