WHAT IT'S LIKE TRAVELING AS A COUPLE FOR 365 DAYS: Our crazy year as a digital nomad couple

WHAT IT'S LIKE TRAVELING AS A COUPLE FOR 365 DAYS: Our crazy year as a digital nomad couple

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no no to me no no no no no this year has been a crazy year hasn't it grasped poutine hello guys welcome to another project contest video today marks one year as a digital nomad couple and in today's video we're going to tell you a story a story about typhoons story about motorcycle accidents a story about surgeries in foreign countries story about being a stuff on an island a story about our beloved sauce mobile but before we get into those stories we're going to climb this mountain because we want to show you this amazing view we have here let's go [Music] look at that view [Music] okay guys story time so once upon a time there is an extremely good looking couple living in colombia and they have the dream to travel together the world as a digital nomads the only problem was diane had a full-time job and we also had a mortgage payment so making the decision of living for a year wasn't easy but one night after a few too many beers we decided to buy a one-way ticket to the philippines speaking of beers cheers cheers we were worried about being able to afford our mortgage payments while we were traveling so we decided to try to rent out our apartment on airbnb we waived for almost four months for someone to rent our apartment and guess what guys literally the last day that we were leaving someone rent our place we are scrambling to get things ready and he's going to be here in a couple hours this morning we painted we have about three or four hours to get ready and this is what the house looks like trying not to panic it was perfect timing that's when our first year as a digital momed couple started we hit the road made a pit stop in los angeles and then flew to the philippines we leaved on this plane at 11 30 p.m on november 11th and we get to manila philippines on november 13th i think in the afternoon so it's gonna be a long trip it was a very long flight with a lot of turbulence and i was so confused we had already been in here for 10 hours i don't know how our original plan was to spend our first stop for one month working in puerto princesa in palawan but after two days being there we realized there was nothing to do we got so bored so we hit the road and we decided to see as much of the island as we could in one month i barely held on to my freelance work just because we were moving so fast but it was absolutely beautiful we even spent diane's 30th birthday yeah in an amazing resort resorts okay it wasn't resort i accidentally booked the cheapest the worst rustic span your 30 birthday how do you don't lie but it's okay it doesn't matter for me it wasn't philippines anyway so after five years traveling you'd think i'd have it down pat but i made a huge mistake i forgot to check the weather it turns out we bought our overnight boat ticket the same day as the typhoon last year yeah we couldn't have planned it any worse we didn't check the weather and bought it the exact day as the typhoon hit all the boats shut down the island shut down everything lost electricity we really had no idea what to expect luckily it was just kind of like a rain or thunderstorm but everyone was walking around with candles and it was an interesting experience the worst part is we had planned our trip very precisely and since everything was canceled we ended up missing the visa and missing our flight to thailand so after buying another set of expensive last minute tickets to thailand we finally arrived in the digital nomad capital of the world chiang mai going to chiang mai we've got some good tunes going hopefully they play this all night long so we can sleep we found a very nice place to stay we explored the city we even found a salsa place in asia yeah that was cool everything was going smoothly until the accident the accident okay so right before new year's we decided to take a weekend trip to a city called pai to get to pai everybody always talks about how cool it is to rent a scooter or a motorcycle and drive there yourself because there's a like 700 different curves and it's supposed to be a really fun road to go on we're supposed to go together but the last night i have a very bad dream diane woke up she didn't want to go on the motorbike she didn't want me to go either but i was stubborn so i told her to take the bus and i was gonna go on the motorcycle you didn't listen to her why never everything was going fine i was excited to be back on a motorcycle again until the rain started i was going around the curves i lost traction and i smashed into the side of the mountain luckily it was into the side of the mountain and not on the other side of the street which had been off the cliff when i got to the hospital i sent diane a text message but since she didn't have any service in the bus she didn't get it until she got to the town yes when i received the text that he was at the hospital i thought that was a joke because in colombia the 28th of december is the joke days is where it's like april fool's yeah so i thought he must be kidding but he's gonna let me go to the hospital to find that out i couldn't believe he was so so good at that but i wasn't kidding long story short they didn't have any surgeons in the town i had to go around with a broken and dislocated wrist for seven days traveling to two different cities until i could finally find a surgeon qualified to fix my arm that led us to bangkok where we found a very cool apartment until he got recovered from the surgery the apartment was so cool and so cheap that we even make a video about it you can watch it here needless to say being a digital nomad and working on your computer is hard to do when you only have one hand so i actually learned how to do my work with my voice for two months i did all my freelance writing with my voice that was definitely a learning experience there was a lot of recovering going on in bangkok because i actually had