About Joshua & Macayla
We are Joshua and Macayla Fryc (pronounced Fritz) and we are doers. He supplies an endless amount ideas and she gets them done. Right from the get go of the relationship, we began writing down our goals, and leaving for Southeast Asia was on the list for 2016. To make some extra cash as we began saving a year in advance, we ventured down the entrepreneurial road with our own Bubble Soccer company, which, funny enough, taught us more business lessons in a year than in any of the classes we attended at college.
Southeast Asia is our oyster right now as we’re trekking overborders to explore and experience the culture of the Far East. We focus on minimalist travel. Our passion is people. Great photos help tell stories. We’re real-life people, and we want to exchange real-life stories. Everyone is capable of doing amazing things in life. Few believe they can. We aim to inspire whether that is to go, do, or be.
1- What inspired you to decide to live this nomad lifestyle?
Growing up we both had the opportunities to see and experience exorbitantly more than just our hometowns. As we got older, this developed into one of our favourite things to do. Our love of reading also played a significant role in inspiring us to discover what the world has to offer. Instead of just reading about it, why not read about it AND visit?
2- Is a travel lifestyle as glamorous as people think?
The traditional travel lifestyle is definitely not glamorous. Most people think of traveling in terms of their 1 or 2 week vacations to Mexico or Florida, sipping cocktails on the beach and going shopping. And often times, when the general population thinks of long-term travellers, they imagine long-term vacationers. While those experiences are still great, that’s the vacation lifestyle, not to be confused with the travel lifestyle. Being nomadic means eating budget street food, staying in hostels, and meeting locals and other fellow travellers. You have to have a rigid stance of total flexibility, and adaptability is crucial. If those loose criteria are met, the travel lifestyle can be grungy and full of the unexpected, but it’s also the most rewarding and eye-opening. In the end, most travellers don’t do it for the glam.
3- What keeps you motivated to keep on travelling?
So much more to learn. The people you meet along the way are treasure troves of information. And there’s a pulling force to see what’s over the horizon. We’re motivated to challenge ourselves.
4- What do you love most about long term travel and what do you dislike most?
The flexibility and freedom are amazing. Having no end-date really changes the whole ball game, and opens up SO MANY opportunities.Though the hardest part by far is missing what’s going on back home. Not just missing people, but not being present for holidays, or family events, or weddings. Not being able to watch siblings grow up for a year+. Time back home doesn’t freeze, and you live with the knowledge that life is moving forward without you. Even with modern technology, it’s not the same.
5- Have you had any major troubles on your travels?
Oh totally. It’s inevitable. Kicked off a train in the middle of the night because the Eurorail passes we purchased were fake unbeknownst to us. Stranded in the middle of a 9 hour bus ride in the African jungle because the axle broke. Just barely evading arrest in Poland because drinking in public is illegal unlike the rest of Europe. Stuff just… happens.
6- How can you afford long term travel?
Lots of saving while in the States. Cutting back on the luxuries. Eating in when you could go out. Passing on a night on the town. Selling clothing rather than buying more. Prioritise, budget, stick to it. It is really amazing how fast you can save up some cash.
7- Where are you now and where are you going next?
Currently we are in Taiwan after having explored Hawaii and Japan,and are on our way to Thailand and the rest of mainland Asia.
8- Of all the places you’ve been, which one would you recommend for digital nomads and why?
Small town Europe. The rest of the continent is at your door step, but you’re just slightly removed. It’s both a relaxing and productive environment. For long-term stays, find a small town with communities that you can get involved in. We prefer Italy and Southern Germany.
9- What item/gadget don’t you travel without?
Our medical kit – specifically immune and health support items. Being overseas and sick SUCKS. We love our colloidal silver.
10- What advice would you give to someone who is about to start long term travelling?
Pack less!! Just do it and you’ll love yourself forever. We currently have a 36L pack (9 kg) and are backpacking indefinitely. Haven’t once wished we packed more. You can see exactly what we packed here. We constantly see folks with MASSIVE packs (70L and 60 kg!!) and are so glad we are keeping it light. Of course everyone has different plans, which require different gear, but unless you’re traveling into the depths of the jungle alone for two months there is no way in the world all that stuff is necessary. We even acknowledge that we could pack less than what we have.