Welcome to Unleash Your Adventure, a blog about long term traveling and motorcycle travel in particular, but open to any type of travel on the cheap really! So if camping, hostels, and locally run B&Bs are more your style than 5 star hotels then you have come to the right place! If given 2000 dollars (euros, pounds, francs, insert currency here) you think “that is 2 months on the road” rather than “that gets me accommodation for the week at least,” you are most definitely at the right place. And even if you are a big spender on the road, you are still welcome here, and we hope to change your mind!
If you have read the “about the authors” section on this website, you know that the authors put travel as their number one priority in life. It may in fact be just about the only thing they have in common as Patrick is a German engineer and Sherrie is a perpetual student (history Masters complete, now trying for a Science Masters as well) and an English as a second language teacher.
But that is also what we want to bring to this blog, a combination of money saving ideas that help you achieve your travel dreams, along with products that we have tried and tested and know to be worth the money (if any is required, we are also big on reusing stuff so we have to buy less), and most importantly, told by two totally different perspectives: one from a very practical viewpoint and the other from a more, shall we say, earth from a slightly skewed perception of reality rather than with two feet firmly planted on the ground. (In Sherrie’s defense, this refusal to accept reality has meant living and/or traveling in 25 plus countries, which for a European is about average, but for a Canadian that hails from an island it is rather impressive indeed).
But what we really hope to achieve is not just to show you that you can travel, (and travel with less and still travel more), but that you should travel. And that you can do it by buying less and traveling more. You may wonder a little how we can say that since we would really like you to buy the recommended stuff off of our website (and that is because we want to travel more as well, and if you like what we say and buy what we recommend then everyone comes out happier, if however you decide we are full of crap and you would rather drop money at another place, no bad feelings, to each their own, you are still a welcome reader!).
But we also believe that sustainability is something we all should be thinking about, especially since buying less means we can travel more. Even before we thought to start this blog, whenever we were asked the question “how do you afford to travel so much?” we always answered with “look at our car payments, look at how many pairs of shoes you have, look at how many we have, look at how your apartment is decorated, look at ours, examine how often you buy new clothes, look at how often we buy them” etc etc (admittedly this behavior came much more naturally to our Southern German friend then our Newfoundland one, who did at first feel like she was being denied a basic human right of new shoes and pretty dresses.) However when you travel, and (admittedly biased view about to be expressed) in particular by motorcycle, you quickly learn that a night by a campfire is worth a million dresses, and even a small amount of “stuff” is more than most people in this world have. We are incredibly privileged, and we often waste it.
We do try to reduce our consumption of stuff as much as possible, saving money and the planet, and when we do buy stuff, we try to buy smart, and in the end, we get to ride more.