How we plan to avoid the office and live a life full of adventure with our travel lifestyle.
TEXT BY JACKSON GROVES & JESSICA BLACKMUN // IMAGES BY MATTHEW SORENSEN & JACKSON GROVES
Thanks so much for checking out our travel lifestyle blog. We are Jackson and Jessie, an adventurous couple who have dreams of exploring as much of this beautiful world as possible. We are dedicated to living a sustainable lifestyle by placing importance on experience, enjoyment and adventure rather than focusing on mainstream careers, security, possessions and property.
We are overtly aware of the positives that come with the stability of a fixed location such as a reliable income, the close network of support from friends and family and the familiarity of a home town. This is why a ‘regular’ lifestyle is so common and seemingly valued by so many.
However, we’ve both always dreamed of traveling to countless exotic countries. Like most other hard-working people, the issue of how to fund a life of traversing across the globe can be a difficult puzzle to solve.
We sat down and decided if we wanted it badly enough we would find a way to make it work for us. We won’t be staying in luxury hotels, eating at fancy restaurants and spending hundreds of dollars on expensive tourist attractions and activities. Instead we will explore many different opportunities to access free or discounted accommodation, tours, experiences, food and transport. We will learn from the experiences of others, draw from our own travel experiences, and utilize our skills to create opportunities along our way.
When we first began dating we would share our desires of all the places and cultures that we wanted to experience. Jessie had her heart set on Australia and Africa, while Jackson was happy to go wherever, whenever. Looking back, we never dreamed that we would be living in Hawaii and be in the preparation stages of embarking on the journey of turning traveling into a way of life.
Let us tell you a little bit more about ourselves before we delve any deeper into our travel lifestyle, philosophy and how we will fund our travels.
Jessie is 23 years old and grew up in Oregon, U.S. She has traveled throughout the U.S as well as to Mexico and Canada. She also spent 6 months completing an internship and traveling all around Australia during 2014. Jessie graduated from Oregon State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Digital Communication Arts. She loves yoga, running, and finding fun new ways to workout. Jessie is a bit of a health nut and maybe gets a tad too excited about food. This summer she will be working towards acquiring her 200 Hr. yoga teaching certification.
Jackson is 24 years old and originally from Adelaide, Australia, but has spent the last few years completing college and playing college soccer in the U.S. He spent time at Adelaide University, University of South Australia, Oregon State University and finally graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a Bachelor of Journalism. He developed an interest in photography in June 2015 and has since shot for Surfline as a Local Pro for several months as well as working on a number of freelance assignments. He has been living abroad for over three years and traveled extensively throughout America, Australia as well as spending time in Europe. Jackson has had articles and photography published in Lei Magazine, INHNL, Kikaha Magazine (Island Air), Hawaii Eco Living, Chinatown Now and Mabuhay Magazine (Philippines Air).
Over the past few years together we have both grown more conscious about what is happening in the world due to the places we have visited and the variety of amazing people we have met.
So many travel bloggers start off by telling a story of how they quit their high paying job and decided to begin traveling because they realized that they weren’t happy living the 9-5 lifestyle. By the time we both finished university, we already knew we wanted to avoid joining the regular workforce and begin our travel lifestyle.
This doesn’t mean we won’t be working, we will just be working differently through a combination of the following:
Social media management
Freelance travel writing
Social media influencer campaigns
Part of our ideology is to try and never turn down an opportunity, even if it isn’t a lucrative deal or something we dreamt of doing. These opportunities often lead to a new friend, business partner, or chance to be involved in a project that may have never been possible had we not taken the initial risk. This means we often have several projects happening at once and are always looking for the next opportunity to knock on the door. To state it plainly, we are not afraid of hard work.
We are definitely aware of the risk that we are taking by deciding to travel the world. It is very possible that we could run out of money, experience hardships, and fall behind in regular well-paying careers we could have pursued. Despite these risks we know that to us, it’s a lifestyle worth chasing.
Everybody is different. We get judged quite often for not having a real job, not delving into a career, and not planning for the future as systematically as others. On many occasions we have been viewed as unsuccessful or lagging behind but we want to stress that we believe it’s okay to be different. We are all on our own adventure, whether it be building your way from the bottom of an industry to the top, building a new home from the first brick to the last, or traveling the world like us.
We have spent the first era of our lives in Australia and the United States completing our education, enjoying our friends and family, and living in the comforts of the western world. We both grew up with loving families, enjoyed a great upbringing with few wants or needs. Life has definitely dealt us a favorable hand and we are forever grateful for our family, friends, and their ongoing support wherever we may be.
The next period of our lives is all about opportunity, new experiences, immersing in cultures, taking risks and embracing adventures. Our journey is about new friends, new foods, helping others, making a difference when we can, smiling and laughing. It is about pushing ourselves, inspiring others and appreciating everything around us.
This is our Journey Era
We would love to hear from you if you have any questions, stories, or opportunities you think we might like to hear. If you would like to connect with us to work on a collaboration or want to see a specific article about a place we have visited, feel free to get in touch with us via our contact page or directly by emailing us at email@example.com