Traveller Tuesday with Jackie of Bred to Roam

1. For those who don’t know you, introduce yourself and your blog 

My name is Jackie and along with my husband, Daniel, we publish the blog Bred to Roam. We started the blog in Oct 2014 after we got married, quit our jobs, sold all our belongings, and departed for a two year adventure. The plan is to spend the first year exploring the world and the second year to live and work in Australia where I have family. Although the blog idea originated as a way to keep our friends and family updated on our whereabouts, we realized early on that we have so much to share with other travellers looking to embark on similar adventures and so the blog has grown

2. Are you a light packer or an overpacker, what one thing won’t you leave the house without? 

We left home as light packers, only taking a carry-on size roller/backpack and an everyday size backpack each, we have picked up A LOT along the way. To be fair it’s because we are on the surf leg of our trip, requiring surfboards, wetsuits, etc which we bought in South America, however as time passes we will shed our surf belonging to lighten up. As much as people think we’re just vacationing, long-term traveling is difficult and we believe traveling light just makes it simpler and less stressful. You only have so much to keep track of in life. As for what we wouldn’t leave the house without, we’ve found you can buy pretty much everything you need abroad. However when we think instead about what in our bags we’d be REALLY sad to loose (not including documents), we’d say the iPhone. Firstly it’s an expensive item to replace, secondly we rely on it every day; it’s our watch, GPS, camera, calendar, link to home, and source of news…you think you use your phone a lot at home, well you’ll use it just as much if not more when you’re abroad!

3. Do you plan trips or just go with the flow? 

It depends on the trip. If we’re on a work holiday and only have a couple weeks we definitely plan things out…where to go, where to stay, what to see…you kind of have to since you want to make the most out of a short time. However since we have so much time on this trip we are definitely going with the flow, even though sometimes it makes things harder or more expensive. When we left the States our only planning was to buy a one-way ticket and tell our family in Rio de Janeiro that we were coming to stay with them for a bit. We wanted to spend maybe a month in Brazil and then the idea was to head to New Zealand and start working our way up through Asia. Instead we spent 2 months in Brazil, then checked out Argentina, Chile, and Peru…in the end we will have spent five months in South America before heading to New Zealand…just a little behind schedule. As for everyday traveling, we’ve found that we prefer the freedom of being able to decide where to go next on the fly. We have recommendations of areas, however we don’t do much research or book anything until a day or 2 before we arrive. This sometimes makes it hard to find places to stay and we definitely pay more at times for transit tickets because its last minute, but we like the freedom

4. Where has been your favourite place to visit to date? 

That’s a hard one and kind of impossible. In a perfect world where finances were of no worry I would pick Japan to return to. It’s so unique and there seems to be beauty in everything; I remember passing by a construction zone in Tokyo where they had added a garden for passers-by and I thought ‘only in Japan can they make construction peaceful’. As for Dan he would return to a small town near Sao Paulo we discovered that had a perfect combination of great surf, nice people, and affordability.

5. Is there anywhere you don’t want to go? 

Tons of places actually haha, like Congo…no offense Congo but you’re possibly the rape capital of the world (for men and women). Not surprisingly the places we really don’t want to go are considered dangerous or are warring, just about everywhere else we want to roam

6. What is the most important item on your “Bucket List”, or if you don’t have one what one place or thing don’t you want to miss out? 

Personally my most important bucket list item is to experience working and living abroad, actually living a realistic life in another country. Excitingly this is our plan for our year in Australia, to get an apartment and a job and see what life is really like as an Australian. I’m hoping the year goes well and it turns into two, but if not at least I got a small taste. On Dan’s bucket list it is to surf some of the best breaks around the world. Dreaming about a walkabout over the years I never considered surfing along the way, however when I met Daniel and convinced him we should actually quit our jobs and go, a lot of surfing was worked in. This definitely changed our destination list and made the route a bit more expensive, but it allows Daniel to experience his endless summer fantasy and for us both to achieve a life dream.

7. What is the best experience you’ve had whilst traveling? 

Daniel and I were lucky to share our best travel experience, which was a couple months ago in Pucon, Chile when we hiked the snow covered Villarrica volcano. This required a 4am wake up so we could get dressed up in snow gear, along with shoe crimps and an ice pick, pack our bags and hike 5 hours to the top. We were a little apprehensive about our ability to make it, especially after so many people telling us they were sore for days, but it turns out we were in way better shape than we thought. We made it to the top no problem and after exploring the smoking crater and taking a million photos it was time to head down. Little did we know the way down would be one of the most fun things either of us have ever done, all thanks to a small piece of plastic they called a sled and some shoots made in the snow. Seriously it was like bobsledding on your ass; they told us to use our ice picks to break, however we thought it better to use to push us faster  Of course Dan’s sled was the fastest, I don’t know how he did it, but he was passing people left and right…he said it was his superior sledding skills, I said it was cause he weighs so much. Either way we both took advantage when I made him start going behind me so he could push me from behind; probably the only time in our relationship I ever yelled at Dan to kick me harder. I think after that Dan and I both dreamed of becoming professional bobsledders.

 8. What tip would you give other traveller’s? 

Learn to accept loss of control. This has been difficult for us and something we still struggling with at times. What I mean by this is that often while traveling things don’t work out the way you want and you have to learn to roll with it. For example, when we went to Costa Rica we planned a jungle adventure for a couple days and then I got food poisoning the whole time. It can be very disappointing, but at some point you have to just accept that things don’t always go as planned. As much as that sucked though it can also be lots of little things that start adding up that get you down, like being constipated but not being able to find the foods you need or wanting to keep your bags with you but being forced to put them in storage. You can’t always communicate what you want or find the things you need which can be frustrating, but you have to learn to just accept things as they are, tell yourself you’re doing the best you can, and try to stay positive!

9. If you had to choose one place to live forever, where would it be and why? 

If it was up to me we would live in Australia, however I am a citizen and have family there so I’m probably biased. In my opinion Australia has the standards of life of the US, but the quality of life of Europe; it’s like being home but with a better work/life balance and people I personally relate to better. Dan on the other hand would pick Southern California which is where we lived the past 4 years. And for good reason, it’s got sun, surf, jobs, nice people and someday we might be able to buy a house. If after our year trial in Australia Dan isn’t convinced it’s the place to be we will likely move to SoCal and put down roots.

10. What’s next for you… 

After the two years is up we plan to settle somewhere and think about a family. Sounds pretty scary right now, but we’re not getting any younger. The question at that point will be where to settle and how will our kids like flights and long car rides…fingers crossed they’re good sleepers!

Jackie and Dan can be found around the internet at

Bred to Roam


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