C & C: HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED ACCESSIBLE. Make a little bag that you put everything you will need for the trip in. While I do think it’s a good idea to keep passports, money and expensive electrical equipment on you at all times, I also carry things like chap stick, hand sanitizer and tissue paper on me at all times. I learned this pretty quick while traveling in India. A two hour trip could take up to eight hours if traffic was bad, and bathrooms could be less than ideal. We pulled over roadside at one point, and I was appalled that I had accidently buried my hand sanitizer and tissue paper deep in my backpack in the trunk of the taxi. Luckily a friend helped me out, but if I had been alone it could have been a lot worse.
C & C: We’re a little biased about this, but we met in India and fell in love there…so that is our favorite place in the world. The sights, sounds, smells, and beautiful chaos of India is something that you need to experience to believe. We’ve never been anywhere like it, and it holds such a special place in our hearts. It’s not an easy country to travel, and it’s definitely not for everyone. But for those who make it there and have the right mindset…it’s magical. One of our first memories of India is walking through a bustling baazaar on the outside of the Red Fort. There were goats standing on cars eating the paper signs off the wall, decadent food smells wafting through the streets, and the tuk-tuks practically running people over if they were in their way. We loved it instantly, and only fell more in love as we explored the country more and more.
C & C: One of the best pieces of advice we’ve gotten from fellow travelers is to make sure you allow yourself a weekend every now and then! Traveling can be tiring…even if we’re having fun. When we have our “weekends,” we like to stay in bed late, wake up slow, and treat ourselves to a really good meal. We also always travel with a deck of cards, and some days we just spend our day playing cards enjoying our surroundings. When we were recently in Cuba, we found a beautiful Casa Particular with a terrace view of the mogotes in Vinales. We bought a bottle of rum, smoked a cigar, and played cards all day long. It was so relaxing, especially with the scenery surrounding us. And the next day we were ready to embark on our ten mile trek through the countryside!
C & C: I think that the most noticeable change in our view of home is that the possibility of where “home” can be has expanded. We’re also so much more adaptable to moving constantly. We’ve currently been working and saving money in North Carolina for the last year, but this is the longest we’ve been in one place in three years. Our home will always be where our families are, but we don’t feel so tethered to naming only one place as “home.” We’ve lived in India, Nicaragua, and China and have wonderful memories of calling those places home for the moment. And have plans to call many other places around the world home as well.
C & C: I think that one of the funnier things that has happened was when Cazzie went to get a shave in a barber shop in Northern Nicaragua. Men in Nicaragua really don’t shave their mustaches, but Cazzie is not a mustache person by any means. The barber refused to shave his mustache, even with Cazzie begging him to. So for the remaining week we were in the country, Cazzie was forced to walk around with a clean shaven face, except this tiny little mustache the barber left on him.