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

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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Leila, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop culture and black beauty enthusiast.

77 thoughts on “Black Couple Sells Everything to Go On ‘Indefinite Honeymoon’ to 12 Countries (and Counting)

  1. This is such a refreshing and inspiring story to me. I wish my husband and I would have thought of something like this when we first got married. I can imagine the colorful stories you’ll have to tell your children.
    Do you plan on any travel to Africa? Nairobi Kenya was wonderful to visit and Tanzania.

  2. Thanks, Love! We spent 3 months in Morocco and have plans to see more of the continent. It is more difficult to travel sporadically in Africa because we need visas for many of the countries and regional flights are quite expensive. That said, we are very interested and determined to travel throughout the beautiful continent. Morocco is by far our favorite country and experience yet.

  3. This is my DREAM! If you are not already Journaling your experiences you really need to start. I’m a writer and this is an amazing story. Would love to see your story in a movie. I can just picture it, the spontaneity, the different cultures, languages, the people. Not to mention the beautiful places. Please write this, it’s incredibly inspiring to all but especially many black Americans, a lot of us don’t travel out of the country for a lot of reason but mainly the assumed high price tag, but as you stated it doesn’t have to be expensive, can be done inexpensively.

    • Thanks, Love! I am writing a book about our travels. It has been an amazing adventure and it’s we’ve still got much more to see! I try to share a lot on my blog and Instagram account.

  4. AWESOME! I was stationed in Panama from 94-96. My son was born in Panama. Definitely think about writing a book, do a documentary, and/or youtube videos to keep up with your journeys (I will subscribe). As Blacks, we need to know more about living abroad, secondary residence, having dual citizenship, etc. I wanted to live/travel abroad after college (88-93), but went into the army instead, & got the opportunities to live in Panama, Haiti, & vacationed in the Dominican Republic (DR)….. And there are Black American community expats when i was living in Panama, also Costa Rica, Ecuador, etc. I still plan on living abroad & only coming back to the states to visit. I will subscribe to your blog. Best to you & your husband. Take care. Peace & Blessings.

    • Thanks, Love! I am writing a book about our journey and trying to start creating videos. I often get so caught up in enjoying everything that I forget to document it. You can see our social media profiles on the blog.

  5. When are you guys going to the motherland, it saddens me when we travel around the country that we don’t visit where we came from.

    • We spent three months in Morocco this year and can’t wait to see more of Africa. Its just more difficult to travel throughout the entire continent sporadically because of visa requirements.

  6. Amirah and Jarrell Cook, I applaud you. I read about you some time ago, and was so delighted for the both of you. I truly wish I was able to travel the World, you are living my fantasy. I’m still praying that I will be able to fulfill my dream, and write about it from a mature traveler point of view.
    Keep having fun.

  7. Young Couple Sells Everything to Go On ‘Indefinite Honeymoon’ to 12 Countries (and Counting).

    ^^^Title correction

  8. Omg so i love yalls view on living life to the fullest ! I’d love to do this one day with my spouse. I really wanna follow you guys on your journey ! whats you guys social media accounts?

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