Lake Hawea, New Zealand.

Lake Hawea, New Zealand.

You know that feeling you get when you just want to take a year off and travel the world (umm yes, every day!)  Well Sarah and Stefaan are a beautiful couple who did just that. They turned their dreams into reality, worked hard, saved and left on the journey of a lifetime. We have been following their adventures on Instagram and their website Miles & Miles and couldn't help but be inspired (and a little jealous hehe) of their wanderlust life style. They truly are an example of 'The Passionate Living Network'.

What lead you to take the leap and start your own adventure?

We always knew we wanted to do a trip like this. After working full-time as Designers in NYC for almost 6 years, we started talking seriously about an adventure around the world for an entire year. As much as we both love to travel, neither of us had seen much of the world. Feeling burnt out from long hours at work and ready for a change, we decided it was the right time in our lives to take the leap. We worked hard to save the money for our adventure by renting out our apartment and taking on freelance on top of our full-time jobs. It was exhausting at times, but once the idea was there, there was no turning back.

How long have you been traveling for? 

We began our adventure on March 19, 2012. It’ll be 1 year in about a week and we’re excited to report that we’re able to extend the journey for an extra month!

How have your travels changed your outlook on life? 

Making the decision to leave our family and friends, and our secure jobs was a difficult one. We knew we were ready for a big change and this was, in our opinion, the best way to close the door on one thing and open it on another. We’ve learned an overwhelming amount about ourselves this past year. Not only have we been exposed to many different cultures and landscapes, but we have also learned so much about problem solving and working through things together. Traveling isn’t always easy and it’s been important for us to step out of our comfort zone and challenge ourselves to make everyday an adventure. We haven’t had much time to digest everything since we’ve been so focused on what to do next, where to go, where to sleep tonight, etc. This trip will continue to change our lives for a long long time.

What do you do for finical support? 

Our plan was to save enough money so that we could go the year without working. It’s meant that we can’t afford to do some of the things that you would on a vacation, but so far so good!

Can you pick a favourite destination? 

We’ve loved so many places that we’ve seen on this trip, but would have to make Iceland #1. It’s raw, natural beauty, friendly and inspiring culture combined with some of the most epic geography we’ve ever seen makes it stand out the most. We can’t wait to go back!

What does the future hold?

After being on the road for an entire year, we’re still inspired by other people and their adventures. We realized how many people are encouraged by seeing the world through our photos and in the future we’d love to make adventuring more accessible to others. Looking back on our entire trip, our favorite parts were exploring new places while living out of our vehicle (van, car, motorcycle). We’re hoping all these things combined with our passion to work for ourselves will lead to something exciting in the future. Big plans ahead, so stay tuned!

Cappadocia, Turkey.

Cappadocia, Turkey.

Iceland.

Iceland.

Nong Khiaw, Laos.

Nong Khiaw, Laos.

Chamonix, France.

Chamonix, France.

Montepertuso, Italy.

Montepertuso, Italy.

Luang Prabang, Laos.

Luang Prabang, Laos.

Istria, Croatia.

Istria, Croatia.

hank you so much Sarah and Stefaan for sharing your passionate life with us. It is inspiring to see a couple living their dreams together. So happy that you could extend your trip for another month, cant wait to see more pics! 

Can't get enough of these two, check out all the places they have been and their future adventures on their website Miles & Miles, link below.

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