They’re always posting photos of themselves doing yoga on a beach in Bali or sitting in a drum circle with village people in Tanzania.
How is this real life?
Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger of South Africa met on a blind date and felt their mutual “Yes Man” philosophy in life made them a good match. Five years later, they said yes to quitting their advertising jobs, selling their shiny cars and beautiful home, and set off on a creative journey to “see how far from home they could get.”
They’ve posted beautiful photos from literally all over the world:
8678km // Vienna // Austria Karlskirche is the main attraction at Karlsplatz, one of Vienna's busiest and most connected transportation hubs. We were quite surprised with the number of youths running around the square – seems to be the thing to do *drops board and jogs* Follow our story >> link to blog in profile. #howfarfromhome
18 972km // Tännforsen // Sweden One of the popular stops along the Panoramavägen between Östersund and Trondheim is the Tännforsen Vattenfall. We had to see it for ourselves and are sure glad we did. To see some of the other sightings on this route, visit panoramaroute.com. Follow our story >> link to blog in profile. #howfarfromhome
Recently, they wrote a very accurate and relevant post about how their photos on social media do not tell the full story of their trip.
It’s something that we can all take a lesson from when it comes to social media: it’s edited.
“Browsing through our blog posts and Instagram feed, it seems like we’re having the time of our lives,” Cartell wrote. “And don’t get me wrong – we are. It’s bloody amazing. But it’s not all ice-creams in the sun and pretty landscapes.”
In fact, Cartell says when they aren’t taking beautiful photos, it’s been a lot of “painstakingly hard and dirty work.”
17 434km // Copenhagen // Denmark We were fortunate enough to visit previous Design Indaba speaker, René Redzepi's Noma today. Surreal doesn't begin to explain the experience. It was one of the most inspiring places we've ever been, and to meet the talented chefs who create these sensory masterpieces was truly such an honour. Follow our story >> link to blog in profile. #howfarfromhome #DITakeOver #HFFH_takesover
“So far, I think we’ve tallied 135 toilets scrubbed, 250 kilos of cow dung spread, 2 tons of rocks shovelled, 60 metres of pathway laid, 57 beds made, and I cannot even remember how many wine glasses we’ve polished,” she added.
While Cartell says the last few months have been very rewarding, they certainly aren’t living the high life. In fact, there’s been times where they’ve been forced to buy dental floss.
And literally that’s it.
Just dental floss.
“Whilst visits to town with our new friends in Norway meant buying beer and bags of candy for them, we’ve been forced to purchase floss (because you only get one set of pearlers, right?) and nothing else,” she wrote. “The budget is really tight, and we are definitely forced to use creativity (and small pep talks) to solve most of our problems (and the mild crying fits).”
Cartell also points out that she is not at her “fittest, slimmest or physically healthiest” saying they eat jam on crackers most days, average about five hours of sleep per night and are constantly lugging “extremely heavy bags through cobbled streets at 1 a.m.” trying to find accommodation – because they can’t afford bus fares.
But the basic necessities they’ve sacrificed and challenges they’ve had to overcome are worth it for them. They’ve had the experience of a lifetime.
And they’ve learned some very important lessons along the way:
“There’s nothing quite like swopping million rand advertising budgets for toilet scrubbing to teach you about humility, life and the importance of living each day as if it were your last.”
13 065km // Alta // Norway Remember how we said we're big fans of saying "yes"? Well, yesterday that meant saying "yes" to a dip in the half-frozen Alta river, with water that is a whole 1 degree Celsius, for a portrait taken (and edited) by @stefandahlqvist. Check out his feed and follow our story >> link to blog in profile. #howfarfromhome #visitalta
10 018km // Berlin // Germany Last night we reached our 10 000km milestone, and thought we'd celebrate with a silly photo strip from one of Berlin's Photomats. These photoboxes look dodgy on the outside (which we love) and are scattered all over the city. Time to explore! Follow our story >> link to blog in profile. #howfarfromhome
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