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After living in Chicago for a few years, the time for a move had come. When we first discussed leaving, it was obvious that we were going to have to find new jobs elsewhere. That’s what sparked the thought: what’s the hurry to find new jobs? Really, there wasn’t one as long as our savings was adequate. Then we both knew exactly what we’d want to do next: travel. Anywhere and everywhere. So that’s what we’ve been doing and will continue to do as long as we can.
It was not easy to get to the financial state to do so. We both had decent jobs, but we were living in downtown Chicago – that’s not a cheap place to live. I admit, I also had a habit of swiping my card without giving it a second thought. But if we were serious about our goal, we had to save. That’s when the word we began to loathe entered our vocabulary: budget.
After months of confusion, online research and several arguments, we got our act together, figured out a budget and were on track to taking time off from work. When the end of our apartment lease arrived, it was time to say goodbye to the city we loved (and weather we hated) to seize new opportunities abroad.
Auston grew up in Phoenix before escaping to Chicago in 2008. He worked as an engineer for six years (six long years). He claims it was his idea for him and David to quit their jobs and travel, but David insists the contrary is true. Who’s to say at this point? Auston currently works part-time as a freelance writer earning tens of dollars a month.
David also grew up in Phoenix but moved to Chi-town in ’08. He worked as a medical technologist for a couple years before taking on the life of a vagabond. Currently he focuses on leeching off the money Auston makes with his writing gig.
They both agree that wine is the key to world peace and will continue to drink it until that peace is achieved.
Megan is David’s former womb-mate (twin) and a graphic designer living in Chicago. She’s the witty mind behind TheCardAisle.com where you can find the funniest, most creativist greeting cards ever. She designed our super cool logo which is practically the best part of our blog. Check out more of her awesomeness on her website.