Maria and Schwab in Paris circa 2011!

Long Story Short…

By on January 29, 2014

Welcome to the blog! This is going to be fun. But first an introduction is in order…

Some of you know me as Steve, some of you know me as Schwab, some as both of those names put together (crazy!). Maria, my beautiful fiancee and hopefully sometimes co-author, and I are leaving on a long-term backpacking trip on February 8th (fast approaching!). We are starting in Fiji, then New Zealand, then Southeast Asia.  I assume you know about this because you have found your way to this site somehow.  Hopefully this post will answer a few questions so that next time, we can get down to business and shenanigans.

“OK I get it, you’re quitting, what are you going to do when you get back?”  Good question. I am resigning from DuPont as of about TODAY, but I am lucky enough that they have said that they want to hire me back when I get back.  Maria is getting a leave of absence from her job (awesomely awesome, I know) and she is slated to come back to work on August 4th.  

Turns out all you have to do is ASK for what you want to happen, and who knows, you might just get it. It’s scary for sure, but would you rather spend your days at work wishing you had something different, or spend one day and ask if its possible.  Odds are it’s possible, you just have to want it bad enough.

Maria is the perfect fiancee/travel companion for this trip because she actually had this idea before I thought it was possible. About a year ago, we agreed that we weren’t ready to get married and she said that she wanted to do something like this and use the time that we have when we are young.  I didn’t see it at first.  I thought, I can’t do that, I have such a good job doing something that I love and that I am good at.

The thing is, I knew that I wanted to do it too, and she was right…. damn.  Took me awhile to realize that it was possible.  My main motivation for the trip is due to Gerald at work telling me about Graham Hughes, the guy who travelled to every country in the world without flying.  Read his stuff, you won’t regret it.

SF on the log

San Francisco is where this all really started for us.  Sitting on a log in the middle of Golden Gate park, we decided that we couldn’t not do it now… we would regret it.  Once I started reading about professionals who take a year off from work, I was hooked, I couldn’t sleep.  This was my shot. We talked about it, researched, and long story short… we are doing it.

One of my goals of this trip is to show people that world travel is possible for everyone.  It’s not just possible, it’s EASY, as long as you dont hold on to the first world comforts that you treasure.  If you live more simply at your home, and have a goal of saving, you will find that it gets easier and easier to simplify your life and save for an adventure.  Admittedly though, not having kids and not having a house was a big plus for us.  

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Travel opens your eyes and broadens the mind… and it’s just what’s needed for the world to be a more peaceful place.  With that in mind, we are leaving.

As I keep writing this blog, I am thinking that I will update it at least weekly, but even as often as I have something to say.  My main goal is to NOT BORE PEOPLE, so I hope I haven’t already failed.  Shit.  Maybe I’ll just have to make this like a picture book, cuz lets be honest, we all still love picture books.

So keep reading! and leave me a comment if you feel like it, I would love to get them!

I’m thinking the next post will be packing/panicking/packing.

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  1. Gerald
    January 30, 2014

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    Great Mark Twain quote!
    Missouri Conservationist’s younger folks’ magazine Explor shows a photo of a little bit of something, like a cedar waxwing’s feathertips, and asks “what is it?” You could do something like that, show photos out-of-context or turned upside-down so that your readers look at the pattern & colors of the photo subject, and appreciate its beauty (or horror or geometry or ugliness…) without pre-conceived ideas due to what it is supposed to be. Of course, post regular photos, too!
    We should get Rodney Fain to check out your blog. I’m sure he’d like to travel with you this way with the rest of us.

    • Steve
      January 30, 2014

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      Thanks Gerald for the ideas! Yea we should get Rodney to check it out… can you forward it to his personal email? I don’t have it.

  2. Amy
    January 31, 2014

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    Hi Steve! I enjoyed your first post. I’m looking forward to being your vicarious travel companion. Fiji – here we come:)

    • Steve
      February 3, 2014

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      Its gonna be pretty nice in fiji, hope you packed a swimsuit

  3. Ali Spara
    February 3, 2014

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    Wishing you to the best of luck! You both never cease to amaze me! Happy travels :-)

    • Steve
      February 3, 2014

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      Thanks, hope youre doing well these days!

    • Maria
      February 6, 2014

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      Ahh its so good to hear from you Ali – I miss you! Hope all is going well in B-Lo with you!

  4. Kayla Morgan
    February 3, 2014

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    Hope you guys have a fun and safe trip! I will be checking back in to see how things are going and will love to see pictures!

    • Steve
      February 3, 2014

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      Thanks Kayla, I still need to figure out a good way to do pictures, but they will be on here for sure. Hope the T-monster is doin well.

    • Maria
      February 6, 2014

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      Thanks Kayla! We are so excited – I will be posting pics to my facebook page so hopefully people can keep up that way.

  5. Roach
    February 3, 2014

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    Hey you two! Fantastic idea. I spent some time in Fiji and NZ myself – you won’t regret it. Highly recommend seeing Matama, aka Hobbiton, New Zealand. AND Rotorua – the whole town is build on sulfur springs (very theraputic, if you don’t mind the entire city smelling like rotten eggs). And for Fiji – learn to say “bula” and you’re golden. Friendliest people on the planet in Fiji. Looking forward to hearing about it when you get back.

    -Roach

    • Steve
      February 3, 2014

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      Bula Roach! Yea im hoping to see Hobbiton for sure. Maria probably wont care but ill drag her along. Right now we are plannin on doing three weeks in the South Island and then heading to the north. Rotorua sounds sweet… and sulfury

  6. Clare
    February 4, 2014

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    You both have an awesome time!! I will totally be following you guys around!

    • Steve
      February 4, 2014

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      Awesome, I still need to send an email out to the fam… soon.

  7. Krystal rogers
    February 4, 2014

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    You are hilariously awesome!!! Safe travels and looking forward to read this blog/ picture book.

    • Steve
      February 4, 2014

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      Thanks Krystal! hope everything is well with the Ripster down in AR

  8. Amanda
    February 7, 2014

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    This is a fantastic idea! Hope you guys have the time of your lives! “Adventure is out there!”

  9. Gerald
    February 7, 2014

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    Looking at the map on the PeGaSys lab wall, there are Chatham Islands, Auckland Islands (both N.Z.), and Macquarie Islands (Aust.) beyond South Island to east & south. Of course, remote places are hard to get to. But if convenient, consider including a place in your itinerary that’s at “the ends of the earth”. A la Walter Mitty.
    I always wanted to see Kerguelen Island because it was regularly hidden behind the legend on the map.
    At the ends of the Earth, you’d be a celebrity for showing up.
    “Settling” for Fiji is terrific if you must. Don’t forget to look at the Earth/Gaia, including the stars, water, plants, webs of life.

  10. Susie Ritzert
    February 7, 2014

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    Will keep you in my prayers. Am looking forward to your writings /pics. Via con Dios

  11. Alexis Dettmer
    February 8, 2014

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    Have a great time Steve! I’ll miss seeing you at the odd tournament, but I know you’ll be having great advenures!

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