As we’ve told people that we are moving, we’ve received various responses: curiosity, envy, nervousness, but mostly excitement and encouragement.
We’ve frequently received the question “WHY?” And the best answer we can land on is, “Why not?”. Neither of us have circumstances that requires us to stay stateside, we like traveling, and it seemed like a good time in life to try it out. For a small portion of our lives, we have the ability and capacity to leave things behind and go travel throughout Central America. Sometimes it seems cliché, “twenty-somethings stop working to travel the world”…we are pretty proud millennials. While we have a plan, we have created (and rely) on flexibility within it. A week visiting a certain town may turn into a month. This is where we work well together. Claire is a planner, and Jocelyn gives the larger picture. We both like structure, but aren’t stressed when the plan doesn’t go accordingly.
SO what exactly are we doing? We will be spending around 4/5 months each in a few counties in Central/South America. At first, we thought we’d just live in one country, soon realizing that we don’t have anything particular holding us in that country, so we opened up our options to experience a few more places a little more fully. We’re heading out September 18th, starting our adventures in San Pedro on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, doing Spanish school with San Pedro Spanish School. From there, we will spend time in Costa Rica, Colombia, possibly Ecuador, and then Mexico. Along the way, we plan on visiting many more places (Cuba, Panama, Peru, Bolivia, Honduras, and Nicaragua). Originally, Nicaragua was a country we intended to live in, but with the political unrest happening, we felt it wasn’t the best time. We still hope to visit, especially after hearing about the incredible surfing.
What’s our goal in moving? We aspire to learn Spanish (as fluently as we can), get out of our comfort zone, make new friends, try new foods, and hopefully learn how to surf a little. We plan to finance our trip through teaching English online through two different companies: VIPkid and Gogokid. We will be teaching one-on-one English classes through something similar to Skype. It will be quite the mash up of cultures…Teaching Chinese children in the morning, and then spending our afternoons learning Spanish.
There’s still a lot that we don’t know. But, we’re super excited to see where this next year (or two) takes us. And, we want to hear from you! Please leave us recommendations/ thoughts/ encouragement, etc. on our “recommendations” tab on the blog. We want to learn from people who have experiences in these places! If you’d rather shoot us an email, please do! Jocelyn: firstname.lastname@example.org & Claire: email@example.com