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This Couple Had A 500 Day Worldwide Honeymoon… How They Did It Is So Simple.

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Living on approximately $100 per day allowed them to make their dream a reality. - This Couple Had A 500 Day Worldwide Honeymoon… How They Did It Is So Simple.

On average, most couples' honeymoons are 8 days long. For Mark and Camille Villaflor, their vacation turned into an epic 500 day adventure. Mark always dreamed of traveling the world and thought his honeymoon was the perfection occasion to do so.

It took a year to convince Camille to follow him on his originally planned 365-day journey but after working and saving for three years, the lovebirds “fired” their bosses and travelled the world. They have travelled to Asia, Africa, USA, Central, and South America.

Mark and Camille met at a church gathering in the Philippines.
Mark and Camille met at a church gathering in the Philippines.  - This Couple Had A 500 Day Worldwide Honeymoon… How They Did It Is So Simple.

To be able to see their desired locations, the two extended their vacation from 365 days to 500.
To be able to see their desired locations, the two extended their vacation from 365 days to 500.   - This Couple Had A 500 Day Worldwide Honeymoon… How They Did It Is So Simple.

Mark, 30, and Camille, 28, found that money was not a concern, allowing for their trip to be extended.
Mark, 30, and Camille, 28, found that money was not a concern, allowing for their trip to be extended. - This Couple Had A 500 Day Worldwide Honeymoon… How They Did It Is So Simple.

Living on approximately $100 per day allowed them to make their dream a reality.
Living on approximately $100 per day allowed them to make their dream a reality. - This Couple Had A 500 Day Worldwide Honeymoon… How They Did It Is So Simple.

"We tried to budget daily understanding that more expensive days, like travel days and tour days, would be balanced out with days when we would be doing activities that cost us nothing, like city walks, hikes, market visits, and volunteer work," says Mark.


Mark understands that there is a high level of hesitation to travel but their motto is, "travel in love, love in travel."
Mark understands that there is a high level of hesitation to travel but their motto is,

An elephant from the Masai village crossing the river with a calf.
An elephant from the Masai village crossing the river with a calf.  - This Couple Had A 500 Day Worldwide Honeymoon… How They Did It Is So Simple.

Within 15 months of traveling, Mark was offered a job in Austria but did not accept as was not willing to give up traveling yet.
Within 15 months of traveling, Mark was offered a job in Austria but did not accept as was not willing to give up traveling yet.  - This Couple Had A 500 Day Worldwide Honeymoon… How They Did It Is So Simple.

Mark said that the travel he loves is the one that allows him to find his "inner child."
Mark said that the travel he loves is the one that allows him to find his

"Doing a long-term trip has changed the way my wife and I walk out the door each and everyday. There’s so much to discover wherever we find ourselves and we’ve become more curious about things realizing there’s so much we can learn," Mark explains.


"Because I love" mural in Medellin, Colombia.


The Villaflors do freelance writing and work exchange to fund their trips.
The Villaflors do freelance writing and work exchange to fund their trips. - This Couple Had A 500 Day Worldwide Honeymoon… How They Did It Is So Simple.

Mark admits they don't try to cut corners when it comes to food. "It's hard to resist the culinary choices presented when on the road. Sometimes we would skip tours so we could eat better," Mark says.
Mark admits they don't try to cut corners when it comes to food.

The married couple found they spent the most money in the US and Africa.
The married couple found they spent the most money in the US and Africa. - This Couple Had A 500 Day Worldwide Honeymoon… How They Did It Is So Simple.

Speaking English in most countries will get any traveller by but as Mark explains, trying to speak the native language, locals "see your effort and know that you didn't only come to their land to explore but to engage and have a deeper connection."
Speaking English in most countries will get any traveller by but as Mark explains, trying to speak the native language, locals

Doing a little yoga overlooking a Mayan pyramid.
Doing a little yoga overlooking a Mayan pyramid. - This Couple Had A 500 Day Worldwide Honeymoon… How They Did It Is So Simple.

Their 500-day honeymoon has taken them to Colombia, Nicaragua, China, Kenya, Tanzania, and Cambodia.
Their 500-day honeymoon has taken them to Colombia, Nicaragua, China, Kenya, Tanzania, and Cambodia.  - This Couple Had A 500 Day Worldwide Honeymoon… How They Did It Is So Simple.

Back in the Philippines, Camille and Mark have bought property close to the beach in Palawan island.
Back in the Philippines, Camille and Mark have bought property close to the beach in Palawan island. - This Couple Had A 500 Day Worldwide Honeymoon… How They Did It Is So Simple.

They plan to work for nine months of the year and travel during the remaining three months, during low season.
They plan to work for nine months of the year and travel during the remaining three months, during low season.  - This Couple Had A 500 Day Worldwide Honeymoon… How They Did It Is So Simple.


Source: Daily Mail Via Life Buzz
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