In Loving Memory of Manuel Fernando Sanchez Gamboa (1990 - 2015), without you this website would not be possible.

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About Us

Sal in Baja CaliforniaSalvador Antonio was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. His parents immigrated to Los Angeles when he was 2 years old.  He has practiced structural engineering for 10 years and has had his own practice the last 5 years. At the age of 33 he looks forward to taking a break from the everyday grind and tour the world!

Gisela in San JancintoMaria Gisela was born in Cali, Colombia. She has lived in Los Angeles since 2005.  She is a psychologist in her country of origin and a licensed psychotherapist in California. She has worked for a nonprofit organization for the past 6 years and devotes some of her free time to research. At the age of 30 she looks forward to leaving her routine to experience new cultures and food!

Japanese Garden in San FranciscoWe are a couple who has decided to fulfill the dream of their lives and travel the world together. We both are passionate about traveling and seeing new things. We love nature and have spent our free time backpacking out in the wilderness and traveling around different countries. See our picture book, Our First 120 Miles, to learn about some of our first adventures.

We will be married September 2012 and instead of taking a conventional honeymoon, we decided to give up our daily lives in Los Angeles for an adventure of a lifetime. We started saving and preparing for this trip 2 years ago. This website, Our First World Trip, is a way to share our experiences before and during the trip. Our main purpose is to create a record of our journey and stay connected with family and friends. We also hope this page becomes a source of information and motivation for those who are passionate about traveling.



# Buen Viaje!Robert Holcomb 2012-08-05 17:59
This is so incredible! I look forward to keeping tabs on your travels as you embark literally upon the journey of a lifetime!
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# Thank you!!Sal and Gisela 2012-08-06 23:06
Hey Robert, thanks for your comment. We look forward to our journey and sharing it with you. Be sure to subscribe to our website in our home page to get updates:
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# Buena bichos....Jaime A. Guevara 2012-08-07 22:07
Que Se la pasen a lo maximo y definitivamente esto es una inspiracion para mi un dia poder hacer lo mismo. Cuidence mucho y keep it safe amigos. En hora buena.
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# Gracias Cipote!!Sal and Gisela 2012-08-12 22:41
Ojala nos encontremos en algun lugar del mundo. Gracias!!
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# Amazing!!!!Vivian 2012-08-08 06:57
This is great!!! Love this idea and will for sure be following you guys!!!! Good luck!!!
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# Gracias Prima!Sal and Gisela 2012-08-12 22:42
Thanks for your support. We hope to keep you updated about our journey.
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# ta buenisimo!!!!!!aldo 2012-08-08 12:12
damnnnnnn, i looked the pins and it's amazing all the places u guys are going to visit.....good luck!!!!!!! and i will keep an eye when u are close to bolivia, i will meet u somewhere....ta ke care....
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# Gracias Aldo!!Sal and Gisela 2012-08-12 22:44
It's been awhile!! We look forward to seeing you in Bolivia!!
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# FriendAlfonso 2012-08-14 17:02
You guys are my heros!!! Im sooo excited for you both!! :)
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# Thank you!!Sal and Gisela 2012-08-15 21:46
Hey Alfonso! Hope you can meet us somwhere along the way!!
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# I'm NOT jealous "AT ALL!"Tera 2012-09-12 13:20
Please take me with you! I don't snore! :zzz I'm so excited for the two of you and can't wait to live through this experience with you guys! See you Saturday!
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# Of course you're NOT jealous!Sal and Gisela 2012-09-13 18:46
Thanks Tera!! Hope you could join us somewhere around the world!
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# have funbrianal 2012-10-12 19:11
Hope your having fun remember take many pics love you guys i miss you guys :cry:
love you cousins :lol:
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# Thanks Cousin!!Sal and Gisela 2012-10-13 21:41
We'll sure to take pics for you. Miss you too!! Love you!!
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# 2012-10-19 07:57
I just came across your blog. We are taking a 6 month honeymoon next year, so I'm looking forward to following along to see how yours goes! Have fun!

