So what’s it all about?

The RealLifeProject is a journey of discovery – it’s the story of two people who want to change their lives. Most people around us think we’re nuts – and sometimes we think we are too. It’s not easy getting involved in something you know very little about (except for how much you like it). But we’re determined to learn, try, and make that change happen.

Click on the photos to get started – but then come back to find out more!

Greece

Costa Rica

Europe

Africa

So, what exactly is it that we want to do? Well, in a nutshell, we’d like to create a unique destination in Greece where people can learn, experience and relax. We’ve learned  (and are, in fact, still learning) from the best, so we’d like to live up to their standards in implementing the principles of sustainability and ecotourism. We want to combine these principles with our passions – activities such as hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, yoga, but also reading and writing. That’s what this blog is about – we created it so that we can share this experience with our friends and loved ones, but also with anyone out there who might have taken, or consider taking that same leap of faith. We know we’re heading into uncharted territory, and it’s always nicer to undertake such a journey with friends.

You’ll read about our progress, about our little breakthroughs and frustrations, but also about our travels – for we are both travellers at heart. The world is an amazing place – we travel, explore and learn from places, cultures and people. We’d love to share that with you.

How did it all begin?

Stoupa beach

The idea to change course was born in April 2011 on a quiet beach in southern Greece  (see above!) and has developed over time into something more than just an idea – it became our project. It all seemed a bit overwhelming, but Chris turned to The International Ecotourism Society for advice and guidance, and their support was incredibly encouraging. Attending their Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference in 2011 was the first step. The welcome he received from the international ecotourism community was amazing, and soon things started to happen – Chris was offered an internship with a leader in the field, Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality, that gave him the opportunity to work at and visit some of the best sustainable hotels in the world, in stunningly beautiful Costa Rica (you can read about his adventures here). We were also both able to intern at a legendary ecotourism destination, Maho Bay Camps on St. John, in the US Virgin Islands (read more about it here). That’s how The RealLifeProject started taking shape (why the name, you ask? find out here!) At these incredible locations we were able to learn by doing – and that’s the best way to do it.