WE'RE VIC & ADRIENNE
In November, 2015 we quit our jobs, packed up our Brooklyn apartment and said goodbye to all the comforts of home in order to see the world.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN...
Back in 2013, having only been dating a few months, we made a sort of random decision to travel to Thailand together.
We spent 3 weeks exploring Thailand with a friend who had left his life in the states to backpack around the world. Inspired, but not yet ready to make the leap, we moved into an apartment in Brooklyn together that winter.
Fast forward 2 years and we were leaving our jobs, saying goodbye to friends and family and moving out of our apartment which we truly came to love. We had a one-way ticket to Bangkok and a pretty rough itinerary. We promised ourselves that we would allow ourselves this time to be free of all plans, agendas and schedules. We would plan things on the fly, nothing more than a week ahead of time. If we fell in love with a place we would stay awhile, if we didn't like a place, we would pick up our things and move on.
We founded As We Roam to track and blog about our progress, communicate with friends and family and to create a network and resource for travelers just like us. As We Roam represents the true spirit of travel - closing chapters in life and beginning new ones, making your money stretch further then you thought it could and seeing and experiencing things that can help you understand true happiness.
Travel is something I have always been passionate about, however at the age of 27 I realized I hadn't seen as much of the world as I would have liked to. Long term travel was always something that intrigued me, however I never had the guts to do it. I had a fantastic job in NYC, a wonderful apartment, a great network of friends. When Vic and I decided to plan this trip together it seemed crazy, but it felt right and we both knew without question that it would be an amazing experience. Our friends and family were beyond supportive and helped confirm that we were making the right decision.
For me, traveling is all about experiencing new and unique things. Living a simpler life. Going outside my comfort zone. Testing my limits and patience - riding a bus for 16+ hours in Laos will give you a new perspective on long distance travel.
Reasons I love to travel:
The food. To me there is nothing like having an authentic bowl of pho on a shitty plastic stool in Hanoi or seeking out the best free tapas in Granada.
The people. Locals, our hostel/guesthouse/AirBnB hosts/other travelers. We've made some amazing friends throughout our travels.
The beaches. I'm my happiest lying on a beach, beer in hand. Forever beach bum.
I never thought that traveling would have such a profound affect on me. I used to be a man with a plan. I worked hard for everything I had. I was always envious of people who had seen other parts of the world but I was always under the impression that word travel was for the rich or famous. It was a risk I had to take. That risk changed me as a person, inside and out. It changed how I saw the world and what I knew about other people.
Reasons I love to travel:
The awe. That moment you are in a place and the only word you can babble is WOW. These moments are what make me feel truly happy.
The food. I have always loved food but after meeting Adrienne I've garnered a much greater appreciation for all kinds of cuisine. The flavors you just can't replicate stateside make you want to stay abroad forever.
The water. There's surely something about being near the water that makes you feel more relaxed and focused. A great place to process ideas and future.