Frequently asked questions
Hey ohana! There are some questions that we get asked most so we wanted to get the answers down in case you’re wondering some of the same things! If you’ve still got other questions, feel free to shoot us a DM on Instagram and we’ll be happy to answer!
How do you afford to travel full-time? How can my family travel full-time too?
The short answer is that it took several years to prepare/save for this and Daniel works a flexible job that only requires him to work about 4-5 months out of the year. We have worked to develop some residual incomes and minimized all monthly expenses before we left. We also do photography/videography work while we are on the road to minimize our travel expenses and earn as we go. We put together a video and blog post that explain this more and give you 8 tips that you can start doing now if you want to prepare for full-time travel too! If you’re interested in more info on what Daniel does for work feel free to send us a DM on Instagram @travelingourroots!
What work did Ayo do before? What tips does she have to be successful?
Ayo started working for a network marketing business back in 2016. She was blessed to find a lot of success with that business and the financial benefits have certainly helped us to be in a place to afford full-time travel. She is no longer actively working that business. She is now solely focused on her passions being a wife and mother and building the Traveling Our Roots community. Many have asked how she was so successful at network marketing so she is putting together a free guide for you! Sign up below to get it delivered straight to your inbox as soon as it’s live!
What camera gear do you use?
We put together a free guide with all our equipment and links to make it as easy for you as possible!
What vegan food do you eat while traveling?
First, we always stop at a market when we arrive to a new place and load up on fresh fruits and veggies (some staples are apples, bananas, mangos, avocados, carrots, and broccoli). We might also pick up a loaf of bread if we will have access to a toaster because the kids LOVE avocado toast! We carry bottles of Everything But the Bagel seasoning from Trader Joe’s and hemp seeds almost everywhere we go so that we can sprinkle it on the kids avo-toast!
When we eat out at restaurants we try to pick places that we know have good, high protein vegan options (Indian and Mediterranean/Greek are almost always good options - lentils, chana masala or falafel?? yes please!!) We also use an app called Happy Cow that gives restaurant listings near you and labels them as Vegan, Vegetarian, or Veg-Options. There are reviews, photos, and descriptions so that makes it really easy too! If we ever find ourselves at a restaurant that doesn't have vegan options on the menu, we tell the waiter first thing that we are vegan and ask for suggestions. Together we are always able to put together a meal that fits our needs! By looking at the other menu items, we get an idea of what ingredients and flavors the chef has to work with! For the kids, it is usually easiest to order a few side order items (i.e. rice, beans, avocado, and a veggie).
Airports are possibly the worst place to be vegan so we never do meals at airports. If anything, we might pick up some apples or bananas, granola bars, or crackers for snacks on the plane.
When we aren’t eating out or on the go and have access to a kitchen, we cook meals just as we would back home with one exception - we keep meals very simple because we don’t have the staples we would have at our own house. It can get very expensive to purchase all the spices we would want over and over at each new location. Initially we bought what we wanted and traveled with it but after one flight we realized it wasn’t worth the extra weight in our luggage. Now we just use fresh citrus, garlic, and a little salt to flavor most of our food. Buddha bowls are a go-to!
We post lots of our food (what we eat in a day and easy recipes) to our Instagram so be sure to follow there for more ideas!