The longer we travel, the more couples like us we discover or even meet. Like us they dreamed about traveling, like us they made the big trip happen, and like us they document their experiences online. In the Two Toothbrushes traveler interview series we introduce fellow traveling and blogging couples to share their story and draw inspiration from them.

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Simone Findlay and Jason Pleasants have been traveling together since 2010, and they traveled around the world at about the same time as we did, fulfilling a life-long dream to see the world. They documented their adventure on their blog, JS Living the Dream.

Where are your toothbrushes, where are they headed next, and why?

Our toothbrushes are currently [as of September 2014] in New York City. After traveling for 13 months around 19 countries we have just arrived back in the USA. We will be heading to Albany next to visit Jason’s family before driving across the states towards Napa, California, hopefully visiting friends and family along the way.

Traveler interview - JS Living the Dream

Jason and Simone on a camping trip in California before their RTW trip.

What’s your definition of home?

I think it is where ever you currently are. We have called a tent, campervan, hotel, cabin, numerous apartments and even a bar home over the last year alone!

How do you make yourself feel at home wherever you go?

We try to find places with a kitchen. Not only does this save us money, but it feels like home being able cook our own dinner.

Why this (or the most recent) trip, why now (then)?

We decided a few years ago that we wanted to do a long-term trip. Originally we talked about taking a summer to travel, but ultimately decided on a year. Our plan to travel was spurred when we started to look for a house to buy. We had both owned homes in the past and knew how much work they were. After searching for a few months, we decided we would rather take our money and travel before creating roots somewhere. So we worked hard, saved money, and 1.5 years later we were on an adventure of a lifetime.

Traveler interview - JS Living the Dream

At an Italian castle.

What were your greatest challenges in making the trip happen? How did you overcome them?

We didn’t have any major challenges. We set our mind to it and knew that all our long hours at work would pay off soon.

What do you enjoy the most about your traveling life?

Seeing breathtaking places, meeting amazing people and learning the history of the world.

Share a moment from your travels that you will share with future generations.

This is a hard one, there are so many! Our time in Cambodia was very eye opening. We knew nothing of the Khmer Rouge and the horrors that the people of Cambodia experienced. We met amazing people who have overcome so much. The people were so happy and positive. The Killing Fields and museum were heart wrenching, but one of the highlights of our trip.

Traveler interview - JS Living the Dream

JS in Phnom Penh Cambodia, with a Killing Fields survivor.

14 Responses

  1. Jenni Kupelian

    This was really interesting. I’m gearing up for a 7 week, 9 country trek…starting in Uganda and ending in Iceland…part work part vacation. I’m going to remember the kitchen tip…that helps so much with travel exhaustion to have a hub that feels somewhat like home. Have you had any success with Airbnb for finding great spaces for longer term stays in a country?

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    • Jason & Simone

      @Jenni – yes, we had such good luck with airbnb that is was primarily the way we booked our accommodations. We also booked through booking.com which we are now affiliated with and people can book through our website.

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  2. Maryn

    What a great read – and so inspiring. I like to think that I have quite a bit of wanderlust, but they make my travels sound downright boring. Thanks for sharing – I love learning how others travel.

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  3. Pech

    Another great little look at the traveling dream! I have been surprised by gladdened to hear how many of these are out there! Definitely an aspiration for me!

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  4. Tracy

    The tip about finding a kitchen is a good one. That makes me feel more at home too. Cooking my own food seems to bring stability, even when traveling.

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  5. Melinda

    What an interesting couple! I like how they have sort of “worked” their traveling (house sitting, etc)…I’ll have to check out their blog!

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