Hi B & A,
I was just reading your article about the woman who was ill prepared to deal with the syrup on the coke bottle at lunch in Guatemala. Very interesting and amusing to read.
It’s been over 4 years since I’ve began following your adventures and it seems to me that you have more products for sale, both to adventure seekers and advertisers alike. Good for you!! Your entrepreneurial spirit lives on!
I’m also impressed on how you have kept up with technology. I’m pushing 59, and since I’ve retired, I confess that I have lost some incentive to learn the latest and greatest in the electronic world.
Then the thought occurred to me, “Suppose B & A hit it big and became niche ‘Trip Advisors?’ with substantial financial rewards.”
Would you continue to live frugally in Mexico and Latin America, or would you move up to 5 star hotels and explore Europe and more expensive places of the earth?
Or would you contribute the excess to the needy in the places where you have visited?
Or would you pick a happy medium?
I may be bordering on “none of your business” territory, and if I am, please accept my apologies.
Have a great day!
Thank you for your patience in waiting for my reply. And just so you know, we really enjoy hearing from our Readers!
We are very happy that you have been following our adventures for over 4 years. It feels wonderful that we have been able to keep your attention with our journeys and our writing for that long a time. And of course, thank you for your good wishes!
Sometimes learning electronic gadgetry has been a personal challenge, but we thrive on having a digital office, being able to do what we love and write about it from anywhere in the world. This keeps our minds sharp, gives us avenues for our creativity and we find it both exciting and fulfilling.
As far as “hitting the big time” and making major money… wouldn’t that be fun?!
I can assure you that we would have a grand time contributing to building sources of clean water for villages where we have visited or finding ways to provide affordable electricity so children can study at night time or so family life can improve. Helping young women become educated and supporting the “Girl Effect” in pueblos, teaching about hygiene so children are healthy, encouraging micro-lending for small business people around the world so they can become self-supporting and donating to organizations who help prevent family violence and abuse, funding literacy programs, building schools, clinics, funding medical research… There are countless projects and ways to contribute that would be fulfilling, challenging and worthwhile.
We’d love to have millions of dollars at our disposal for such plans!
Billy and I are not major consumers and we are comfortable with that approach to living life. We might want to celebrate once in a while, but we have no need for yachts, cars or living a lavish lifestyle.
There is nothing wrong with that manner of living and we don’t begrudge anyone who has made that choice. Personally, I think we would be too busy with our projects to keep up with owning a lot of stuff. Sometimes we think our lives are too complicated just as we are living them today!
We would love to return to Europe and plan to do so again, this time visiting Greece and spending more time in Italy. Our style is to spend a year here and a year there… I think we could easily do that, even now (before the millions!)
After 2 decades of travel we appreciate the perspective it has given us on so many different levels. We eat well (and probably too much), we have friends everywhere, have seen gorgeous scenery of so many types, experienced cultures around the world and have developed more self-reliance.
It’s a sense of personal freedom that we have cultivated and it suits us both very well. It’s also something we wish for anyone who is attracted to this kind of world view.
I hope I have answered your questions and again, thank you for taking the time to write.
Feel free to write any time.
All the best!
Akaisha and Billy