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two years after deciding to travel the world: what have we learned?


Happy Anniversary! Today marks 2 years since we drunkenly agreed to travel around the world. (Tomorrow marks the day that we woke up and said “holy shit!”)

We could have never imagined the changes we would go through in order to make this round-the-world trip a reality, and we’ve learned a lot about ourselves, each other, and our relationship to money, possessions, and other people.

Writing this blog has been a sort of therapy for us as we’ve worked through the various issues that go along with saving a lot of money and getting rid of everything we own. Thank you for letting us lay on your virtual couch and talk this thing through. We feel a lot better, and we hope you do, too.

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(Confidential to Debb and Pat: Our families all blame you!)

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About Betsy

Betsy Talbot can't live without a Moleskine notebook, her passport, and happy hour. She sold everything she owned to travel the world with her husband Warren in 2010, and she's been enjoying her midlife crisis ever since. Betsy writes about creating the life you want from the life you already have in her books and on the Married with Luggage website. Drop her an email at btalbot (at) marriedwithluggage (dot) com and check out her Google+ page.


  1. Debb Whitlock says:

    Happy Anniversary you crazy kids! I think we need to re-visit the “scene of the crime”! It has been a beautiful experience watching the freedom that you both are finding through this process.

    We will gladly accept responsibility ;-) and take credit for being involved with the decision to embark on this adventure…we are mighty and persuasive with mucho margaritas!

    In all seriousness the beauty has been watching the freedom you both have found over the last two years and seeing the deepening and strengthening of your personal relationship.

    PS – If we can pop in to see you tonight we’ll buy you an anniversary beverage!


    • You guys have been there every step of the way, from encouraging us to order another drink that night to coming up with our travel “safe words” and escape plans in the event we are kidnapped in some remote jungle and held for ransom. You guys really do cover it all, and I’ve loved sharing this process with you!

  2. Julie Rubinstein says:

    It’s hard to believe it’s been two years and yet look at all that you have done and become. It’s been a privilege to witness you transform your lives and I can’t wait to see how it evolves once the journey after the journey begins! Thanks for your willingness to share your experience so authentically! We need more of that in the world!

    Big hugs on your anniversary!

  3. You have grown into an exceptional woman and I am so proud of you. I may not always agree with your decisions (the tattoo) but I am your biggest fan and will always be supportive. When this all started, I was unsure about this process as well. But I see the changes in you and see how happy you are and it can’t help but make me happy as well. So many people do not even know what their dreams are let alone live them so I applaud you and Warren for knowing what you wanted and then making it happen. (through a lot of budgeting, work and planning!) I’ve seen places in the US that I never thought I would see because of you and now I will get to see places in the world that I never thought I would see. I have passport in hand and can’t wait to use it! I love you Baby Girl!

    • Mom, when you write cool comments like that people realize all my good qualities are genetic and makes me look less like a self-made woman. ;-)

      Thank you for coming along on this journey with us. A lot of what I do is outside your comfort zone, and it says more about you than it does about me that you stretch those boundaries to always support me. I love you very much.

      • It makes you no less cool, B. It just explains why you’re able to be so cool at such a young age!

    • I love you and I don’t even know you!

  4. Karen Rosenzweig says:

    Unbelieveable – not just the fact that two years have gone by, but that one month from today we won’t get to see your lovely faces in person for awhile… :(

    I’m gonna rush out right now and get to MeetPlanGo Happy Hour and just stare at you both for a few hours, to burn your pretty mugs into my mind! :)

    • Well, if you’re gonna stare at me the least I can do is throw on a little makeup. See you there, dear!

      (If you’re in Seattle and want to join in the fun, check out our Facebook pages for the details on our weekly happy hours until we leave)

  5. Happy Anniversary guys!

    From simply reading your older posts and comparing them to your current ones, you can see that your attitudes have changed dramatically. You guys are much more confident and you both seem much more relaxed and happy (at least to us you do!). I can’t wait to see what sort of transformations Amy and I encounter along our path, I can only hope we’re as well adjusted as you both are.

    You’ve been trailblazers for us. We’re looking forward to following your further adventures.

    • It’s cool that you recognize that from our writing, Brian, because I certainly do! In fact, I sorta cringe at some of the early stuff, but then I remind myself that that’s where we were at that time. Who knows what I’ll be thinking 2 years from now?

      Looks like you guys are well on your way to starting your own journey. Love seeing that you are making some serious headway into downsizing and saving money for your big adventure in 2012. Way to go!

  6. Happy Anniversary Y’all!!! Its good to know that the 2 years have flown by and that you could start living from the moment you plan to go for what you want! Looks like yall have less then a month to go before take off!!! I can’t wait to see how the rest of the journey unrolls.

    • We are very excited, Jaime. September is a month of parties, dates, and fond farewells, and I’m going to love/hate every minute of it. We have such great people in our lives!

  7. Once you make the decision to go… things change. Your whole outlook on life changes, your habits change, your open to new experiences, your spending habits change… I’ve already taken 2-long term trips knowing that my dream was to take off indefinitely. Well, I broke up with my boyfriend and decided that now was the time. I take off in January 2011 for my own adventure. I’m not as lucky to get 2-years to prepare, I’ve only got a few months.

    Rather, than be sad to see things go, your happy to let them go because your trading the daily grind for an incredible experience… more than an experience… an incredible life. More than most people in the world will ever have the guts to do… You feel lucky that you’ve broken away from the grid. People are envious and jealous, but fail to realize that they could do the same to if only they make the commitment to do so. It’s almost painful to watch. People want it, but won’t take the step that will give them the happiness they so desire.

    Anyways enough of my rambling.

  8. This blog and this entry was such an inspiration! I stumbled upon your blog a few months back after listening to an interview on Blogcast FM and I absolutely fell in love with the entire concept and journey towards lifestyle design – as a couple. I just got engaged last summer and with preparation for the wedding, paying our mortgage, and juggling a full-time job, I geniunely appreciate your message of living today – the moment that you decide to. There’s so much more to life than just completing a bunch of “check-lists” because society says to do so. I look forward to reading tales of your upcoming journey and it will inspire my fiance and I to face our lives together with the same courage to create the life we determine for ourselves.

  9. Naked Girl in a Dress says:

    I can’t believe you are 20 days away from starting this adventure. It was probably an adventure these last 2 years leading up to the real adventure.

    I am looking forward to traveling the world vicariously through you.

  10. Betsy, you guys are an inspiration! My husband and I have agreed to go on a RTW trip with our 2 daughters when they are old enough (one is 3; the other is 6 months). So, perhaps within 5 years, we’d like to go…Thanks for all the valuable information you have on your site. Especially in the budgeting aspect. I am very motivated to sell many of our stuff and live a simpler life! Thanks again, guys! You are inspiring!

  11. Christian Louboutin D'orsay says:

    you guys are an inspiration!I look forward to reading tales of your upcoming journey and it will inspire my fiance and I to face our lives together with the same courage to create the life we determine for ourselves.


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