Welcome to our new life!


We’re Rob and Lina, and we’re incredibly excited for the next year of our lives. For the past six months, we’ve been planning a one-year trip abroad, starting with six months in SE Asia. Two weeks ago, we put in our notices at work. This week, we’re doing last minute preparation and packing. On Friday, we’re off, and we’ll be chronicling our adventures here.

Our (tentative) itinerary for the first six months

  • Burma – February 15, 2013
  • Thailand
  • Laos
  • Cambodia
  • Vietnam
  • Philippines
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia

Our shared travel goals

  • Wake up each day without cursing the alarm clock
  • Take (and share) photographs that are worth 1001 words
  • Dig up stories only discoverable off the tourist path
  • Keep our spending to $1000 (each) a month
  • Pave the way for others to engage in long-term travel

Our personal travel goals

  • Don’t over plan. I love guidebooks, almost as much as I love building itineraries. On this trip, I’m going to try to not pre-book anything unless absolutely necessary. 
  • Live in the moment. Unlike Rob, I find it difficult to focus on the here and now. Even when I’m doing something amazing, my mind wanders to tomorrow’s chores, projects, and bills. This year, I intend to make the most of each day, even if it consists of a 14-hour bus ride that only covers 150 kilometers.
  • Try as many different foods as possible. I don’t suffer from Lina’s (mostly self-imposed) dietary restrictions, so I intend to make the most of the amazing foods we’ll find along the way. Crickets anyone?
  • Learn at least ten words in each language. Lina picks up languages faster than I do and even when she doesn’t, her mime skills rival the best out there. I’d like to pull my weight, or at least increase my word count.
  • Evaluate startup opportunities in the travel space. Travel has always been my passion. I’m hoping to find a way to also make it big part of my next venture.

Our promise to readers of this blog

When we (and by “we,” we mean Lina) were planning this trip, the most frustrating thing was the lack of information on the logistics. We promise that we’ll tell you how we got where we got, what we paid, and where we stayed. That way, you can recreate our adventure or at least assure yourself that living on $25 a day really isn’t half bad. 

You can learn more about us here and subscribe to our blog updates on the right. Also, if you have specific questions, leave them in the comments section and we’ll do our best to answer them in an upcoming post. 

-The Erohs