WHY TRAVEL THE WORLD?
Jill and I both really enjoy traveling, it is deeply rooted in who we are. Jill spent almost five years living in New York City, did some traveling on her own and with her family and then I traveled all over Africa, Europe and spent half a year in Israel years ago. We have been together for over six years now and have done little bits of traveling here and there all the while dreaming of doing a bigger trip like this one and setting out to travel the world.
We started our blog Sutton + Grove almost a year ago in November 2016. As you may know by now we started it as a conscious lifestyle and fashion blog centered on how we spend our money, our time, what we support and how we think. We wanted to share and feature brands, businesses, and products that give back to society and do some sort of good, inspiring non-profits and people and most of all our journey towards living a more conscious lifestyle. We’ve spent the past year accomplishing much of this, and have met some incredible brands and business owners, gotten to know amazing people and really challenged ourselves in our own walk.
But as our blog has grown and we’ve connected with like-minded people, got to know some amazing brands and dove deeper into the problems that we face currently in the world, we both realized that we desired a first hand experience and encounters. We wanted to go out into the world and experience some of the things we were reading about but not seeing on a daily basis and also just enjoy some serious traveling together as a couple (before we settle down and expand our family). So that’s what we decided to do; we sold our stuff, packed our bags and took off!
On our travels we are hoping to not only gain a more global first-hand experience but also meet some of the brands we write about, check out the areas where the products are being produced and meet some of the talented artisans that have inspired us so much.
Apart from watching the True Cost documentary, I (Jill) have been heavily influenced by a Norwegian mini-series called Sweatshop – Deadly Fashion I watched a few years back where a few young fashion bloggers traveled to parts of Asia to experience first hand what it felt like to work and live like a sweatshop worker. It was eye opening and convicting to see and since watching that show I’ve desired to experience something similar for myself. Although we are still wanting to enjoy our time and take in the beautiful cultures and scenery we definitely want our perspectives and norms to be shaken a bit. With that all in mind, we decided to go for it, sell all our stuff and explore the world for as long as we feel is necessary and are able to.
It took us over six months to sell most of what we owned and to work to save up enough cash flow and organize a plan for our trip to travel the world, so we’re definitely ready to go and explore.
We just finished visiting our friends throughout the UK and are getting ready to take off to Europe to explore some countries either both or one of us hasn’t experienced before and then onward to parts of East Asia.
We have a few BUCKET LIST items we are hoping to cross off along the way as well…..
Experience a soccer (football) game in Europe
Visit the Angkor Wat in Cambodia
Work on a train across Europe
Spend the day with Elephants (and possibly ride one in the water!)
Eat pizza and pasta in Italy
Our plans aren’t all finalized and we will be recording our stops and journey along the way, so we hope that you will follow us as we travel the world and embark on our adventures. Hopefully you find your own inspirations from the photos we take, the moments that we capture and the inspiring people and cultures we encounter along the way.
**VLOG UPDATE **
Check out our first VLOG of the trip, our 11 days in the UK starting in London and ending in beautiful Edinburgh.