Online Lives: Keith Bohan and Rachael Rogers

Husband and wife Keith Bohan and Rachael Rogers travel full-time after giving up their desk jobs in 2016.

Galway-born Keith met Rachael, who is from Kansas City, while they were both working in New York in 2012.

They both eventually moved to Galway but the travel bug had set in. Rachael quit, starting a travel company while Keith was offered the option to work remotely.

“We both work full time, just without being anchored to an office, or even country, I suppose. We don’t see it ending anytime soon,” Keith said. “We began planning a life of full-time travel. In November 2016, coincidentally the day after Trump got elected, we flew to Paris. We have been travelling since then, a month in every city and almost exclusively Airbnb.”

The pair mainly share their travels on Instagram.

“Instagram is definitely our main platform. Mine is @keithbohan. I’m not as active - or professional - as Rachael but like to have the craic and have a decent following,” Keith said.

“Rachael’s Insta is @forthestoryvacations. She tries to give people the inside scoop on a city and only visits one-off businesses in the process.

“I post about full-time affordable travel and minimalism (we both share one suitcase). Rachael posts about cool, unique things to do in each city, and tries to do everything worth doing while we’re there.”

Keith and Rachael take different approaches to social media. “I use social media regularly, as I am showing my followers and potential clients as much of every city as I possibly can. I keep my story updated and try to post a photo daily,” said Rachael.

Keith says he enjoys stepping back from social media.

“While I understand and appreciate its necessity in allowing me to travel the world full time while getting paid, there’s still a lot to be said for leaving your phone in the apartment and setting off for the day,” he said.

The couple agrees their online presence has given them many new opportunities. “It has definitely opened a lot of doors for us, and gaining a large following adds an element of credibility.” However, they warn it can be difficult to work while travelling. “You have to be a lot more fastidious about not ‘being on holiday’. This is our life. Although it’s super exciting to arrive in a new place, we’re still working. We view our Airbnb as our rent and get groceries and cook, the same as if we were living at home.” They said this approach is necessary to save money while they are travelling. “If we spent money like tourists everywhere we went, this would not be possible.”

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