For many years, I worked in advertising as a commercial producer. I loved what I did for a living, but found myself longing for a break from the routine, an adventure into the unknown. Like many people, I often dreamed quitting my job, throwing everything in storage, and hitting the open road with nothing but a passport and a backpack. Then one day—along with my then-boyfriend, now-husband Reece—I did just that: One year, 16 countries, countless new friends, and a lifetime of memories. Here is how we saved up to take the plunge.