Yes, We Travel. But We’re Not Rich. Or Lucky. And This Is How…

Nik and Dusty Green: Two for the Road

“You guys are so lucky you get to travel so much.”

Yep. We get that a lot.

“It’s crazy the places y’all go. Y’all must me super rich.”

And that one. We get that one a lot too.

Super nice sentiments, to be sure. And we can absolutely see how folks might think that. We totally get it. Bad news is, none of it is really, actually true. We wish it was! Good Lord knows we wish it was. But the good news is – and this is the cool part –  none of it has to be true. You don’t have to be lucky, or rich, in order to travel. And as much as anything, we hope our adventures and our blogs going forward will convince you of that.

Luck’s Got Nothin’ to Do With It.

So let’s start with that idea that we’re lucky. And this might rub some of y’all the wrong way, which we’re certainly not trying to do. As we mentioned in a previous blog, we absolutely consider ourselves very blessed to live the lives we live. VERY blessed. So don’t get us wrong on that. But honestly and truthfully, the way we see it luck has little to do with it. Our lifestyle is the direct result of the decision we made several years ago to follow a crazy dream, and dedicate our work and our lives to our love of travel. And we have been lucky, mainly in the sense that our work has gotten noticed by some good people (especially our friends and partners at Adventure Life) who love what we do and send us out around the world to shoot videos. But beyond that? “Luck” as they say, is simply what you make it. And until we finally win that big Powerball jackpot, it’ll unfortunately have to stay that way.

Here’s the skinny on our money situation: When we left our “normal” lives back in 2007 to pursue this life of travel and adventure, we were pulling in slightly north of $130,000 a year. Take home. Which in a place like Amarillo, Texas, where the cost of living is still marvelously cheap, went a good long way. And it enabled us to buy lots of pretty nice things and live a pretty comfy life in the most exclusive neighborhood in town. Today, eight crazy years later, we’re dang lucky to bring home a third of that. We live in a $12,000 mobile home. Our cars are both twenty years old. We do the bulk of our shopping at Goodwill. And we bust our butts to pay the bills every month.

So, no. We’re definitely not loaded. And try as we might not to worry about money, we still worry about money all the time. We still have bills. We still have responsibilities. And we still have to somehow save for the future. And it’s a lot of hard work trying to convince prospective clients to pay us actual money to make videos for them, which few ever do. So, yeah. As much fun as we’re having, this life of ours isn’t all unicorns and rainbows.

But that’s just our reality. And we’re definitely not complaining, because we love to travel and would do it for free forever if we didn’t need money to live. And yes, we can always get “real jobs” and not have to worry about that kind of stuff so much. But here’s the kicker: we love this life. We’re living our dream, and we’re happier than we’ve ever been. We do feel so, so blessed to be able to do and see the things we do. And maybe… just maybe… we’ll eventually be able to make enough money doing this and be able to call it a “living.” That, friends, is the day when our dream will really come true.

And This Is Where You Come In…

Your reality is likely much the same in many ways. You have bills to pay. Responsibilities to meet. And chances are you’re not making near the kind of money you’d like to be making. All of which makes the idea of traveling seem as far off as Timbuktu itself. But trust us: it can be done. You can still travel and see the world. You’ve just got to be willing (and able) to make certain changes to your life, and to the way you think about things.

So having said all that, here’s the number one thing to remember about making your travel dreams come true:

Two for the Road Travel Motivation

It’s true. You don’t have to be “lucky” or “rich” to travel. For real.

No, it’s not easy. But it’s probably easier than you think. And it’s absolutely, positively liberating in almost every way.

So how do you do it? Well, we’ve got some ideas, based on what we’ve personally experienced and on our conversations with others we’ve met. And we’ll be sharing all of that good stuff as time goes by and the blog rolls on. So if you’re serious about traveling, we hope you’ll follow along, share your thoughts and ask any questions.

Much more to come y’all!


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  1. mary wood

    i just wanna go with yall wish i had the nerve you two have had and it makes me so happy to see you Nik so happy your smile is contagious and you know i love you

  2. Pat Eddleman

    You’re right Nikki, I’m very fortunate to be able to do travel Nursing. Working at different hospitals and traveling at the same time. Love it!

    • So glad you’re able to do that Pat! Such an inspiration to us! We hope to keep doing this as long as we can. Maybe we could do a little interview with you guys at some point to put on our blog. Let folks know we’re not the only ones working and traveling! There’s all sorts of ways to do it! Happy for you guys 🙂

  3. Hey! We did a post about this exact thing last month on our travel blog! Right on!

    We’re loving following your adventures! (And OMG my husband’s family is from Borger, Phillips, Spearman, and Amarillo. Small world!)

    Laura & Kevin

    • Awesome! We’ll be sure to check that out. Thanks for following along! That’s too crazy your husband’s family is from the Texas Panhandle. I’m sure Dusty and his folks know them. It’s a small world for sure. Cheers!

  4. Kacie Bell

    You two are the “richest” friends I know and not because of money, but because you have each other!! Love you, Nisty and Ducky!! 🙂

    • Ding ding ding! We have a winner!!!! Thanks KacieBell! And you are absolutely correct. Love you, and can’t wait to see you guys again!

  5. Warren Tarpey

    Look foreword to more of your adventure.

  6. Couldn’t agree with you guys more! When we set out on our RTW, we had the same comments. I think we are lucky to have been born in a country that afforded us the opportunities to go to school and get a job, and families that supported us, but the choices we’ve made have helped us to travel!

    • Amen guys! Where are you now? Bali? Your trip looks absolutely incredible! Lovin’ the blog 🙂

  7. The grass is always greener (pun intended) from the other side. You guys make it look too easy but we know how hard you work to create such amazing videos. Thanks for always going the extra mile to make it all so enjoyable for us!

  8. Two of my pet peeves people always say to me!

    It’s not “luck” because I work hard to earn for it and to plan my trips; and it’s not “richness” as I have to work hard to make the money to spend for it! Except for that time I won a trip for two to Vienna for Eurovision, which was pretty lucky… but that’s another thing!

    Saving and planning for travel takes time and effort and sacrifice, but it is SO WORTH IT, because i rather travel often and make memories, than be at home surrounded by material things 🙂

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