A little over a year ago, Tom and I were living in Manila desperately trying to find something that would connect us to our first love, travel. We were tired of living in the city and wanted a past time that would distract us. Our first plan was to start an e-commerce site selling travel related items. T-shirts, wall decals, and canvas prints. We went as far as getting samples printed but soon after Tom started creating the site, we ran into a problem. Who would buy our stuff apart from our family and friends? We knew our grandparents would probably buy at least 10 pieces each, but after that, what would we do? That was when we decided we needed a market for it. Soon, Tom and I found ourselves giggling like little school girls (after one-two many bottles of wine) as we decided we were going to create a blog.
Now although I used to run a blog prior to Adventure in You, that was more of a diary where I documented my travels across Europe, America, and Asia. Although I don’t think anyone was really interested about the life changing slice of pizza that I ate in Naples, I wrote about it anyways. While I constantly used blogs to plan trips, Tom on the other hand had NEVER read a blog until we decided to start one. His first response when I first suggested it was, “do people actually read those things?” But, being the people that we are, we poured our hearts into setting up a blog and learned everything that there was to learn. Not thinking much of it, we launched Adventure in You with a grand total of 5 articles. We were complete newbies with no clue whatsoever about SEO, design, brand, and website coding. Soon, we saw people were actually sharing and reading our stuff. I think we actually did a little mini dance when we received our first comment. You know, when you start out blogging, you celebrate the little things.
Soon after, one of our articles, Reasons why not to Visit the Philippines went viral. All of a sudden, our blog was averaging 60,000 hits! Then we started getting press. Our story of how we met got featured in a newspaper and a big online company in the Philippines called Rappler. At this point, Tom and I were completely engrossed with our blog. We loved being able to reach out to people and be able to inspire them to travel in our own little weird way. We received lovely messages on how people were living vicariously through us, but more importantly, we were making lifelong friends through the people we meet.
Our Big Decision
After a big blogging re brand, we decided that we would walk the talk and try out our luck as freelancers. We had big plans for our blog and wanted to continue building it. So we quit our jobs and lived happily ever after. Well, not really. I wish it was that simple. I had used up the last of my savings to pay for a master’s degree while Tom left a company that has taught him a lot and turned down another job offer that was promising big bucks. Armed with not much money (in my case at least), we left for Indonesia with plans of staying there for a month before we moved on.
One month turned into three and soon, we found ourselves leaving Asia and travelling to Europe, South America, and North America. At this point, we were earning a decent amount on our blog (hey, if you live off $20 a day, anything is decent!). Through the months, our skills have also improved drastically. I am incredibly proud of our site as I think it’s awesome but as much as I would love to take credit, most of it is Tom. He has amazingly learned how to code, how to do SEO all while he was making connections and looking for advertisers so we wouldn’t have to eat instant noodles everyday. I literally couldn’t have started this blog without him. Getting back to point, because we took that big leap, opportunities came up before us. We were featured by Business Insider and other publications, we got to do cool things everyday like paragliding over a volcano and trekking in the Amazon, but on top of it all, we were pursuing our passion in life. We could literally work from anywhere in the world doing something we LOVE.
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It’s Not All Rainbows and Butterflies
Don’t get me wrong. It wasn’t always rainbows and butterflies. There were times where we would get sick, or times when we didn’t feel like moving to yet another destination. The fact of the matter is, living out of your bag is hard-but come to think of it, we wouldn’t have it any other way. And like most couples, we fought. Although we try to be as honest as possible in our blog posts and social media, it just didn’t feel right posting a photo saying, “today, Tom and I fought like kids as we wandered around getting lost.” You get the picture. Although we were honest, there is still a facade between what’s real and what’s on social media. Despite all that, we were grateful. We felt like we were living our dream life. We couldn’t believe that what started as a passion project was now supporting us as we traveled the world.
An Unexpected Turn of Events
You know when I said our blog has opened up multiple opportunities for us? Well, one of those opportunities just so happened to be a chance to begin our own Tech Startup Company. Whaat? I mean….really, whaaaat?? To cut the long story short, Tom’s former CEO and friend called us up out of the blue saying how impressed he was with our blog. He asked what our long term goals for it were and soon, we found ourselves giving up our dream of traveling South America to pursue a bigger and better dream. So what do we know about running a tech startup? Absolutely nothing.
However, based on experience, you can’t let that stop you. We are both extremely excited to say that soon, we are heading to Thailand to begin developing an App called Get Stoked. Initially, we will be launching it in Thailand but hopefully, we can take it to market across Southeast Asia. Not to be bragging or anything, but we are hoping that this app would revolutionize the way people travel, making it easier and simpler to go on adventures. Trust us, it will be AWESOME!!!! So what’s the point of this whole story?Our point is, whether it’s a blog, a small business, or a hobby, whatever it is, pursue your passions.
It will open up many doors and will leave you completely and utterly speechless. We know the road to building this startup will be one big roller coaster ride, but we know that it will be all worth it. So we ask all you beautiful people to keep supporting us, keep following our story as we keep chasing our dreams.