Welcome, we are Ben and Jazzy, and Road Affair is our online journal where we share our journey in search of a more fulfilling, adventurous, and happier life; not the life we were conditioned to believe would make us happy.
Along the way, we hope that Road Affair can become a travel blog that not only provides resources for other travelers but also inspire and encourages others to not only follow their dreams (regardless of how crazy it may seem to others) but also to hit the road and travel more.
What we don’t want, is for YOU to live through our blog bi-curiously, rather we want YOU to use our blog as a stepping stone to become travelers and dream seekers of your own.
Anyone can travel or make their dream come true, all it takes is a thought and the will power to make it happen.
A Little Background
From the beginning of our relationship, Ben and I knew we were going to travel. It was just a matter of when and how? The where was simply everywhere.
So, for our birthdays, which are only two days apart, we decided instead of giving each other gifts we would just travel for a week or two. For a while, those birthday trips were refreshing and just what we needed but soon we realized we craved for more.
We wanted the adventure that our regular mundane life did not offer, but most of all we desired the freedom that traveling brought us.
So, in Feb. of 2014, Ben and I made a life changing decision to stop chasing the “American Dream” and follow our own.
Meet the Dreamers
Hey, I’m Jazzy,
the way taller than average female and the writer of Road Affair.
Two years ago, if someone told me that I might be traveling long term, I would have laughed and said, “yea ight”.
Why you ask? Simply because I was too busy trying to figure out whether I wanted to get my masters in Social Work or my M.D. in pediatrics, not to mention that I knew that traveling cost money that I didn’t have. (Student loans anyone?)
Most importantly, I couldn’t imagine being away from my family for long periods of time.
However, that’s not to say that I haven’t always wanted to explore the world. I love going to new places, meeting new people and learning new things, but this was something I thought I could only do in my free time (which you and I both know is very limited).
I read about what long term travelers were doing and I was fascinated, more like hooked. I wanted to do it too.
But I was scared, because that meant I would have to step out of my comfort zone and give up the only lifestyle I knew. I wasn’t sure I was ready for all of that.
Eventually, I decided to just go for it.
However, my choice to travel long term was not one that came easy or one that was solely my own.
It took a lot of strength, courage and wisdom (+ one adventure seeking boyfriend) to get me into my travel state of mind. Nowadays, no one can stop me from embarking on this adventure, even my worrisome loving mommy.
One thing I have learned is that some of our biggest challenges that we face in life are the ones that force us out of our comfort zones.
And overcoming those challenges will be our greatest accomplishments or at least give us a hell of a story to tell.
So here’s to a hell of a story!!! More like a hell of a blog …. hehehe
Hey, I’m Ben,
a web & graphic designer and the guy who designed Road Affair.
Unlike Jazzy, I was always the explorer, traveler and risk taker.
At 20, I decided that I was bored of my hometown Salzburg, Austria and that I needed a change of scenery. It was always one of my childhood dreams to live in the US, so I packed my bags and bought a one way plane ticket to New York City.
At the time, I didn’t know anyone in New York nor did I have a job or a place to stay. Oh and did I mention that I failed English class back home? As you might have guessed, people were asking me if I was crazy, but regardless I knew this was something I needed to do.
Anyway, 5 years later I am still in New York City and even though I decided that this city is not for me, I don’t regret my decision for one minute. If I hadn’t left when I did, I probably would still be bored at home asking myself everyday “what if ?”.
Which brings me back to the purpose of this travel blog.
Road Affair illustrates our dream being brought into reality. We have a dream, and we are daring enough to go for it, even if it doesn’t fall under the social norm.
Although, Jazzy and I are only a couple of newbie travelers (at least for now) we want to show you that you should never put your dreams on hold. If you want to do something just go for it.
Whether it’s going to work out or not is uncertain, but what do you have to lose? The worst thing that can happen is that you realize that it wasn’t for you and you’re back to where you started.
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