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Black Couple Sells Everything to Go On ‘Indefinite Honeymoon’ to 12 Countries (and Counting)

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This is what happens when you say ‘F convention’ and live life on your own terms. Instead of spending money on a “lavish one-day wedding” Amirah Cook and husband Jarrell decided to see the world. They left their jobs in corporate America, sold all their possessions and began traveling about a year after marrying. Here’s the crazy thing; they’ve been on this honeymoon since October 2013! And their travels include three months in the Italian countryside, two months in the English countryside, and three months on Bastimentos Island in Bocas Del Toro, Panama!

My husband and I decided that instead of spending our money on a lavish one-day wedding, we would prefer to take an extended honeymoon. So that’s what we did. We left the states on October 1, 2013 and have been traveling ever since. So far we’ve visited over 30 cities in Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, Italy, England, France and Spain. Enjoying extended stays on an island in Panama, a mansion in Cancun, a villa in Italy, several homes in England and two months on the beautiful island of Majorca, Spain. Many people will read that or hear of our story in general and assume we’re trust fund kids, but that is not the case. We have discovered that there are so many different communities and opportunities for travelers to save. Our flights to Panama were only $120 and we caught a flight glitch that got us both tickets to Italy for $300, total.

When we were visiting Panama, our first country, we met a woman from Brooklyn that had just bought a guesthouse and found ourselves running the business. Living on the Caribbean Sea, we managed her guesthouse on a remote island, for two months. In Italy we stayed in a beautiful Italian villa with a gorgeous view of Tuscany, in exchange for learning Italian recipes and cooking for guests of the B&B four nights a week. Oh, and we had to drink a lot of wine to pick a house wine (hard work). We dog sit two shih tzus in London in exchange for free accommodation for a month, which included Oyster cards (metro/bus cards), groceries and a stipend. We’ll be living in a gorgeous house on a Greek island for three months this summer, looking after the property while the owner vacays in another part of Greece. By mixing in these gigs between renting apartments (usually on Airbnb), we’re able to cut our costs down tremendously.

When we left, we really didn’t have a plan or even a budget, we were just winging it. Neither of us had ever been out of the country, I didn’t even own a passport. In our first year we focused on developing our crafts into careers. My husband is an artist; he has painted murals in Panama, Italy and England, and created illustrations for clients around the world. I am a writer and run a blog detailing our journey, as well as writing for others. By creating our ideal careers, we have become location independent, able to work from anywhere in the world (as long as there’s WIFI). Traveling the world is life altering. Experiencing new places and ways of life expands your mentality in the most beautiful way possible. Every new place makes us eager to see more and question if we will ever return home. This year we are headed to Paris, England, Amsterdam, Morocco, Greece, Turkey, Egypt and India.

Amazing!

You can read more of their incredible story here. And be sure to check out Amirah’s travel blog Cool Young History and Instagram account.

Ladies, what are your thoughts?

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This is just too cool. Very happy for them that they get to do life on their own term. #schoolinglife.

Amirah Cook
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Amirah Cook

Thank you!

Detra Sheppard
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Detra Sheppard

So how do you find your in between gigs?

Arkana
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Arkana

this is pretty much what i think about every…dang…day i spend in work sighhh

Amirah Cook
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Amirah Cook

Ahhh, I know the feeling! It took me a while to just go!

Roz
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Roz

Love this wonderful idea. I pray God’s blessings, favor, grace and mercy over your travels and life.

Amirah Cook
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Amirah Cook

Thank you so much!

Melody
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Melody

You guys are truly blessed; plz continue to do what you love n keep loving on each other… May God continually bless you guys n keep you each safe in your beautiful travels… the best way to live life, being worry free n not having to conform to what society says one has to do b4 they can travel… you guys are an inspiration, esp to young married couples around… I know when u have ur babies they’ll have an amazing story to hear!!!!! Much love to you guys all the way from Long Beach, Ca n God bless!! ????????

