Today's power couple we are interviewing is Mikey and Jana (@onelove.ourlove). We enjoyed learning about their budget saving tips and the destinations on their bucket list.
What made you fall in love with traveling?
So many things, but mainly the strong desire to see the whole world and explore new destinations. Also, to experience and witness how other cultures live. Traveling opened our minds and expanded our knowledge tremendously. And honestly, the feeling of freedom is indescribable.
How do you choose where to go next?
It really depends. We always like to see a new country that we’ve never been to before. But we also have some favorites that we like to go back to visit. It also depends on how much time we have and our budget. We used to live in the snowy mountains and we would always go to tropical destinations and places where Mikey can surf. Now, since we live in California we are open to all destinations.
What is the craziest situation you have gotten yourself into while traveling? Did it change your travel behavior?
We had a handful of crazy situations which we accept as part of the journey but probably the scariest one was being on the most beautiful remote island in the Mentawais and Mikey getting dengue fever. It was so bad that his life was in danger. Thankfully the end of the story was good but did it change our travel behavior? Maybe in a way that we are even more aware and we understand the risk that’s involved when traveling to remote places.
What's a place you are dreaming of that you haven't yet been to? Why?
There are a few places. Antarctica, because it's off the beaten path, it is something so different and it really fascinates us. Tahiti and Bora Bora for its undeniable beauty. Madagascar for the incredible wildlife.
What destination is most memorable for you?
Honestly, many. What made a destination for us memorable is the experience, the people we met and so many other things. But some are Hawaii, Iceland, Indonesia, Maldives, Greece, Costa Rica, Mozambique and more.
What’s the most difficult part about being a travel blogger?
Probably finding a balance between work and pleasure. A lot of times we travel to a place to create content and we have so much work and it could be hard to find time to enjoy the destination like we would if we were on a vacation.
Your go-to travel tip you would like to share!
One tip we like to share is to always have a budget that you can afford for your travel and try to stick with it. Once you have that, break it down to how much you can spend on flights, accommodations, food, and extras. That will help you a lot and it’s so much easier. Also, no matter how much you plan your trip, be ready and understand that sometimes things don’t go as planned and that’s OK. Respect the culture and the people where you are traveling to. And don’t forget your smile.
A lot of people wish they could leave everything behind and live the way you do. Can you give them some advice about how you got started and how they can support themselves on such a journey?
Well, the truth is we are not full-time travelers. We haven’t left everything behind to travel but we are pretty blessed to have created a life that allows us to travel 4-6 months out of the year for the past 11 years. What worked for us was that we had seasonal jobs in a ski resort for 10 years and we had a lot of time off. We also never spent money on houses, cars or material things. We saved everything for travel. One thing we can say is that if traveling is really want you want, you can make it happen, you just have to make it a priority. Make a goal to cut down expenses and save as much money as you can for at least a year so you can travel. And maybe at the beginning keep a part-time job until you can generate income from traveling.