two different surgeries in two weeks so i couldn't move very well and it was nice to have a comfortable place to rest after all my follow-up appointments we took a quick break to go visit krabi which we made a video about before heading over to cambodia in encore what at this point things were just starting to heat up with the virus it still hadn't spread that much out of china but people are starting to get concerned we didn't take that very seriously at first because like everyone else we thought that was going to be you know fine something quick so we decided to go to a small remote island called korong sam luam to celebrate my birthday we decided to go camping in a remote place without internet on anything and when we came back from that and we connected to our phones again we realized that the entire world had basically shut down we're trapped we can't go back to colombia we can't go back to the united states because we don't we can't get health insurance and if we get sick in the united states without health insurance we're better off dead we were trapped in cambodia and kind of trapped on the island at one point even the balls shut down for a few weeks so that wasn't scary this is one we really started to become youtube stars not really we ended up spending three months on the island and we got so bored we decided to make videos of everything that was happening at one hunt it was it was nice to be far from the world that's those times and you know we were able to go to the beach enjoy the place when everyone was in lockdown at home yeah and everyone left the island so we were just like by yourself we found a very nice place to stay for cheap yeah and that was cool at some point but then you realize that you literally have nothing we didn't have a supermarket we didn't have a kitchen to cook we just have a little bungalow that was basically a room we didn't have a doctor or any medicine or any medical care and i was still recovering from my surgeries so for many people that could be like a dream a stay trapped on an island but then you don't see the other side where it's literally nothing on an island yeah it was definitely like paradise at first but after a couple months it got old pretty quick we ate the same food every single day for three months we barely ever had fruit the internet was horrible it was really hard to work plus after a couple months it started turning into rainy season and so every single day was rain and we were just stuck in that small bungalow so we decided it was time to leave actually eures decided that we had to leave yeah we were cleaning up the bungalow and i saw a watch that i hadn't put on my wrist for a long time because it'd been so swollen and now it had been several months since my surgery so i thought i could put my watch back on but as soon as i tightened it back up i felt something move and when i took my watch off there was a little piece of metal that was poking out of my skin almost and so that was an emergency we had to leave the island we packed up all our stuff we jumped on the next blow out and we headed to the capitol to have yet another surgery in cambodia guys this is why you need travel insurance if i wouldn't have had travel insurance i would have had to pay over 15 000 out of pocket which we were in very cheap countries if we were somewhere like the u.s or somewhere where it's more expensive that would have been five six or seven times as much we were faced to the decision of a stay on asia for more time just wait until things get better wait for the country to open again yeah or go home but my country was shut down we really just wanted to go back to thailand and we kept reading online that oh town is going to open back up for tourists in two weeks next month next month but every month passed and it still didn't open up and it still didn't open up and it still didn't open up and so finally we decided to take the long voyage all the way back to visit my mommy yes because colombia was completely shut down for five or six months they weren't letting anyone in not even nationals could you believe that guys could you believe that guys no so we got back to mommy's house while we waited for colombia's borders to open again but they weren't opening and we were feeling like we were overstaying our stay just a little bit and that's when we had a brilliant idea hashtag live yo [Music] we decided that we were going to buy a van and travel all around the united states of america so we found san san mobile a lovely salsa mobile at first we were thinking about buying an empty van and building out all the inside all nice like all these fancy van lifers out there but then we thought that's so much work we're too lazy so we bought salsa mobile road track camper van 92 dodge beast okay so some mobile had everything you need to go on a van life trip so we bought her i did a few repairs with uncle mark and we hit the road and you know what guys the u.s really surprised me there is a lot of places to go and it's very easy you know the roads is safe it's not very expensive we thought it'd be super expensive to travel in the u.s but with van life it's can actually be pretty cheap we even made a whole budget breakdown of what we spent in van life and it was about the same as what we spent in thailand you can watch that here so the van life experience you know it's very difficult i love on life but it's also very challenging it's not for everyone i think it's been amazing for us basically it's not what you see on instagram if you really want to know what van life realities are like we got a video for that too people is gonna get bored of you talking about every single video i'm proud of my videos me too bad life is like a part-time job so if you want to travel full-time like us fun life could be a little bit hard it's hard to get work done when you're living in the van and you constantly have to be looking where you're going to sleep the next night where you're going to get your food from where you're going to fill up your water tanks where are you going to dump your tanks you wake up do