“The world is the true classroom. The most rewarding and important type of learning is through experience, seeing something with our own eyes.” – Jack Hanna

Welcome! We are Jackie and Justin, a Bay Area working professional couple who launched this blog in 2016 to share our stories and experiences (good and bad) on how we embrace a life of doing rather than a life of waiting. Whether it is traveling around the world, biking, casual marathoning, hiking, or eating random things, we embrace a fun and healthy lifestyle. We also believe in:

  • Finding cool places to go, creating a plan, and making it happen.
  • Doing things on a reasonable budget or even low-cost.
  • Not making excuses such as, “We’ll visit this place when we retire at 65.”
  • Pursuing our passions and staying true to ourselves.


We met in college and graduated in 2007. It was challenging times to find well paying jobs due to the recession. We lived with our parents, worked hard, and pinched pennies until we could afford our own house, wedding, and honeymoon in 2010. For the honeymoon, we wanted to see something different, ancient, and mysterious, and Greece was the perfect choice. We booked a two week tour, packed a huge check-in luggage, and went on our first major adventure halfway across the world.

The trip was amazing with historic learnings and exposure to the ancient Greek lifestyle and ruins. The a-ha moment during the trip was how 90% of the tour group was over the retirement age of 65 and many had difficulties climbing stairs or walking long distances. Something clicked in us – will we work our whole lives to retire “comfortably” only to be unable to “comfortably” enjoy our retirement? No way! We have to do as much as we can now!

Our passion for doing things and planning what and where to go next is a part of our lifestyle. We are responsible adults with bills to pay and travel on a reasonable budget while working towards a good work/life balance. We’re striving for financial independence with the goal of one day traveling full time.



What is your day job?
I am a champion for health and wellness. I keep our global employees and their families healthy and well with fun and impactful wellness activities at a technology company. If you need a lunchtime or afternoon walking buddy, I’ll be there.

What is your passion?
Staying healthy with physical activity and eating lots of fruits and veggies. Plus, seeing the world!

If it’s the end of the world, what is your last meal?
Omakase sushi platter and a giant salad with avocado and roasted veggies.

Random fact about you.
I’m a pescatarian, so I eat lots of vegetables and seafood.


What is your day job?
I’m a Quality Engineer for a bicycle design company. I travel to Asia a bunch, ride bikes, drink boba, and eat stinky tofu.

What is your passion?
Exploring the world and staying active mostly so I can eat as much as I want.

If it’s the end of the world, what is your last meal?
Pizza, sushi, fried chicken, boba (from 春水堂)

Random fact about you.
I’ll eat anything at least once in my life. Probably not humans though.