One Year Anniversary Video!
It’s officially been one year now (well, a year and one week because we got a little behind on this post) since we started TwoBadTourists.com! This time last year we were in Rishikesh, India sitting in a plain hotel room for two days straight trying to get the blog ready for its launch while we nourished ourselves with room service. We still look back fondly on those delicious Indian meals brought right to our door!
Well in honor of this occasion we’ve compiled some video clips of our travels from Central America to Europe to Africa to Asia to South America and then back to Europe! We hope you’ve enjoyed following us over the past year and that you’ll continue to travel with TwoBadTourists for many more. Thank you guys for all your love and support!
The 3 Worst Hostel Experiences From Our Round-the-World Trip
We recently shared our five favorite hostels from our round-the-world trip last year. Now it’s time to step a little bit on the negative side (I always make time for complaining). Here are three of our worst hostel experiences from our ten months of backpacking across five continents.
5 Favorite Hostels From Our Round-the-World Trip
During our round-the-world backpacking trip, we stayed mostly in hostels. However, we also made sure to treat ourselves every once in a while with a hotel – about once a month. You can only stand to not have a private room for so long! Our other common lodging option was of course CouchSurfing which we also did about once a month. Before we began backpacking I had never stayed in a hostel so my first one was the day we arrived in Mexico City. Hostel living grew on me fast and I couldn’t imagine traveling any other way at the moment (aside from CouchSurfing). As we’ve stayed at many a hostel, we thought we’d share our favorite five from our 10 months of backpacking across 5 continents.
Yard Sale to Raise Money for Our Round the World Trip
This past Friday and Saturday were our double yard sale days. Auston had his at his mom’s house in Mesa and I had mine at my mom’s in Gilbert.
Our nephew Draven was an excellent security guard too. You just never know what’s going to go down at a garage sale.
Things I’ve learned from my garage selling guru sister (Tasia):
1. People won’t buy what they can’t see. So display clothes, put together items that need assembly, and be sure your feature products are visible.
2. Don’t go too low on prices on day one. There’s always the next day to slash them.
3. $3 and $5 are good prices for items, but for some unknown reason she doesn’t like $4. I don’t understand that rule.
4. Signs have to be large, bright, and legible. But don’t let people mooch off your signs for their own yard sale! Someone did that to us on Saturday so we had to promptly add another sign.
5. At the end of it all, just get rid of your junk! We had a “Fill a Bag for a $1” deal. Anything that fits in the bag is yours!
And sometimes, you just have to treat yourself with some of your profits. This is my text to Auston trying to determine who made the most at their garage sale.
Thanks to our families for all the help. It was definitely a success and we managed to reach our goal. It will definitely help supplement our current lack of income.
Passing Time Until Our First Flight
We’ve been passing time in Arizona for almost 3 weeks now. In addition to spending most of our days planning for the trip, we’ve managed to occupy our time in many other ways…
Like passing out flyers to our neighbors requesting any items they can donate for our garage sale. (We’re having it next weekend to raise funds for the volunteer programs we’re applying to.)
…And collecting items from my mom’s neighborhood that people were throwing out to sell at the garage sale.
We celebrated my mom’s bday with an excellent dinner.
A lot of our attention has been focused around our favorite board game, Settlers of Catan. (We know we’re dorks and we’re okay with it.)
We’re also hanging out with the awesome Grzecka kids building lighthouses and volunteering in Owen’s preschool class. Spending three hours with ten four year olds is as much fun as it sounds.
Auston has been selling a bunch of our things online to earn some extra cash.
To save some money on the entrance fee to Phoenix Gay Pride this past weekend, we volunteered the week before by placing some mats under generators (to soak up oil) and assembling cardboard trashcans.
Only 11 more days until we fly to Mexico City! Then the trip really begins.
Moving Weekend: Selling Our Stuff to Travel the World
As everyone knows, moving truly brings out the best in a person and is something we look forward to every chance we get. It’s one of the most enjoyable experiences in life. Except that it’s not. It’s a terrible terrible thing and sometimes I just have to scream into a pillow to get through it. However, get through it we did! We sold all of our furniture and filled up about 5 of these bins at Goodwill. Thank god for Goodwill. Every time we dropped stuff off I felt like saying “See ya suckers! Thanks for taking our junk!” [Disclaimer: we did not give Goodwill junk, only quality items]
Round the World Tickets Booked!
It’s official! As of Jan 20th, our RTW (round the world) tickets are booked! This was no easy feat as Auston will tell you. We used the airline miles that we’ve been saving all year to book them and we just had to pay the tax! Auston spent months researching all the possible destinations, making sample itineraries and verifying all the restrictions. But it paid off and now we’ve got a majority of the trip planned. However, we reserve the right to change it at anytime. We want to remain flexible while we’re traveling so we can be open to any and every opportunity that comes our way.