Hey! We’re Joe and Kayla, and we like to go places. (JKGO - get it?)
In January 2018, we set out on an adventure. We were no longer content being tied down to a regular job, waiting for something exciting to happen to us. We made a bold decision, and committed to life on the road.
Now we are proud to call ourselves full-time travellers, exploring the world and living the life of our dreams.
We created JKGO as a way to document and share our stories. More importantly, we want to help you. We want to inspire you to travel to new places, experience other cultures, and learn something along the way. Let us give you practical tips and advice on travelling better, working remotely, and building a life that you are proud of.
A little backstory
Our story starts during university. Joe attended the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, UK; it happens to have a sister school in Oklahoma City, USA, which Kayla attended. One fateful semester, the Oklahoma City school decided to send a group of students over to England to study. One night there was a house party after a gig; we started talking and hit it off right away. We were just going to be friends, but that didn’t really work out so well. So we were just going to enjoy being in love for a while and then go our separate ways, since neither of us was interested in a long distance relationship. That didn’t work out either cause we never really got around to breaking up. Instead, we got married and Kayla moved to London. And they lived happily ever after.
I mean, we are happy, but this is real life we’re talking about.
So what actually happened?
We had this idea of living in London, working in the music industry, and becoming the next Beyoncé and Jay-Z. But Joe’s not as suave as he thinks he is and Kayla’s a bit too emotionally sensitive to be a bad bitch. Kayla lost her job, and decided to take a break from the industry and focus on writing and freelance work.
Before long, Joe started to envy how Kayla could go anywhere, setting her own workload and schedule. Then on a bus ride back from a weekend trip, we started talking about how much we would love to keep travelling and decided there was no good reason why we shouldn’t. We had some savings, so Joe quit his job, we moved out of our expensive flat, and we’ve been on the go ever since.
We realized/realised (why can’t the US and UK just agree on how to spell things) that there’s a really long list of places we want to visit, and life is short. Why should we spend our lives working in a stuffy office to obtain somebody else’s idea of success? Not that we look down on anyone who does - if working in a stuffy office is your thing we totally support you!
We decided to live a life that’s a little different from the norm. We want to follow our passions and make a real difference in the world. Spending the year seeing the world seemed like a good place to start.
Will everyone think we're crazy?
When we started telling people what we wanted to do, we were met with a lot of enthusiasm. So many older (wiser) people told us that this is the best time of our lives to travel and try new things. Some have told us stories from their own travels and the impact it made on them.
We’ve also had a lot of people tell us that they wish they could do the same.
Our purpose here is to show you that YOU CAN. Maybe you can't (or don’t want to) leave everything behind and travel nonstop, but you can get out there and see those places that are calling out your name. There are risks and sacrifices involved, but if you truly want to travel, you can make it happen and we want to help.
What can you expect from JKGO?
You won’t find articles here about buying a one-way plane ticket, packing your backpack, and hoping for the best. We’re not looking to over-romanticize the idea of travelling. Sure, there’s a bit of spontaneity and adventure to it, but it also takes saving and careful planning. We're going to document all of it: the highs and lows, the planning, the adventures, the mishaps, the unexpected beauty. You’ll get the honest details on all of it.
JKGO is about living a life of meaning and adventure.
For us, the intention isn't to take a gap year or vacation; we are trying to make a career out of this. Our goal is to create a lifestyle where we can support ourselves on the road, and let our experiences teach us about the world and ourselves. We want to build a community of like-minded people who love seeing the world as much as we do.
We hope you join us for the adventure.
~ Joe and Kayla
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