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.
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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