We sold everything we own and left our corporate jobs to travel full time in 2014. The Scenic Route tells of our travels and adventures on the road. Originally from the UK, we are now US citizens and prior to hitting the road had lived in California for almost 15 years. Our first 11 years were spent in the San Francisco Bay Area and the last 4 years in beautiful downtown San Diego.
We were married in Penang, Malaysia 22 years ago, so I guess travel was always in our blood.
We both had corporate jobs for 20 plus years, Iain in electronics manufacturing industry, Kate in healthcare marketing. But we tired of the 9 to 5 corporate worlds. A week or two vacation each year was not cutting it for us, we wanted to see more places and have more experiences. Honestly we just wanted to be happier.
We worked out that without a sticks and bricks home (i.e. mortgage) we could make a nomadic life work. So in June of 2014 we sold our home and car and bought a big ass truck and an Airstream trailer. In our first three years of traveling we split our time between global travel staying in furnished apartment rentals, and exploring the US in the Airstream. Now we have transitioned to just global travel. So far we have spent time in South East Asia, Europe and Mexico.
Three plus years on, we are enjoying the traveling life. We move slowly and try to get to know each place. We respect all kinds of travel but we choose to spend our days hanging out in the same spots as the people who live in the places we go, rather than taking tours and visiting museums. That's just not our style.
We like to hike, see beautiful scenery and architecture, visit cool towns and cities, eat great local food and drink lovingly crafted beer and wine. We love to watch smart, independent movies, and thought provoking TV. Iain loves to keep in touch with all aspects of technology on the road. Kate works part time as a freelance marketing consultant and has also written her first book!