About Us

How to Travel the World on a Budget and Live to Blog About It

Who are we?

We are a couple of 25-year-old Americans from Virginia. After graduating from U.Va and spending months lamenting our lost youth, we finally scored jobs that were both satisfying and moderately well-paying. Just as we were en route to establishing ourselves as adults, we had a brilliant idea: let’s quit our great jobs! Let’s blow our hard-earned savings on an 8-month unscripted journey around the world! Join us as we figure out just about everything as we go.

Brittany Brittany is a former barista/advertising designer/magazine web editor who loves shopping, blogs, and shopping blogs. Her web skills make this site possible, and she thinks that Ben is mostly a giant mooch.

Ben Ben is a former movie theater concession worker/research librarian/corporate cube dweller who loves epic battles, video games, anything having to do with the future, and mooching.

Our Trip Philosophy

8 months might be enough to see all the “must-see” landmarks around the world, but the whirlwind tour this would entail is not really our style. Instead, we have selected a handful of countries where we’d really like to experience the local lifestyle. We hope to live in each destination for a month or so, in an effort to get a taste of the culture that goes deeper than the local tourist attractions. Luckily, our itinerary is entirely open-ended, so we can always linger longer in places we love (or dip out sooner from places we don’t!)

How Are We Doing This?

This is the question that we are asked the most often. We are able to afford this trip thanks to 1.) our stinginess, and 2.) we hope to work — Brittany as a freelance web designer (need a website?) and Ben as … well, anyone need hired manual labor? English tutor?

To plan our trip, we have relied heavily on blogs and forums. In addition, we have recently become avid readers of the Rough Guides and Lonely Planet travel guides. We have tried to make our decisions regarding how to pack and where to visit based on the stories of those who have gone before us.

Because we are foolhardy adventurous, we are taking this trip with very little planning time under our belts. What most people spend one or more years planning, we have attempted to do in a matter of weeks. This means that we are leaving tons of untied loose ends, but Ben is confident that this is called “living life to the max.” Brittany is not convinced.

24 responses so far

24 Responses to “About Us”

  1. Daveon 16 Sep 2007 at 3:31 pm

    I wish I had come across your plans earlier – I love to meet fellow Virginians planning ’round the world trips. There’s more of us around than I use to think! Good luck, and I can’t wait to join you on the road this November.

  2. Alieon 01 Oct 2007 at 11:05 am

    Hey Guys!

    Great site so far, you two sound a lot like my husband and I. We are from California and have a passion for traveling. We originally set out to start our adventure in Greece and strangely enough, on the island of Crete. About 2 days before we were to set out, we completely changed our plans and decided to reverse our trip and we are now in Thailand! Thailand is intense and crazy but the locals are very sweet, the Chang beer has been intense to say the least (6.4%)!! We are on the island of Phuket, it’s been raining a lot but from what the locals tell us, the rain should be ending very soon. I am not sure if you two have been through Europe before, but I have been to all the countries you two plan on going. If you have any questions, please ask! I was in Europe 4 years ago and Euro-railed my way around for about 5 months. Anyway, we will be checking in on your blog, please check in on ours! Good luck and be safe! Most of all have fun and enjoy each other! Cheers, Alie http://hobosinlovemedia.com

  3. Danon 20 Nov 2007 at 11:24 am

    Ben, we are now in a fight. I did not realize you were going on this extravagant trip around the world when we last crossed paths in Short Pump. Let me know when and if you get back into town. Although, by that point, I might already be living in NYC. Who knows. Enjoy yourself over there and give Brit my best. Everyone likes to get a stranger’s best.

  4. Jaimeon 26 Nov 2007 at 8:34 pm

    hey brittany! i haven’t seen you in forever. not since the days of Mt. Pisgah and our crazy traveling musicals. i found the link to your site from your sister’s facebook. it’s totally amazing you guys are doing this. i’ll definitely bookmark it so i can see what fun things you guys are up to.

