Two months on the road after the busiest year of our lives

Back in 2017 when Mark was offered the job he has now, it took us a year to decide if it was the right move for us. We knew that no longer being business partners would change everything. And it has. Last year, more times than I can count, one of us was walking in the door from a work trip just as the other was on the way out of town. What made it all okay was knowing at the end of the year we would have two uninterrupted months…just for us. When Mark finally accepted the job, this little winter migration of ours, that we’ve done every year for more than a decade, was the one thing we weren’t willing to let go of. Knowing that this time was ours and could not be taken away from us was what made all the nights apart worth it and the weeks on end without a day off a little easier to swallow.

For 8 weeks we traveled around Arizona, camping at some of our favorite spots and adding a few new ones to the list. Every minute of this trip was spent soaking up the freedom we’d afforded ourselves and feeling so damn grateful for it.

Life out here on the road, where we have so much less than we have in a house, I’m reminded what’s important. I don’t need makeup and stylish clothing to feel accepted. I don’t feel judged off the size of my home or year of my car. Out here water and showers and laundry are limited and yet my contentment abounds. I sit beneath the stars each night and am reminded how small we are. The wilderness turns down the volume on the chaos in my brain and opens up my senses to the awe and delight of how lucky we are to simply exist in this world at all.

Tomorrow we’ll return to life inside a house and while I’ll appreciate all the comforts it offers, I’ll be counting the days until i can return home…to the road and the wilderness that makes me feel whole.

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By michele


Hi!  We’re Mark & Michele, a couple of modern-day nomads perfecting the art of slow, perpetual travel.  We believe that being debt-free and free to roam is the ultimate freedom.  This blog is where we share our travels as well as our insights in to this lifestyle that we absolutely love.  We hope you enjoy it!


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