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Two drifters off to see the world

There’s such a lot of world to see

– Moon River (Frank Sinatra)

Sometimes quoting a Sinatra classic is the only way to begin a blog post.

 

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Just another walk in Norway

 

For months now, we’ve been planning something crazy. Something so crazy it practically has usΒ bursting with excitement. There’s no other way to say it, so I’ll plunge headlong into this.

 

We’ve quit our jobs to travel the world. Yep, a couple of months back, we handed in our resignation letters at work. Come next month, our lives are going to change. We’re bidding goodbye to every last security net- job, house, gym membership (boo!) – to go and see the world, ALL of it πŸ™‚

 

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Did something crazy – oh yeah!

 

WHY?

For a while now, we’ve felt constrained by time lines – 15 or 25 days isn’t ever enough to explore a country or acquaint oneself with a new culture. Almost always, we want to linger in new places but regular jobs don’t allow that luxury. Countless times, we’ve found ourselves boarding return flights just when we’d started making friends and getting used to the quirks of a new culture. So we didΒ what we do best – defied convention and followed our hearts.

 

We call this our staggered retirement plan – we’ve been working hard, earning, and saving for over 10 years now. The time has come to put those savings to good use. For most people, those savings go straight to the mighty pension fund. But who knows where (or how) we will be at 65! So we want toΒ enjoy the fruits of our labour while we still can πŸ™‚

 

This isn’t to say we won’t beΒ working on the road, because we will. We will be working full time on Bruised Passports. Vid also hasΒ some exciting photography projects up his sleeve. I love writing and will continue to work on projects that make my heart sing. But it’s goodbye to structured corporate jobs for now.

 

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We would rather own moments, than investments πŸ™‚

 

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Freedom feels gooooood πŸ™‚

 

WHAT?

Given that both of us are struck by incurable wanderlust, there will be lots of new places. There will also be crazy once-in-a-lifetime experiences, helicopter rides, memorable hotels, and Michelin-star eateries along the way.

 

But this journey isn’t about plush eateries or new countriesΒ – it’s about meeting new people, garnering tens of thousands of experiences, andΒ living every moment, saturated with colour and happiness. It’s about celebrating the little things – vintage kimonos, crazy road trips, little-known poetry, good vibes and perhaps, most importantly, freedom Β  πŸ™‚

 

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There will be lots of local food (This platter of Nyonya food is from Malaysia!)

 

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There will also be lots of this…..

 

WHERE?

Of course the highlight of this entire plan is not to have a plan. We want to drift from one country to another, spend as long as we want in a new city without having to worry about itineraries, ticking things off a checklist, or boarding a flight back home.

 

Having said that, we do have a rough itinerary in mind for the next year or so. Come July, we’ll be flying to South America. If you’ve been reading Bruised Passports since the very beginning, you would know that living in South America has been a bit of a dream for us. So that’s what we will be doing! We’ll be living in Peru for over a month – exploring Peruvian vineyards, flying over the Nazca lines, uncovering the secrets of the Incan empire, fawning over panoramas at Lake Titicaca, staying in a tiny Peruvian village, and so much more. From there, we’ll head to the remote salt flats of Bolivia. Then we’ll fly to Ecuador and explore the stunning Galapagos Islands.

 

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The Galapagos Islands – literally in the middle of nowhere!

 

After South America, we’ll fly to India to smother friends and family with hugs and sloppy kisses (aye, so classy!). I’ll be teaching underprivileged kids atΒ a local schoolΒ (spending time with little madcaps will always be my first love!)Β and we’llΒ be attending a couple of crazy bohemian festivals before going on a long-winded road tripΒ in India.

 

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These munchkins tempted usΒ to spend more time in India πŸ™‚

 

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We can’t wait to attend more bohemian festivals in India – this photo is from the Nataraja Festival, a congregation of gypsies, in Delhi!

 

Come December, we’ll fly to Australia and spend the next 3-4 months exploring Australia, New Zealand, and the islands of the South Pacific (Fiji tops that list but let’s see where we end up!). Most of 2016Β will be spent in South East Asia – we want to rent a beach hut for a few months in Bali, learn deep-sea diving in Thailand, and explore the islands of the Philippines.

