January 22, 2022 marked TEN YEARS since we left on our HoneyTrek. It was supposed to be a one-year honeymoon to check off everything on our bucket list, but we quickly realized that’s not what it was about. It is about getting off that track, connecting with locals, and finding (and creating) the good in the world. 3,650 days, 63 countries, and 7 continents later, that still holds true, and our drive to explore is just as strong. That said, it has been a WILD ride and not without its ups and downs…like that time we slept in the Rio de Janiero bus station during the madness of Carnaval, or when our camper broke down in Canada and it took 4 days by ferry to reach a mechanic, or when a mouse chewed through our luggage in Thailand. Some days, we don’t know how we keep going without a homebase to retreat to, but one thing we do know is that we couldn’t have done this without the support of our HoneyTrek family–at home, on the road, and online. Thank you so much for cheering us on for the last 10 years and helping us chase our dreams!
To commemorate our decade on honeymoon and all the incredible places, people, and experiences that have touched our lives in the process, we took on the massive task of turning 10-years worth of videos into a 7-minute highlight reel. It took us a solid month to edit down thousands of videos and (with the help of an incredible editor) finesse our 300 best clips into something that told our story. Starting with leaving our home in New York City and flying into the wilds of the Amazon jungle, like the two clueless city kids we were, you see our struggles and triumphs as we move from South America, Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe, The Middle East, Central America, The Caribbean, Antarctica to North America.
Each region is packed with gorgeous scenery, historic architecture, diverse wildlife, big adventures, and colorful characters. To get between them, there was no flying first-class, we took every mode of transportation imaginable–chicken buses, dhow boats, Victorian trains, bush planes, and banana trucks. Our lodging, well, that ranged from 5-star hotels to 15-person dorms. We even worked for room and board, mucking barn stalls and scraping barnacles off the bottom of boats, if it meant we could stay a little longer in the places we loved. The diversity of experiences made us appreciate the high and the low, and realize that there is no such thing as a misadventure. Travel has taught us to keep an open mind and an open heart, and the kindness we’ve received in return humbles us every day. Like Chan who took the bus 40 minutes in the wrong direction to make sure we made it to our stop in Beijing, or Todd the renegade mechanic who stayed up tinkering with the camper all night to help us get back on the road, or Eva the Polish farmer who took us in for five days during the height of the pandemic to keep us warm, fed, and loved. Every culture we’ve encountered has been uniquely different, but we all have more in common than you’d think.
We can’t wait to hear what you think of this video and the scenes you love most. If there are any locations/people/activities you want to know more about, just drop a comment with the time & description of the clip, and we’ll reply with the deets. Traveling full-time for the past decade has been the greatest experience of our lives and we hope this video offers a bit of inspiration for a journey of your own.