We both always have that desire to put on our backpacks and explore the world; however, we never really act on it because we thought it wasn’t possible. So one day, “Let’s go traveling, Stacey. Let’s go to Europe! We got thisss!!!” Lilo squealed with delight during January 2014. “I’ve always wanted to go traveling!” Stacey said with enthusiasm.
We never thought we would able to make it, especially as Deaf females. However, we were motivated and researched for the next four months. We felt more inspired by Nomadic Matt, Adventurous Kate, Legal Nomads and Goats on the Road. As time passed by, we merely discussed but had not bought the tickets. The ultimate reason?: Fear. We feared that we wouldn’t able to make it through, not matter how many females’ travelers we followed. We feared that we couldn’t afford it, because our budget was pretty tight. We feared, because we didn’t any know Deaf female travelers who could give us advice. Our mind were filled with anxiety yet we were still nervously excited.
Eventually, we didn’t make Europe our first backpacking trip, because we had to face it realistically. We didn’t have enough money for that trip after so many researches.
Okay okay, honestly it was actually one night when we got together with friends. We got drunk and started asking each other when they will actually travel. Out of nowhere, Stacey bluntly asked Lilo, “Are we going to travel? I am waiting for you,” Lilo responded,”What? I was waiting on you!” We actually bickered about this topic for about 20 minutes. We were playfully pushing each other, telling each other “why talk? so let’s do it! What are we so afraid of?!” So heads up folk, its not a good idea to argue about travel while drunk.
Ultimately, Stacey rested her hands on Lilo’s shoulders,“Europe is just too expensive for now, Why don’t we go to Asia?!”
Lilo: It will be too hot if we go in the summer though.
Stacey: I am willing. Let’s go to South Korea, yeah?
Lilo: Okay, yes let’s do it!
So there you have it, that’s how we actually decided on South Korea based on our drunken night. Further do, that’s when we turned to Southeast Asia that fit our budget. Not only is it cheaper to travel in Southeast Asia, but we also wanted to explore different cultures in each country. So as we did our research, we learned that it would be cheaper to fly to South Korea, which is perfect because that was Stacey’s ultimate dream since she loves Korean culture.
So then, that’s how our adventure began (July 2014).