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SA couple quit jobs to travel world

Author: Megan Ellis Updated: 14:00 08-06-2015

South African couple Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger did what many of us would never imagine doing – they quit their jobs to travel the world.

The couple have become a hit on Instagram, amassing 50 000 followers since they began their journey in March this year.

The pair has taken an interesting approach to their photography, including the distance travelled in each picture.

"Once we knew we were going to see the world, we wanted something that would tie it all together; a single concept that would make the trip feel like one story," Dirnberger says of the decision to include their journey's mileage in each picture.

"We loved that it would literally track how far we'd travelled, pushing us to go further to see more," he told iafrica.com.

But what lead them to taking their journey?

At the 2014 Design Indaba the couple attended a talk by Stefan Sagmeister, "the Godfather of creative sabbaticals".

After the talk, Cartell and Dirnberger decided that it was time for them to take their own creative sabbatical.

Thus began their money-saving endeavour.

"We made a conscious decision to spend the next year saving every last cent, so we could also enjoy time off to pursue our own experiments, and not live how society says we should," Cartell told iafrica.com.

"The last two months in South Africa were spent hustling to sell our belongings, and scrape together as much money as we could to make this possible."

Dirnberger says that the aim of the journey is to invigorate their creativity and learn more about themselves.

But is there anything they would change about their journey?

"Perhaps one or two places we stayed at could've been cheaper if we'd booked them sooner," Dirnberger said.

"We'd also bring more Haribo gummies from Austria with us to Norway."

The couple are currently just over 15 700 kilometres into their journey and have a long list of destinations they're still planning on visiting.

They are now enjoying the sights in Norway, after their visit to Austria and Germany.

See some of their awesome photos below:

8664km // Vienna // Austria Some days, you get to run around and act like a kid. You get lost because you don't know any better. Today was one of those days, as we discovered the Prater Amusement Park in #Vienna. Follow our story >> link to blog in profile. #HFFH_travels

A photo posted by How Far From Home (@howfarfromhome) on Mar 23, 2015 at 2:12pm PDT

 

8678km // Vienna // Austria Karlskirche is the main attraction at Karlsplatz, one of Vienna's busiest and most connected transportation hubs. We were quite surprised with the number of youths running around the square – seems to be the thing to do *drops board and jogs* Follow our story >> link to blog in profile. #HFFH_travels

A photo posted by How Far From Home (@howfarfromhome) on Mar 25, 2015 at 8:37am PDT

 

9126km // Salzburg // Austria Yesterday we got lost inside a grove of magnolias. If we could package the smell and sell it for chalk, we would. Follow our story >> link to blog in profile. #HFFH_travels #WHPcolorplay

A photo posted by How Far From Home (@howfarfromhome) on Apr 11, 2015 at 10:40pm PDT

 

A photo posted by How Far From Home (@howfarfromhome) on May 5, 2015 at 9:24am PDT

 

13 022km // Alta // Norway No this did not arrive from space. The building you see was the result of an architectural competition, and has been standing proud in Alta since 2013. It's also the town's church. Breathtaking. Follow our story >> link to blog in profile. #HFFH_travels

A photo posted by How Far From Home (@howfarfromhome) on May 9, 2015 at 10:57am PDT

 

A photo posted by How Far From Home (@howfarfromhome) on May 25, 2015 at 1:51pm PDT

 

A photo posted by How Far From Home (@howfarfromhome) on May 30, 2015 at 3:15pm PDT

 

A photo posted by How Far From Home (@howfarfromhome) on Jun 6, 2015 at 7:11am PDT

To see more of their amazing pictures, visit the couple's Instagram profile.

You can also follow the blog on their journey, How Far From Home.

Published: 09:30 08-06-2015

Posted by on June 8, 2015.

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