We both caught the travel bug early in life. No, not the bug you get while traveling that makes you hug the toilet for days on end…although we’ve had that too…the travel bug that creates an insatiable feeling of needing to go new places, see new things, experience new cultures, meet new people, try new food. After studying abroad during college (Mike in Chile and Amy in Denmark), we both realized the need to see the world. And thus a dream was born, to travel the world for an extended period of time. Setting a goal is easy enough, but sticking with it can be a challenge. How do you stay motivated to reach your dreams?
We created a picture wall in our living room to remind us of our love for travel and keep us motivated to reaching our goal of traveling the world. Well, ok, let’s be real, the picture wall really evolved because we needed a cheap way to decorate the stark white walls in our apartment. Not bad, huh?
In addition to being a fun piece of art and conversation piece, the picture wall truly has served as a motivator for our travels. We can look at a photo of one of our past trips and remember the people we met, the lessons we learned, the new thing or food we tried. All 26 of these photos represent something different, but together they make up the story of how The Chamborres Expedition was born.
Here are a few stories of the photos on our picture wall…We can’t even imagine the pictures and tales we’ll have a year from now.
During our honeymoon in Jamaica, we met an awesome rasta named Billy who showed us around for a day. The Blue Hole was one of our many stops that day. Good people. Rope swinging into beautiful water. Everyting irie.
We went to Denmark in June 2011 for Amy’s host parents’ silver anniversary party. We highly recommend attending such an event if you have the opportunity – the Danes know how to party! While sightseeing in Copenhagen, we climbed to the top of Von Frelser Kirke, overcoming our uneasiness with heights to see the amazing views of Copenhagen and the Øresund Bridge to Sweden.
While Mike was living in San Jose, CA for a year in 2008, we took a week long vacation to Sonoma/Napa, where we actually ended up getting engaged:) We were feeling a little queasy on the drive to the hot air balloon launch site from celebrating a little too much the night before, but once we were in the air, all other feelings subsided and we were left in awe. What a peaceful and mesmerizing sport.