We love traveling. It’s a huge part of our lives and something that is very important for us to experience together. Last year, we made the big decision to leave our 9-5 jobs, and go all in with our marketing/photography business, blogging full time. It was probably one of, if not the scariest decision we have ever made, but (in the end) it has been incredibly rewarding. We mentioned a bit about our work transition a while back here. We were in the middle of a two week road trip and we were suddenly overwhelmed with positivity and a feeling of “Wow, we are in our car, working from the road together, and this needs to keep going”. Lately, we’ve been thinking of this moment a lot. We recently took a mini road trip to Joshua Tree and on the ride over we had a few flashbacks to that fall road trip a year ago and it felt good…it just felt like validation that we are where we are supposed to be and doing what we love. After a full year of being full time freelancers together, we are still traveling together in the same car that kick started this crazy, beautiful journey. We always laugh about when it was time for us to buy a new car in AZ. Our old car, Arthur as we liked to call him, was feeling pretty tired from the desert temps (he was a New Yorker at heart), and a reliable vehicle for long trips was pretty important to us. At the time, we didn’t know how monumental that choice would be, but it turned out to be a pretty big deal. It wasn’t the easiest experience for us…we don’t know too much about cars, and going into a car dealership without a ton of knowledge about the process (particularly the financing aspect) can be pretty daunting.
We’ve recently partnered up with Capital One to share a tool that we wish we would’ve had when we were on the car search. We were clueless, a bit nervous to make the wrong choice, and at the disposal of a professional who knew that we didn’t know much about the process. Capital One’s Auto Navigator® site is the little angel we wish we had with us last year on our own search. It prequalifies you, allows you to check monthly payment options (for the overly cautious and sometimes paranoid planners like ourselves), and search dealer inventory before ever stepping foot inside a dealership. Pretty much, it gives you the confidence to finance a car, know exactly what you can afford and avoid that buyer’s remorse, because hey — you can’t just go return it like that crazy printed sweater you probably didn’t need. Buying a new car should be fun and the Auto Navigator site definitely provides the information you need to feel prepared for the purchase. If you’re wondering, we decided on a Toyota Corolla. 🙂
Henry feels pretty comfortable about the whole thing. Haha 😉
Our recent adventure to Joshua Tree gave us the itch to plan another big road trip soon. We’re hoping 2017 brings us lots of travel and inspiring journeys. Stay tuned for some photos from our trip! We’d love to hear about your favorite road trip experiences in the comments. Do you have any routes you recommend or travel tips we should know?
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Thank you to Capital One for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.