 

Of course, this isn’t set in stone – so if you have any suggestions or you know of a place we should explore, leave us a comment below πŸ™‚

 

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We can never get enough of South East Asia

 

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One thing’s for sure, we will seek fellow crazies wherever we go πŸ™‚

 

For the next couple of years it’s books, golden fields, tropical getaways, road trips, hidden woods, skinny dips, and music with a generous helping of gypsy prints, tie-dye, opulent colours, tribal bits and turquoise bobs on Bruised Passports. We are excited, apprehensive, scared, and ecstatic – all at once!

 

Our round-the-world trip starts on 8 July. We don’t want to put an end date down just yet! Who knows whether we’ll love travelling full time or not (only time will tell but we’d never know if we never tried, right ?) πŸ™‚ ! Our li’l adventure might end in 2 years or 5. Either way,Β for the next couple of years, we’re just 2 kids on the run…. πŸ™‚

 

Will you come along for the ride?

 

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Languorous, free and passionate – those are the only guidelines we have in mind πŸ™‚

 

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We’ll be updating you every single day πŸ™‚

 

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Leave us a comment below if you’re excited about following our journey around the globe πŸ™‚ We love hearing from you

 

Want to know more about us?

  1. Check out Who Are Savi and Vid πŸ™‚
  2. We answered all YOUR questions in this post
  3. Check out 10 Things You Don’t Know About Us
  4. Check out 10 Things You Don’t Know About Us Part II
  5. Our advice for bloggers and thoughts on Financing Long Term Travel
  6. Read the Top 10 Reasons Why We Love Travelling

151 thoughts on “Our lives are changing….

  1. Awesome! Congratulations on such a big decision. I wish you all the best for your “new life” and the best experiences during your trip. I hopefully see you somewhere around.

  2. Heaven is a place on earth! Let the good times roll, bottle up all the amazing experiences and share it with us:)

    1. True that πŸ™‚ Hopin’ to discover the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow as we make our way around the world

    1. Thanks Madhumitha – we’ll now have more time to devote to Bruised Passports, so we’ll definitely update it even more frequently πŸ™‚

    1. Amazing. Have a great time. Would be happy to host you/ help in any way needed when you guys are in Melbourne. Just drop a line.

  3. Congrats on making the leap! We are doing it soon too (just bought a plane ticket for Mexico leaving August 31!). Looking forward to seeing where all your adventures take you!

  4. This is truly amazing , other people just imagine what you guys are doing .

    I wish you both all the very best .

    May the world be a small place for your wandering heart
    And may you be blessed with friends with hearts as free as yours :-* :-* :-*

    1. Thanks a ton Amrita – we are fortunate to have some amazing friends around the world. Meeting like-minded people is one of our favourite things about travelling πŸ™‚

  5. Hello Savi and Vid – I love reading Bruised Passports about your travel experiences.
    Congratulations on this decision.

    Looking forward to seeing the world through your eyes.

    1. Thanks Hema πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoy reading our posts and looking at our photos as we make our way around the world

  6. Awesome!!! I love Bruised Passports……love to read about the places you visit….now there will be more:))) can’t wait.

  7. THIS IS THE LIFE! I am so proud of you guys… Have been a silent reader all this while.. but today? WOAH..
    In fact I just whatsapped this article link to my husband.. coz we ALWAYS talk about how one day we want to leave the corporate world and just travel!! Good Luck and stay in love πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Vidhi πŸ™‚ Loved reading your comment and will look forward to you (and your husband) following us around the world

  8. Congrats! Looking forward to reading Bruised Passports a little more than begore. Sounds exciting ! ALL THE BEST πŸ™‚

    1. Aww thanks Swathi – we have so many exciting posts planned for Bruised Passports. Hope you enjoy reading them πŸ™‚

  9. Travelling is my dream and I am not able to live this dream because of work and very little savings. I am extremely glad to hear about your decision. Your blog posts cheer me up always even if I do not comment so often.
    Would obviously follow your journey sitting here in Delhi and smile back at my laptop screen… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    1. Hey Sahiba – thank you ever so much. That means the world. I hope you get to travel tons super soon πŸ™‚

