About us

It seemed almost inevitable that we, Jonathan and Sarah, would one day meet: two independent travellers from different corners of the globe, we shared a bond that many travellers experience, a mutual love of adventure and a belief that the planet is a better place when people leave their comfort zones and discover new lands and cultures. So, when our paths finally crossed in Chaing Mai, Thailand we quickly struck up our relationship and began exploring the world together.

Our travel blog isn’t about budget travel, but there is certainly a bit of that. It isn’t about luxury travel, but there is an element of that too. We may occasionally strap on a backpack and go to some pretty remote places, but we are not “backpackers”. LifePart2 isn’t all about minimalism, but we use minimalism as a tool (“the luxury of little“) to enable us to live this lifestyle. This blog isn’t specifically about retirement either, but we do hope to motivate you to travel more and have some retirement adventures of your own. Our blog is about possibilities and experiencing the full spectrum of life and living in ways that are interesting and appealing. One day may find us staying with indigenous families, eating local food and sleeping on straw. The next may find us sipping fine wine in an ultra-luxury hotel while admiring the lights of a world-class city. To us, it is about variety and enjoying the full spectrum of what life offers.

We like to base ourselves in interesting places around the world and explore from there. We are currently living near the ocean north of Lisbon on the “Silver Coast” of Portugal with a crazy dog and a grumpy cat, and we love it, but we are already making plans to live other places: we feel life is too short to spend it all in one place.

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About Jon

In 2011 I sold everything I owned, took early retirement and began traveling the world. Some people would say this was a pretty radical step, but after living a rather typical American life, a life based on seeking comforts and accumulating possessions, I longed for adventure and experiences far more than I cared about holding on to my “stuff”. I knew such a drastic change might sometimes be challenging, but I also knew the rewards of fulfilling lifelong dreams would be worth it.

I started this blog to demonstrate to my fellow baby boomers that the world is not some scary place to avoid, but it is still open and available to those who are adventurous, motivated and curious enough to go out and see it for themselves. In fact, now that many of us have the time, there may never be a better opportunity to step away from the ordinary, see those places we always wanted to see, have some adventures and open our eyes to the beauty and experiences we have been missing.

Before I began my “LifePart2” in 2011, I was an air traffic controller in the United States. Sure I had a few adventures; I got my pilot’s license at age 17 and my SCUBA rating at age 18. I always enjoyed working but, after 25 years of doing the same thing every day, it had become stale. I had always been passionate about travel, writing, and photography, but the typical American work schedule, long commutes, short vacations, fatigue and the general distractions of life, restricted my ability to delve deeply into my passions. As soon as the opportunity for early retirement came available I jumped at it and I haven’t looked back.

Since I love traveling I made it my goal to move around the globe, basing in different countries for roughly a year at a time, while taking opportunities to explore everywhere. So far I have lived off the grid on a white sand Caribbean beach in Mexico, in a Spanish colonial town in the mountains of Chiapas, in the shadow of ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, in the foothills of the Himalayas in Thailand, and on the Mekong River in Laos.

The journey hasn’t always been completely smooth, but it has always been educational and never boring. I have made more friends and met more interesting people in the last five years than I probably did in the previous fifty. I have pushed myself harder, expanded my comfort zones further and lived more freely than I ever have before. The people that call me “brave” for living this way don’t understand what I fear the most — living a life of regrets and “should-haves”. Nothing in this new life is about running away, but it is about running toward everything life has to offer with open arms and an open heart.

These are just a few highlights of the independent experiences I have had since retirement in 2011.

About Sarah

Being an English teacher, helped fund further trips:
  • I Walked 100 miles for Charity Along the Great Wall of China
  • Been an Extra in a Commercial in India
  • Ate, Prayed, Loved in Bali
  • Hiked the New Territories in Hong Kong
  • Climbed to Mount Everest Base Camp,
  • Volunteered with Chimpanzees in Uganda,
  • Gorilla trekking in Uganda,
  • Slept Under the Stars listening to the Roar of Lions in Tanzania
  • Trekked up a Volcano in Nicaragua,
  • Had a Girls Road Trip in a Campervan throughout Australia and more…
  • My love for travelling hasn’t diminished over time and I never did return to the UK.
Since we began traveling as a couple we have:

 

Ever since I was a little girl going on family holidays to the Isle of Wight and Majorca, I have loved to travel. All my working life, I worked for airlines and a variety of travel companies to satisfy my lust for travel, but the more I travelled, the more I wanted to travel. A week-long adventure here and there was not enough so finally on January 28th, 2002, I set off by myself to have some adventures around the world: I had allowed myself one year.

I’ll admit I was nervous at first, but travelling alone is not as scary as you may think. You meet so many people along the way, and even today, I still meet up with friends I met in that first year. I spent eight months in Asia, exploring Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Borneo and Singapore, followed by four months in Western Australia. As my year was coming to an end, I found myself travelling with new friends who were moving on to New Zealand, hey I might never be this close to that part of the world again I thought, so I accidentally on purpose missed my flight and flew to Auckland with them. By the time I reached the South Island, my funds were running out, so in exchange for food and board, I worked as a receptionist in a hostel in Christchurch for a few months.

After 18 months away, I thought maybe I should return to the UK and get a proper job, but I was having too much fun, so I accidentally (on purpose) missed my fight home again and became an English teacher in Thailand.

Ever since I was a little girl going on family holidays to the Isle of Wight and Majorca, I have loved to travel. All my working life, I worked for airlines and a variety of travel companies to satisfy my lust for travel, but the more I travelled, the more I wanted to travel. A week-long adventure here and there was not enough so finally on January 28th, 2002, I set off by myself to have some adventures around the world: I had allowed myself one year.

I’ll admit I was nervous at first, but travelling alone is not as scary as you may think. You meet so many people along the way, and even today, I still meet up with friends I met in that first year. I spent eight months in Asia, exploring Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Borneo and Singapore, followed by four months in Western Australia. As my year was coming to an end, I found myself travelling with new friends who were moving on to New Zealand, hey I might never be this close to that part of the world again I thought, so I accidentally on purpose missed my flight and flew to Auckland with them. By the time I reached the South Island, my funds were running out, so in exchange for food and board, I worked as a receptionist in a hostel in Christchurch for a few months.

After 18 months away, I thought maybe I should return to the UK and get a proper job, but I was having too much fun, so I accidentally (on purpose) missed my fight home again and became an English teacher in Thailand.

Being an English teacher, helped fund further trips:
  • I Walked 100 miles for Charity Along the Great Wall of China
  • Been an Extra in a Commercial in India
  • Ate, Prayed, Loved in Bali
  • Hiked the New Territories in Hong Kong
  • Climbed to Mount Everest Base Camp,
  • Volunteered with Chimpanzees in Uganda,
  • Gorilla trekking in Uganda,
  • Slept Under the Stars listening to the Roar of Lions in Tanzania
  • Trekked up a Volcano in Nicaragua,
  • Had a Girls Road Trip in a Campervan throughout Australia and more…
  • My love for travelling hasn’t diminished over time and I never did return to the UK.
Since we began traveling as a couple we have:

 

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We love to work with brands, organizations, and destinations that share our enthusiasm for living life to the fullest and think that grown-ups should travel more and have more adventures. If you agree and would like to discuss areas where we can partner together to help spread the word you can have a look at the LifePart2 Media Kit and contact US.

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