This is what happens when you say ‘F convention’ and live life on your own terms. Instead of spending money on a “lavish one-day wedding” Amirah Cook and husband Jarrell decided to see the world. They left their jobs in corporate America, sold all their possessions and began traveling about a year after marrying. Here’s the crazy thing; they’ve been on this honeymoon since October 2013! And their travels include three months in the Italian countryside, two months in the English countryside, and three months on Bastimentos Island in Bocas Del Toro, Panama!

My husband and I decided that instead of spending our money on a lavish one-day wedding, we would prefer to take an extended honeymoon. So that’s what we did. We left the states on October 1, 2013 and have been traveling ever since. So far we’ve visited over 30 cities in Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, Italy, England, France and Spain. Enjoying extended stays on an island in Panama, a mansion in Cancun, a villa in Italy, several homes in England and two months on the beautiful island of Majorca, Spain. Many people will read that or hear of our story in general and assume we’re trust fund kids, but that is not the case. We have discovered that there are so many different communities and opportunities for travelers to save. Our flights to Panama were only $120 and we caught a flight glitch that got us both tickets to Italy for $300, total.

When we were visiting Panama, our first country, we met a woman from Brooklyn that had just bought a guesthouse and found ourselves running the business. Living on the Caribbean Sea, we managed her guesthouse on a remote island, for two months. In Italy we stayed in a beautiful Italian villa with a gorgeous view of Tuscany, in exchange for learning Italian recipes and cooking for guests of the B&B four nights a week. Oh, and we had to drink a lot of wine to pick a house wine (hard work). We dog sit two shih tzus in London in exchange for free accommodation for a month, which included Oyster cards (metro/bus cards), groceries and a stipend. We’ll be living in a gorgeous house on a Greek island for three months this summer, looking after the property while the owner vacays in another part of Greece. By mixing in these gigs between renting apartments (usually on Airbnb), we’re able to cut our costs down tremendously.

When we left, we really didn’t have a plan or even a budget, we were just winging it. Neither of us had ever been out of the country, I didn’t even own a passport. In our first year we focused on developing our crafts into careers. My husband is an artist; he has painted murals in Panama, Italy and England, and created illustrations for clients around the world. I am a writer and run a blog detailing our journey, as well as writing for others. By creating our ideal careers, we have become location independent, able to work from anywhere in the world (as long as there’s WIFI). Traveling the world is life altering. Experiencing new places and ways of life expands your mentality in the most beautiful way possible. Every new place makes us eager to see more and question if we will ever return home. This year we are headed to Paris, England, Amsterdam, Morocco, Greece, Turkey, Egypt and India.


You can read more of their incredible story here. And be sure to check out Amirah’s travel blog Cool Young History and Instagram account.

Ladies, what are your thoughts?

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81 Comments on "Black Couple Sells Everything to Go On ‘Indefinite Honeymoon’ to 12 Countries (and Counting)"

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This is so very inspiring, clever, care free and adventurous. Pure Independence. Amazing!!


They are living my dream. Happy safe travels, lucky couple!


Amazing!…would love to do something like this….travel for 6mths…work for 6mths.


My motto has always been: Life is short and the world is big. Godspeed to you both!


Must be nice! Sounds so cool! I’m going to check out their blog. Though I really want to travel lots, I think I’d get tired of a lifestyle like this. lol Besides, the shakes that are my #studentloans would not let me just up and leave. haha


I’ve been lucky enough to see a great part of the world for work but goddamn not like this. This is amaZHING and is what happens when you choose to live what you love! Experiences trump material things any day! #lifegoal

Amirah Cook

Thanks so much! I’m glad you liked our story!

Jodian Campbell

Amazing! Paycation Travel would be great for people doing and trying to do this! Let me show you how to get Paid traveling.

Greg Mitchell

Im jealous


This is so amazing.

Amirah Cook



I read their story a while back, interesting and free way to live

Amirah Cook

Wow! Thanks so much for the feature! I hope we can inspire someone to take their leap of faith.

Karen Reed

Hope y’all get to visit the motherland before deciding to return to the states…Have a blast!!

Amirah Cook

We just finished 3 months in Morocco and fell in love with the people, the culture and the country. You can read about it on my blog. We’re planning to see more of the continent on our journey.

Amirah Cook

We just spent three months in Morocco and fell in love with the country, the culture and the people.


Love this wonderful idea. I pray God’s blessings, favor, grace and mercy over your travels and life.

Amirah Cook

Thank you so much!


You guys are truly blessed; plz continue to do what you love n keep loving on each other… May God continually bless you guys n keep you each safe in your beautiful travels… the best way to live life, being worry free n not having to conform to what society says one has to do b4 they can travel… you guys are an inspiration, esp to young married couples around… I know when u have ur babies they’ll have an amazing story to hear!!!!! Much love to you guys all the way from Long Beach, Ca n God bless!! ????????


this is pretty much what i think about every…dang…day i spend in work sighhh

Amirah Cook

Ahhh, I know the feeling! It took me a while to just go!


This is just too cool. Very happy for them that they get to do life on their own term. #schoolinglife.

Amirah Cook

Thank you!

Detra Sheppard

So how do you find your in between gigs?