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On the Verge of a Life-Changing Journey

Lexi&Marti Quit Their Jobs to Travel in Asia

I met Lexi and Martin just before the beginning of a new chapter in their lives. They were preparing for this trip for a year. They quit their 9 to 5 jobs and are ready to embark on what Asia has to offer. The duo are some of the kindest and sweetest souls I have ever met and I am so excited to follow how they grow during their life-changing journey. But first, let’s ask them some questions.

 

How did you decide to pack your bags and leave?

Lexy:

It all began a year and a half ago, in January 2018, when we were on a vacation in the mountains. Everything was amazing but something was missing. We were at the point of our lives where we were almost finished with our education. And since I’m one year older than Martin I had already started questioning if I want to do this for the rest of my life and what’s the point of it all. It was a typical quarter-life crisis, I felt like there is something very wrong with having to spend my days not the way I imagined when I was a kid and that we actually have the freedom of choice to do it, we just choose not to.

We choose to be in our way. I guess I tried to express all that in a conversation with Martin but it sounded more like an incomprehensible rant, an idealised dream of a kid that refuses to grow up. He replied that this lifestyle has many disadvantages and with this, the topic was closed. A month later he came into my room with the words “We’re doing it.”

Martin:

My response to the first version of the idea was a direct refusal. I thought Lexy was talking about moving and settling somewhere else and I didn’t see a point in that as I knew that we have family and friends here who mean the world to us. 

A couple of weeks later I had a moment that changed everything. I doubt that I will ever forget how I felt then. And if that moment won’t sound like something special to anyone, for me it was something beyond normal. I was in the gym, not even thinking about the idea when this extraordinary feeling burst into my head and body. It was a feeling of confidence, power, pain, sadness, desire for freedom, all at once. It was like I was being shot over and over with bullets of different emotions.

I remembered how much I wanted to travel the world with only a backpack when I was a little kid and I almost started crying. I felt so guilty that I had left my biggest dream to slowly fade somewhere in the past. And only because some people say that it is not realistic and that if you have dreams like this one, then you are not mature enough.

This was the time when I knew that I was going to do it. I didn’t know how, when or where to start, but this was the moment that I got myself completely sure that there was no coming back. Do you know that there are moments out of nowhere, filled with pure inspiration that make you feel untouchable, even for a couple of seconds? This was that kind of a moment. I can’t wait to see how it will change my life forever.

In the next year in a half me and Lexy modified our plan many times until we got to the decision that we will become a low budget backpackers and will try to explore the world as much as we can. We worked, saved money, graduated, quit our jobs and did our best to research everything that we need to know. Now we feel more than ready to do it.

 

How did your family and friends react to the news?


A palette of emotions as colourful as people are… Also, for some of them, there were two phases – the time when we told them we’re leaving and the time they realised we’re doing it. Overall, both our friends and families support us. But while people from our generation fully understand this and believe that it’s the right step for us, our parents and especially our grandparents don’t quite get the idea behind it and are rather concerned for our safety and our future.

 

 

Give us some practical advice if we want to follow your example.


Our trick for following a big dream in order not to get too scared and therefore demotivated is to split it up and simplify it. Start with making a simple to-do list with the exact steps that need to be taken month by month and then each day. For example “plan itinerary”  – accomplishing each small task gets you closer to the bigger goal and keeps you motivated.

 

Even if you feel like you’re moving slow that is always better than giving up in the first place. At some point, the tasks became way scarier – “quit the job”, “get visas”, ”move out”. But since we were so used to following the to-do list we almost didn’t realise what’s happening, we were already concentrated on the goal without distracting ourselves with fear. Research a lot and talk to people about your dream – many would disagree on this but in our experience, most people would try to help you and lift you when you know what you want.

 

Share with us some of your plans. Where are you going first? Why?

We chose to start our journey from Asia for numerous different reasons. Curiosity for their culture, the climate, the people, the absolute calmness and kindness on their happy faces, the relatively cheap way of life.
The first stop will be India mainly because of the geographic position of the countries we would like to visit. As we want our travel direction to be towards the east, we knew that it would be a pity to miss such an interesting and diverse country such as India if we start our trip from Thailand for example (which was the initial plan).

We will land in New Delhi, where we will spend our first week. After that, we will head off to Nepal and then back to India, where we plan to spend 2 or 3 months. Next, we’ll be crossing the border to Myanmar, travel to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand. We hope to see Malaysia and Indonesia as well. If we go this far our next goal would be New Zealand and Australia. We find it hard to differentiate plans from dreams now. So we’ll stop here.

What are your expectations for this trip? 

 

Lexy:

To slow down and be more happy with less. To gain the confidence that everything in my head can become my reality if I decide to. To fall in love with life again.

Martin:

To see things that will amaze me. Feel the maximum, complete freedom. Experience the happiest days of my life.

 

When are you coming back?

If we’re lucky, don’t die and don’t run out of money after covering all countries it will be approximately one and a half, two years. But in case we get too lucky or start enjoying this lifestyle so much that we make more and more plans on the go… We don’t know. 

 

Tell us about your Youtube channel, what can we expect to see there next?

“Cosmic Giggle” is our creative child which is going to represent a visual journal of our adventure – vlogs, cinematic movies, sit-up talks. We have a lot of ideas on how it can evolve and many directions we’d like to follow with it. One thing for sure –  we want it to be as authentic as possible, inspiring and fun to watch.

Our initial purpose was to create a platform which would leave the audience with the feeling of abundance and the realisation there are so many opportunities for us as humans living in the now. This doesn’t mean showing only the exciting and fun part of being a nomad but the raw reality behind it.

 

 

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