Prepare to Travel with Peanuts or Pretzels
Our 12th installment of our ongoing series, Prepare to Travel, is with Josh and Liz of Peanuts or Pretzels. Liz and her husband, Josh, are travel bloggers who absolutely love to travel around the world, getting to know the culture and people who live in the locations they visit. Just like a couple of big kids, we are always up for laughter, a good adventure, and possibly a bit of geocaching! They believe life’s about having fun, being open minded, learning from others, and enjoying everyday! Join us as we learn how to prepare to travel with Peanuts or Pretzels.
AfterGlobe (AG)- We hear again and again, how people can’t believe that others are able to travel the world in abundance or long term. Many can’t even imagine doing this. What travelers did before they left to travel always seems to be a hot topic. Would you agree? Do you get a lot of questions about traveling and how you are able to do something so many consider a luxury?
Peanuts or Pretzels (PP)- We are always getting questions about how we are able to travel so often, and how we can afford it. We currently do not travel full time because of our jobs, but we REALLY want to! So we are planning for that in the near future (possibly a year or so?). Even with working full time, we typically go on 2-3 big trips (7-12 days) each year and at least a long weekend every other month. By most people’s standards, that is a lot – but to us, it just makes us want to travel more!
One of the reasons we are able to travel so often is that we have chosen to make travel a priority in our lives. We plan our vacation time at work carefully in order to maximize the time we get; taking advantage of holidays and weekends – as well as a bit of flex time at our jobs. Also, we have made a personal choice to save our money for travel, because we value it more than spending lavishly on material things.
AG- When did you first start thinking about traveling? What changed from dreaming about it to actually making it happen?
PP- Liz: I came from a traveling family, we were always on the go growing up. I was lucky enough to have traveled most of the US, Canada, Mexico, and even Hawaii before High School. I always had ambitious dreams of one day exploring the world. Then when I was 27 I had a number of things that happened to me that made me realize that you have to seize the moment…why wait to do what you want?!?! So I booked a flight to Europe and just went by myself – the best decision I ever made!
Josh: I really wanted to travel since I was about 15 or 16. After high school I had the chance to travel around with friends exploring much of the States, and then I was lucky enough to travel quite a bit for my job. But I always wanted to go further and explore more. Luckily, I met Liz – she’s the one who helped me achieve my dreams because she had already been traveling. And now, I had someone to travel with and we could explore the world together!
AG- Once you decided you were going to travel, what did you do to start working towards making it a reality? Did you make a plan or budget?
PP- We definitely make travel budgets in advance and work toward a goal. Because travel is such a big part of how we live, we have specific bank accounts that are designated for our travel adventures. We contribute to the account regularly (always making sure our bills are paid first), and when it comes time for the trip…we spend it without feeling guilty! Some people would freak out about spending large sums of money for trips, but because we make sure all of our other bills are taken care of, we really don’t feel bad about spending the money! We always do a lot of research in advance, and Liz creates a detailed budget (spreadsheet) that helps us to figure out how much money we will need. Once we achieve that target goal, then we head out!
AG- Do you have any additional advice for those who want to travel the world, but haven’t?
PP- Don’t wait to do it! Trust us, travel is the one thing you will never regret doing, but you may regret it if you don’t go. Life is uncertain, so don’t put it off. You always hear people saying that they are waiting to travel when they retire…why? Reality is that you may not be around! Or, you may not be in great physical shape – so do it now while you know you can enjoy it. Travel is the one thing you spend your money on that is guaranteed to make your life richer.
Thank you very much to Josh and Liz of Peanuts or Pretzels for doing a Prepare to Travel interview with us today. Be sure to head over to Peanuts or Pretzels to read all about Josh and Liz’s many adventures around the world.
All photos provided by Peanuts or Pretzels.
What do you do to prepare to travel?