  5. Julieon 05 Dec 2007 at 7:36 pm

    Hi guys! I was thinking of you and took a look at your site today. I am so jealous of your adventures in Italy. If you need some Italian skills (meaning the vocab of a 5-year old) please email me! :)

  6. daniellefromnzon 14 Jan 2008 at 7:17 am

    hi, i found your website on thorntree, it´s really funny and interesting. i was intrigued enough to click on it because of the name… as a kiwi, we use dollars too you see. and by god, euros eat nz dollars twice as fast as they do american dollars!

    dont even get me started on pounds!

    hope you are still enjoying your travels, i am having a ball with mine!

    keep safe,

    danielle :)

  7. Ninaon 26 Jan 2008 at 2:19 am

    I came across the site while searching for info on Greece. The title caught my eye and I’ve been hooked ever since! Enjoy the rest of your trip and keep the great posts coming. :)

  8. ninaon 24 Mar 2008 at 3:10 am

    another nina commented on your blog! unbelievable. the posts are hilarious and the blog is wonderful. i miss you two.

  9. Lizon 02 Aug 2008 at 1:58 pm

    I was sent your blog by email. Ahhhh, you’re making me want to travel. No fair!! I LOVE LOVE love travelling. I will eventually make it my job. My ideal is to make a lifestyle out of country hopping.

    I have only read a couple entries, but so far, so good. I especially love the pictures you took in Thailand!!!!

  10. Joeon 05 Aug 2008 at 3:28 pm

    You guys are articulate, funny, and knowledgeable enough to make me really want to do some traveling.

    I hope you’re proud of yourself!

  11. Jeff Strudwickon 14 Oct 2008 at 12:49 pm

    As a retired Brit living in France sorry about the Nurd/Turd you encountered. Nice narrative on your trip.

    Best wishes

  12. Uchion 15 Oct 2008 at 12:35 pm

    to find that good!! I love the article you wrote! I have many photos of you two. So, I said a year ago back in Athens, when they want will be welcome to Paraguay!!

    Asuncion – Paraguay

  13. Frankon 26 Jan 2009 at 5:47 pm

    I’ve read entirely through your blog twice now and found it funny, entertaining and inspiring once again. Both my girlfriend and I are avid travelers that also live in Richmond and one day really want to attempt what you all did. Nothing makes a rainy VA day at work better (or possibly worse!) that reading about the Greek Islands and daydreaming. The euro exchange rate is slightly better now, perhaps euros will only now snack on our dollars……congrats on the upcoming wedding. How about an 8 month long honeymoon so we can all read and be entertained! Cheers : )

  14. Alysonon 05 Feb 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Hi! Just ran across your site today and I loved it! My boyfriend and I are about to go on an open-ended trip in about 2 months! We are 24&26, both have good jobs, and are about to take our savings and just go! I am in the middle of creating a blog as well and I have to say that your blog rocked, it was fun reading about your trip and engagement! Hope you two get out there again soon!

  15. Alex66on 23 Oct 2009 at 9:52 am

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  16. Katon 06 Aug 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Hello guys!
    I think what you do is really wonderful. I wish I had found my soulmate also a less demanding job, so I could travel around the world.
    Just a word of advice though, if you don’t mind. It could save you a lot of inconvenience if you discussed your plans with the locals and looked at noticeboards before you start exploring the sites in each place.
    Good luck in your future adventures.


  17. Robon 04 Oct 2010 at 7:52 am

    I like the fact you went on an unscripted journey, I am on one now. I think if you plan it too much it builds expectations and takes out the freedom of travel.

    Regarding quitting the job and taking the trip. I have no regrets, do you?

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  19. Cecion 10 Mar 2012 at 10:11 pm

    We have been traveling around the world during the past 14 months. Now we are planning one month in Greece and found your blog. Loved it!
    We will try to stay at the same town where you stayed in Crete!
    Thailand sounds like a plan too….

    Best wishes to both of you!

    Brazilian Travelers


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