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Relationship Goals: 8 Traveling Couples To Follow On Instagram

Relationship Goals: 8 Traveling Couples To Follow On Instagram

Whether you prefer solo traveling, traveling with your significant other or in a group, it’s been said that the best way to test any relationship is travel. With this new era of technology, we’ve seen a rise in not only online dating or dating apps, but also digital nomads.

What happens when both of these worlds collide? For many, you get couples who accomplish the cliche of ‘traveling the world together’, because it does have it’s benefits  – or you get the next level of goal accomplished by eight couples below – of not only traveling the world, but also their lifestyle, romance and travels.

Keep in mind while there are so many traveling couples with the hottest selfies or filling your feed daily with exotic locations straight from a postcard, there are traveling couples who keep it real. Traveling isn’t always sexy, and the following couples are not only showcasing their alternative lifestyle through images but also providing a variety of helpful travel tips and hacks to travel photo 101, and even how you (and your significant other) can accomplish this unconventional lifestyle!

1. Brent & Jackie of Out Of Office

As mentioned, keeping it sexy while traveling the world isn’t always easy, but Brent & Jackie have got it down, so far. This newlywed couple left their techy life in San Francisco to procrastinate parenthood by jet-setting across 4 continents!

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Brent works a corporate job, and Jackie turned her sales career into negotiating full-time for luxurious travel stays and unique experiences. Their Instagram feed is full of stunning pictures that have captured the attention of photography nerds and aspiring globetrotters. And best of all, they give away all their best secrets on how to pull off this unconventional lifestyle.

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    2. Laurence & Jessica of Finding The Universe

    Laurence started his journey in June 2009 after quitting his corporate IT career, meanwhile, Jessica had been running her personal travel blog since 2012. When they met in 2014, they made the decision to not only collaborate to create Finding The Universe, however, share their journey together! Follow their journey on Instagram if you want to learn photography tips from pros or just love amazing travel images.

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      3. Lina & Dave of Divergent Travelers

      Contemplating if the nomadic life is for you? Follow, Lisa and Dave who left a life living the ‘American dream’ which included the dream home, cars, amazing career and so on – for travel. For 13 years, they’d fit in travel whenever they could – starting with annual vacations that turned into bi-annual to eventually weekend getaways on top of whenever they could get away. Eventually, they both realized that traveling full time is something that they both were passionate about.

      In 2014, after saving for 18 months, Lina & Dave sold their home, most of their belongings and booked a one-way ticket to New Zealand. Two years later, the couple share beautiful images from their adventure travels on Instagram, as well as detailed info on their blog on how you can create your own journey.

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        4. Maddy & Mauricio of Travel Alphas

        This couple goes way back since grade school, that reunited in adulthood to travel the World – except when the studies get in the way! Maddy and Mauricio are undergraduates, however, whenever they’re not in school, they’re exploring the world, one country at a time. So far they’ve visited 40 countries and run a travel blog together!

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          5. Cheryl & Lisa of What Boundaries

          Cheryl & Lisa used to have ‘normal jobs’, as executives to be exact, until they decided to leave it all behind in 2007. What was supposed to be only a 6-month trip max, turned into something more and led them to start their blog, What Boundaries, where they share their travel hacks, tips, travel photography from their Instagram and more.

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            6. Carolann & Macrae of One Modern Couple

            Based in Toronto, the couple Carolann & Macrae are bloggers/vloggers and freelancers who have been traveling full-time for over 2 years. From 2012 to 2013, the couple traveled throughout Asia, ending up in Europe and then the US before returning to their home in Toronto. Since then, they travel home to various destinations and share their adventures on their travel blog and of course, Instagram.

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              7. Scott & Colette of Roamaroo

              For the past six years, husband and wife Scott and Colette have been on the go, however, in 2015 they took the plunge to travel the world full-time, inspiring others through their active vagabond lifestyle. To this day, the couple does this through their blog, Roamaroo, that provides helpful tips, city guides and more.

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                8. Travis & Eliana of When In Roaming

                From the East Coast, college sweethearts Travis & Eliana decided in 2015 to save as much cash as they could, bought 2 one-way tickets to Thailand and told their friends, families, and jobs goodbye! Fairly new to the nomadic life, follow this couple on their journey to discover what else is out there in this world, figure out the nomadic lifestyle and on their mission to make it work!

