What Friends and Family Already Know & What Online Acquaintances Wonder:
Who are these crazy kids?
Friends since 7 & 9.
Together since 17 & 19.
Off to explore the world at 27 & 29. Birthdays Happen.
Bethany: Landscape Architect.
Interests: Learning. Too much. All the time. Every day.
Challenges: Putting away the to-do lists.
Passions for the trip: Place — regions, spaces, and ecosystems. People and pictures, too.
Dream Destinations: Patagonia, Zanzibar, Sri Lanka, and a return to New Zealand
Highlights: Crossing the Ocean by Ship.
Ted: Social Worker.
Challenges: Sleeping in tents.
Passions for the trip: People — crossing paths & exchanging stories.
Dream Destinations: Machu Picchu
Highlights: Turning 30 in Patagonia (actually, no; make that celebrating 30 a few weeks later in Buenos Aires with fresh coffee and hot showers)
We’ve planned and saved and dreamed. We’ve set goals. We’ve schemed.
As landscape architect and social worker, we’re taking time during travel to experience and share observations about the world through the lens of compassionate care for the planet and its people. At each destination, Ted puts new friends at ease, investing in conversations and teasing out details; Bethany heads up writing and photography to wrestle with tensions, catalog milestones, and share with readers an honest look at life across cultures.
Life Before Our Trip:
Moving a Mile to Live Abroad: Our story of living in a multicultural transitional housing program for formerly homeless families and realizing that a life of “travel” could be right around the corner…
We’re people of place, with deep roots in family and tradition. (See obscure notes from our first #RTWdinnerparty.) Bethany is an eighth generation Oregonian, and Ted was born in Oregon, too. We love all the cliché (and true) things about our state: unbeatable coffee, local food, wonderful people, pristine landscapes, accessible and beautiful mountains and coastline… There’s a reason people left everything behind to set out on the Oregon Trail. The way we see it, we’re just taking the long way back to the Willamette Valley.
Every Day of our Round-the-World Trip
What We’re Up to Now:
Watch and See!