“Let’s go” has pretty much been our life’s motto since we met nearly 25 years ago. We met in New York, moved to San Diego together, and married in Lake Tahoe – all within five months. When you know, you know – you know what we mean?
Now, after raising two adventure-seeking boys, we are ready to get out and explore some more. Our children have begun their lives and now it’s time to begin the second-half of ours.
We aren’t wealthy or retired, but we did anticipate this day would come and planned accordingly. Kim is a freelance writer and can work from anywhere – as long as she can find an internet connection.
Way is a professor of International Business. He teaches three months on, three months off in Jinan, China.
We wanted a challenge and something fun, so we are starting an adventure of a lifetime. We’re calling it #60×60. Our plan is to travel to 60 countries by the time Kim turns 60 (that’s in 6 years by the way).
We are a little older now, so this isn’t your typical backpacking tour. It is a more stay put for a while, hang out with the locals, and experience culture kind of tour.
We’re at a place in our lives where we aren’t going to sacrifice convenience for a buck, but we’re always looking for a great deal. Mostly, we want a good bed, decent food, and tasty cocktail. Oh, and sunsets on the beach – at least most of the time.
We have no idea how this will all play out, but you can bet we will enjoy figuring it out.
More from Way
I love being an adventurer. That’s all you really need to know. But in case you want to know more …
I started traveling in my early teens. I used to listen to my father’s stories of living in China, the Philippines, Panama, and Cuba when he was a boy in the 1930s. While listening to him, I tried to imagine what it would be like to be in those far-away lands.
In the early 1960s, he and my mother lived in Australia. Later my father taught on board U.S. Naval ships as they rounded the globe. Those stories led me to study Geography at University.
My first job was with the airlines and I used those travel benefits! That’s where I met Kim and we started our life of adventure together. We moved to England when our boys were young and lived in Bangkok when they were older. I received an MBA in International Business and parlayed that into teaching at universities abroad.
I’ve lived in five countries and traveled to over 30. I try to learn the language of any country I will spend more than a few weeks in – I’ve been told I have a knack for it. Italian is easy, Chinese is extremely difficult and Thai is impossible. Now that the boys are semi-independent, our travel adventure really begins.
Finding myself in exotic lands where I can’t speak the language and the food is amazing is what drives me. Travel is adventure, freedom, learning, and making lifelong friends in every country. In the next year, we hope to establish ‘bases’ on three continents, North America (Mexico), Europe (Italy), and Asia (China) and from there traverse the world.
If you love or long for a life of adventure and travel around the globe follow us as we take you from Argentina to Zimbabwe, frigid Finland to tropical Thailand, the parched Atacama desert to the drenched Solomon Islands. We’ll show you places, peoples, and cultures you didn’t even know existed.
More from Kim
I never took a geography class in school and spent my whole life living in Arizona and visiting family in California. There was the occasional spring break trip to Puerto Penasco, Mexico – before passports were mandatory.
Then I lucked out and got hired with Pan Am. After scrambling to get a passport, I headed off to Miami, Florida for flight attendant training. And that was the beginning of my love affair with the world. I literally had a front-row seat to history.
I witnessed Budapest officials opening the country’s borders to the East Germans. It was amazing to watch what looked like toy matchbox cards drive through the streets with flags hanging out the window.
I was in Moscow when citizens first got their political freedom. I was able to witness Russians stand on real soapboxes on the corner and talk about the government without repercussion.
And I have a piece of The Berlin Wall. I rented an ax for $5 from a man and went and picked at my piece of history. It was a beautiful thing.
My hobby these days is to sit and find cheap fares to places around the world. Just the dream of traveling somewhere far and exotic gets me excited.
Pan Am afforded me a window to the world that I would have never had access to otherwise. It might sound selfish, but I want more. At long last, Way and I are in a position once again to get out and explore the world.
We hope you’ll come along with us as we spend our mid-life years #nomadingabout. If you are interested in getting a personalized postcard mailed from a different country each month, click here.