Amirah Cook
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Amirah Cook

Wow! Thanks so much for the feature! I hope we can inspire someone to take their leap of faith.

Karen Reed
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Karen Reed

Hope y’all get to visit the motherland before deciding to return to the states…Have a blast!!

Amirah Cook
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Amirah Cook

We just spent three months in Morocco and fell in love with the country, the culture and the people.

Amirah Cook
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Amirah Cook

We just finished 3 months in Morocco and fell in love with the people, the culture and the country. You can read about it on my blog. We’re planning to see more of the continent on our journey.

cryssi
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cryssi

I read their story a while back, interesting and free way to live

StraightShooter
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StraightShooter

This is so amazing.

Amirah Cook
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Amirah Cook

Thanks!

Greg Mitchell
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Greg Mitchell

Im jealous

Jodian Campbell
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Jodian Campbell

Amazing! Paycation Travel would be great for people doing and trying to do this!
wwww.travelwithlove22.com Let me show you how to get Paid traveling.

Jojo
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Jojo

I’ve been lucky enough to see a great part of the world for work but goddamn not like this. This is amaZHING and is what happens when you choose to live what you love! Experiences trump material things any day! #lifegoal

Amirah Cook
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Amirah Cook

Thanks so much! I’m glad you liked our story!

HisMercy
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HisMercy

Must be nice! Sounds so cool! I’m going to check out their blog. Though I really want to travel lots, I think I’d get tired of a lifestyle like this. lol Besides, the shakes that are my #studentloans would not let me just up and leave. haha

LBell
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LBell

My motto has always been: Life is short and the world is big. Godspeed to you both!

lis
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lis

Amazing!…would love to do something like this.…travel for 6mths…work for 6mths.

leah
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leah

They are living my dream. Happy safe travels, lucky couple!

herlucidsky
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This is so very inspiring, clever, care free and adventurous. Pure Independence. Amazing!!

yeherzkel
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yeherzkel

Add Ghana to your itinerary

SheridaDaily
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If this isn’t a life goal then i don’t know what is.

Amazing

SophieBeans
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SophieBeans

What an awesome story! I’ve been fortunate to be able to travel with my family a lot, but I’d love to do something like this one day. Just need to find the right fellow, and make the time :). I wish them the best on their continued adventures, and I have a feeling they’ll keep the adventure going even if they settle down. So nice to see love and fun in this world!

AGDM
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AGDM

shared w my lady. I want us to do this.

anaebira
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anaebira

Wow, another black couple visiting the ‘world’ without touching Africa. How rare and totally not due to white aspiration

Yurilyte
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Yurilyte

Lo! Does my nose deceive? The unmistakeable smell of SALT in the air, surely a hater is nigh

They did visit countries in Africa btw.

kaydenpat
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kaydenpat

Sounds like fun. They look very young so they can always get jobs once they’ve finished traveling. It’s good to see the world before you start having children and are more home bound.

Maura
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Maura

#LifeGoals

Jaime Birren
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Jaime Birren

What a cool thing! Wonderful that they’ve been able to live their dream — and a MUCH better way (in my opinion) to spend money than on one day’s clothes, food, and flowers. 🙂 Good for them!

Nneka Nweze Barrett
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Nneka Nweze Barrett

YAAAASSSS!!! That’s how you do it!!!!!

slc
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slc

Proof that God will take care of his children.

Amirah Cook
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Amirah Cook

Thank you so much! We’re scouting the best destinations to raise our children. I truly appreciate your kind words.

Amirah Cook
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Amirah Cook

I use a bunch of different strategies and services for gigs. Plus me and my husband are both artists (I write, he paints), so we utilize our skill set as well. You can read all about our strategy on my blog and in my ebook that shares all my travel tips and secrets.

