How does it feel a week after stepping off the proverbial cliff?

It’s now been a week since we stepped off the plane and into the drizzling mist and humidity of our first stop: Hanoi, Vietnam. We’ve spent a week eating, drinking, and wandering our way through Hanoi’s top sites and fascinating nooks and crannies. But the question remains: how do we feel about the fact that we’ve upended our lives to travel on a life sabbatical for the foreseeable future?


Why we decided to quit our jobs and travel the world

Earlier this year, after months of weighing the pros and cons, Daniela and I looked at each other and agreed: we were really doing this. We were going to quit our jobs, pack up our things, rent out our home, and travel to Asia with little more than two backpacks and a cocktail of fear, anticipation, and excitement.

But why, you may ask? And that’s a question we’ve asked ourselves many times. After all, we’re both in great, satisfying jobs with successful career paths ahead of us. Why take the risk given the unknown that awaits us? It came down to a few key reasons, and the more we have time to reflect on our decision, the more we’re sure it’s the right one for us.