Kimmy is the wife of Drew Evensen which I featured last week in Meet the Nomads. They are the owners and the writers behind AfterGlobe. If you’re a couple looking for an inspiration to travel then this blog is for you.
Together, they write a lot of helpful travel tips and inspiring stories that will definitely motivate you to work hard in achieving your dream. They’re currently staying put in Portland and saving up for their upcoming RTW trip. If you’re also in the process of preparing for a long trip then you should definitely subscribe to their blog to keep yourself updated with their budget saving tips and other travel related articles. Aside from travel, you’ll also find a lot of posts about food and recipes which I think is very useful especially for couples who love to cook.
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But before you leave this page, check out my short interview with Kimmy.
How did you discover your passion for travelling?
“I don’t ever remember a time that I didn’t want to travel. You could say, I was born into travel. The first time my mom ever felt me move inside of her she was on the back of my dad’s motorcycle near Death Valley. My dad had a vintage school bus he removed all the seats from to convert into living quarters complete with a kitchen. We traveled to different places throughout The States in that bus.
Around two, we moved to Hawaii to island hop between Maui, Kauai, and Oahu. We stayed with people we met along the way and camped on beached and in the jungle. My youngest travel memories are the time we spent on the Hawaiian Islands. It never left me.”
What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?
“Luckily, I haven’t had any horrible travel experiences, yet. The worst have been some delayed flights. So not a big deal. I better knock on wood!”
What’s the best travel experience that you’ve ever had?
“Drew, my husband, and I spent 15 days on Maui last year. The first half of the trip we were there with our friends and family while we had a destination wedding and celebrated. The second half was completely kickback visiting our favorite places on the island and getting to chill in Hana. It was the perfect combination of everything I love to do while traveling. It was so hard to leave.”
What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of travelling?
“How the US media has lied to us about travel being unsafe and to fear those who are not from The States. It’s so ridiculous, yet so many people believe it and won’t even leave the US. It takes a lot to unlearn so much that’s been shoved down our throats for so many years.”
What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?
“To me, being at home with a full time job and a huge list of bills to pay every month is way more tiring than travel. Every life or path that you pick has its ups and down, its highs and lows. It’s all about how I think about what I am doing and what kind of energy I put towards it. The grass isn’t greener on the other side; its greener where you water it.
If I tell myself travel is tiring, that’s exactly what it’s going to be. Instead I look at how much good it’s brought into my life and the blessings that have come with it. Focusing on the positive of travel, brings more positive into my life.”
This is a silly and hypothetical one. If you would be given a chance to travel with a popular person or a celebrity, who would it be and why?
“Jennifer Lawrence looks like she’d be fun. She seems like she doesn’t take life too seriously or herself. Plus, she might have picked up a survival tip or two when filming Hunger Games.”
Where’s your favorite place in this planet and why?
“Hawaii. More specifically, Maui. Hawaii has been with me ever since we lived there when I was little. It really got under my skin and I’ve never be able to stop thinking about it. When I’m caught staring off in to space, it’s Maui that I’m thinking about.
Maui is paradise to me. It’s has everything I love. There are so many fond memories and happy times there. Getting off the plane there always feels like going home.”
What’s your best tip for newbie traveler?
“You never know when you will visit a destination again, or if you ever will, don’t pass by the things that you really want to do because they may be a bigger ticket item. Look for other ways to do it for less or splurge a little. You will never forget how you didn’t do that one thing you wanted to do so badly.”
How do you fund your travels?
“Right now, through full time work and airline miles. We also have a timeshare we bought years ago that has locations pretty much everywhere. Between our free flights and timeshare, all we have to really pay for once we get somewhere is food.
I’m in the process of going through all of my things and selling as much as possible. Drew and I are getting our house ready to sell and we are paying off all of our debt. Once we do that, we will leave to travel the world full time. We will have some savings and will make money along the way through different jobs.”
How do you keep yourself safe on your travels?
“The same way I do at home- Be aware of my surroundings and trust my instinct.”
What do you think about yourself?
“That I’m pretty damn awesome, of course! HA! Ok, this is a hard question. I think I’m a very focused and driven person. If I want something, I do whatever it takes to make it happen. Like getting out of this rat race to go after my dream to travel the world.
I was a teen mom and put most of my dreams on hold to be able to provide for my daughter. I put myself through college and became the first woman in my family to get a degree. I never even realized how much I had achieved or what I had put on hold until my daughter was about to graduate high school. With her leaving home, I knew it was time to finally get to travel like I had been wanting my whole life.”
“At the end of 2012, we took a good, hard look at our lives and decided it wasn’t what we really wanted. We’d bought into this idea of the American Dream and instead of making us happy it made up burnt out, having too much debt, and never having enough time. To change this, we drafted a plan to get free of debt, sell almost everything we own, and leave to slowly travel the world. AfterGlobe documents our progress getting out of debt to go after the globe, while also sharing information to help others get out of debt. Along the way, we share our travel adventures we’ve had together, so far.” – Kimmy Hayes
Editor’s Note: All pics are provided by Kimmy.