Amirah Cook
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Amirah Cook

Well, we just spent 3 months in Morocco. It was the most beautiful place we’ve ever seen. I just wrote about my love affair with the country and culture on my blog. We can’t wait to see more of the continent!

joeata
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joeata

hello Amirah, you life must be very exicting!!!! i wish i could travel more!
If you would like to see more of it you should visit http://visiterlafrique.com/. it is a great page about travelling in Africa. I am not affiliated with them just following them on instagram.

Amirah Cook
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Amirah Cook

Thanks so much! I’ll definitely check them out.

Amirah Cook
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Amirah Cook

It is! I’ve heard great things and seen beautiful pictures. My list of places I want to see is very short: everywhere! Lol

Amirah Cook
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Amirah Cook

Thanks so much for your kind words!

maralondon
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maralondon

You are both shining examples to all, especially the young. I would rather do this any day than spend thousands at the expense of others. I’m sure you will both cherish your experiences for years to come.

Sadé Alexandria
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Sadé Alexandria

So in love with this concept! I am currently down sizing my material life and making the switch to minmalism so I can achieve numerous trips of travel like this smart couple! They are definitely my #relationshipgoal #travelgoals #lifegoals

Amirah Cook
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Amirah Cook

Thanks, Love! Yes, down sizing is a tough job! I still can’t believe that I only have a backpack of stuff!

Dee
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Dee

beautiful.

SC
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SC

AMAZING! I’m currently in a long-distance relationship , he’s in NY and I’m in Amsterdam. We’re also planning on traveling after both of us finish school and get married! Just like you, I have a long list of destinations. I feel like traveling is the only way to gain a deeper understanding of the world. Thanks so much for sharing the experience , reminds me again of the great time I have to look forward to. When you come to Amsterdam, be sure to visit IKEA ( by Bullewijk metro station ) for a complete breakfast for 1 euro, with… Read more »

Amirah Cook
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Amirah Cook

That sounds like an awesome trip, I’m sure you two will have a ball. We absolutely loved Amsterdam! We stayed in the Vondelpark neighborhood and roamed all over the city.

Leila
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Leila

Last time I checked, Morocco and Egypt is in Africa…

Yurilyte
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Yurilyte

this is absolutely awesome and amazing, they look so happy and are living life to the fullest! safe and happy travels to the couple

Staci Elle
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Romantic!

Tia
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Tia

Your instagram makes me smile. I want a love filled, fearless life like that.

Amirah Cook
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Amirah Cook

Thanks so much, Love!

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Amirah Cook
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Amirah Cook

Thank you!

motorfingaz
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motorfingaz

Why must the headline read “Black Couple”?

This is a site that caters to a black audience.….….….…we aren’t blind.

Nat
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Nat

I love this! Curious, however, most of the travel appears to be throughout Europe and Latin America …I wonder if that’s a budget thing because of how expensive it is to travel to the continent of Africa.

Amirah Cook
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Amirah Cook

Thanks for the Love! We chose to start in Central America because I am part Panamanian and we thought it would be a nice transition. We spent 3 months in Morocco and have plans to see more of the continent. It is more difficult to travel sporadically in Africa because we need visas for many of the countries and regional flights are quite expensive. That said, we are very interested and determined to travel throughout the beautiful continent. Morocco is by far our favorite country and experience yet.

Meredith Sisnett
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Meredith Sisnett

I love, love.…love your fairytale honeymoon! Thank you for not only sharing but inspiring me on so many levels. I am an informal writer and artist and your journey is one I have imagined but it is phenomenal to know someone is out there living it well!

Enjoy your travel and congratulations to you both for being so passionate and cool!

M.

Amirah Cook
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Amirah Cook

Awww!! Thanks, Love! I truly appreciate it. My husband is a painter and illustrator. You can see some of his work on our social media accounts.

hidaya
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hidaya

No laws were broken, no crimes committed. Who cares what folk think. Enjoy your life. ??

Amirah Cook
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Amirah Cook

Thanks, Love.

