Who are you?

We are Ashley and Justin, a couple in our early 30’s who decided to shake it up a bit, quit our jobs, and embark on an adventure around the world.  We took off in November 2011 and landed back in the USA in February 2013.  Even though our long-term travel is finished (temporarily!) we’ll still be keeping up with our photo Friday posts and putting all the articles we didn’t have time to write on the road!  We traveled frequently before this trip and will continue to do so for the rest of our lives, so we’ll have plenty of new content here.

I mean really, you lived in NEW YORK CITY, so why would you leave???

People are often shocked, appalled even that we would leave our very stable lives and jobs in New York City for, well, the relative instability of long term travel.  The things is, living in New York was completely manic and as it turns out, that’s not really how we want to live our lives.  We had both been wanting something different for a few years and initially we just made the decision to leave and move elsewhere.  That decision eventually snowballed into plan for a grand trip around the world.

Click here for  the long version about the process of deciding to take this leap, and here for our post about the heart of why we made the decision.

How did you fund your trip and what was your budget on the road?

Ashley is crazy frugal.  Seriously.  We made a super water-tight budget that allowed us to save a pretty large percentage of our very small salaries, and we stuck to it.  For nearly two years.  Ashley will write a post about how we did this this at some point.

If you want to check out our budget on the road, take a look at our Roundups, which is a breakdown of costs in each country we visited.

What did you bring with you?

Check out our Things We Carry page for the details of what we brought with us.

Where did you go?

See our ‘Where Are We?‘ page.  We ultimately visited 16 countries and 6 continents on our journey, the map will pinpoint all the details.

How can I keep updated with you guys?

Well, you can do a lot of things:

Check back here often!

Like us on Facebook

Follow theparallellife on Twitter

Check out our Flikr photos

Email us at theparallellife@gmail.com

But, who are you really?

Ashley was a NYC public school teacher for 6 years.  She’s always been interested in photography, travel and great food.  She grew up in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and has a large sense of wanderlust.

Justin grew up in Texas and moved to NYC to get a taste of the real city.  He has a love of history, meeting new people and…….great food!  He is one of those people who can get along with just about anyone.


15 Responses to “About”

  1. crazytraintotinkytown June 20, 2012 at 2:00 am #

    Merhaba! As am admirer or your work, I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award – pop on over to my page http://crazytraintotinkytown.com for details. Appreciate these awards involve some work, so please take your time or if you have received them before, my apologies but it’s still nice to know someone appreciates your blog. May your day be filled with sunshine

  2. turkishmusing June 26, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    Hi Ashley and Justin! Your adventures have me frothing at the mouth to explore the world, therefore, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. 🙂 I hope you continue to have safe travels!

    • Ashley June 26, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

      Fantastic! Thanks a bunch!

  3. eliseblalock August 19, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    This is redundant but I’ve just nominated you for a One Lovely Blog Award. I hope you’re loving Jerusalem!

    • Ashley September 7, 2012 at 12:08 am #

      Thanks! Jerusalem was fantastic, definitely one of our favorite cities so far.

  4. crazyplaneat January 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    Simply amazing blog! Congratulations, very well done, with interesting pictures and information and amazing experiences..I envy you guys! Every post is fantastic! Good luck with your world trip and keep on posting about this unique experience!

    • Ashley January 23, 2013 at 4:57 am #

      Thanks so much for the kind words!

  5. nathaliec24 May 1, 2013 at 12:04 am #

    Hi Ashley & Justin,
    First of all WOW. That is so amazing and brave. I came across your blog because I was writing at what I’ve learned so far at 28 and happen to mention this “Parallel Life” Syndrome. It’s just something I made up because I would always say that I am not exactly living the life I thought but another one. Happen to google Parallel Life and along came your blog. Definitely a reminder of one thing I have always wanted and still can do… TRAVEL. I wish you guys the best in your travels and looking forward to following you!

  6. Travel Spirit May 7, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    Ashley – I met your Mom through my blog and she gave the link to yours. I love it! So glad you did it! ~Sherry~

    • Ashley May 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

      Thanks for checking us out!

  7. Peru En RoUte August 31, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    Lovely blog, Ashley and Justin. We also share our passion for travel and writiing (peruenroute, vidaenroute here in wordpress.com).

    We would like to have our own domain too but have no idea how. would you please give us some advice about it?

    We really appreciate your insight!!!

    • Ashley August 31, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

      We bought our domain name through wordpress.com, which is where we host the blog. They conveniently set everything up for it, and we just log-into wordpress and post from there.

  8. Peru En RoUte September 3, 2013 at 8:56 am #

    Ashley, thank you very much for your message!!! Good post about Colca Canyon, Arequipa-Peru!!!

  9. Siva Rama Krishnan Kishore GUNDIMEDA March 16, 2018 at 4:03 pm #

    I would like to check parallel life with previous history


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