What the &#$% is bugbatical?
Great question! The short (and obvious) answer is that it’s a portmanteau of bug and sabbatical. But I realize that isn’t very illuminating.
The longer answer is that Phil and I call each other “bug” - more specifically, he usually calls me bug and I call him bug bug. Yes, we are generally insufferable, ask any of our close friends or family :P. It started because early in our relationship Phil would call me a snuggle bug or a cuddle bug or a love bug, etc. Eventually I started asking him “what kind of bug am I today” and TA-DA our pet names were born! But because we enjoy being disgustingly cute, it didn’t end there - we started adding “bug” to just about everything we did. We lived in our bugpartment in SF, on the weekends we would go on bugventures and, of course, the 10-month trip we were planning became BUGBATICAL.
I briefly thought about naming our Instagram or this blog something witty (and/or more SEO friendly) but ultimately decided that there was nothing more “us” than bugbatical and that I was willing to share our obnoxiously adorable selves with the world!
Some bugbatical FAQs!
Do either of you have a job?
Nope! Phil and I are both jobless. Phil left his job and I am on an unpaid leave of absence from my job.
What is your plan for the 10 months?
The (rough) plan for our trip is:
March - Colombia, Ecuador, Peru
April - Argentina (it’s a big country!)
May - Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany
June - Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, SF for a wedding
July - UK (London), Spain (meeting up with Phil’s parents), Europe TBD
August - Europe TBD, Seattle for Phil’s sister’s wedding :D
September - family time in SF (me) and Seattle (Phil), SF for my sister’s wedding :D
October - TBD
November - Southeast Asia TBD
December - Southeast Asia TBD
How far in advance are you booking flights/accommodations/etc?
Though we have our rough plan, we are pretty flexible and aside from long, international flights we are only booking shorter flights/trains/buses and accommodations a week or two out. We have already changed our planned route through South America twice (once before we left and once while on the trip) and it’s only been a week!
Where are you sleeping? Hostels, Airbnbs, hotels?
In South America, we are mostly staying in Airbnbs. In the four cities we have been to or planned so far (Bogota, Cartagena, Quito & Salinas) we have been able to find one-bedroom (or bigger!) apartments in walkable, convenient neighborhoods for $75 or less a night! We have also spent three nights so far in hotels but plan to keep hotel stays a rare luxury. We will likely stay in hostels but probably more so in Europe where prices are higher.
How are you paying for the trip?
We are paying for this trip ourselves with money we have each saved during our careers.