The Whole World Or Nothing

About Us

Do you live for new experiences? Do you crave for the thrill of exciting adventures? Do you get a kick out of doing it all for as little money as possible?

Well friend, you’ve come to the right place.

We’re James & Sarah and we love travel too! In fact it’s our biggest passion and we can’t imagine it not being a part of our lives.

We’re totally travel obsessed. We dream about it day and night, we read about it till our eyes go funny, but most of all we love getting out there and actually doing it.

Since you’re here, we’re pretty sure that this probably describes you as well. And that's why we started this website - to help you, our fellow travel enthusiasts, fulfil your own amazing travel adventures.

 

We designed The Whole World Or Nothing for 3 very simple reasons:

  1. We like to shout about the amazing destinations we visit through our writing and taking loads of awesome photos
  2. We would love to inspire you to get past the dreaming stage, take the plunge and book that ticket
  3. We want to share our personal tips & advice to help you travel far and wide, even if you’re on a limited budget like us

 

We love love love linking up with like minded people on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and it warms our little hearts everyday when we read the messages people send us at hello@thewholeworldornothing.com - we personally respond to every single one of the lovely messages we get, so go on, feel free to reach out to us!

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Our Story

We’re not hippies (although Sarah does do yoga), we’re not running away from “real life” (in fact neither of us particularly like running) and we’re not beach bums playing the guitar and talking eastern philosophy all day long to anyone who’ll listen (but we have been known to do both when we’ve had a certain amount of gin).

Actually, we’re just a normal, down to earth couple. And we’re working harder than we ever have done before. But the great thing is that it no longer feels like work to us because we absolutely love what we do and it allows us to travel where we want when we want. Want to know more about what we do? Check out our Work With Us Page.

Rewind to 2014 and we were stressed out, highly strung and chained to the office. We had everything we thought we wanted - corporate jobs, company cars and our own house. But it turned out all that stuff really wasn’t making us happy. Sound familiar? Read on.

What changed? Nothing and everything. We didn’t just wake up one day, get a cab to the airport and buy a one way ticket to anywheresville. That would be irresponsible!

We sat down on a wall on the way back from the pub, on a warm Saturday evening and had an honest conversation with each other (fuelled by a certain amount of gin). We talked about how much we dreaded Monday mornings, where our lives were headed, how scared we were of getting stuck doing the same thing for the next 30 years and ultimately kept coming up with one question.

 

“What are we gonna do about it?”

 

It was at that precise moment that the dream of travelling started to become a reality.

We researched, we planned and we saved for what we thought would be a one year, round the world trip. But it soon became clear that the idea of going back to a 9 to 5 job with the Monday morning doom and the pressures of working for someone else was the last thing either of us wanted to do.

Believe us when we say that this was not the easy option. But sometimes it’s the things that are difficult in life that give you the most pleasure.


 

So What’s With The Name, The Whole World Or Nothing?

We’re not really the passport-stamp collecting types and it’s not our ambition to travel to every country, or even every continent in the world. Actually that sounds pretty exhausting. We could have a go at naming all the places we’ve visited, but we’d definitely forget a few and it would be a pretty boring exercise. That’s not what the name’s about.

In fact, it’s not even really about travel.

The Whole World Or Nothing is all about the spirit. The spirit of getting out there and trying to make your dreams a reality, whatever they are. The spirit of keeping on moving forward regardless of how difficult it may seem. The spirit of doing something you love over any other alternative.

It’s from a line by one of our favourite authors, Charles Bukowski, who was all about doing. He also said:

"if you’re going to try, go all the
way.
otherwise, don’t even start”.

We’ve found these words to live by.

That got heavy didn’t it!


So What Now?

Now it’s over to you! Check out our blog, have a look around our site and let us know what you think. We can’t wait to hear from you…

James & Sarah x