This Couple Dropped Everything To Travel The World And Pursue Their Passions

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Photo: Courtesy of Nellu & Molly Mazilu

Former CNBC field producer Molly Mazilu always thought she’d have the opportunity to travel for work. And she did, but found that there was little free time to explore with her busy schedule.So last spring, after saving money for three years, Molly and her husband Nellu left their jobs and apartment, and set off on a 396-day journey that took them to 30 countries from Brazil to Spain.

The pair made it work on a $75,000 budget, gradually learning to opt for cheaper accommodations so they could maximise their allowance for adventure. After nearly 400 days on the road, they are back at Molly’s parents’ home in Connecticut, looking for jobs.

In addition to sightseeing, the pair used their time abroad to pursue passion projects. For Molly, it was video production. For Nellu, it was photography. “One of the theories explored [in Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers] is the idea that people become experts in a particular field by putting in 10,000 hours of practice. We wanted to use our trip to put a dent in our 10,000 hours,” Molly wrote us. They also kept a detailed travel blog.

Molly and Nellu shared their videos and photos—the fruits of their labors—with us. Quoted captions are in Molly’s own words.

And Ipanema on a Wednesday. It was much quieter.

See the waist-high floods in Siem Reap, Cambodia, last summer.

The pair spent 28 days driving and camping from Johannesburg, South Africa to Nairobi, Kenya.


And some more glamour shots of Petra.

You can also go on a global adventure for college credit.

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