Engineered Wanderlust: Two Tech Grads Travel the World
Six continents and 23 countries: Cara (Hanson) Decker ‘10 and Jeffrey Decker ‘09 spent the past year on a grand tour of the planet.
"Why limit ourselves to a two-week honeymoon when we could travel the world for a year instead?"
That’s the question Cara (Hanson) Decker ‘10 and Jeffrey Decker ‘09 asked themselves while planning their wedding. The pair secured good engineering jobs in Virginia after leaving Michigan Tech, and their plans for getting hitched came in under budget. That, coupled with household budgeting, allowed the Deckers to save $55,000, leave their jobs and live the dream.
“For about a year before we left, we combed through all of the travel books at our local library to get an idea of how much certain things would cost: lodging, meals and tickets for tourist attractions,” Cara, an environmental engineer, says. And in true engineer fashion: “We have multiple elaborate, messy spreadsheets that we have been using this past year.”
The pair cut out small things like cable TV and limited eating out to save some money for the trip, but they also made the decision to structure their lives to live on one salary and save the other.
“We are very blessed to have had very good jobs since we both have engineering degrees from Michigan Tech,” Jeff, who graduated with a mechanical engineering degree, says. “Once we made the decision that saving was the priority, the rest of the decisions were much easier.”
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