Leap of faith...South America bound!

We are finally taking the leap! After many years of dreaming and saving, my husband Drew and I have quit our jobs, sold our belongings and booked a one-way flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina! We are leaving our family, friends and beloved San Francisco for an adventure of a lifetime. We aren’t leaving everything behind though. Our dog Posey is joining us on our trip abroad! Most people are excited, envious and think we are a little crazy! Especially when we tell them we are bringing our 13 lb. Yorkie.

Why are we doing this? How can we afford to spend the next year aboard? How is it possible to bring our dog? Will we be working? What are our plans for afterwards? Our hope with this blog is to share our journey, passions, tips and tricks with you!

After my study abroad trip to Florence, Italy, I knew I had to live abroad again. Luckily when I told Drew of my dreams to live in another country, he was ready to take the leap, in more ways than one! Drew popped the question in May 2014 and during our engagement, we loved spending our weekends talking and dreaming about what our lives would be like living in a foreign country. We wanted to become fluent in a language, explore new cultures, try new foods, meet friends from all over and see the beauty this world has to offer. With these priorities in mind, we explored many options and finally decided to go to Buenos Aires in April 2016, about 6 months after we got married. We spent the next two years saving for our trip and planning our dream wedding!

Once we chose Argentina as our destination, we had to decide what to do with Posey! Would she come with us or would it be best to leave her with family? Drew and I wrestled with the idea for a long time. We ultimately decided we couldn’t imagine our daily life without Posey and we would find a way to make it work. We wanted to make sure she would be safe not only on the flight there but throughout our travels. Fortunately, there are plenty of great information online about the required paperwork and helpful tips for flying with pets. It has been a little harder finding information about traveling throughout South America with a dog. Part of this blog will be to share Posey’s adventures and her advice for traveling abroad.

One of the biggest challenges of we faced in making our long term trip abroad into reality was money! Would we get jobs there or search for something less conventional? I was unhappy with my corporate event planning job and tired of working long hours and weekends. I started looking into jobs that would allow me to work remotely and came across virtual assisting. Being a virtual assistant fits many of my needs and plays to my strengths. I started Tip Top Planning, combining my two biggest passions in life, event and traveling planning.

I hope you will be inspired and follow our journey! Subscribe to our mailing list below.

Sometime the only form of transportation is a leap of faith.
— Margaret Shepard

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