  10. Oh WOW! What a great step towards your ultimate dream. I hope you guys live youe adventure to the fullest . I am already excited to read some super posts from you guys very soon ☺️ good luck and loads of love #godspeed

    1. Thanks Priyadarshini – we have some really exciting things lined up over the next few months. Can’t wait to write about them πŸ™‚

    2. Thanks Priyadarshini – you’re right, this has been a dream for quite sometime now. So glad we’re finally trying to make it come true πŸ™‚

  11. Congratulations on the big and bold decision. traveling the world is my dream. I get motivated hearing about your experiences and escapades.

    All the best for the new adventure πŸ™‚

  12. That’s fantastic and looking forward to reading more stories each day at Bruised Passports! Good luck with a big hug to you both. I hope we bump into each other somewhere! Xoxo

  13. Whoa !!! This is Huge. REALLY HUGE. a life changing decision.

    I loved the part where you said ‘ Who know where we will be at 65 ‘So true πŸ™‚

    Good luck and a Biiiig hug to both of you . I will wait for the posts and updates from you guys.

    Cheerss !!

  14. Wow! That’s a HUGE decision. Kudos to u both for taking that step to do what u both love πŸ™‚
    As happy as I am for u guys, I can’t stop grinning from ear to ear when I think about what this means for me: More posts to read from my favourite bloggers! πŸ™‚ U’re helping people like me live our travelling dreams vicariously through u πŸ™‚
    Good luck and loads of love! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Ramya – we’ve been grinning from ear to ear ever since we took this leap of faith. Yep, dozens of posts coming your way. I’m so excited about putting together posts on places we’re yet to visit πŸ˜‰

  15. Congratulations both!

    An inspiration to people like me!
    Wishing you guys a mighty happy and blissful travelling!
    *sloppykisses* and *hugs πŸ˜› πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  16. OMG OMG OMG!!!!
    You two are really brave to give up everything and follow your heart…
    All the very best to you!!!
    May you enjoy every bit of this adventure…
    Lots of kisses and hugs πŸ™‚

  17. whoo hoo!!

    I’m sooooo excited for you two πŸ™‚ welcome to the world of Digital Nomads! If you get exhausted from full-time moving around, you can always slow down and take a break, like you said, in a hut in Bali or rent a little apartment for a couple of months. Whatever you want, it’s yours. Love this and so happy for you guys.

    Cheers and Happy Travels πŸ™‚
    xx

    1. Thanks Dariece – you two have inspired us every step of the way. We will definitely be looking your way for pointers πŸ™‚ Thanks a ton for your warm message – we’re so excited about what lies ahead

  18. This is such exciting news! But please let us in on more news!
    Like how long did you plan this for?
    Have you sold off everything you owned?
    Will you be having a base or going location independent?
    How much of “stuff” will you be carrying? So Savi do we see you in the same clothes everyday πŸ˜€
    How will you manage visas on an Indian passport when you don’t have full time jobs
    Will you be trying any freelancing work to make some side income?
    Where all will you be road tripping in India?

    Uff so many questions, so little time

    1. Haha – I love this! Yep, we’ve sold off everything we owned. We’ve been planning it for a couple of years now but decided to take the plunge quite recently. We won’t have a base – location independent it is! We’re working our way around getting visas – we’ll visit places that have fewer visa regulations. Yes, will be freelancing a bit on the side but we want to concentrate on exploring places right now. We’ll be carrying very little stuff (just 2 backpacks), so the ‘same clothes everyday’ is definitely a possibility πŸ˜‰

  19. How cool is tht!!!! This is the first time i hv visited ur blog n I am hooked fr sure….luking forward to ur trips πŸ™‚

    1. Hey Bhawana – so glad to have you with us for the ride. Hope you enjoy following our adventures in the years to come πŸ™‚

  20. Omg This is so overwhelming. This is something I hv dreamt of doing all my life of 20 somethings. But you actually did it… Gives me some courage. This decision is beautiful. I love you guys and can’t wait to know more about this journey of yours!! Meet up in india!! meet all your readers in india and inspire us too!!
    All the best!!!

