We are a divagating duo, rebelling against the status quo. In an attempt to retain our youthful spirits, we have taken a sabbatical from the 9-to-5 desk jobs in favor of wayfaring; visiting new places, meeting new people and seeking new adventures. As an ‘older’ couple, 38 (Chris) and 40 (Sharlene), we hope to share travel tips and inspire people to pave their own paths and pursue the unconventional!
I am a 40-year-old, adventure-seeker. I love to travel and have been to every state the United States except Alaska, and to approximately 20 other countries. I racked up a lot of frequent flier miles over the last 15 years with extensive career-related traveling; primarily as a consultant for marketing, business project management, business start-ups and software product management. I like to learn new things, and consider myself of jill-of-all-trades. I did some customization to my motorcycle so I could learn more about it, but will admit to not even changing the oil myself once I finished the project. I love to snowboard, but it’s hard on my body (more on that another time) and since it’s expensive, inconvenient and seasonal, I’m taking a stab at learning to surf! (I love it, but it’s HARD!) I train in a few martial arts (Krav Maga, Muay Thai and MMA/Jiu Jitsu). I like cooking, but only because I love food. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, and I’m up for almost anything!
I love my family (that includes my girlfriend [Sharlene], relatives, and friends). I love spending time with them. I enjoy playing outside. Whether that’s riding my bike, or going for a walk, or participating in adrenalin-inducing sports, such as surfing or snowboarding. I also like my lazy indoor time, too, watching movies and tv shows with Sharlene. I also enjoy a well-crafted Old Fashioned, and cheeseburgers with fries. And of course, I like to travel. Traveling helps me to have fun adventures, see amazing things, and meet incredible people. It also helps me expand my comfort zone. I’ve suffered a lot of fear and anxiety in my life (e.g., I used to have full-blown panic attacks whenever I boarded an airplane). The more I travel, and the more adventures I have, the more I’m forced to face my fears. The more I face my fears, the more I learn to gain control of those fears, and the better my life becomes. So, if you’re not traveling (or doing something else you would like to), because you’re afraid. I understand, I’m afraid, too. And, if I can do it, you can do it, too.