We’re going to try something here. And to tell the truth, we’re not quite sure how it will work out. But this much we know: we’re excited about where we’re going to venture, and we hope to pick up some new and interesting friends along the way.
A few years ago, a friend came to Patrick with a simple proposal: 30 by 30. The challenge was enticing. Could each of us get to 30 countries by the age of 30?
In December of 2013 in New Zealand, Patrick completed that journey (Laura’s not too far behind). And one day, hiking Tongariro National Park together, the idea of this blog was born. And you’d be amazed how much you can plan out on a 19-kilometer hike up and over a volcano.
And so this is our proposal: a blog that focuses on travel, but with a twist. One moment we want to write about the newest travel hack, and the next moment to tell the story of someone we meet in our journey. We fancy ourselves a modern day Robin Hood of travel, using our miles and travel know-how to fly in classes of service we shouldn’t even be dreaming about. And we want to write about that, and how to do it, and then follow that story up with a story of someone we met from a low-income community like Nogales, an urban barrio in the heart of Santiago, Chile. A contradiction? Most certainly. But in the words of Walt Whitman “Do I contradict myself? Very well, I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.”
So why follow along? We’ll leave that for you to decide. Over time, you’ll learn some of our best secrets, both the simple ones and the ones that make you scratch your head and say “huh?” But if nothing else, our greatest hope is this: We give you the secrets, and provide you a window into the stories the world is waiting to tell you. We don’t travel for the scenic beach, or the nice glass of wine (although both are quite nice when we stumble across them). Rather, we travel for the story it reveals about ourselves. We travel to discover the story beyond the rhetoric. We travel for that serene moment along the lakefront in Queenstown that reaffirms your greatest beliefs about the goodness that is humanity.
The world is large. It is contradictory. We aim to be but one piece of that story line, educating other millennial couples, as well as anyone who is still foolish enough to believe the world is theirs for the taking. So come along; we can’t promise you won’t regret it, but we’ll do our best to make it a fascinating journey. Poco a poco, que sera, sera.
Patrick and Laura