How can you afford to quit your jobs and travel for nine months?

We both had good well-paying jobs, and we weren’t big spenders. Carlos was able to sell his car, so after that, we didn’t have any debt besides our mortgage (yep, no student loans). We saved a lot of our money, and with help of family that will be renting our house and using Ashly’s leased car and making the payment, we won’t have anything to pay for at home while we are gone. Together, we agreed on how much money we would each be comfortable spending on a trip like this so that we would still have some money when we got back. From here, we did a lot of research about different countries we wanted to go to and developed a budget so we know how much we can afford to spend in each place. You can see what our entire budget looks like here.

What are you going to do when you come home from your trip?

We don’t know the answer to that question yet! We’re going to see where this trip takes us and decide that after we come back.

What countries are you most excited about exploring?

Ashly: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, South Africa, Kenya, Egypt, Vietnam, Indonesia.

Carlos: All of South America, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Nepal, Japan, Cambodia, New Zealand and Australia.

Are you going to elope while you’re gone?

Not currently planning on it.

What websites and apps do you think are the most helpful for travelers?

Budget Your Trip is an awesome website to get an idea of how much it’s going to cost you to travel in a certain country based on what your travel style is (budget, mid-range, or luxury). It is updated frequently by real travelers and we have found it to be pretty accurate! We used the estimates for mid-range travelers to develop our budget.

The U.S. Department of State website provides lots of great information for each country in regards to vaccination recommendations, visa requirements, embassy and consulate information, and safety concerns. We would definitely recommend taking a look at this website before you travel anywhere internationally.

We never book a flight without checking SkyScanner and Google Flights. We also have the Hopper app on our phones, which predicts when airline prices you are tracking will be the lowest.

For accommodations, we consider a variety of options. We usually weigh the options between AirBnB, Homestay, Hostelz, Booking and Expedia.

To figure out the best way to get from one place to another, we use the Rome2Rio app. It tells you the different transportation options you have between places, how long each will take, and the prices. In some cases, it even links you to the websites where you can buy the tickets.

To protect our health and finances while away, we use World Nomads travel insurance.

We have Google Translate on our phones for quick translations.

XE Currency helps you tracks exchange rates so you understand how much you are spending in a foreign currency.

And to help plan your trip and keep your travel plans organized, some websites and apps we use are Lonely Planet, TripIt, and Sygic Travel.

To download maps offline, we use maps.me.