What do you recommend? Cow stomach…

by Sharon

In the beginning of our trip, Jason had this strange rule of wanting to order something “weirdly Chinese” and “crazy” at every meal.  He seemed to abide by this rule for most of our meals for a while.  For him, this was his way of really experiencing the unique culture of China; by eating things […]

Unemployed and on the Adventure of a Lifetime

by Jason

Sharon and I had the great privilege of speaking with Mike Cassidy, a reporter from the San Jose Mercury News, to discuss our new Life After Cube lifestyle and goals for the trip. On Saturday, his article was published in the Merc, “Unemployed and on the Adventure of a Lifetime”. If you’ve found our site from the San […]

Automating Our Travel Budget

by Jason

In a previous post I discussed how Sharon and I saved $50,000 and are now traveling for the next year (minimum). The key to our success with this goal was automating our savings plan. In this post, I explain how we plan on keeping our spending and budget in check the exact same way. The […]

Our First Surfing Expedition in Sanya, China

by Sharon

Last Monday, Jason met a guy at our hostel who was looking to get a group of people together to go on a surfing trip.  He (who on a side note was biking through Asia by himself) was looking to get a good deal from the hostel for surfboard rentals and lessons if he could […]

Nas-Que — The Portable Nascar Shaped BBQ

by Jason

One of the topics I like to write about are my attempts to make money while we travel. I previously wrote about selling books on Amazon. This post discusses my attempt at creating a portable barbeque–a “Nas-Que”. My previous boss, Jeff, always had a product idea he was certain would strike it rich. The only […]

A Day in the Life…

by Sharon

We figured our parents readers would want to know what a normal day is like for us since we left the good ol’ States.  So far, our days here in Asia have been pretty similar to each other, so here is a basic illustration: We sleep as late into the morning as our little hearts […]

The Great Adventure of Lunch in Haikou

by Jason

Eating out here is always an “experience”. People rarely speak English and if they do, it’s typically very limited. I just came back from lunch and while today’s lunch experience is pretty standard, I thought it’d be fun to share today’s adventure. With my English-to-Mandarin translation book in hand, I ventured out on my own […]

Money Update – Through 2 Weeks

by Jason

I plan on posting a more extensive update on how we will be managing our money during the year-long trip, but for now I’d like to give an update on how the money situation went the first couple of weeks. For the trip, Sharon and I saved $50,000. Divided by 365, this gives us $137 […]

Top 9 Things About China that shocked us

by Sharon

Immediately after crossing the border from Macau to mainland China, Jason and I noticed that we were in Kansas no longer.  In Hong Kong and Macau, many of the people spoke at least some English, always enough to communicate with us.  Since we entered mainland China on Tuesday night, however, we have been experiencing many […]

The Attraction to a Life After Cubes

by Jason

Looking at our older posts, I realized I may not have fully explained why Sharon and I quit our Silicon Valley jobs and are now planning on spending a year (minimum) traveling around Asia. I wanted to take this opportunity to explain further. In my inspiration post I wrote about how my once-a-year 10-day vacations […]