Born in upstate New York, I grew up camping with my parents and sister. Most weekends in summer would find us packing up the pop-up camper on a Friday afternoon and heading off to a not too distant campground for the weekend.
These camping trips with my family were the foundation of a love of travel and I developed a bug to go further and see more. In University I spent summers working in Alaska in salmon canneries where I encountered all kinds of people new ideas. It was in Alaska that decided to take a semester off school to travel down the West Coast and into Mexico. After this trip, the travel bug was firmly established.
When I finished my studies, I moved to Japan where I spent a total of 12 years in two separate six-year stints with a break for some travel in the Middle East and the US. In Tokyo, I met an Aussie, which eventually led me to Sydney where I lived and worked for eleven years.
In the last two years, I’d grown restless with my workaday routine. I’d never lived in one place for more than six years and it was time to think of the next phase of my life. I started looking at options to see what would suit me and more importantly, what was feasible. I’d started thinking about returning to the US after living away for over twenty years but the thought of picking up and landing a job doing the same thing didn’t seem like it would fit the bill.
After much thought, I decided the best way to re-engage with the US, friends and family was to be mobile for a while. Airstreaming was an idea I had for retirement…but did I really have to wait? No…why do that!