A couple exhausted from the routine of working for companies, sold their property to travel around the world with their three-year-old daughter and has now visited eight countries in eight months.
Former accountant and financial manager, Ben, 37, and Kelly Lutz, 36, from San Francisco, met in 2005 after finding a connection through love of travel, and their first date was a trip to Niagara Falls in Canada.
& # 39; Deciding to leave the comfort of our steady income and familiar environment was absolutely difficult, & # 39; said Kelly, about their & # 39; funemployed & # 39; lifestyle.
& # 39; But we knew that if we didn't make a change, Liesel would be 18 and go to college in an instant, and we would have missed most of her life sitting behind our desks. We would not be disappointed that we are not living a full life. & # 39;
Ben and Kelly Lutz from San Francisco enjoy Aitutaki, Cook Islands, in March 2019 with their three-year-old daughter, Leisl. The couple quit their business jobs to travel the world with their daughter after being exhausted by the daily grind
The family in Koh Yao Noi, Thailand, in December 2018. A trip to Hawaii in October 2017 again marked their love of travel and inspired them to go on a world trip
The family enjoying Aitutaki, the Cook Islands, in March 2019
Kelly and Ben were both used to long working days, and their lives became even busier after having welcomed their daughter, Liesel, for three years.
After returning from work after taking paternity and maternity leave, they made time as a family.
In addition to eight hours of work a day, three hours of commuting, trying to get Liesel to bed at a certain time and then preparing for the next day, the couple did not leave time for each other.
Ben and Kelly realized that their routine was not sustainable for their families, and they became increasingly detached from their work, while at the same time hesitating to take a step outside of business.
Former accountant and financial manager, Ben and Kelly Lutz with their daughter, Liesl, in Siem Reap, Cambodia in January 2019
Ben, Kelly and Liesel took photos in Bali in October 2018. On June 2, 2018, the family left for an adult gap year after the sale of their belongings
This was until a trip to Hawaii in October 2017 resurrected the couple's crush on trips, making it even harder to get back to work. Upon their return, the couple figured out how to escape their jobs and cherish their time at Liesel.
By March 2018, Ben and Kelly submitted their messages and started planning where they were going, as well as selling many of their possessions before they moved.
Ben left his job in April and drove the rest of the family's belongings to Michigan, where he and Kelly originally came from, and took four days to complete.
Ben and Liesel are in Hoi An, Vietnam, December 2018. They usually stay at each location for a week before continuing
Kelly and Liesel pretend to make a run in Cozumel, Mexico – the last stop on their journey. They spend the summer in the US before they head out again in the winter
On June 2, 2018, the family of three started their eight-month adventure in Lake Tahoe before heading to France, Switzerland, Croatia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico, and many other locations.
By sharing their journeys on social media, @ the kind-hearted family, Ben and Kelly hope to encourage others to make decisions that make them happiest, rather than making decisions based on what society thinks they should do .
& # 39; We both started our career at a large international accounting firm, & # 39; they said.
& # 39; Our first conversation when we started dating was about our love of traveling and it was only logical that one of our first dates was a weekend trip to Niagara Falls.
The family enjoying Aitutaki, the Cook Islands, in March 2019 – one of the 22 countries they visited in eight months
Liesel in Cozumel, Mexico. Her mother Kelly said that Liesl is extremely flexible and a great communicator who makes friends wherever she goes
& # 39; Once Liesel was born, we quickly realized that between the rut of the job from nine to five, three hours a day was commuting, rushing home to get Liesel to bed on time, and then late Staying up late to prepare Liesel & # 39; s lunch for the next day, we didn't live our best lives.
& # 39; Over the years, Ben had become a little displaced in his business job and realized that his passions had changed. He had known for a while that he was ready for something new, but he hesitated to make a leap because we had a comfortable life.
& # 39; Kelly loved being a mother and she knew it would be hard to go back to work after Liesel was born.
