In a world of fugitives, the person taking the opposite direction will appear to run away. — T.S. Eliot
Hello! Thanks for stopping by. I’m from North Carolina, although born in the superior state of Texas 😉 , and my mom and sister are from Boston, in the USA.
In May of 2015 my mom and I sold just about everything we had, including cars and home, to travel the world as permanent nomads. It is possible that we will settle down one day, but it isn’t a goal or in the plan book. Actually, about the only things in our plan book are to stick to the backpacker path, to meet fellow travelers (hostels are great for this), and to learn and expand as individuals. Primarily, we are hoping to bring the light and salt and pray for the people and nations that we meet and visit.
My mom and I are also traveling with my Down syndrome sister, Grace. Grace, 25, is the ultimate backpacker and is showing us and the world what it is possible to accomplish, even with special needs.
(If you’d like to read more in depth answers about what we are doing and how the journey has been so far, you can jump over to Andi’s blog. A fellow travel blogger, Andi interviewed us to get a deeper look. Here’s the post! : Humans of the World- meet Faith)
My mom and I do travel with separate budgets, so being a young person, I receive a lot of questions about how I afford to travel. Long story short, I’ve worked, saved a lot and travel on a $30/day (roughly $11k/year) budget.
I’ve broken down what my expenses have been in the first year of our travels here in my post USA vs Abroad. You can also read a fun babysitting story called The Stinky Van, as babysitting was one of the many ways I saved for travel. 🙂
The Top 5 Questions I’m Asked as a Backpacker are answered here.
I believe knowledge enhances the fun of travel. From the logistics aspect, knowing more about where you are going and how to get there can save a lot of time and stress. I’ve been beyond grateful to the bloggers who have given warnings about taxi maffias, tips on how to save on flights, where to eat and rest, find wifi, or just good, clear, correct directions. But information needs to be updated and added to all the time. As I travel, I hope to offer some blog posts with helpful information in this same respect.
On the other hand, the beauty of travel lies in the people, cultures, history, and stories of places. Anytime I can, I’d like to share inspiring stories of people we meet on the road and write about little-known histories. If this it your kind of thing too, I’d encourage you to start with Pheakdey’s story. She’s a disabled orphan from Cambodia who was almost sold as a sex slave, but instead was saved, came to know Jesus, and now has a thriving family and business.
Last but not least, the process of traveling with my handicapped sister comes with its own struggles and rewards. We know we are not the only ones who travel with a person of special needs, but on the whole, travel is not seen as a mainstream option. So I’ll continue sharing about that as well. You can read more about this topic here.
Enjoy the stories, enjoy your travels, and if there’s anything you think I could help with, feel free to let me know! I’d love to hear about your adventures too. 🙂
As Seen On…
Andi on Adventure, Humans of the World: Meet Faith
The Cross Examined Life Podcast Episode #008 Is Travel Essential?, where Faith defends the importance of travel and ways to afford it.
Expert Vagabond, Great Travel Blogs
Where We’ve Been, So Far 🙂