The (un)glamorous truth about living life unbound

Adventure couples are popping up everywhere on Instagram, tracking their lives one road-less-traveled after another.

And Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger are yet another pair living life unbound.

The duo’s Instagram account howfarfromhome documents their travels tracking their kilometers as they make their way around the world from their hometown of Johannesburg, South Africa.

“Two creatives. One wanderlist. Zero reasons to stay at home. See how far we can get, traveling round the world,” reads their tagline, and we followed …

From one epic selfie …

… to another.

… to another.

Besides a series of numbered photos, the couple also logged their adventures in a travel blog with the latest entry titled, "Why we quit our jobs in advertising to scrub toilets."

Yes, that’s right: “to scrub toilets.”

"After being gone exactly 6 months, I feel it necessary we share the uglier side of our trip,” wrote Cartell. “Browsing through our blog posts and Instagram feed, it seems like we're having the time of our lives. And don't get me wrong – we are. It's bloody amazing. But it's not all ice-creams in the sun and pretty landscapes. Noooooo. So far, I think we've tallied 135 toilets scrubbed, 250 kilos of cow dung spread, 2 tons of rocks shovelled, 60 metres of pathway laid, 57 beds made, and I cannot even remember how many wine glasses we've polished."

Pulling double duty in an outhouse. Photo: How far from home

Pulling double duty in an outhouse. Photo: How far from home

“So don't let the bank of gorgeous photography fool you,” she continued. “Nuh uh. I am not at my fittest, slimmest or physically healthiest. We eat jam on crackers most days, get roughly 5hrs of sleep per night, and lug our extremely heavy bags through cobbled streets at 1am, trying to find our accommodation (because bus fares are not part of the budget, obviously).”

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