                 

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                  Last Updated on August 12, 2020

                  When Should You Trust Your Gut and How?

                  When Should You Trust Your Gut and How?

                  Learning how to trust your gut, otherwise known as your intuition, can keep you safe. Your gut can guide you and help you build your confidence and resilience. My own gut instinct has saved me on more than one occasion. It has also guided me into making sound career choices and other exciting, big decisions. I’m also aware of the times when I’ve gone against my instincts and really regretted it later, wondering why I didn’t tune in to that valuable internal voice that we all have within us.

                  In this article, we’re going to explore why and how you should listen to your gut, as well as some concrete tips on how to make sure you’re making the most out of your gut instincts.

                  How to Listen to Your Gut

                  The key when making any big decision is to always take a minute to listen well to yourself and your inner compass. If you hear your actual voice saying yes while inside you’re silently screaming no, my advice is to ask for some time to think, or simply take a breath and pause before the yes or no escapes your mouth.

                  Use that moment to breathe, check in with yourself, and give the answer that feels congruent with who you are and what you want, not the one that always involves following the herd. Trusting your gut means having the courage to not simply go with the majority. It can be about holding your own. Here’s how to hone that skill for yourself and reap the rewards.

                  1. Tune Into Your Body

                  Your body gives you clues when you’re faced with a big decision. There are many visible and obvious symptoms that we feel in uncomfortable situations. Our body’s reaction is often something that we might try to hide, for example, blushing, being lost for words, or shaking. There are things we might do to try and hide that physical reaction, whether it’s wearing makeup, having a glass of wine or coffee to perk us up a bit, or learning to control our nerves.

                  However, paying attention to your body when you experience these feelings of anxiety can teach you so much and help you to make sound choices. Some people will experience an actual “gut” feeling of stomach ache or indigestion in an uncomfortable situation.

                  Ask yourself what’s really going on here, and explore what is happening behind your body’s response to the situation. What can your reaction or instinct teach you? Understanding that can be a clue and can help you either learn something about yourself, the situation, or other people. The answers are often within us.

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                  Sometimes we’ll get this “something’s not right here” feeling and cannot quite put our finger on it or explain it. That can still be incredibly useful and really guide us away from danger, even if we don’t know the reason.

                  In his book, Blink, Malcolm Gladwell also argues this, making the point that sometimes our subconscious is better at processing the answer we need, and that we don’t necessarily need to take time to collect hours and hours of information to come to a reliable conclusion[1].

                  2. Ensure Your Head Is Clear Before Making a Decision

                  Energy, sleep, and good nutrition are so vital to nourishing our minds, as well as our bodies. There are times when your instinct could lead you astray, and one of these is when you are hungry, “hangry” (angry because you’re hungry!), tired, or anxious. If this is the case–and it may sound obvious–do consider sleeping or eating on it before making an important choice.

                  There is, in fact, a connection between our gut and our brain[2], which is where terms like “butterflies in the stomach” and “gut-wrenching” originate from. Stress and emotions can cause physical feelings, and ignoring them might do more harm than good.

                  3. Don’t Be Afraid to Say What You Think and Feel

                  Listening to your gut and really paying attention to it might involve standing up and being counted, calling something out, or taking a stand. As someone who works for myself, I’ve become used to following the less-travelled road, and that’s given me the chance to strike out on my own in other ways, too.

                  As they tell you in the planes, “put your own oxygen mask on first,” and part of that self-reliance is knowing what you really want and like and what is safe and good for you, including what resonates with your personal and business values. Making good decisions with this in mind means making choices that do not go against your own beliefs, even when it may mean taking a stand. This is part of trusting yourself and trusting your instincts.

                  This does not always mean taking the “safe” option, although keeping ourselves safe is an important part of the process. This is how we learn and grow, by following our own inner compass. When you do take risks, go outside of your comfort zone, or choose the less popular option, spending some time researching the facts can stand us in good stead, too.

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                  4. Do Your Research If Something Feels Off

                  As well as listening to our instincts, we can also back up the evidence for our chosen course of action before taking the leap. I had a gut feeling about the need for a learning and development network when I noticed my clients getting stuck with the same problems. I set up and now run such a network, but instead of simply going for it, without evidence, I followed up on my instinct with research.

