One of my personal goals is to get better at making videos to document our memories, and to share them with friends and family. I hope you enjoy a short look at our travels from 2015:
Greetings from Japan! For those of you who have been subscribed to our personal blog for a long time, you might have noticed that we have not been posting consistently as we used to. Continue reading “Updates from our Travels”
As you may or may not have noticed, we’ve been posting a bit less on this blog lately. We’re shifting our focus toward our travel blog (now travel business). We do plan to keep posting “simply intentional” reflections here but most of our travels and adventure updates will come from IntentionalTravelers.com, like our life update below:
New Transformational Travel Business
As we’ve mentioned briefly over the past month or two, we are in the works of launching a business around transformational travel. We are passionate about seeing our culture grow in understanding and appreciation for the world we live in, and be inspired by its beauty and diversity to become more generous, responsible, passionate global citizens.
The primary aim of our business is Continue reading “Life Updates from J + M | Intentional Travelers”
Many of you may or may not know that Michelle and I have been blogging about our travels in more detail on another blog called Intentionaltravelers.com. The original intent for Intentional Travelers was to document our travels, but mostly to help others learn about the joys and benefits of travel from the failures and little victories of our own experiences. Through this experience we realized there was a need and a tiny hole in the travel market for information for travelers like ourselves – those that want a more meaningful and transformational experience through authentic cross-cultural exchange.
Long story short, we are planning to start our own travel business that focuses on providing resources, training, and opportunities for those that want to do more intentional, meaningful, and transformational travel. Here’s where you come in. We are doing some research to figure out if a need for this kind of travel information exists. Do you love to travel or wish you could travel more? If so, would you mind filling out this quick survey for us by clicking on the picture or link below? Or, if you know someone that this description fits, could you share the link below?
2014 was another eventful year, and we are so thankful for all the people and places we encountered! As usual, we’ve put together a short video of clips from our adventures. You’ll see footage from Peace Corps Jamaica, some road trips and National Parks, France and Switzerland, and more. We hope you enjoy!
As digital nomads, our concept of home is constantly evolving. As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, it’s hard for us to answer where “home” exactly is. It seemed only fitting, then, that as we returned to Jamaica, our friends here said “Welcome home” to us, additionally adding: “Will Jamaica be home?” We made sure to answer them directly. “No. But we do love Jamaica.” Continue reading “Homes for the Holidays – Part 1: Jamaica”
What is it like to go back to Jamaica after Peace Corps? Many have asked us this, and we are still trying to figure it out ourselves.
Let me start by saying that going between Jamaica and the U.S. feels like two separate worlds. Continue reading “Life After Peace Corps: Returning to Post As RPCVs”
We are back on the rock!
Saturday morning we landed in Jamaica, exactly 7 months after completing our service with Peace Corps. This time around, we’re taking the opportunity to experience Jamaica on our own terms (read: with a car and no longer getting approvals or reporting whereabouts to Peace Corps). Continue reading “Back in Jamaica (and How to Save on Travel)”
We recently took a quick trip up to Jedd’s alma mater where he spoke about Peace Corps on an alumni panel for students interested in volunteer service after graduation. It gave us the opportunity to meet up with a number of people from Jedd’s college days. Over breakfast with one of Jedd’s former mentors at PLU, we had a great discussion about what we’re doing (or not doing) with our lives.
We had found ourselves losing enthusiasm and struggling in the absence of a real focus or direction for our lives. Thankfully, he reminded us why we chose our particular way of life in the first place and that choosing our own path naturally comes with its own set of challenges, including uncertainty. We left very grateful for his insights and re-motivated to carry on.
I reflected on our situation, feeling the need to remind myself what we have to be thankful for, and I shared a series of photos from our recent nomadic life on the travel blog. Here’s a quick excerpt and link to that post: Continue reading “These Photos Brought to You By Uncertainty | Intentional Travelers”
After six weeks of travel, we have returned to Oregon (just in time for the heavy rain)! We still can’t believe we spent a whole month in Europe. Not only that, we tacked on an additional 10 days to explore Cohasset and Boston, Massachusetts. This is all thanks to our new-found “travel hacking” knowledge, an intentional and unconventional approach, and the generosity of the friends and family who hosted us.
We shared more about our recent travels (with lots of pictures) over on IntentionalTravelers.com:
[Excerpt] Our farm stay in Cohasset was a thing of serendipity. It’s the perfect example of the unconventional, intentional travel that we love so much.
We met Michael and Michelle at Jake’s Off-Road Triathlon in Jamaica two years ago…
Read more via Visiting Cohasset (and Boston) | Intentional Travelers.