About JetSetting Fools
We are Sarah and Kris, better known as JetSetting Fools. We became full-time globetrotters in April 2014 and we plan to continue traveling the world into the foreseeable future.
As JetSetting Fools we most value our travel experiences. We, of course, like to see the sights of any destination we travel to, but we do not travel to simply mark off a checklist. We like to feel the vibe of a place.
For our readers, we provide travel stories, information, advice and tips on sights and walking tours, but include off-the-beaten-path adventures, history and culture along the way. We often veer away from mainstream tourism and in the direction of ‘real life’ seeking local experiences and traditional fare.
We are intent on navigating the corners of the earth to discover places we never knew existed, interact with fascinating cultures and meet extraordinary people. Rather than fearing the unknown, we want to embrace it. We are pushing the limits of our comfort zone and expanding our boundaries in order to live a life more fulfilled.
How JetSetting Fools Was Born
After we got married, we felt like a square peg in the round hole of American society. Contrary to the norm, having children, mortgages and car payments were never something we wanted. Bigger, better and more material possessions never appealed to us the way that new experiences and foreign countries did.
Our careers, however, were right in line with American ideology: work hard, work harder, work until it absolutely consumes you…then escape for the weekend or a week at a time…before getting right back to it. In our day-to-day life, we felt unfilled; or rather completely filled with the wrong things. Our week-long trips to Europe and weekend trips to the beach became what we lived for.
So, we decided to redefine the way we travel.
The concept of JetSetting Fools was born in a beachside bar over a pitcher of beer. We talked about creating a life from which escape wasn’t necessary. It wasn’t that we were unhappy…we just weren’t as fulfilled as we knew we could be. We felt there was something missing; something more for us.
“What if we moved to another state and started all over?”
“What if we moved to another country?”
“What if we saved enough money so that we could quit our jobs and travel full-time?”
The idea was so refreshing; so obvious. For us, the reward was greater than the risk. We made a plan, saved our money and swapped out our corporate-ladder-climbing careers for a life of travel.
JetSetting Fools Travel Style
Sometimes we feel like an anomaly; we appeal to a wide range of travelers. Our travel style maximizes local experiences without missing any major sights. We are on a budget, but not cheap. We travel slowly, but never stay long enough to put down roots. We are not 20-somethings or 65+, but square in the middle.
We carry backpacks, but we are not backpackers. We don’t sleep in tents or hostels, but find apartments through Airbnb or homes through Trusted Housesitters. That being said, we are not averse to spending the night in an airport, if need be…well, as long as there’s free wifi.
We don’t dine luxuriously, but we eat well and never forego the opportunity to taste local fare. Going to the market or grocery store elicits more excitement than visiting most museums. We always find room in our budget to sample craft brew and wine, but clubbing is not our style.
We love city life, but equally crave connecting with nature. We are happy pounding the pavement, strolling cobblestone lanes, riding on dusty country roads, hiking mountain trails or squishing sand between our toes – as long as we are traveling the world.
We have a glass half full mentality…and our glass is refillable. The world is big and we are out living in it! Here’s to life!
JetSetting Fools Travel with Benefits
Kris had a 20-plus-year career with a major airline. His time with the company granted him the opportunity to retire early with flight benefits – giving us access to free or very-close-to-free flights on several carriers worldwide.
Using free flights works wonders for our budget, but also dictates the way in which we plan. We travel with an open itinerary, as seats are never guaranteed. We can easily switch directions or routes based on available space. Our flexible (and sometimes creative) way of flying is reflective in all aspects of our travels.
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Since we started traveling, we’ve been fortunate to have others share our story. Learn more about JetSetting Fools with these links to articles and interviews!