                  Having confidence in your gut instinct through these kinds of tests can help to minimize your risks, as well as spur you on. It will encourage you to trust your gut again in the future and trust that you are an expert with foresight and experience. You are!

                  5. Challenge Your Assumptions

                  When you look at the assumptions your making, this could be the clue to mistakes you are making.

                  In order to check that our instincts are wise, we need to ask ourselves what blanks we might be filling in, either consciously or unconsciously. This is true not just when it comes to our own decision-making. It’s also true when we are listening to someone explain a problem or situation, and we’re about to jump in and give some advice. If we can learn to be aware of our own assumptions, we can become better listeners and better decision makers, too.

                  A useful tool to become more aware of your assumptions before making a final decision is simply to ask yourself, “What assumptions am I making about this situation or person?”

                  6. Educate Yourself on Unconscious Bias

                  Unconscious bias is something we all have, and it can trip us up big time!

                  There is a vital caveat to bear in mind when wondering about whether you can trust your gut and the feelings your body gives you, and that’s having an awareness of your unconscious bias. Understanding your own bias–which is hard to do because it literally does happen in our subconscious–can help you to make stronger, better, decisions instead of re-confirming your view of the world over and over again.

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                  Bias exists, and it’s part of the human condition. All of us have it, and it colors our decisions and can impact on our performance without us realizing.

                  Unconscious bias happens at a subconscious level in our brains. Our subconscious brain processes information so much faster than our conscious brain. Quick decisions we make in our subconscious are based on both our societal conditioning and how our families raised us.

                  Our brains process hundreds of thousands of pieces of information daily. We unconsciously categorize and format that information into patterns that feel familiar to us. Aspects such as gender, disability, class, sexuality, body shape and size, ethnicity, and what someone does for a job can all quickly influence decisions we make about people and the relationships we choose to form. Our unconscious bias can be very subtle and go unnoticed..

                  We naturally tend to gravitate towards people similar to ourselves, favoring people who we see as belonging to the same “group” as us. Being able to make a quick decision about whether someone is part of your group and distinguish friend from foe was what helped early humans to survive. Conversely, we don’t automatically favor people who we don’t immediately relate to or easily connect with.

                  The downside of that human instinct to seek out similar people is the potential for prejudice, which seems to be hard-wired into human cognition, no matter how open-minded we believe ourselves to be. And these stereotypes we create can be wrong. If we only spend our time with and employ people similar to ourselves, it can create prejudices, as well as stifle fresh thinking and innovation.

                  We may feel more natural or comfortable working with other people who share our own background and/or opinions than collaborating with people who don’t look, talk, or think like us. However, diversity is not just morally right; having a mix of different people and perspectives that can be genuinely heard is also a valuable way to counter groupthink. Diversity stretches us to think more critically and creatively.

                  7. Trust Yourself

                  It is possible to learn how to truly trust yourself[3]. Like any talent or skill, practicing trusting your gut is the best way to get really good at it. When people talk about having great intuition or being good decision-makers, it’s because they’ve worked at honing those skills, made mistakes, learned from them, and tried again.

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                  Looking back at decisions you’ve made, what you did, what the outcome was, and what you’ve learned can help you become a stronger decision maker and develop solid self-trust and resilience. Making a mistake does not mean you are not great at decision-making; it’s a chance to grow and learn, and the only mistake is to ignore the lesson in that experience.

                  If you are in the habit of asking others for their input, then the trick here is to choose your inner circle wisely. Having a sounding board of people who have your best interests at heart is a valuable asset, and, combined with your own excellent instincts, can make you a champion decision maker.

                  The Bottom Line

                  The above tips are all actionable and easy to start immediately. It’s simply about switching your thinking around, slowing down, and taking great care of this amazing machine that is your body and mind!

                  Learning how to trust your gut is one of the most fundamental ways to make decisions that will help you lead the life you want and need. Tune into what your body is telling you and start making good decisions today.

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                  Featured photo credit: Acy Varlan via unsplash.com

                  Reference

                  [1] Science of People: Learn to Trust Your Gut Instincts: The Science Behind Thin-slicing
                  [2] Harvard Health Publishing: The gut-brain connection
                  [3] Psych Central: 3 Ways to Develop Self-Trust

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