It’s been quiet here for a while! That’s not likely to change in the near future, as our lives are in a more… stationary stage for the time being. We’re enjoying our time with our remaining dog in sunny Mexico, working hard to build our business and thinking about the future when we’re once again footloose and fancy-free. In any case, this post corresponds to a big milestone for us, and therefore merits (in my mind) some sort of marker, as much for ourselves as the blog.

Five years ago we packed up the few things we still owned, turned in the keys to our Nashville apartment and left our old lives.

On August 9, 2012 we boarded a plane bound for Tokyo, Japan and started what was, unbeknownst to us, the first chapter of a very different story than the one we had been writing previously. In the intervening five years we’ve done more than we can possibly imagine, and yet it feels like the blink of an eye. It’s sometimes hard to believe everything we’ve done, and how our lives have changed and yet it feels like that time has passed more quickly than we ever could have imagined.

In any case, that’s enough preamble; the real point of this post is a little infographic I’ve thrown together to mark the occasion. It’s a simple mashup of some stats about the last five years of our lives that may or may not interest you. Have a look, and let me know what you think!

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Written by: Tony


As a designer by trade and a former professional photographer, there isn't much in the world of visual communication that I haven't worked on. From web projects, to museum interiors, to weddings and portraits, my career to this point has run the gamut of visual media. Born and raised in a sleepy town in southeast Minnesota, I moved to Nashville to pursue my education. I ended up meeting the love of my life and adopting the two best dogs this side of the Mason-Dixon line. I love two-wheeled transport, trying new food and am a bit of a gadget freak. I love a good book, and have music playing almost constantly. After over a decade in the same city, I'm quickly getting used to the idea of having no fixed address, and hope all of you enjoy my ramblings about our ramblings.

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  1. September 13, 2017 at 3:42 am
    Sep. 13, '17

    Happy belated blog-iversary!! Have been following you off and on for the past couple years and love your infographic!! Wishing you many more plates of yummy grub & passport stamps.

  2. October 17, 2017 at 7:09 am
    Oct. 17, '17

    Wow, 5 years, this is something! I’m also leaving my own travel dream, but till now it’s less than a year. Good luck with your other trips and have fun during your life, there’s only one! 🙂 Regards!

  3. November 29, 2017 at 1:32 am
    Nov. 29, '17

    Traveling is always a good thing in life, it fill your souls.

  4. December 31, 2018 at 3:43 am
    Dec. 31, '18

    It’s really interesting you kept all the records for your five year travel and it is very inspiring for me. Thanks for sharing i am also going to keep record for my travel trips yearly.

  5. Paul Kuehn Jr'
    January 8, 2019 at 6:50 pm
    Jan. 8, '19

    Glad to see you’re still going strong . . . . . . it seems gold luck is following you . . . I’m for that? Think about you all the time . . . . keep on keeping, as we said in the Army . . . . Pop

  6. February 11, 2019 at 4:08 am
    Feb. 11, '19

    The blog are about Five Years Away . I hope for you Five years ago we packed up the few things we still owned, turned in the keys to our Nashville apartment and left our old lives. I agree with you . Thanking you for . This blog are so many beautiful imagination for get you . I appreciated for you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Linda and Mike
    March 16, 2019 at 11:05 am
    Mar. 16, '19

    Tony and Stephenie, thank you so much for your wonderful travel stories. My husband and I have traveled to many of the places that you have and we consider ourselves gypsies, we want to see it all and love being on the road even though at 72 and 76 years old, you would think my husband and I would be happy to settle down but we aren’t, we have been married for 52 years and still trek, stay at guest houses try to eat with the locals and absorb local culture, otherwise why be out there. Your story on Sri Lanka so inspired us that we are planning our next trip there this coming April and want to visit many of the places you described in your blog, so thank you. Our friends from Calgary, Alberta moved to Lake Chapala 10 years ago and when we visited last year we had the same feelings about the city as you both did, a bit tame for our liking and not what we travel for but understand the comfort and like mindedness that some expats look for, they are very happy there and expense wise it allows them to have a life style that would be impossible in Canada. Hoping that you are both well and still on the road. I sobbed over Emmy Lou’s passing and think that taking your “children” on the road with you is very brave, challenging and wonderful. Looking forward to the rest of your adventures!

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