In 2012, I gave myself permission to do something crazy.
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 cobbled Italian squares, pretty French bistros, and jagged, breathtaking Swiss Alps.
In the seven 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 tech, travel, and healthcare 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 few years, I’ve 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 mad 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 the stuff I do seems daunting. Run a successful freelance business? Travel the world full-time on a budget? Take multi-week solo hikes through Europe? Cycle across whole countries? Cross borders with a small dog?
They’re things people want to do. And they’re also things that don’t have well-worn roadmaps.
And so I tell my stories. Share my proverbial road maps.
To help you travel with your dog, understand the real cost of traveling Europe, find a hike you love, skip the tourist trap bullshit, or just live my unconventional life vicariously for a little while.