    1. Thanks Rashmi – we’ve been dreaming about it for a while, so we thought we’d just do it now πŸ™‚ Will definitely think of organising a meet up in India – that’s a great idea

  21. That’s such a brave decision!! Congrats ! How about camping in national parks of Utah, Yellowstone and yosemite? Trust me you will not be disappointed πŸ™‚ And pls visit your fans! We love you πŸ™‚

    1. Aww Shilpa definitely – we hope to explore the US soon. Yellowstone and Yosemite top our list of things to do in the US, so we’ll definitely be there sooner rather than later πŸ™‚

  22. I Stumbled upon your blog searching for French Riviera.I love travelling and you guys inspire me so much.Cannot wait to hear about your travels.Love you guys ! Best of Luck πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks Anjali – we’re so glad a random google search led you to us. We hope you enjoy following our adventures around the world πŸ™‚ Love and hugs

  23. Congrats! We are on the same path as well and hope to take off next year with a minimum year of travels. I’ll be excited to follow your adventures!

  24. Wow guys! So you’ve done it! You make it sound so easy. Just hope and wish a great couple like you guys all the happiness, success and wish you see and imbibe all that you encounter and then let us in on all that and more!

    1. Thanks a lot for all your love and support always – we look forward to having you along for the ride πŸ™‚

  25. WOOOOOW!!! You guys are beyond amazing. I am also bitten by travel bug and have been a regular reader of your blog since begging. Its a brave decision, very very brave to follow your heart. Wish you guys lots of love and luck πŸ™‚

  26. You guys are amazing! Can’t beleive you finally did it. So happy for you guys and I am sorry i am a bit tongue-tied after reading this…I have always wanted to do something of this sorts. Will love to be apart of your future adventures. Can’t wait to hear more. Lots of love to both of you and good luck!

    1. Hey Ria – We can’t believe we finally did it either πŸ˜‰ We can be your guinea pigs – you could do something similar if it turns out to be a fun ride for us

  27. SAviiii!!! How cool is this!! It takes complete freedom to arrive at this decision. You are free already… from the shackles of life we are constantly told to live in. I respect you and Sid! Hugs and more hugs! All the best! :*

    1. Tarika it’s so good to hear from you – I’m looking forward to catching up again in Delhi πŸ™‚ I hope you’re well. Love and hugs

  28. All the Best for this Epic World Adventure. You guys are an Inspiration. Would be great to catch up with you during your Indian leg of World Trip. Would love to take notes from you on Iceland and can share few insights on New Zealand.

  29. Brilliant!!! Its such as awesome plan. So excited for you guys.. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    I hope some day I also follow your foot-steps. I love traveling and exploring new places. I try to go to as many new places as much as I can. Its my dream to go about traveling the world.

    Once again…. All the best and really happy for you both!!! πŸ™‚

    PS- You both look amazing in all your pics… πŸ™‚

  30. Very happy for you guys! The first pic in this blog post is breathtakingly beautiful…love your blog for all its colors and unique destinations…look forward to seeing more color and more places here.

    Cheers,
    Rekha

    1. Thanks a ton Rekha πŸ™‚ We hope to add dozens of colours and unique destinations to Bruised Passports in the near future

  31. WoW! again a reason to take a bow for you guys! I wish I could live this way as I soo want to live life like yours. Huge Fan!
    Please take me along πŸ˜› or meet me when you come to India. Will take you guys on a Delhi ride πŸ˜€
    and yes, If asking for a suggestion, Ladakh should be on your list for India tour…It’s a MUST πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚ Good Luck!

