Dead broke, living paycheck to paycheck and stuck in the groundhog's day cycle of the "real world".
That was us just under 3 years ago.
Hi, Dan here. The picture above is from my 29th birthday, I'm turning 32 this May.
We look great, but in our heads we were in a real mess.
We would often talk like many people do about escaping our jobs.
Not just for a vacation, but for good.
We knew things had to change, we just had no clue how.
One day Wendy came across a Youtube Travel Vlogger named Christian LeBlanc. When she showed me his channel, I had no idea what I was looking at other than that this guy was all over the world and somehow filming it all.
That's all we knew, that's where it all started.
That seemingly insignificant moment ended up being a huge "right turn" for us on our journey.
As I sit here writing this right now, I know you probably won't believe me, but this literally sparked an awakening within us.
We had no clue as to how he left his 9-5 job and started traveling so much, or how that related to our current youtube channel and how we could follow in his footsteps.
We just knew that if someone was doing it, then it was possible.
It was exciting!
It reminds me of Roger Bannister's story. The first man to run a sub-4-minute mile in 1954.
After word spread many, many more were able to do the same following in his literal footsteps. This was originally confirmed by scientist as being an impossibility.
They were short-sighted in their conclusions. This shows us there is a lot to be said for letting go of our collective concepts and beliefs.
It's how we grow and evolve.
Seeing this Travel Vlogger did exactly that for us... it completely shattered what we thought was possible and gave us a thread of inspiration to hang on to.
So now we had a destination, a goal, to make travel our living but with no map for the journey.
Wendy had already spent the past couple of years building up her YouTube channel up which primarily focused on hair tutorials for natural hair women.
Wendy cut all of her hair off in 2011 (the video pictured above was created in 2015). She wanted to help women going through the same process to love themselves more deeply, embrace their inner beauty more fully and help them style their hair more easily.
She had a vision for her channel that if nothing else would be a fun creative outlet and maybe even make a few bucks down the road if she could figure it out how.
I personally had no idea what was to come but she was inspiring to be around and I was hooked.
We decided we would figure it out together as we go (which is how we do most things) and we knew we would eventually find our way.
Words will literally never be able to express how much we love to travel and see the world.
So about a year later or so Wendy thought it was a good idea to expand what the channel was about.
That included me, Dan her boyfriend at the time, our personal lives and the traveling we hoped to eventually do.
We worked our butts off to learn, create, explore,