Celebrating 10 years abroad

by Gigi Griffis
Gigi and Luna hiking

On May 30, 2012, Luna and I locked up our little Denver ranch house for the last time, boarded a plane, and made our way to Edinburgh, Scotland. The first stop on what would turn out to be an indefinite love affair with Europe.

Which means that today is our 10-year anniversary of leaving the US for a life of travel. 

We’ve traveled fast, spending a few weeks or months in places like Germany’s Black Forest; Perugia, Italy; and Riga, Latvia. And we’ve had periods of slow love affairs with places on long-stay visas. The Swiss Alps. Estonia’s etherial bog landscape. And now, Portugal, where I hope we’ll be based for years to come.

Today, I simply wanted to pause and say I’m grateful for my past self. For the girl in her twenties, struggling with depression, who decided that if she had to be depressed, she’d rather do it on a cobbled Scottish lane, while cycling along a French river, as she crested the ridge on a difficult Alpine hike in central Switzerland.

Thank you, past me, for bringing me on this journey. And thank you to everyone who’s been along for the ride.

Here’s a look back:

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lee May 30, 2022 - 6:19 am

congrats on living the life other ‘long term sporadic’ travelers dream of.
Even if I only life on the road a month or more at a time, it is how your mind and heart explore before you return to the daily responsibilities of life that worries about healthcare, retirement and sometimes just fear.

Ali May 30, 2022 - 6:53 am

Yay! Congrats and happy nomadiversary!

Chris Kieser May 30, 2022 - 9:41 am

Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary of following your dreams! I am so grateful to you for all that you have shared with us over the years. I have especially been enjoying reading about your adventures in Portugal, since we will be traveling there soon on a trip that we have been planning for years now. Thank you again for all of the inspiration! I wish you and Luna the very best.

Sally May 30, 2022 - 10:34 pm

Congrats on 10 years and including us viewers a chance to live thru your adventures!


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