Hi! We're Andre & Lisa!
It’s been 3 years since we’ve embraced a minimalistic and fully nomadic lifestyle. We've been married for 13 years, travelling together for over 17 years(!) and as from 2018, we started our full-time travel adventure!
This was not an overnight decision. It was a goal we worked towards for 2 decades. We have always prioritised travel as a way to satisfy our most basic curiosity - to depart from regular life into something new, even if only briefly, before returning to ‘normality’. Normality, however, is subjective and when you travel to unfamiliar places, you lose your grounding, your bearings - it challenges everything you consider ‘normal’ about life. Everything is unordinary. Everything is important. Everything requires your attention. You understand that because you have no home, every place can equally be your home. More importantly, time is of the essence.
This blog contains loads of posts of our travels over the years and we're still in the process of adding more. Make sure to visit our YouTube channel (and subscribe!) to get the latest video updates.
Our first travels as a young couple were mostly by motorbike, touring Southern Africa. Whenever we could string together a few days off work, we would hop on our bike and go somewhere new. Motorbike travel is very different from destination travel – the travelling is as much part of the adventure as is the destination and also you learn a lot about how to travel minimalistic. (You can see some of our older bike blogs under the Namibia & South Africa sections). In 2013 we rode the length of Vietnam on a 125cc bike called Jerry).
Looking back at our first overseas trip together in 2005 had us flying halfway across the globe and living in a tiny apartment in Atsugi, Tokyo, Japan for just over 2 months! This was while Lisa took part in a student exchange program and it turned out to be one crazy adventure! Our Japan trip was a true test - one cannot help but be out of your comfort zone living in a place so different from home and experiencing such a difference in culture. Luckily it was something we both really enjoyed and that trip was what made us realise that we definitely want to travel and explore the world further together.
Summer in France 2018
Our first trip together to Japan in 2005
From then on, we always prioritised our spending and vacation days to ensure that we could travel as much as possible. We were always extremely budget-conscious travellers, trying to stretch our money and time away from work as far as possible!
Currently, we have travelled to over 30 countries around the world together, and we enjoy travelling at a slow pace to take in as much as possible from the experience.
No matter whether we return to a previous destination or seek out new places there seem to always be an exciting adventure waiting around the corner.