Connolly and Wright have been travelling non-stop for three full years, since March 2012, and are happily celebrating their milestone. The Australian couple has created a “freedom lifestyle” for themselves full of adventure and excitement, which they chronicle via their luxury travel blog, Suitcase Stories. They’ve visited North, South and Central America, the United Kingdom, Europe and the Caribbean.
“I have always been a gypsy at heart,” Connolly said. “It was the first overseas trip I took that really made me feel a life of travel was what I was put here to do.
“We have no stress in our lives, no deadlines, no one to answer to … It’s complete freedom!” she continued. “I have never been happier in my life. I feel more at home living without a home than I ever did when I had a conventional life.”
Although they have no fixed address, the couple still locates plenty of beautiful homes to stay in by finding individuals who need house sitters.
“There are plenty of websites that actually advertise homes that are available for sitting. It’s such an amazing way to see the world. You still get to enjoy the ‘home comforts’ without actually having a home,” Connolly said.
In order to finance their travel, the couple adopted a “laptop lifestyle,” which Connolly describes as “the perfect solution for travelers.” Their business can run from anywhere in the world with a laptop and WiFi connection.
“What we love the most is when we get an email from someone who says we have inspired them to live their own dreams … that is why we share our story – to inspire others to go for extraordinary and not settle for ordinary,” Connolly said.
She added that the most amazing part of the experience, in general, is “the millions of amazing memories we will have for a life time. And the freedom we have from living this lifestyle.”
“Life is too short to settle for anything less than amazing!” Connolly said.
Steph Elizondo is an intern at Lioness. The 21-year-old Western New England University (WNEU) junior is an English-Literature major. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the literary magazine at WNEU, as well as a staff writer for the school’s newspaper. She enjoys writing stories and poetry creatively, as well as essays and articles professionally. She hopes to become a professional writer and editor.