Meet Jessica and Steven. Typical, modern-day ‘yuppies’ with great jobs as an accountant and consultant, respectively, beautiful better halves, a nice car, good health and a house in suburban Toronto. What more could they want?
They turned 30 and got married in 2013, the same year they planned their first real adventure together (aside from marriage of course). A month-long trip that would see them discovering the hotspots of east coast Australia.
They must have been in the midst of a quarter-life crisis (which also means they will live until they are 120) because why else would they leave this cookie-cutter life? They knew there was still something missing.
Enter travel, their mutual passion, and it’s nasty bug. They thought the Oz trip would thwart this bug. Not the case. Three months after returning from sunny Australia, they each had an approved leave of absence from their employers and had travel plans to visit three, possibly four, continents over the next 12 months.
They are currently in the midst of a whirlwind, around the world adventure and have been writing constantly about their experience.
Hope you enjoy!
I love food and I’m always on the hunt for the best gluten-free food in town. I like to wander around grocery stores in different countries. I like coffee. No, I love coffee. Someday I’ll have my own coffee shop.
I enjoy running and yoga, and I also love Netflix. Usually Netflix wins, but on this trip I hope to do more running and yoga, less Netflix.
I love a good book.
I’m a little high maintenance, so I won’t get into my dislikes in detail, but here’s a few: cilantro, runny eggs, undercooked bacon, and guys who check themselves out in the mirror at the gym.
I’m afraid of everything. I mean everything; fast cars, cats, boats, raw chicken, thunder and lightning…but I don’t let that stop me from going diving with great white sharks, zip lining in the jungles of Northern Thailand and swimming at the edge of the Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls!
I believe in gratitude and if I’ve learned anything from our travels so far, it’s to be grateful for everything, even the bad days. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason and things always fall into place. Maybe not as you planned, but always as they were meant to be.
I like icy cold beer on a hot day, I like driving, anywhere, I like talking to my mom on the phone, and I like my jeans dried in the dryer. I dislike the feeling of Popsicle sticks, I dislike being late, for anything, and I dislike dial-up Internet.
I never use the term ‘fair enough’. It is basically like saying, “I disagree with everything you are saying and have no desire to continue this conversation.”
Yes, I have a thirst for travel, but I’ve come to learn it may be a thirst for learning more so. I have learned so much on this trip and this blog is helping to document everything. Most importantly though, I’ve learned to be grateful. Grateful for being able to enjoy a cold beer on a hot day, wherever and whenever I want, for having the freedom to drive anywhere, for being able to talk to my mom on the phone, for clean jeans, period, and for popsicles.
We hope our blog inspires at least one of you to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. It doesn’t have to mean selling your things and travelling around the world, I mean who does that? But it might mean picking up that new hobby that you’ve never made time for, or doing something you’ve always been afraid of. Jump on the bus, or in your car, or out of a plane, and visit another city, another province or state, or buy a plane ticket and visit a new country. You won’t be disappointed. We aren’t.
jess + trickett
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