all these things drive to your next destination and then it's eight o'clock at night and you still have to work so it was fun and we saw many different amazing places but by the end we were kind of feeling that we needed to have some productive time and get work done so i have a brilliant idea one beautiful day in december diane was having an especially emotionally challenging day when we decided to watch the grinch what happened diane well [Laughter] i just saw that i i miss my family i i wanted to be close to them for christmas the next day we bought tickets back to columbia [Music] ladies and gentlemen welcome to cali columbia please remain seated so after 12 hours of travel we finally made it to the finca in colombia and look what we found waiting for us diane's favorite avocados real ones those are the real ones guys take note to united states of america this is what a real avocado looks like yeah i don't know what you need but these things are real look how big this is compared to my head better in spanish if i could tell the story in spanish guys you will have a lot of fun i'm sorry i don't speak very fluent yes you do so i can't talk very much but you should learn the spanish anyways so we got to colombia and we had just enough time to do a self quarantine before christmas and that brings us up to today and now we're living here in the colombian mountains it's been an absolutely crazy first year as a digital nomad couple and we've learned five really valuable lessons okay number one is to be grateful after all the crazy things that happened throughout the whole year the motorcycle accident where i couldn't move for a very long time i was so grateful when i could finally start moving my arm and even putting on clothes by myself taking a shower by myself also when we were in the island we didn't have very much comfort so when we went back to civilization every little thing was awesome like incredible having water to drink without having to walk all the way down the beach to fill up your water bottle having a place to cook having fruits the simple things guys simple things in life gratitude for the small things is really one of my favorite lessons that travel teaches you so the second lesson that we learned was being more patient guys we haven't been apart for 365 days 24 hours a day seven days a week we've lived in a one-room bungalow for three months with no privacy we lived in a small tiny van for three months almost with no privacy and we haven't killed each other we still haven't killed each other can you believe that guys is amazing but there were times where we had to practice our patience muscles that's for sure right how do you know what times are you talking about uh seriously guys this year have made me a more patient person all right next lesson go with the flow go with the flow guys as you can see we didn't plan any of the things that were going to happen this year we had no idea that i was going to get into a motorcycle accident that we'd have to stay in bangkok to do physical therapy that we're going to get trapped on an island that we were going to have to go home to mommy that we're gonna be in a van this all happened just reacting to our surroundings and the environment and what was happening around us we didn't panic when the virus hit we didn't panic when i shattered my wrist we just let god lead us to what was happening next and everything always worked out i think that was one of the most exciting things about this adventure is that we didn't know where was going to be next that's what i love about long term travel and being a digital nomad is is your life is like a story it's a journey you don't know what's going to happen in five months in one year and 10 years it's all open-ended and it's all a big adventure and obviously this life isn't for everyone it's not the most secure life but if you know how to earn money while you're traveling from the internet you can be anywhere and it's fine so you don't have to worry about it as much next one is never travel without travel insurance if you don't have money to pay for travel insurance you don't have enough money to travel seriously travel insurance isn't that expensive we'll link to it below it costs like forty dollars a month and it has saved me a lot of money just this year has saved me over fifteen thousand dollars and it's better to listen to your wife oh my god i can't believe it you accepted it i was right like always i ask you to know go last travel lesson from one year traveling full-time as a couple what do we got is being a digital nomad is not as easy as it looks yeah it is not easy to travel at least travel quickly and also get your work done at the same time but also it's not impossible a lot of people talk about the two extremes they either paint a picture of you barely having to work on an island somewhere or they say it's impossible and miserable and you're not enjoying the destination and i think neither of those are necessarily true as a digital nomad you you have control you get to decide how fast you're going to travel if you're getting too stressed out you can slow down if you're not earning enough money you can work more or even move to a cheaper country as a digital nomad you have freedom that most people don't have and while it's not always easy or comfortable or things don't always go according to plan it's an adventure that we wouldn't trade for the world i mean diane do you regret quitting your job and leaving to travel with me of course not of course not we had so much adventures and i'm so grateful for that and i think the next year is going to be more more crazy you ready for a year number two of course i'm ready to go stay tuned guys year number two is coming up 2021 the year of the digital nomad if you like this video if you want to see all the shenanigans we get into give us a like if there's one thing that you do in 2020 subscribe to our channel see you in the next video [Music] my buck hurts freak you did so good i'm proud of you cheers

2021-01-05 23:45

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