Tree and I met at a wine tasting party in Las Vegas and quickly discovered a mutual passion for each other and all things decadent, irreverent, funny, foreign, spicy and inspiring. During our first couple years, Tree spent his days rock climbing while I finished my degree in Literature at UCLA. In January of 2008, Tree had a serious climbing accident that landed him in a wheelchair for 6 months (details here). I graduated from school and landed a lucrative sales job that would soon make me miserable- that is, until I got laid-off during the recession. This was a scary and trying chapter of our life, but today we can see the blessing. It forced us to take a deep look at our values, our life path, and ourselves. Through this reflection we decided that we didn’t want to be slaves to consumerism, debt and possessions. We gave up the American Dream to pursue Our Dream. We wanted freedom, and we wanted to explore the world. We discovered that we are nomads!
Nomad – A member of a tribe that has no permanent abode but moves about from place to place, usually seasonally and following a route according to the state of surroundings
The transformation was underway. We converted our Sprinter van into a fulltime live-in unit. Then, we gave up our apartment and sold all of our material belongings that wouldn’t fit inside the van, and we moved in! It was one of the best days of our lives.
We stretched our nomad wings by traveling to Cuba, a place we wanted to see before Castro dies. Then, we went wine tasting from Los Angeles to Canada for six months because that’s just a great idea. In the middle we took 16 days off of wine tasting to solo raft the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon where we got engaged at the bottom of Lava rapids, (remember here)!
Our Nomad dreams got bigger when we crossed the border into Mexico and started driving south, heading ultimately through 19 countries to the tip of South America. It was at this time that we fell in love with road life and made the decision to slowly travel all the way around the world, (remember here). We also decided to make our love official and we got married on a beach in El Salvador, (remember here).
A few countries later we were faced with a major decision when we found out we were pregnant in Peru. At first our thoughts centered around ending the adventure and returning to the United States like responsible adults. But after long consideration we decided to stay on the road and have our daughter in Lima, Peru. This was one of the most profound decisions of our lives. We wrote a complete blog post on why we made this decision. You can read it here.
Nine months later we brought Soleil into the world. Read her AMAZING birth blog post here!
Where do we go from here? We’re not sure. All we know for certain is that we love our minimalist, modern nomadic lifestyle, and we plan to keep traveling, learning, loving, sharing, and exploring for the rest of our lives. Our daily spiritual practice is to let the state of our surroundings determine our path, to live a simple life in the state of “flow,” and to encourage loving kindness in ourselves and others.
Much love to all of you, and thank you for sharing in our experiences.
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-Stevie, Tree, Soleil and Kiki
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime – Mark Twain