‘We Crammed Our Whole Lives Into Two Backpacks’: Newlyweds Quit Their $51.3K Jobs To Travel The World

‘Living the dream’ is the way Jennifer Raath describes the life her and her husband are leading. Soon after they were married Jennifer and Rudolph decided that travelling was what they wanted to do.

To fund the dream, the couple had to rent out their house, sell their cars and cancel the gym membership and phone contracts. Finally, with one backpack each, they headed off.

Jennifer says it was hard leaving their jobs, but once they had done it and were on the way, they knew they had made the right choice.

Jennifer Raath, 25, and her husband, Rudolph, 27, pictured in Laos, have so far visited 14 different countries together since tying the knot and setting off on their adventure
Jennifer Raath, 25, and her husband, Rudolph, 27, pictured in Laos, have so far visited 14 different countries together since tying the knot and setting off on their adventure
The South African couple had to rent their home out, sell their cars, and cancel their phone contracts and gym memberships in order to save £11,000 over six months
The South African couple had to rent their home out, sell their cars, and cancel their phone contracts and gym memberships in order to save £11,000 over six months

“The hardest part was quitting our jobs, we were earning around £35-40k [$45-51.3K] per year combined but we had to put our careers on hold if we wanted to see more of the world,” she said.

“We had to swap our lifestyle for living out of one backpack each but we couldn’t be happier now we’ve done it.”

“Saying goodbye to our cars, gym memberships and house wasn’t easy but the rent from our home has helped fund our trip.”

Rudolph, a former project manager and Jennifer, who was a marketing partner manager, pictured on their wedding day
Rudolph, a former project manager and Jennifer, who was a marketing partner manager, pictured on their wedding day
The pair, pictured at the Rome Collosseum, decided to quit their jobs and lead a simple life with just one backpack each in December - and they haven't looked back since
The pair, pictured at the Rome Collosseum, decided to quit their jobs and lead a simple life with just one backpack each in December – and they haven’t looked back since
Jennifer and Rudolph, pictured at the Chiang Rai White Temple in Thailand, used the rent from home to help fund the trip 
Jennifer and Rudolph, pictured at the Chiang Rai White Temple in Thailand, used the rent from home to help fund the trip

To date they have visited 14 different countries as a couple and they are planning on Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and India soon. Travelling from north to south and east to west means that they do not miss out on any part of a country. They also try to spend no more than 4 or 5 days in one place.

“So far we have visited 14 different countries as a couple, nine on this trip so far since packing up last December and we can’t wait to create more adventures in the next few months,” she said.

“We will be travelling to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and India in the next four months. We budgeted for an eight month trip but we will continue to travel for as long as we can.”

“We’ve loved every single country we’ve seen and we try and spent no more than three to five days in the same place.”

The couple, pictured in XingPing, in China, budgeted for an eight month trip but will continue to travel for as long as they can
The couple, pictured in XingPing, in China, budgeted for an eight month trip but will continue to travel for as long as they can
Jennifer, pictured with her husband in London, said: 'We've loved every single country we've seen and we try and spent no more than three to five days in the same place'
Jennifer, pictured with her husband in London, said: ‘We’ve loved every single country we’ve seen and we try and spent no more than three to five days in the same place’
The couple, pictured in Venice, have been travelling since December last year and claim it's the small things from back home that they miss most
The couple, pictured in Venice, have been travelling since December last year and claim it’s the small things from back home that they miss most

“Travelling across the countries from north to south and east to west, we ensure we don’t miss out any part.”

“Having a bath is one of the main things we miss while travelling on a budget,” Jennifer added.

“Back home we had a lot more luxuries but we know one day we’ll have those back.”

“We crammed our whole lives into two backpacks but luckily all the countries we decided to visit are hot or humid so we didn’t need to pack bulky coats or jumpers items.”

Jennifer, pictured on a train in Myanmar, admitted: 'Having a bath is one of the main things we miss while travelling on a budget'
Jennifer, pictured on a train in Myanmar, admitted: ‘Having a bath is one of the main things we miss while travelling on a budget’
The couple, pictured having tea with a monk in Myanmar, have even managed to shed a few pounds in the last few months thanks to their active lifestyles
The couple, pictured having tea with a monk in Myanmar, have even managed to shed a few pounds in the last few months thanks to their active lifestyles

Jennifer and Rudolph have almost halved their food bill, they eat mostly street and because the food is so varied, they are sure that food will be bland when they finally get back home.

“We mostly eat street food now which most of the time, is fresh and from local sources,” she continues. “We get to try so many different foods on a daily basis that I’m sure when we’re back home, we will find everything much more bland.”

“At the moment we feel like we’re living the dream.”

“We didn’t go on holidays for longer than three weeks after or before studying at university and we hope that our story shows others that you’re never too old or too settled to jet off and explore.”

“We write down all of our expenses into a spreadsheet to ensure we don’t go over budget with trips while away but so far we’ve managed just fine.”

Rudolph and Jennifer, pictured in Paris,  have almost halved their food and expenses while living from a backpack
Rudolph and Jennifer, pictured in Paris,  have almost halved their food and expenses while living from a backpack
Jennifer says: 'We hope that our story shows others that you're never too old or too settled to jet off and explore'
Jennifer says: ‘We hope that our story shows others that you’re never too old or too settled to jet off and explore’

Another interesting fact is that they have both lost weight due to walking everywhere, Jennifer says this is a bonus! One thing that they miss very much is a nice, hot bath.

“We are constantly walking now so I’ve dropped around a stone in weight, it’s great. We both feel so much healthier both mentally and physically.”

“Back home we have lots of friends but during our travels we’ve met some great couples who are also seeing the world together.”

“Our families have been really supportive of us quitting our jobs and jetting off.”

“We try to Skype them once a week and our blog allows them to track where we are all the time.”

“They never not know where we are in the world and besides, it’s safer that way too.”

The couple have set up a blog ‘The Married Wanderers‘, and they hope other couples will be inspired to travel. No matter how old you are, you can always jet off and explore.

Source: Daily Mail