    1. Thanks a ton for your warm message Shelly – it means the world. As for Ladakh, it’s definitely on our list for 2015. We hope we make it there soon πŸ™‚

  32. This is amazing guys.. ! Many of think think about it.. But it takes a lot to finally take the plunge!! And what could be better when it’s for something as much fun as this..have lots of fun!!!! Look forward to reading your posts.. They really make me feel like traveling a lot more.. :))

    1. Thanks Nikita – we’ve been successful if our posts make you feel like travelling πŸ™‚ Hope you have fun following our adventures around the world

  33. Wow, this is exciting news! Your blog is already a huge inspiration, but it’ll be great to see what you guys get up to when travelling full time. Well done for taking the plunge and quitting your jobs!

  34. Oh you guys, I’m so happy to read this. Congrats on taking the big step towards your dreams. Have fun and enjoy every moment of your big journey together. I can’t wait to read all about it.
    Best of luck & Cheers from Germany.
    xo, Lu.

    1. Thanks a ton Luchessa – it’s always a pleasure hearing from you because you’ve been with us since Day #1 πŸ™‚

  35. OMG!! Amazing news πŸ™‚ Just came back from a 2 week vacation and I was just not ready to open my inbox, so opened Bruised Passports instead! Glad you are taking this plunge. All the best and I hope I can follow in your footsteps soon πŸ™‚ Looking forward to your travel stories πŸ™‚

    1. We love the fact that Bruised Passports is your post-holiday introduction to ‘reality’ πŸ˜‰ Thanks Soujanya – we’re excited about what lies ahead

    1. You guys are the pros – hope the ‘temporary retirement’ was worth it? It’s taken a lot of courage to plunge headlong into it πŸ˜‰

  36. Hey Savi,

    Came to know about you both and bruised passports from FB, wherein I noticed a post from Shubha Lal just last week! Since then, have read many of your posts (must say, amazing write ups!!).
    I have been also planning to do something on the similar lines for a while now (though a bit different in the sense that, I want to travel various places and take up some volunteering work wherever I go!).

    Good to see that you guys have decided to take this bold step, and if possible would like to meet you if you are still in London?

    Do let me know. Wish you all the very best for your upcoming travels!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Pooja

    1. Hi Pooja,

      I hope you do travel and volunteer – I am sure it will be an amazing feeling. We are in South America and then the Baltics, after which we will be heading to India and from there to Australia. Hope to see you soon πŸ™‚

  37. You guys are incredibly brave for taking this bold step. I love reading your posts and it constantly fuels my desire to travel. I’m looking forward to share your experiences through your blogs.

  38. Hey,a big fan of yours!though I haven’t read all of your blog post regularly but I’m just doing it now :P! What you guys have planned is everyones dream, and you’re kind living it! All the best to you two! The best time of your life is now AWAITING YOU BOTH πŸ™‚

  39. Hey Guys, Keep up the good work. Love your passion for travel and really enjoy your blog posts. Would love to catch-up with you when you are in Australia. I live in Melbourne.

  40. Hey guys..am soooo happy for you…. U have finally taken the leap of faith and that’s what matters…. Go ahead …U hv no idea how ur blog cheers me up… It’s a breath of fresh air and its a dream that I might too be able to see at least a few of the destinations u hv posted…. Keep us updated….

  41. If you’re making the effort to come all the way down to Oz then an on-ward journey certainly needs to be Japan, it’s absolutely fantastic! (Saying that my home-soil is pretty damn fine too!).

  42. This is amazing to me!! Working hospice nursing for awhile you realize life is short and full of “I should have..” I dont want to feel like that when my end comes. I applaud you guys for being brave enough to do this! I stumbbled onto your website looking at info on Iceland(we are going in sept)! Thanks for the info and enjoy your travels!

  43. Hey Savi and Vid

    Have been a silent reader and admirer of Bruised Passports for quite some time which has definitely benefitted on a couple of my trips especially Croatia!! I will try and make it a point to follow your adventures more closely….

    A BIG thumbs up πŸ™‚ Way to go! May the future hold what you want. I will end my comment with a couple of my favourite quotes:-

    “Virtue of camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking”

    β€œTwenty 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.”