Joshlyn
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Joshlyn

This is such a refreshing and inspiring story to me. I wish my husband and I would have thought of something like this when we first got married. I can imagine the colorful stories you’ll have to tell your children.
Do you plan on any travel to Africa? Nairobi Kenya was wonderful to visit and Tanzania.

Amirah Cook
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Amirah Cook

Thanks, Love! We spent 3 months in Morocco and have plans to see more of the continent. It is more difficult to travel sporadically in Africa because we need visas for many of the countries and regional flights are quite expensive. That said, we are very interested and determined to travel throughout the beautiful continent. Morocco is by far our favorite country and experience yet.

Apartheid Cried
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Apartheid Cried

This is my DREAM! If you are not already Journaling your experiences you really need to start. I’m a writer and this is an amazing story. Would love to see your story in a movie. I can just picture it, the spontaneity, the different cultures, languages, the people. Not to mention the beautiful places. Please write this, it’s incredibly inspiring to all but especially many black Americans, a lot of us don’t travel out of the country for a lot of reason but mainly the assumed high price tag, but as you stated it doesn’t have to be expensive, can… Read more »

Amirah Cook
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Amirah Cook

Thanks, Love! I am writing a book about our travels. It has been an amazing adventure and it’s we’ve still got much more to see! I try to share a lot on my blog and Instagram account.

DLB
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DLB

AWESOME! I was stationed in Panama from 94–96. My son was born in Panama. Definitely think about writing a book, do a documentary, and/or youtube videos to keep up with your journeys (I will subscribe). As Blacks, we need to know more about living abroad, secondary residence, having dual citizenship, etc. I wanted to live/travel abroad after college (88–93), but went into the army instead, & got the opportunities to live in Panama, Haiti, & vacationed in the Dominican Republic (DR).…. And there are Black American community expats when i was living in Panama, also Costa Rica, Ecuador, etc. I… Read more »

Amirah Cook
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Amirah Cook

Thanks, Love! I am writing a book about our journey and trying to start creating videos. I often get so caught up in enjoying everything that I forget to document it. You can see our social media profiles on the blog.

DLB
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DLB

You & your husband’s website is awesome. I’m subscribed to it now. Take care.

Amirah Cook
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Amirah Cook

Thanks, Love!

DLB
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DLB

I subscribed to you & your husband’s website. It is awesome. Take care.

Latonia Shostoppa Martin
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Latonia Shostoppa Martin

I always wanted to go backpacking this idea is beautiful especially if u have someone to share it with please email me and let me know the travel agents u go through latoniasec@gmail.com thanks

Ken Oyola
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Ken Oyola

It should read :
Couple Sells Everything to Go On ‘Indefinite Honeymoon’ to 12 Countries (and Counting)

QueenMakeda T Nutter
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QueenMakeda T Nutter

When are you guys going to the motherland, it saddens me when we travel around the country that we don’t visit where we came from.

Amirah Cook
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Amirah Cook

We spent three months in Morocco this year and can’t wait to see more of Africa. Its just more difficult to travel throughout the entire continent sporadically because of visa requirements.

UHD
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UHD

It’s also sad that some of us can’t read.

Chrystal54
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Chrystal54

Amirah and Jarrell Cook, I applaud you. I read about you some time ago, and was so delighted for the both of you. I truly wish I was able to travel the World, you are living my fantasy. I’m still praying that I will be able to fulfill my dream, and write about it from a mature traveler point of view.
Keep having fun.

Chrystal54
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Chrystal54

Young Couple Sells Everything to Go On ‘Indefinite Honeymoon’ to 12 Countries (and Counting).

^^^Title correction

Amirah Cook
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Amirah Cook

Thanks, Love! It’s never too late!

Chrystal54
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Chrystal54

I’m considering becoming a Group Travel Organizer, I’m already checking out the possibilities.

blackqueen
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blackqueen

Omg so i love yalls view on living life to the fullest ! I’d love to do this one day with my spouse. I really wanna follow you guys on your journey ! whats you guys social media accounts?

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