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Travel Status Update: Fulfilled without owning a house!

Travel Status Update: Fulfilled without owning a house!

The Travel Status

_x000D_ is an online travel diary documenting a year long adventure into the unknown! Carly and Tim, a beautiful Aussie couple, have taken a plunge, quit their corporate jobs and set off on the journey of the lifetime. Their blog follows their wild escapades and makes us, as readers, incredibly green with envy. They inspire that spontaneous adventurer that lies dormant in all of us! _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ After speaking with Carly and Tim it is clear that they are a fantastically compatible team. Initially the pair were considering buying their first home in Australia. After years of saving, researching and busting their butts to get onto the property ladder they soon realised it was unattainable with their idealistic goals (millennial dreamers- 5 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, indoor/outdoor pool). _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ They concluded that a more realistic and more exciting adventure would be to put their hard earned money towards something more mentally satisfying, thus The Travel Status was born! The nomads have just travelled through Brazil and now experiencing all that the stunning landscape of Canada has to offer. Lapping up life experiences with their love it live it lifestyle (lili life baby!) _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_

They are ridin’ dirty,

_x000D_ staying in backpackers and jumping on buses to get around. Hot showers are a luxury and motion sickness from the winding dirt roads is regular. _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_

Tim spoke to us about the idea of satisfaction.

_x000D_ He says “I am starting to realise that satisfaction comes in different forms, and not necessarily just a big salary.” Tim went from high school into university into full time work, and had never had more than 4 weeks off. He said now that he has had a break from the “normal” day to day life he has gained perspective and is even considering changing career paths. _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ Carly described their time in Guatemala, staying with a family in their home. She continued to compare how they lived to the Australian lifestyle. _x000D_

Their experience of Guatemalan lunchtime differs dramatically from back home.

_x000D_ In this particular village, the community goes home for lunch and shares fabulous food and conversation with their family and friends each day. She observed that the love and closeness of the family (the whole extended family living under the same roof), was extraordinary. _x000D_ _x000D_ Carly compared this wonderful experience to her previous quick and isolated sushi work lunch that she ate at her desk. _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ Upon reflection, the couple have come to recognise that their goals for a house have already changed mid-way through their journey. Will a huge mortgage make them happy? Or will a townhouse or an apartment be sufficient?_x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ These motivating and enthusiastic travellers are living their best life, pushing their boundaries and are coming out the other end accomplished and fulfilled. _x000D_

Moral of the story:_x000D_ Do what makes you happy!

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_x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ They are currently taking a digital detox and a well-deserved break from their backpacker life, taking a 15-night repositioning cruise across the Bering Sea, sailing from Vancouver up to Alaska, and over to Japan._x000D_ _x000D_ Follow their journey through their website  The Travel Status_x000D_ Check them out on Facebook and Instagram too :)_x000D_ _x000D_
_x000D_ _x000D_ Author: Phoebe Braithwaite_x000D_ Images: with thanks to Carly and Tim from The Travel Status_x000D_ _x000D_
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