Editor’s note: Hi everyone! Brandon Wenerd here, BroBible’s publisher. Today we have another addition to DAILY VISUALS, a not-so-daily column inspired by those with itchy feet and wanderlust. This is our showcase of Bros out there living their best lives and showing it off on the digital platforms we all interact with on the reg.
A note about DAILY VISUALS: We really want BroBible to be a digital destination that inspire wanderlust and adventure, so I can’t think of a better way to promote that ethos than by featuring the people capturing the world behind a camera. If you’d like to be featured in our daily showcase, please drop me an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or DM BroBible on Instagram. Twitter is cool too.
Today we’re featuring the writing + photos of Nick & Vito, the Bros Around the Globe. They decided to quit their jobs at 30-years-old to travel around the world. 13 months, 57 weeks, 400 days and 23 countries later, they still believe it’s the best decision they’ve ever made. To learn more about their story and how they made their dream a reality, visit www.brosaroundtheglobe.com or connect with them on Instagram @brosaroundtheglobe.
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If you had all the time and money in the world, what would you do? One of the most common answers to this question is travel the world. But what if we told you that you don’t need a six figure salary, a lottery jackpot or a handout from Mom & Dad. All you need is courage, the willingness to make some sacrifices and an appetite for adventure. That’s a small price to pay for an experience that will change you to your core for the rest of your life. Quitting your job to travel the world could be the best decision you’ve ever made.
Why, you ask? Well, for starters you won’t be stressing about the upcoming rent that’s due as you down beers at Oktoberfest. Your weekly grocery list will be far from your thoughts as you stuff your face with pizza in Italy. Instead of blowing your hard earned cash on new sneakers or bottomless brunch, you’ll be splurging on bungee jumping in New Zealand and partying on a booze cruise as you stay on a private island in Halong Bay.
Rather than hitting your alarm clock to go through that same routine you despise, you will wake up to witness the epic sunrise at Angkor Wat or be on dawn patrol to catch some waves in Bali. Your morning commute stuck in traffic or packed like sardines on the subway becomes a road trip on the Great Ocean Road in Australia.
When you wander through remote areas of South America and practice your Spanish with locals, you’ll appreciate people and nature more than you ever have. Time is on your side, so you can reflect on what’s important to you while swinging on a hammock on the beach for two weeks in Panama. Traveling long term teaches you how to live in the moment as you say yes to new adventures and end up at a jungle rave in Thailand on your birthday.
There will be no question when it comes to whether or not to sign up for that pub crawl in Slovakia, or partake in drunk tubing down a river in Laos. After all, everyday on the road is Saturday and you don’t have work tomorrow.
In between all the bus rides and checking into and out of hostels, you’ll taste tons of new beers and will eat things you’ve never even heard of. For sure you will meet thousands of new people, and will accumulate new friends all over the globe. Without showing up to the lecture hall, you’ll be gaining an education that is far more valuable than what any professor can teach you.
Appreciating the small things will never be more relatable, as a simple hot shower with solid pressure will be worthy of celebrating with a cold one. The immense value of experiences will be clearer than ever, because the only possessions you own will fit into a 50 liter backpack…and you won’t even really need everything that’s in it. After stepping out into the unknown, you will have the courage to do almost anything.
Sure it’s not always rainbows and sunshine. Hostel roommates will wake up the entire room with lights and sounds of zipping backpacks at 5am. You will get the runs. Your rental camper van may get stuck in a ditch sideways. Your patience will be tested as you wait for that bus or train that never shows up. But there is a silver lining in each of these travel moments. Traveling teaches lessons about the world and life, because everyday is different, and you never know what lies ahead.
Adapting on the fly will become second nature and quickly you’ll learn that no plan can sometimes be the best plan. There may be times where you miss something about home, maybe a clean bathroom, familiar faces, a particular meal or following your football team. But when you are living your dream every day and have the ultimate freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want, it will hardly matter. That toilet, those friends and family, that sausage egg and cheese on an everything bagel and the New York Giants can wait.
Of course, you’re going to visit some of the most beautiful destinations in the world, places people can only dream of. However, the further your backpack takes you, the more you’ll realize it’s not just about flexing for the gram at Machu Picchu.
The journey is what it’s about. The people you meet in the hostels, the quick meals you grab from the market, the interactions and experiences with locals and their cultures. That’s the bulk of travel, not the bucket list checks. Traveling long term is not a vacation. Traveling becomes your life and it will change you for the better in more ways than you could ever imagine.
Sometimes you need to flip your life upside its head. Change can be scary, but it ultimately is what allows you to grow. Life can become dull when you spend all your days doing the same things with the same people. There will always be another job, another 9-5, another paycheck.
There won’t always be more time. Life goes by fast and before you know it, you’ll be 65 and your prime years will have passed you by. Maybe you’ll have the opportunity, money and energy to travel then, or maybe you won’t. Remember that tomorrow is not promised today and there is no time like the present.
Start living your best life.
Get out of your comfort zone.
What are you waiting for?
Nick & Vito, the Bros Around the Globe, decided to quit their jobs at 30 years old to travel around the world. 13 months, 57 weeks, 400 days and 23 countries later, they still believe it’s the best decision they’ve ever made. To learn more about their story and how they made their dream a reality, visit www.brosaroundtheglobe.com or connect with them on Instagram @brosaroundtheglobe.