My wife and I just quit our jobs. In three weeks we’ll be homeless, at least in the conventional sense. We’re about to set off on a multi-year around-the-world overland road trip in our 1984 Volkswagen Vanagon.
For the last two years we’ve been plotting our escape, counting down. It didn’t seem real at the beginning, but we kept putting one foot in front of the other, lining up the ducks, until it was finally time to pull the trigger.
The idea was borne of coincidence, an unsettling feeling of complacency, and a festering itch for adventure.
You know that feeling you get when everything is going fine? That’s pretty much the way things have been around here for a long while. Good jobs, pleasant town, vacation. Rinse. Repeat. Then in 2008 a good friend of ours went down in an avalanche and never came up. On the way home from his funeral we decided that we shouldn’t wait until retirement age to do what we love. It’s cliché to say “life is short”, but it’s true nonetheless.
A year later I was standing at my desk when Steve walked by my window. Steve is a happy guy who drives a Volkswagen hippy bus. As he passed I blurted out the first thing that came into my head: “Hey Steve, let’s drive your van to Tierra del Fuego.” He paused for a second, and then without blinking said “I don’t think so” and continued on his way. A minute later he sent me a link to an article about a couple who drove their VW camper van through the Americas and Africa. I took one look at the article’s title, and quickly sent it on to Sheena, along with the question “Want to do this?” She immediately responded with “Yes.”
That evening we decided that we would buy a VW van, save a bunch of money, and drive around the world. We scribbled out a savings plan and set the wheels in motion. And now I sit here typing that we’ve quit our jobs and are ready to flee the country in a hippy bus. It didn’t feel real, but we put one foot in front of another until we got here. Sheena posted a quote on our refrigerator that says “Those who wish for the weekend are wishing their lives away.” I fully realize that we’ve taken this quote way too far…aaaaaand I’ve just soiled myself.
While we’re on the road we’ll be keeping a blog and a podcast, both of which will live on this site. We’ll explore culture, food, recreation, and undoubtedly work our way through countless emergency road side hippy bus repairs. If we do it right, it ought to make for good entertainment. If things go terribly wrong, at least it’ll still be entertaining for you.
Thanks for reading!
Brad & Sheena