Blessed Are The Curious For They Shall Have Adventures
Can you find adventure anywhere? We think so. Good old Merriam Webster defines adventure as a remarkable or exciting experience, or an activity involving danger or unknown risk. Heck, with that definition driving on a California freeway or crashing a wedding could be considered an adventure. See? Adventure is everywhere. You don't have to backpack through Borneo during the rainy season eating nothing but bananas to be an adventurer. You don't even have to post hardcore pictures of yourself on Instagram to be an adventurer. All you have to do is be purposeful about engaging in activities that lead to new experiences. If that means finally ordering a new dish at your favorite restaurant or joining that rock-paper-scissors club (hey, it's a real thing at Northern Kentucky University) we won't judge. If it means selling your things and moving to New Zealand to spend a season shearing sheep, that's cool too. The point is no matter who you are or where you live, you can have adventures too. So go forth and start exploring your corner of the world.
We're medical professionals with a nomadic background. Between the two of us, we've moved over twenty times, traveled to 47 countries, and lived in Tanzania, Malawi, Papua New Guinea, Haiti, and the United States. We put on scrubs and head to the hospital to pay the bills, but don't be fooled - every chance we get we're adventuring at home and abroad and are currently living in a Sprinter van while continuing to work full time. It’s not every day that two people with international backgrounds interested in vanlife find each other, so how did we meet?
Spring, 2010: by chance we ended up on the same spring break backpacking trip in Utah. He was adventurous and funny. I didn't bathe for days which he admired. We ate PB&J every day, shivered through several freak snow storms, worked at a school for a free meal, and carried a guy injured in a rappelling accident to safety. We also discussed our mutual passion for travel. In the summer of 2013 we got married with a vision of continuing our globe trotting and becoming involved in humanitarian efforts.
From the beginning I was raised into a life of adventure. Being born to parents living in Malawi and then growing up in the Pacific Northwest with some time spent living in Haiti kept my stone from gathering any moss. I picked up an undergrad degree in International Rescue and Relief followed by medical school. I just finished a residency in family medicine and plan to complete a palliative medicine fellowship and work internationally in the near future. My love for spending time in the outdoors was helped along by summers spent working as a climbing and rafting guide. I split my limited free time between reading and planning (or going on) the next epic foray into our vast world.
I'm an ER nurse with an interest in tropical and wilderness medicine with a master’s degree in nursing education. I was born in Utah but was promptly relocated to Africa for seven years by my adventurous parents. This was to be the trend of my life with many a move around the USA, followed by a second international stint in Papua New Guinea. I've traveled to every continent but Antarctica and fill my free time with art, photography, books, food, and outdoorsy adventures. If I wasn't a nurse I'd probably run a hobby farm. If you'd asked me when I was a kid what I'd be doing when I grew up, I would have definitely told you I was going to be a farmer.