FOR THE RECORD, THIS DECISION, AND PROCESS, WASN'T EASY (but we think you may know that). Here's a shortcut to some questions you may have that we've answered a few times already.
What pushed us over the edge to take this leap?
Andrew leaving his tech company of 7 years and looking for the best next step in his career in NYC. He decided to start his own firm (consulting on customer acquisition and marketing) and took on some more advisory roles - all non 9-5 stuff. Adrienne had quit her (working from home) job a few months before this and was practicing the role of "house wife," while looking for a company based in NYC to work for.
The unhinging of our need to be in one geolocation was the ultimate catalyst that got us to pursue this lifelong dream.
How will we afford to live?
A lot of people have asked or made assumptions on how we're able to do this. No, my company didn't exit glamorously, no we're not rich kids, we didn't grow up with silver spoons, and we didn't bonnie and clyde our way here (although, feel free to liken us to Jay-Z and Beyonce). Yes, we just walked away from stable jobs in a split-decision, but don't get us wrong - it has been very scary to live without salaries. We also didn't take 6 months or a year etc. to save up. We're going to be working on the road to pay for our travels and seeking any interesting local employment and volunteering opportunities that come our way. We feel like being forced to work while on the road will catapult us into more risk-taking and adventurous situations that are deeply rooted in the cultures and societies that we're visiting. If all goes wrong with the businesses that we've started, we have committed to WWOOFing, house-sitting, working with children, or any other "room and board" paying jobs that we can find. (tips on this are welcome :) )
With funding kind-of dialed in, the other things to address were;
Can we be happy moving around constantly with no home?
We have both traveled a lot and lived all over so the "comfort of home" factor wasn't too significant. What's a "home?" We had also already been on several trips abroad together and one thing we know is, if you can travel with your spouse without any serious tiffs, you can make it through basically anything. Add no kids and no mortgage - that really helped - but honestly, getting everything dialed in was still extremely challenging. This isn't for everyone, you really have to want it to get over all of the hurdles.
What do we do with all of our stuff?
We've read many, many travel blogs by married couples who have decided to abandon America and chosen to live the nomadic life. The one thing they all have in common is this big, pretty picture they've painted of the process. Through their lenses, making the decision to travel full-time was simple and the execution was effortless. From our experience it was exhausting, terrifying and insanely tough to coordinate. We had to break the lease on our just recently fully furnished apartment in beautiful TriBeCa, Manhattan, sell or give away a majority of our belongings, find long-term storage for stuff that we didn't think we could live without upon returning, close a chapter in our book that we weren't even the slightest bit done with (NYC), plan our travels from Adrienne's parents' kitchen table, figure out Healthcare.gov (this is pretty awesome), international health insurance, business banking, personal banking, ALL while working on building our new company. It's been exhausting to say the very least and I wouldn't recommend it to just anyone. I'm not saying that we're special, I'm just here to tell you that this wasn't a walk in the park, but anyone who wants it, can surely achieve it.