Those bitten by the travel bug have been lying in wait for a while now, itching to once again travel and explore. For months, the pandemic has caused the majority of traveling to come to a standstill. Borders have been closed and slowly reopening, restrictions bouncing between being put in place and lifted.
Even though things began looking up as Covid-19 vaccines started being administered, Penn State’s lack of spring break didn’t help with student’s wanderlust or need for a little breather. Now that the end of the semester is quickly approaching, it’s go go go.
What’s the next best thing for those who can’t currently travel? What about students who feel like they needed a break in the semester to relax and rejuvenate?
As the next few weeks go by, take care of yourself and have your own little staycation. Check out these content creators and travel vloggers and immerse yourself in their travels across the world. Living vicariously through them, see the sights and taste the food right through your screen. Have a look into places you’ve always wanted to go and even get inspired for your next big trip.
Kara and Nate
Kara and Nate Buchanan are Tennessee Natives and high school sweethearts who have been traveling the world the past couple of years. It all started back in 2016 when they decided to take a year off to explore Tokyo, Japan before getting serious and settling down in Nashville. Halfway through the trip, they realized they had fallen in love with traveling and knew they couldn’t stop. Since then, they’ve been vlogging their travels as they pursued their goal of traveling to 100 countries, which they completed in December of 2019 where they celebrated in Fiji. Just three months later they boarded a cruise to Antarctica which checked off all seven continents.
Kara and Nate were in the Philippines when Covid-19 became more serious and borders were starting to close. They cut their trip short and just barely made it to Singapore where they quarantined until being able to return to the U.S. Once home, they immediately got to work planning their next move. They bought a sprinter van and converted it into their perfect home-on-wheels and hit the road in June. They continued their videos as they set out across the country. From traveling 1,461 miles across the U.S. and dealing with small explosions and fires to working with sudden changes in plans, just because they aren’t flying around the world doesn’t mean their travels aren’t full of excitement.
The Endless Adventure
Although originally from the midwest, Eric and Allison Bieller had steady jobs and lived a perfectly good life in San Francisco with their two cats. They were happy, but something felt off. They had fallen into a routine and soon quickly realized they wanted more out of life. Everything fell into place when they were both able to work remotely, allowing them the flexibility to travel. In the beginning, they didn’t have a lot of travel experience, didn’t have a huge budget and most certainly didn’t have a plan. All they knew was that they wanted to share their journey and inspire others to break out of their comfort zones and explore. So, that’s what they did and have been vlogging their experiences and sharing their adventures ever since.
Eric and Allison were exploring Oman in the middle east, off-roading and camping in the deserts when the pandemic hit. They had an extremely stressful time getting back to the U.S., which they of course shared. From the good, the bad and the ugly, they provide an authentic look into their travels and show it all. Once safely back home they started their next major project and bought a vintage RV that needed to be completely gutted and redone. Since May they’ve been documenting the process of slowly but surely making renovations on their new home. In between working on the RV, they’ve taken a few little excursions which they’ve happily vlogged too. They may be grounded for the time being, but that doesn’t stop them from throwing themselves into another passion project and doing a little domestic exploration.
Christian Leblanc is a 27-year-old Canadian living in Bali. Back in 2015, he was working a 9-5 that was everything he should have wanted. Despite working a great job, he found himself feeling drained and unhappy. He learned that money and success didn’t equal happiness. He needed to find out what he loved and do it. After coming to terms with his realization he quit his job, sold everything and took a 1-way to Thailand. He’s shared his journey of the next 5 years which shaped his life into what it is today. He traveled, moved to Bali, made mistakes and learned from them. Now he’s able to travel the world, work with brands he loves and have his dream job and life.
Leblanc was in Switzerland when Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, announced that all Canadians should return home while travel is still possible. Wanting to be closer to his parents, Leblanc made his way back to Canada where he quarantined and regrouped during such an unprecedented time. Once he could, he hopped into an RV and went on a Canadian road trip and traveled across Canada. Before returning to Bali, he spent some time in the middle east with a few friends, documenting their time abroad. Now back in Bali he continues to make content around his island paradise. It seems like he may be here to stay for a while, as he most recently rescued an adorable little puppy, Kaia.
Take time to allow yourself to rest.
Or, simply be transported to Turkey and see the wonders of Cappadocia with Lost Leblanc. If you’re missing the feel of sand between tour toes and waves lapping at the shore, he has of course had many adventures in Bali.