What is Jolley Nomads?
Well, I am almost three months into my trip around the world with my family and I am now just getting around to writing this. I can’t really explain why it has taken so long. I have started and stopped it several times over these last three months and I have come to the conclusion that this page will evolve. I guess that is one of the nice things about writing your own blog, it can be whatever you want it to be. So below is my first iteration of the “About Me” page. As I update it I will tag it with an update and the date.
You might ask why I have decided to do it this way. The best way to explain it is that I am continually striving to improve all aspects of my life. So, I plan on improving as an individual, father and husband. This is why I have decided to consistently update this page.
Who is Brandon Jolley?
I am an entrepreneur, family man, explorer, nerd, and I love technology. I am originally from Arizona and I have always wanted to travel the world. In fact, it has always been on the top of my bucket list (yes, I actually have a bucket list. In fact, it started with 100 items and I am constantly refining it) along with flying in a private jet and being on the set of a Christopher Nolan movie. I believe that it is important to live an outcome-focused life and always be working towards the next big thing. A goal-oriented life has allowed me to live with no regrets and be in control of my life.
When Katie and I were first married, we realized that we both wanted to travel the world. At that time we had very little money so the plan was to scrimp, save and travel when we retired. As I grew older (I am currently 32), I realized that I wanted to travel the world before I was sixty. So, I set a goal to make it happen. I honestly didn’t know how it could be done. But, luckily I came across the book Vagabonding by Rolf Potts and I realized that it was easier than I thought it would be.
It is important to note that I have been working on traveling the world for over seven years and it wasn’t until September of 2015 that it became a reality. In fact, the year leading up to us starting this journey was filled with a crazy amount of planning and preparation. My wife is awesome and has been my equal along the way.
We have three children. Our oldest is Liberty and she is seven. Justice is our middle child and he turned six when we were in Paris. Our youngest is Grayson and he turned two while we were visiting the incredible town of Eguisheim in Eastern France. My wife has done an excellent job with homeschooling our kids while we have been traveling. I might be biased, but my kids are awesome. They are well-behaved and love traveling.
What we Left Behind
Leaving to go on this trip required us to give up, what we thought at the time, a lot. We bought our house when things were at the bottom, so we got an amazing deal on it. We sold our home to leave on this trip. We also had two vehicles that we got rid of. As a family, we have always lived below our means so once we parted ways with our house and cars, all we had left was our year supply of food, which we kept and some clothing and furniture that we sold.
Initially, when I started out on this trip I brought seven days worth of clothes; however, I have since downsized to five days of clothes. I have to say that living with so little is incredibly freeing. I have always been a believer in life being about experiences rather than things, so this transition was not as hard as some might find it to be.
How do we Fund our trip?
The short answer to this question is a couple of different ways. I have several marketing clients that I work with. I also provide IT services to several businesses. On top of that, I build websites and help companies with technical or software solutions. This is why I mentioned above that I have been working on this for seven years. All of the businesses that I am involved in require a computer, phone and an internet connection. So, I can pretty much work from anywhere!
My wife and I also have a great savings account that allows us to travel without worry. This is where living below your means comes in. We have managed to live at about the same budget while traveling as we did back in Arizona. This obviously can fluctuate depending on where we are staying. For example, we plan on visiting South-east Asia for at least three months and our expenses there will be much less then our time in London.
What I hope to get out of Traveling
Honestly, there is quite a bit that I hope to achieve. One is I want to improve who I am and change some things. I am what you would call a recovering workaholic. I worked a lot before we started this journey. When I wasn’t at work, I was thinking about work and working from my phone. It was bad. So, I hope to put work into a set time each day and focus on certain important actionable items. When I am not working, I hope to enjoy my surroundings and improve my relationship with my family. I want to start living again, free from the stress and constant worry of work.
I want to be more patient and not so reactionary. Not even sure that reactionary is a word, but I am tired of overreacting every time something doesn’t turn out the way I hoped it would. Already in our travels, I have improved on this point because several things have not gone the way I planned.
I want to learn about different cultures, traditions, languages and become a more well-rounded person. I want to experience all of these things from a local’s perspective. That is why we have chosen to stay in places for several weeks at a time and outside of the touristy areas.
Well, I think this is it for now. Like I said above, I will continue to update this page as our travels progress. Feel free to ask any questions. I hope that you will realize through reading this blog that you can do exactly what I am doing if you set a goal to achieve it and work on it every day.