The Moment: One Giant Trip

by Kim on May 18, 2011 · 5 comments

Kim’s note: This is the fourth in a series of guest posts from fellow travel bloggers about the moment they decided to trade in their conventional life for long-term travel.  The topic, specifically: describe the moment that you decided to change course. Today’s post comes from the awesome Erica of  Over Yonderlust

From Vacation to One Giant Trip

Shaun and I have always loved to travel. When we were both working in the video game industry, we would save every moment of vacation throughout the year and spend it on a 2-3 week hurrah abroad. What I didn’t realize was the cost of the work we were involved in and the toll it was taking on our lives.

A quick note to anyone thinking about working in the video game industry: It isn’t all glitz, glamour, and nerdy awesomeness (some of it is).

For two years straight Shaun and I worked mandatory 50 hour weeks at work due to the workload that was present at the time. We were also competitive gamers that were putting in an additional 25-30 hours a week playing World of Warcraft. This not only presented us with more involved knowledge of the game to help out at work, but also came with bragging rights in the gaming world.
So, to sum it up, we were in front of the computer for 11-12 hours a day, every day.

I was at my heaviest and everything started to spiral a bit.

Luckily, Anthony Bourdain saved us.

We were on weekend when we decided we needed to catch up on No Reservations that we had recorded on the DVR. Anthony Bourdain’s Ecuador episode was queued and it immediately caught my attention.

I wanted to go to Ecuador.

So I mentioned it to Shaun and he agreed that it would be an awesome place to visit – maybe when we were on our way to Peru?

Then it dawned on us. There were so many places we wanted to visit in Central/South America. Why didn’t we just make it one giant trip?

It seemed a little crazy… but it seemed so right.

Yes, we had really good jobs and were making enough money to live comfortably but something was missing. We have never been attached to our personal belongings and have always done things the “Shaun and Erica” way. I don’t think anything we do surprises our parents anymore.

And just like that I quit World of Warcraft cold turkey and focused my attention on getting all of our planning ready for leaving in the beginning of 2011. After being free of video game addiction, I realize how much more there is to life and I honestly can’t imagine ever going back to being that way.

We are currently 4 weeks into our trip and there is no looking back.

I feel so incredibly blessed to have had that moment of realization. All we can do now is look to the future, live with no regrets, and make the best of our travels.

About the author: Erica and Shaun are childhood sweethearts traveling the world together.  Follow them as they add stamps to their passports on their blog, facebook, and twitter.

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megan May 19, 2011 at 2:12 am

This is an amazing story! Great to learn a bit more about Erica and Shaun – I’ve really been enjoying their blog.

Like any addiction, quitting the gaming world cold turkey must have been hard! Especially quitting a game so consuming as world of warcraft…!
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jill- Jack and JIll Travel May 19, 2011 at 8:35 am

Love this – been really enjoying this ‘The Moment’ series. They’re all inspirational in their own way.
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Kristin May 22, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Excellent article – really like the stories of others who have had their “aha” moments about travel and then moved to live them. Thanks for the posts!

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Torre (@fearfulgirl) May 24, 2011 at 11:52 pm

“What I didn’t realize was the cost of the work we were involved in and the toll it was taking on our lives.” — So damn true. Not many people have the insight to realize this. :(
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Lily (Explore for a Year) May 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Hi Erica and Shaun,

Congrats on starting your adventure. Make such a big change must have been both a relief but a leap of faith at the same time – now that you’ve already been travelling a month, I bet you don’t regret it at all! :)

– Lily
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