Ben, Kelly and Liesel in Rangiroa, French Polynesia in March 2019. The couple hopes to continue traveling by setting up their own business that can be done remotely
When we both returned to work after maternity and paternity leave, we quickly realized that the demanding jobs, long journeys, daycare costs and the lack of quality time with Liesel would not work in the long term. More importantly, we were not the best versions of ourselves or the best parents of Liesel.
& # 39; The turning point was a trip to Hawaii in October 2017. It was an incredible week that helped us realize that Liesel was easy to transport. One evening we sat on the beach and watched the sunset, and we realized that our jobs would not work for us in the long run.
& # 39; Once we were back in California, we began to openly discuss ways to get out of the company's problems and to enjoy our time with Liesel more. We kept the discussion going and by Christmas we started telling family and friends our plan to quit our job, sell our house, and travel for a gap year.
Ben and Kelly, who were introduced to Australia in February 2019, said they really feel that they are leading their best lives
& # 39; Ben quit his job on April 20, 2018 to have extra time to sell most of our stuff and pack the remaining stuff. Kelly & # 39; s last day was June 1, and then we left our house the next day and headed to Lake Tahoe, California to begin our adventure.
& # 39; We hit 22 countries in eight months. We started in Europe, hitting France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Spain, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro. We then moved to Asia and left for Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines.
& # 39; Then we visited Australia and New Zealand before visiting the Pacific islands of French Polynesia and the Cook Islands. We have finished our trip in Mexico and now we are in the US to spend the summer with family before we leave again in the fall. & # 39;
Enjoying the beach in Carabao, Philippines in January 2019. The couple got tired of working for both hours, commuting for three, and then tried to take quality time
Kelly, Ben and Liesel at the start of their journey around the world in June 2018. The couple sold their possessions to finance their adventures
The couple, who married in 2008, hope to show his daughter that the typical & # 39; American dream & # 39; did not suit them, so they quit their job to follow their passion, despite the fact that they lived with less money.
Ben, Kelly and Liesel spend an average of one week at each location, but stay longer in some places, including one of their favorites, Koh Lanta, Thailand, where they stayed for a month. They hope not to return to their former career, with Ben running his own digital marketing company, and Kelly doing an external financial adviser who helps finance their travels.
& # 39; Travel has made us better at communicating with each other. It also helped us realize that when we are all focused and enthusiastic about a goal, we work very well together, & Kelly said.
Ben, Kelly and Liesel in Rangiroa, French Polynesia. The couple said traveling together has made them better at communicating and working as in a team
Ben and Liesel are in Cozumel, Mexico in April 2019. The parents said they hope they will continue to cherish the love of travel in their daughter as she gets older
Liesel enjoying Aitutaki, Cook Islands, in March 2019. Her parents said that traveling at a young age has made their daughter fearless and adaptable
& # 39; For example Ben & # 39; s new company – theradnomad.com. It was so nice to see him develop his vision from the start and to work on ideas with him.
& # 39; We both have an established interest in his company doing well because it helps finance future travel. The plan is now that we will not return to business work.
& # 39; After a year on the road, Liesel is highly adaptable and a great communicator. She makes friends with everything and is open to new experiences. She is not afraid of going on gondolas, or eating exotic things or climbing things.
& # 39; We hope that the experiences of this journey will stay with her forever and she will continue to cherish the love of travel as she gets older.
Kelly with their daughter in Penang, Malaysia, December 2018. By sharing their journeys on social media, Ben and Kelly hope to encourage others to make decisions that make them happiest
Ben throws Liesel high in the air in Thailand in November 2018. Kelly said their travels have given them a new appreciation for how
& # 39; We are so thankful that we have experienced this journey around the world and really feel that we are leading our best lives.
& # 39; We have seen and done so many things and it has changed us in ways that are hard to describe. It has given us an enormous appreciation for how big and diverse the world is, but also how connected and comparable we are all.
& # 39; Through this one-year adventure, we have found new career paths that give us more flexibility to live the lives we want to live and to be present for Liesel.
& # 39; None of that would have happened if we had not made this jump. We want to encourage everyone to live the life that makes them happiest and not to settle for what they think society expects or needs. & # 39;
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