Hello Readers! As we return home from our world trip, a new couple from NYC gets ready for their big trip. We are excited to introduce you to Allie and Nelson, a very sweet couple who are filled with excitement and anticipation, as they are only days away from completing their things-to-do-list and finally taking off with only one-way tickets. We will get to follow them on their incredible journey from start to finish.
|Relationship Status:|||||Dating/Best Friends.|
|How long have you been together?|||||4+ years.|
|Where do you currently live?|||||White Plains, NY.|
|How did you meet?|||||Through a mutual friend.|
|How long is your total planned trip?|||||6-7 months and no return flight booked yet!|
|Which countries are you planning to visit?|||||Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, United Kingdom, Portugal, France, Italy, Croatia, Netherlands, Austria, Czech Republic … and maybe more!|
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a fun 27-year-old woman with a passion for travel and food! I love being with my family and will miss them dearly! I love to cook (will miss my kitchen dearly) and I am excited to try new foods and cooking methods. I love New York City, running, hiking, and the New York Yankees. I am eager to learn Spanish while on this trip and work on my photography skills with our new camera. I have worked as a project manager for the past 3 years. I also have an MBA and am a six sigma certified black belt.
I am a 28-year-old man who works for a large financial firm as a banker with a HUGE passion for travel. I love new food, the New York Yankees, and I am a big family guy.
How did you decide on doing this big trip?
I, like many people in the States, have a passion I have been putting off due to many reasons: can’t risk losing a promotion, would I have enough money, what would people think? I have adopted a new way of thinking lately, I ask myself “How many lives do we live?” The answer is only one. Allie and I did our research and took a look at our finances. We soon realized it was not only possible, but it was easy to make it a reality.
I’ve always loved traveling since I was very young. Our trip to Costa Rica really sealed the deal. Why go back to a position or a lifestyle you dread? Life is far too short to not enjoy what you are doing every day!
Where have you travelled before?
I have traveled much of the US and done some international travel to Europe and Central America.
I have backpacked through some of Europe, traveled through the US, and frequently to the Dominican Republic where I was born.
What excites you the most about this upcoming trip?
Seeing so many different people, cultures, customs, and religions. I hope to make many friends while on the road and meet up with old ones! I’m excited to simplify our lives: very little TV, iPhone, internet, American media and a shift in daily priorities. I want to be able to appreciate the things we take for granted in the US like reliable public transportation, hot water, a washer/dryer, or even our public restrooms! I want to get back to basics and enjoy our surroundings.
I am excited to meet new people, learn different cultures, try new foods, and observe how others live. I want to compare daily life in these countries we are visiting to life in the US and hopefully adopt a new way of thinking and living.
What scares you the most about this trip?
Not seeing my family for this long period of time. I miss them just thinking about it.
The unknown! It’s scary to not know what to expect, how we will feel, will we enjoy ourselves?
What did you do to prepare for your trip?
Lots of shopping, researching, and planning … and a lot of mental preparation.
Lots of research, planning and excel sheets. We have been saving our pennies and planning our trip non-stop for the past few months.
What is your favorite thing you always pack with you?
My New York Yankees sweatshirt from my brother.
My iPhone. Please don’t get this wrong, it’s not to stay connected, but for the tools on the phone such as maps, clock, calculator, etc.
Do you have any rules set between the two of you for this trip?
We need to be supportive of one another. We know we will feel ups and downs as we go along our journey. Some days I will have to pick Nelson up and other days I will need to get picked up. We realize we will be out there alone together. We are all we got! So we will have to work as a strong partnership. Also, we have promised to communicate. If there is something bothering us we need to speak up and let the other person know so the issue doesn’t snowball to a bigger problem. Nelson will be teaching me Spanish on our journey so we have agreed to speak only Spanish for an hour a day!
Be there for one another if we get home sick, have doubt and be each other’s support.
How do you imagine traveling will be like on this trip?
I feel like this will be an experience like none other. Adventurous, educational, and spiritual.
It will be hectic but fun! Very adventurous and eye opening.
Do you have any expectations of how you two will be when you return?
I strongly feel we are going to come back wiser from this trip due to all we will see and experience and be much more culturally diverse.
We will for sure be changed and be given a whole new perspective on life. What that perspective will be, I don’t know. There is no doubt I will be an improved woman due to this experience when we return, that is, if we return. 😉
What resources are you using to help you prepare for your trip?
Of course www.meandfrenchie.com has been very helpful, along with other sites. There is so much information out there once you start digging!
What is your strategy with flights?
Round the world ticket through UK to South America, New Zealand, Australia, Asia, return to UK. Then we will travel Europe on our own (Flights and train).
Allie and Nelson are leaving for their World trip on November 8th. Check out their blog to follow their adventures: The World is Ours