“Wait I don’t understand. What does spiritual health have to do with you two losing 100 pounds?” I’m glad you asked mysterious creature from the internet void the honest answer is everything. So often we as a society focus on only the physical aspect of getting healthy, workout and eating right. But if you don’t have an overall wellness change then those physical changes are not sustainable. Gaining weight is so much more than just a physical experience, we eat when we are emotional, bored, or in social situations. The more bogged down our soul becomes, the more we consume, and the easier it becomes to find excuses to not workout. This then becomes a cycle that spirals out of control.
In following our travel weight loss series the next step in developing a sustainable weight loss is spiritual wellness. If you haven’t read part one, check it out here.Sometimes your soul is just in a funk. I get it, we start experiencing the existing phenomenon. Where you just got through the motions of life, just existing not really living. This can be a dangerous spiral, the lack of being truly present in one’s life can lead to issues with not only physical wellness but emotional and spiritual. It is easy to become fixated on the negative and on the future instead of working on yourself, in the here and now.
As two people who love both food and traveling keeping off the excess pounds can seem really overwhelming. But in the last year of traveling, we have lost a combined weight of 100 pounds! Below is part one of our weight lost series! Here are a few helpful tips and tricks for travel weight loss, so that you can live your life without gaining weight. You are in a new location and want to try new things, and we completely understand. This series is not about giving up but in learning to adapt a new lifestyle. Now we will say this next sentence many times. There is no quick fix and even though Aaron and I have lost 100 pounds we still have a way to go.
When talking about what is the best hammock for someone new to hammocking there are always a lot of worry. What is the best, or will last the longest, or is the smallest? This is one of the biggest debates I hear because having a good hammock can come in handy for travelers and adventures of all sorts.
When most people write about cheap European travel, they usually tend to leave out most of Eastern Europe. That is a terrible mistake to make, because this region houses some of the cheapest cities in Europe.
We are currently living in Ukraine about four hours from Kiev (the cheapest European city to visit). For those of you who do not know how to convert pounds to dollars, 15 pounds is roughly 20 dollars. So in Kiev according to this chart, it will cost you about $20 a day, which is a steal! But it gets better, we never go to Kiev because it is too expensive for us compared to our town! In Ukraine outside of Kiev, Lviv, and Ivano Frankivsk you could easily live on $10-15 a day.
When life starts moving too fast head to place where fast doesn’t exist, visit Mackinac Island.
From being young at heart and traveling down memory lane (if you are confused go read our posts on Disney part 1 and part 2), now let’s travel back in time to when cars were a dream of the future.
Located in Lake Huron this little gem stands above the rest.
This was one of the first trips that we (two life travelers) embarked on so Mackinac Island holds a dear place in our hearts. Below are some of the cheapest and best places, spaces, and activities you can do on the island. I hope you love it as much as we do!
So if you are confused as to why this say “Welcome Back” make sure to check out our first set of amazing finds in Disney World here! To anyone out there who has traveled you know it is a fine balance between planning and being flexible to the new situation that change those plans. Sometime you stumble onto an amazing find and it becomes a highlight of the trip. These finds were not very busy (which is good when you are at Disney World) and were easily the high points of our trip. Here are our top 5 most amazing undercover finds at Disney.
Ah, Disney World, land of unrealistic expectations about love, and extremely happy workers and like us, Disney is where all little kids at heart want to start their adventures. In the winter of 2016 Emily and I began recording our journeys so that when we finally started our blog (this blog) we would remember all the amazing things we have done and all the amazing things we want to share. In May of that year I graduated from college and when asked what I would do next I simply responded “I’m going to Disney World!”
If you don’t read anything else in our blog I hope you at least read this post. This is the single largest piece of advice I can give on how to live an adventurous fulfilling life. And it will blow your mind. The secret? Say “=&0=&.” To anything and everything….well within your own limits obviously. You will be surprised how much the world opens up to you if you just accept it. Emily and I spent three months working on a farm in Hawaii (which will be covered in a later post) and I originally told Emily, “No, there is no way we can do that, yet alone afford it. But, as she always does, she changed my mind and I said “Yes”. If you go to a new place, or meet new people and someone asks you if you want to see something in the town or if you want to go to a bar, (if you are comfortable and they aren’t creepy) GO. I have eaten some of the best, cheapest, and most interesting food in my life by trusting the people that live in the area. Granted, not every time is a success. Somethings are just terrible, boring, or not something you find interesting. But in my experience even those make for a hell of a story. And yes, this blog is about how to do amazing things, be spontaneous, and cross things off your bucket list while still staying on a budget and planning. Throughout this blog you will see why these things are not contradictions. Plan, but be ready to completely scrap the plan if an opportunity arises. The bottom line is that MOST people are not trying to ruin your day. Most people want to help. LET THEM. Be bold, be brave be adventurous.
Well, here we go. The first blog post.
We have been trying to decide if we should write a blog for the past year and it finally feels like the right time. If you took the time to read our About Us page, you already know the basics about us and who we are. But, it doesn’t really go into too much detail. So let’s start with the basics, shall we?