Hi! We're Andre & Lisa!
A married South African couple who has been travelling together for almost 20 years, to more than 50 countries. In 2017 we took stock of our life and made the decision to 'retire early'. We gave up our professional careers and all our personal possessions in order to explore the world as full-time nomads.
This was not an overnight decision. It was a goal that we worked towards for years. We always prioritized 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.
Of course, things don’t always go according to plan, however, 4 years later we have still not regretted our decision to travel full-time for even one minute.
This website started as a blog containing a few posts of our travels. Over the years it has grown into so much more. We have developed our own “Where To Travel Next” Destination Search Tool and have added detailed Country Destination Guides. Make sure to visit our YouTube channel (and subscribe!) to get the latest video updates.
Travelling Europe in our Motorhome 2022
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.
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 travelers, trying to stretch our money and time away from work as far as possible!
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. We hope that this website will inspire you to fulfil your own travel dreams.
Riding 'Jerry' through Vietnam 2013
Our first trip together to Japan in 2005
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