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.
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.
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.
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.