I packed my bags, ditched my permanent address, and took my nearly two-year-old business and my pint-sized pooch on the road to live our lives against a backdrop of sandy Mexican beaches, cobbled Italian squares, pretty French bistros, and jagged, breathtaking Swiss Alps.
In the six years that followed, I found my mojo, shifted my business, published 11 travel guides, became an official expat, quit being an official expat, faced my fears head-on, and turned my solo adventure into a partnered adventure.
Today, I’m still going strong.
So, how do I make my living on the road? I write.
I am primarily a copywriter and content strategist, which means I write websites, billboards, brochures, and video scripts and develop strategies mostly for the travel and lifestyle industries. (If you need any of those services, let’s talk.)
And when I’m not doing client work? I write books.
In the last couple years, I published 11 (yes, 11!) unconventional travel guides. The idea behind them? That locals have the best travel advice. They can give you directions to that off-the-beaten path winery, help you find the best pizzeria in town, clue you in on how to spot real gelato, and help you fit into the local culture. And so each of my guides is a collection of interviews with real locals, designed to give you the insider perspective on Switzerland, Italy, France, Barcelona, Paris, Prague, New York City, Denver, Northern Arizona, Phoenix and Tucson, and Vancouver, Canada.
Oh, yeah. I live this crazy, travel-filled life with my dog.
Yessir. My traveling pooch is called Luna – after the character in Harry Potter. I found her in 2009 and she changed my life. Now, she’s a seasoned world-traveler, a trained therapy dog, and a papered ESA. When she’s not sleeping in weird positions, Luna enjoys running like a mad woman on sandy beaches, snoozing in European cafes, hiking big mountains, and jumping on my partner’s head while he’s sleeping.
Okay, so the whole point…
I write this blog because I think my story could be yours too. You don’t have to be rich or famous or thin or whatever to have the life of your dreams. And if you need someone to prove it, well, here I am. Traveling. Writing. Running a business. Facing my fears. Learning the hard lessons. And never giving up.
Maybe you want to start a business. Or to spend a luxurious month in the Italian countryside eating fresh pasta and taking strolls through fields of sunflowers. Or to create art without having to work at McDonalds or live in a box.
Whatever your wildest dream is, I’m writing this blog (and my next books) for you.
The world needs more people who go after their dreams.
It needs more people who are afraid to fail – and who jump off the edge anyway.
It needs more people willing to love, laugh, and adventure with abandon.
So let’s do that.