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# Thanks!Sal and Gisela 2012-11-10 02:10
Hi Jan, our honeymoon is going great! Hope we could help in anyway. Good luck!
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# MrsVanessa 2012-10-23 00:14
Just had the gift of hosting this amazing couple of human beings. Wherever I'd go with them there would be nothing but good moments. The weather would even open for them, things would unexpectedly be free, etc. stardust showers over people with good souls.
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# Thanks for everything!Sal and Gisela 2012-11-10 02:44
Hey Vane! It was pleasure having you as a host in New Zealand. Great to see you after so many years (and meet you - Sal). All your tips and advice made all the difference! Funny, the weather kept opening up while we traveled south! Abrazos to you, Kane, and Che!!
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# all the bestFAHMI AZMAN OTHMAN 2013-02-01 03:30
Hello hi,
Sal and Gisela its nice to met you guys in Kuala Lumpur, would like to wish you guys have a nice around the world trip and enjoy every single moments..
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# Thank you Fahmi!Sal and Gisela 2013-02-11 00:41
It was great meeting you and thanks for hosting us in KL! We look forward to seeing you again somewhere around the world.
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# It was great meeting you!Eunice 2013-02-12 08:39
It was a pleasure talking to you guys, hope we bump into one another some time in the future. Enjoy your adventure and stay safe! :) all the best
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# It was great meeting you too!!Sal and Gisela 2013-02-14 02:40
Thank you, Eunice! We hope our paths cross again. Have fun on your upcoming vacation to Cambodia and Vietnam. We wish you the best on the start of your career. Take care!
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# Mrs.Evelyn Ferreras 2013-02-18 05:45
Howdy !nice meeting you both in Banaue,really enjoyed your company,wish you the best in your journey around the world.Take care,Good luck and stay safe.
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# Thank you Evelyn!Sal and Gisela 2013-02-22 21:21
It was great meeting and traveling with you, your husband, niece, and nephew. We hope to see you again one day! Take care. :)
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# Enjoy the tripKhoi 2013-04-13 09:42
Hi Sal n Gisela,
Hopefully u guys can recognize me from my name ;) It was nice to meet two of u. We got more motivations on travelling as well as our own project. Your story is awesome, I would say. We hope to see u again some day some where.

Take care and keep writing this awesome story.
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# Hi Khoi!Sal and Gisela 2013-05-07 08:25
Thanks for your comment. Of course we remember you, sorry it took us awhile to reply... We feel excited for your transportation project for Vietnam, hope it turns out great! Hope to see you again one day too! Take care and best of luck.
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# found your website!Thanh Hằng 2013-04-17 23:24
Hey!!! This is Hang
did you get to the airport on time?
my house becomes quiet without you guy
best wish for you :P
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# Hi Hang!Sal and Gisela 2013-05-07 08:08
Sorry it took us awhile to reply... Yes, we got to the airport! Thank you and your dad for everything! We miss you. Tell your sister, dad, and mom hi from us!
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# Testify from RemiRemi 2013-07-25 21:36
I want to testify to anyone who could doubt that this couple is the kindest and most "lovable" you could espect to meet on the road. Their eyes are full of light and their heart is giant :lol: . It was great to cross your road. I m witing for you in France for wine testing !! :-*
Please fill you diary ;-)
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# Thanks Remi!Sal and Gisela 2013-08-04 04:26
Thanks for the kind words Remi!! It was great meeting you, too! Can't wait to meet up with you in France! Take care and enjoy the rest of your Japan trip.
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# Witam z POLSKI...welcom e to PolishRenata 2013-08-02 01:33
How are you? I hope that, in accordance with the contract during a trip to Europe, visiting us in Poland. We are happy to meet with you, we'll show you some of our country, perhaps the old Polish city Krakow.Write to us :). Renata and Andrew
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# Hi Renata!Sal and Gisela 2013-08-04 04:34
Great to hear from you! We're doing good, in Japan now. Hope you, your husband, and your son are doing well. Thank you so much for the invitation. We're definitely planning to go to Poland and visit you. We're not sure when yet, but it will probably be in the spring of 2014! Can't wait to see you again! Take care.
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# MissKay 2014-03-29 17:07
Lovely meeting you all at the hostel in Kenya! I'm back in Cambridge, where it's cold and rainy. Incredibly jealous of you traveling together! Will keep up with your travels!
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# Thanks Kay!Sal and Gisela 2014-05-18 13:42
It was a pleasure meeting you, too! Sorry for the late reply, but we hope to keep in touch. Take care!
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# Dr.Dan 2014-07-09 12:41
Dear Gesila and Salvador,

Nice and great things you are making, and very valuable in two.

I'll be back in Vienna on 17.7. and will be happy to meet you and show you the beautiful city. It will be a great pleasure if I can host you in my apartment.

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# Thank you so much!Sal and Gisela 2014-08-08 12:04
It was a great pleasure meeting you and your family. You were a fantastic host, Vienna would not have been the same without you. Hope to see you guys again soon! Take care and hugs to all!!
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