How we met
Mitch and I met through mutual friends in 2011. We both lived in a town of around 10,000 people, but had never seen each other before that moment. The next year we spent almost every day together, and finally moved into our very first apartment. Mitch got a job as a miner at a local gold mine, and I was working part time at Tim Hortons (a coffee shop).
Our life / travels up until having our son
Every year we tried to go on at least one vacation, sometimes two. Our first ever vacation was to Cuba, and it was that trip that opened our eyes to a whole new world. During the next couple of years I worked so that we could afford vacations, and Mitch worked to pay the bills.
We bought our first house which was a duplex and it basically payed for itself, which allowed us to continue living the life we wanted. In late 2015, I got a job as a waitress / bartender and saved up enough money to go to Jordan, Thailand and China without Mitch- sorry Mitch! Granted, he got to go on a snowmobiling trip to British Columbia. During a connection flight in the UK, I called Mitch because I had a sneaky suspicion that I was pregnant. I purchased a pregnancy test from a shop in the airport (and bought some M&M’s while I was at it), took it and sure enough we were pregnant! That came as a huge surprise! I still had 20 days left in China and Thailand, so I jetted off. (You can find the full story here).
When I returned back to Canada, I was about 12 weeks pregnant. I enrolled in Lakehead University as a mature student, and started on a more traditional journey… well, as traditional as it could get at this point.
Travel and life after a baby
After we had our son Cooper, we thought our traveling days were over for a few years. Silly us. We took our first vacation to Dominican Republic when Cooper was 8 months old, and realized that our traveling wasn’t over. It had just started! And yes, it would be different, but we would get to see the world through a child’s eyes.
When Cooper was a few months old, I started an at home business selling custom wooden signs, apparel, and drinkware to fund our next trips. During this time we also sold our duplex because it consisted of two 1 bedroom apartments, and we needed more room for our family. After selling our duplex, we purchased our second, and what we thought was going to be our “forever home”.
I’ve always been a traveler and entrepreneur at heart. After the first trip with our son, I finally cracked the code to working online and making a full-time income. We created multiple income streams for ourselves and made the decision to sell all of our belongings and become a full-time travel journalist family.