In August 2010, we took the first flight of our RTW trip and headed to Iceland! Since then we have been lucky enough to drive across the United States, camp in Iceland, hang out in London, eat our way through Paris, work on an organic farm in Tuscany and track down long lost family members in Lacedonia, Italy.
It’s been an amazing adventure and we would love to have you wander with us!
We are a freewheelin’, 30-something couple with a little dog named Chachy. Currently, we are traveling around the world…
The circumstances of the people I have met while traveling were often so seemingly disparate from the suburbia of my youth, but yet underneath, deep within the travel experience were common themes.
I found common hopes and common fears within each person’s story.
Witnessing this, hearing the stories and feeling the inherent kindness of communities all over the world, has broadened my sense of self, and my understanding of the threads of connection binding us all…
After the recession hit in 2008 I was at a crossroads. I had graduated school with the typical guidance a young American gets “Go to the best school possible, get the best job possible that makes the most money, and then get a huge untenable mortgage and live the American dream”.
But what is that dream?
How can you decide what you want to do if you haven’t had the experience yet to know what would make you fulfilled?…
To paraphrase Thoreau, most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with their song still in them.
I strive not to become one of those men, and I hope you will, too. I’ve made multiple dreams a reality in my life already, so I have a good understanding of what it takes. If you find yourself living a life you’re not proud of, know that you can change it.
Plenty of other people are out there living their dreams, and they don’t have anything you haven’t got or that you can’t learn…
While one might assume I would have been completely turned off by travel after becoming deathly ill and needing to be carried down a mountain all day on a woman’s back to a lower elevation (due to severe weakness and complete inability to walk), this trip had the opposite effect.
It was my first trip to a part of the world that wasn’t western-centric and my eyes were opened by authentic experiences, culture, food and the massiveness and sheer beauty of the world’s greatest mountains.
For our first two years out of university we worked multiple jobs, did long hours, and kept up the student lifestyle, only with less beer.
Every dollar saved at the end of the month got dropped on our credit card debt, then overdrafts, then Craig’s university loan. There were some pretty depressing times punctuated by the reward of long hike, or a week-long trip to Australia or Fiji.
But the goal was in sight: we were debt free. Life could become a bit easier, and saving could begin for the big trip…