Lisa & Sasha – About Us
“You only live once, but if you do it right, that’s all you need.”
Aloha! My name is Lisa and I am delighted that you have stopped by! The hardest question for me to answer is when people ask me where I’m from. I have lived in several different places, but I call “home” anywhere my husband and I are currently traveling or living in the world. I have a healthy addiction to chocolate and sunshine, I am a certified yoga sculpt instructor, love to cook, sing, write, laugh and hug, and my greatest passions in life are hiking and traveling (more specifically learning about other cultures and connecting with people through lifestyle and food.) My education and career background is in sales and tourism, but I believe that your career does not necessarily define who you are. The mountains are my sanctuary and the outdoors is my happy place, especially by the sea.
In 2014 I traded rubber “slippahs”, bikinis and kukui nut leis for warm boots, fleece scarves and REI gear when I moved to Seattle, Washington to move out of my little island comfort zone. I lived in the Emerald City for three and a half years where I met the love of my life and now husband, Sasha. For over two years, Sasha and I worked for three of Seattle’s icons; he was a manager for Boeing in Research and Technology, and I was the Tourism Development Sales Manager for the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass.
While our jobs were great to us and our experience was invaluable, the world was calling and we ached to explore it. We longed to be outside our cubicle walls with fluorescent lighting, and instead climbing mountains, swimming in sparkling seas, eating ethnic foods, and meeting new people from different cultures.
Highly inspired by several books, including Tim Ferriss’ The Four-Hour Workweek, Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad, and Rolf Potts’ Vagabonding – An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel, we decided to take a big chance and make a life-changing move. We decided that adventure was calling and we must go; because what you will learn outside the confines of four walls will be a far greater experience than anything else life can offer you. So instead of choosing a mortgage with the obligation to fill a house full of things, we decided to have a passport full of stamps. We acted upon the travel itch by doing what many millennials seem to be doing lately; we left our stable corporate jobs, became minimalist by putting our life into a 65-liter backpack each, and took off on a “mini retirement”.
In April of 2017, Sasha and I waved goodbye to the Seattle gloom and rain, and left the country. We traveled the world for half a year creating a lifestyle design of adventure and open possibilities.
This blog documents our adventures including top things to do and best places to eat in each city/country we visited as well as tips on how to travel and save money in each country. We are huge foodies, so a big focus in this blog is on the different foods of each country and culture we visited. I have made a conscious decision not to monetize my blog, which means that you won’t see advertisements, and all of the opinions in this blog are my honest observations and recommendations based on what we enjoyed, not based on companies who pay me as I receive no commissions from any products or restaurants noted. I share this blog simply because reading blogs helped us so much in our adventures, and I love to help people plan their holidays! I provide links to make it easier for you to research further information if you so wish. I also include a breakdown of our spending analysis in each country so that you can get a sense of what the costs are in each place we visit.
Sasha and I prefer nature and hiking over partying and nightlife, and Airbnb accommodation over hostel dorms or fancy hotels. We also use the Trusted HouseSitter site because we love animals and the feeling of having a home away from home while we are on the road. All photos in this blog are mine unless otherwise noted. I shoot with a Nikon D3300 DSLR and the panorama photos are from Sasha’s iPhone6.
I hope that you will find inspiration and wanderlust and have the courage to live out your dreams as well, whatever they may be, travel-related or not. Remember that the greatest luxury in life is being free. You are the artist of your own life. It’s okay to start over on a blank canvas from time to time. Think carefully about what you will create, and make it a beautiful one.
Feel free to leave a comment or ask a question anytime! I’m happy to help. 🙂
On our trip from April – September 2017, we visited the following countries:
- U.S. National Parks
- Italy & The Vatican City (technically its own country!)
I have written blog posts on each of the cities and regions we visited within each country, which you can find on the home page of my blog under the categories tab.
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With gratitude, hugs and aloha,
Lisa & Sasha