    Cheers!!

  44. This is fantastic you guys! It does take a lot of courage to say goodbye to the ‘conventional’ world we all live in and pursue an unconventional living. Best luck to you both. Hope your sojourns enrich your lives and continue inspiring our’s. Looking forward to your experiences around the world. God bless.

  45. You guys don’t know how much have you inspired me to travel. I guess there’s an instinct in everyone of us which wants us to quit everything and travel around the world but very few people like you have the guts to listen to it. A lot of people just lower down the volume of that instinct. I invite you to travel my beautiful country Pakistan someday and would personally like to meet you both. May God Bless you both πŸ™‚

    1. Dear Umair,

      Thanks a lot for the beautiful message πŸ™‚

      We look forward to seeing you sometime in the future and exploring your beautiful country.

      Best Wishes

  46. Hi Savi & Vid – I just happened to come across your blog (which of course, has now been added to my tiny list of favorites). You guys are rockstars! Please keep up your amazing work. Hope to meet you guys somewhere in this lifetime! Until then – Happy stories! πŸ™‚

  47. Hey savi and vid! You’ll have instantly inspired me. I am a writer always wanted to pursue my career as a travel blogger. Its incredible the way you’ll live differently. I’ve come across bruised passports and it has motivated me to live the way I want to. I wish to meet you’ll in person. XoXo ? thanks for every detailed information.?

    1. Thanks for your little note Nikita. We’re so happy to hear you enjoy reading Bruised Passports. You should definitely follow your heart πŸ™‚

  48. Big fan of yours!! Love what you do and loving the fact that you do what u love! Wishing you all the very best and hoping to see more exciting posts! Be vibrant as always!

    1. Thanks a million Suchitra – so great to hear you enjoy our posts. Hope you continue to enjoy our adventures around the world πŸ™‚

  49. This is great. Helps me fight my insecurities of the future and fear of not having a safe comfortable job. Have been following you guys for 3-4 months now. The photographs are amazing and the places you visit give me aspirations. I am hoping to travel in the coming years to some of the places you have visited.

    but I would want to know how you guys manage your finances and like you mentioned, what do you guys work on to earn money while traveling. This could help me understand how I can manage my travels.

    But I am very happy to read all the blogs and follow you guys on instagram.

    1. Hey Rishabh – Thanks a ton. The article where were talk about financing our travels is linked above (right at the end of this article) πŸ™‚

  50. Hi Savi n Vid
    Just saw ur post today on Instagram which lead me towards your page and follow you. After getting fascinated I read this blog of yours, hats off to u both. All the best wishes for your dream. Even I love traveling so when u plan to visit east of North America let me know if I can be of any help :)..
    From,, I new fan of your page and fun filled journey.
    Mariyam

    1. Thanks a lot for your lil note Mariyam – so happy you actually came to visit our website from Instagram. Hope you continue to enjoy our adventures around the world πŸ™‚

  51. i Have been following you for 2 months now. The photographs are too good . I am hoping to travel in future like you
    but I also wanna know how you manage your finances while traveling. This could help me…
    I am very happy to read all the blogs and follow you guys on instagram.

    1. Hey Ayush – as you read above we worked full-time and saved for full time travelling for 8-10 years. We put all our savings into travel instead of buying a house, cars etc. But we also work full time in travel and have a host of location-independent jobs to help sustain us as we go along.You can read the articles titled ‘Who Are Savi and Vid’, ‘5 tips for bloggers’, and ‘Q and A with Savi and Vid’ on our website for more details about our lifestyle and travelling full time πŸ™‚

  52. Hi Savi ,
    I am following bruised passports, from past few months. I want to take up ‘traveling for life’as you guys did, but few doubts in mind though. So thought of writing it to you.
    Do you guys have kids, if yes how do you manage their education and spending time with them . While to travel round the year?

    1. Hi we don’t but a lot of our friends who are full time bloggers do and they home school their kids or travel slowly and enrol kids in local schools for 6-8 months!

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