“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting so…Get on your way!” – Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
Kruti: Vipin and I have talked about moving overseas or traveling around the world since we met, but it never seemed like the right time...but recently we decided that there was no time like the present...Carpe Diem! For me, after living in New York City for most of the last ten years, I was really itching for an adventure outside of the corporate rat race and urban jungle of Manhattan. And from a practical standpoint, we were both at transitional points in our careers and didn’t own much since we had been renting a tiny NYC apartment … so we’ve packed up our belongings, sold everything we could and moved the rest of the boxes to storage. We have managed to connect with friends-of-friends around the world and have even set up a few short consulting projects along the way. We’re excited to explore far-away new places, get a taste of other cultures (and foods!), be inspired by the people we meet and make new friends!
Vipin: My purposes were threefold:
1. To explore places we’ve never been (and are perhaps less likely to experience anytime soon once we have a family).
2. To “take off the blinders.” Professionally, I had been thinking about leaving Joost for some time and I definitely wanted to do something more entrepreneurial. But before I took the “next logical step” in my career, I wanted to break the cycle and see the amazing things people are doing in other parts of the world. I had also been brainstorming with a good friend about a few ideas of our own, one of which I think has serious potential. Some international investigation is required.
3. To fulfill Kruti’s wish for a travel adventure :-)