I recently got the chance to catch up with Jack and Gab, an American couple, who quit their jobs in June 2019 to travel the world. I love the way they capture their adventures through their videos. Their videos stood out for me as they cover mostly under-the-radar destinations, driven by their passion for environmental conservation and sustainable tourism. Watch their videos to join them in their adventures and discover how they travel to various countries with minimal flights taken (only 3 flights to date!).
In this interview, they share about how they came up with the idea to travel full time, thoughts about their adventures and tips for people who want to pursue full-time traveling.
Jenn: What were your majors in college?
- Jack: I majored in Civil and Environmental Engineering. I come from a long line of family who worked on railroads.
- Gab: Politics has always been a big passion of mine! I majored in Political Science and absolutely loved it.
Jenn: Would you jump into travelling full time immediately after graduation?
- Jack: I was so excited to have a full-time job and income that the idea never even crossed my mind. I think I had to know what working full-time was like to really appreciate travel.
- Gab: I never even studied abroad in college, and traveling never even crossed my mind until we moved out to San Diego together. I really got the travel bug when we started exploring California and Mexico.
Jenn: How has your travelling stint shape your identities and enrich your lives?
- Jack: Travel has given me so much perspective. We’ve traveled to places that I never in a million years thought that I’d see. The kindness of people has been the most amazing part of traveling. It makes me excited to wake up every morning.
- Gab: I feel so empowered. If I can quit my job, sell all my stuff, say goodbye to everyone I love and take off on a one-way plane ticket, what can’t I do? It’s also been incredible seeing how different people around the world live. It made me so grateful and appreciative of my family and country.
Jenn: What are your favorite aspects and least favorite aspects of being on the road constantly?
- Jack: I love the freedom. Everyday we get to choose what we do, where we go, and how we spend it. But at the same time, I miss my friends and family. I also miss simple things like cooking dinner and going grocery shopping.
- Gab: I love waking up in a new place every day, and having no roots and nothing tying us anywhere. It’s very liberating. Living out of a suitcase is probably my least favorite part. I like to call full-time travel as “forced minimalism.” We can’t have a lot of stuff around, simply because it won’t fit inside our suitcases.
Jenn: Any advice for other people out there looking to quit their jobs and travel?
- Jack: Unless you have a lucrative side hustle (which most people don’t), quitting your job is going to come down to how much money you’re able to save. Focus on saving money and have the integrity to not quit your job before you’re really ready.
- Gab: Financial independence is SO important. In the U.S., the culture is very materialistic and a lot of people are living paycheck to paycheck. But instead of living beyond our means, we got really good at buying only what we need and saving everything else. Learn to live with only the basics and that’ll take you places.
Jenn: How long have you been preparing/planning for the adventures, prior to booking the first flight out?
- Jack: We made the decision to travel full-time a few months before we left. After that, it really came down to figuring out the next steps: where we wanted to go, health insurance, storage, that kind of stuff.
- Gab: Telling our families and quitting our jobs were probably the hardest part. We both gave our jobs a full month’s notice because we wanted to leave things on really good terms.
Jenn: Video production and editing are so time consuming, are there any tips you have picked up along the way to be more efficient?
- Jack: There’s no shortcuts when it comes to video editing. If you want to put together a quality video, you have to put the time in. Period.
- Gab: We switch off on who’s editing the video. So Jack will edit one, then I’ll edit the next one. Having a partner to share the work with makes the workload so much more bearable.
Jenn: From minimizing flight expenses to using refurbished gears, you have been so savvy with your finances! What are your three tips on how we can budget for full time travels?
- Fly only when necessary. In addition to being terrible for the environment, flying gets really expensive really fast. We pick a region that we want to explore then take buses and trains between places. We’ve only flown 3 times and we’ve been on the road for 3 months.
- Get a good travel credit card and debit card. We love the Chase Sapphire Reserve because it gives us 3 points for every dollar spent on travel and dining. We also use the Charles Schwab debit card so we never have any ATM fees–worldwide.
- Be smart with eating out. In Europe, we always booked Airbnb’s with kitchens so we could cook. In Asia, we eat a ton of street food because that’s the cheapest option.
I am extremely appreciative to Jack and Gab for taking time out of their travels to chat with me. Here’s their latest video (They are in Vietnam currently!) It’s inspiring to know that there are people out there living their dreams and doing something different!
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