First Blog Post

It’s a mix of “Well, this is awkward” and “Yay! I am person number 100 million and one to start a blog!”

 

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But… life is an open book, and this is what we want to share with the world…
1. Travel

 

Haedong Yonggungsa, Busan, South Korea. September 2014

We love, love, love traveling.

As of October 2015, these are the countries we have visited:

  • England
  • Russia
  • Ukraine
  • Puerto Rico
  • Canada
  • Costa Rica
  • Mexico
  • Colombia
  • Peru
  • Colombia, again, and again
  • South Africa
  • Colombia (it’s nice there)
  • Korea
  • Japan
  • Mexico, again (don’t believe everything you read on the Internet)

In the near future we will blog about our most recent trips, to Mexico, Korea, and Japan.

2. Travel hacking

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Business class meal, American Airlines flight from Dallas to Seoul. September 2014

We’re normal people.  We can’t keep track of 17 credit cards and our crowning achievement so far has been to get a business class flight for two to Korea and back from Japan.  We’re not on the road 365 days a year.  We have a real home and real bills to pay.

One or two good trips is our goal every year.  Most of our trips from 2008 until now have been either practically free (paying only taxes) or very inexpensive.  We have gotten lots of miles with American, Delta, United, British Airways and Southwest.  We can find excellent deals on paid airfare by having a flexible schedule and an open mind.

Hostels and Airbnb rentals have been a great experience wherever we travel.  No, we don’t sleep in a co-ed room full of stinky hippies.  We stay in a private room with a private bathroom for a fraction of the cost of a hotel, and have met wonderful and helpful people along the way.

In Tokyo we stayed at a nice apartment in a great location through Airbnb.  We’ll show you pictures soon… Oh, and we’ll also tell you about the hostel in Busan that only had a toilet and shower, no sink.

3. Selling on Ebay

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Vintage laptop. Sold on eBay August 2015

Ebay is a learning curve right now, so we’re inviting you to learn with us.  We have sold things from vintage police lights and laptops to classic Nintendo memorabilia and $700 dress shoes (yeah.. we wouldn’t pay that much for a pair of shoes either).  Ebay’s Global Shipping Program is great.  We just shipped our first “real” international sale to Denmark so we’re still on pins and needles waiting for the item to be delivered.  It’s so stressful that it motivated us to start this blog as therapy and soon we will blog about what we learned (good or bad) from that experience.

4. Selling on Craigslist

Craigslist is sometimes fun and sometimes ghetto, but never boring.  We actually haven’t been murdered yet.  Cash is king on Craigslist, and 99% of our experiences have been positive.

Right now we are paying all our bills exclusively with income from Ebay and Craigslist so this is an important part of our life.  We sold our small business and relocated to North Carolina from Georgia, so we’re trying hard to stay off the 9-5 hamster wheel… 

5. Español

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Sunset from a rooftop, Mexico City, Mexico. January 2015

We have a lot of friends in the Hispanic community and something we have noticed is that most of them are very afraid to travel to their home countries because of what they hear on the news.  Also, there are very few resources online in Spanish about travel hacking, finding deals, and staying safe on the road.  Some of our blog posts on these subjects will also be in Spanish!

6. Random life goals…

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Cerro de Monserrate, Bogota, Colombia. October 2009

  • … taking amazing pictures with a point & shoot camera
  • … visiting Cuba
  • … location independent lifestyle
  • … living abroad

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