We had the good fortune of connecting with Adrian & Amaris (@wanderingwithustwo) and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adrian & Amaris (@wanderingwithustwo), how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
For us we started this journey as a way to get out of our comfort zones and learn to explore more of what the world has to offer. Since then it has always been a balancing act as we have tried to find time to continue to explore while balancing working and being enrolled full time at Arizona State University. We’ve learned to make the most of the little time we do have to go discover new places and share what we learn along the way. This has meant leaving right after work to begin a trip or driving straight to work from the airport to make use of every second. To us, finding balance means finding what works for you and making time for what you’re passionate about and trying to cut back on things that may take away from that. Overall, it’s still something we continue to work on and it definitely keeps our lives interesting!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We like to provide unique looks at places you’ve maybe already seen or introduce people to places they haven’t heard of. Along with providing these images we also try to provide information about our experiences there to hopefully help others who may be interested in going themselves. I think our own life experiences also provide us with unique perspectives as well and can potentially help others relate more to our work. Although we have been at this for a few years now we continue to try to learn and adapt and continue to explore more of our creativity. The biggest thing we would probably want people to know about our story is that we’re just like anyone else. We have been balancing school and work and started this without knowing a thing about photography or travel. We continue to make mistakes which has helped us learn and grow and are happy we get to inspire others to chase their passions as well!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In recent years the Phoenix area has definitely become more popular as people realize the region is more than just cacti and desert!
Things to do:
Visit Grand Canyon NP and Saguaro NP
Check out a local sporting event (professional or collegiate)
Hike Camelback mountain
Watch a sunset over the salt river
Take a day trip to Sedona
Drive to the top of south mountain to see the city
Check out first Friday in downtown Phoenix (first Friday evening of everything month)
Food/drinks to try:
Try Sonoran hot dogs and tacos at a local food truck/stand
Stop by a speakeasy (we recommend The White Rabbit)
Grab some duck fat fries and craft beers at Arizona Wilderness
Try a few ciders at Cider Corp in Mesa (also check out the pizza there especially the peach and pistachio)
Get a rooftop drink at Sotol in downtown Gilbert
Play some arcade games or pinball and have some drinks at Cobra Arcade Bar or Stardust
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
For us as first-generation Americans we are lucky to have the opportunity to be able to explore more and even consider chasing something we’re passionate about. Traditionally many believe they just need to go after their career and we often forget about our passions along the way. We’re very fortunate that we are finding a way to do both and hopefully can inspire others to do the same. This is of course credit to those who have supported us along the way including our families and friends who have encouraged us to continue to pursue this.