First, we would like to thank you for being part of our story, and for wanting to learn a little about us and why we decided to move halfway around the world!
And The Story Goes…
We were what many would consider to be a successful newlywed American couple. We based our happiness on the amount of stuff we had, and like most Americans, worked hard to accumulate more. We came to realize that our jobs titles, our cars, and our expensive apartment were not who we were or what we wanted to be recognized by. What began in 2011 as a light-hearted joke about how we were going to “retire young” and “retire cheap” quickly grew into something serious. We realized that with hard work and sacrifice, the opportunity to clock out early was well within our reach., and so…the story began.
We did what most people only daydream of, but few ever do. In an attempt to enrich our lives, we resigned from our jobs, sold almost everything we owned, and jumped ship. In the beginning of 2013, we broke free of the behavior that popular American culture tells us is normal and acceptable. We bought two one way tickets and ended up on the other side of the globe in Chiang Mai, Thailand – where the cost of living is cheap, the people are friendly, and the food never lacks flavor.
Angela grew up close to Washington, D.C. and has lived in the neighboring states all of her life. It wasn’t until 2011 that she got her passport and traveled outside the US for the first time, but it was the beginning of what was to open her eyes to the wonderful world of…. well, the world!
After earning a degree in chemical engineering, she worked for a research facility for five and a half years. However, realizing she had sat in a cubicle longer than she had been in college and that she had settled for that lifestyle, she decided that a major change was needed.
Angela is always looking for activities to keep her busy, and because of her love for all things food-related, she can be often found spending her free time searching for and experimenting with new recipes, trying out new Thai food at the food markets, finding new restaurants to visit, and learning about the science of cooking.
One of the major goals she has set for herself since coming to Thailand is to learn the Thai language. By the end of the first year of living in Chiang Mai, she hopes to be able to hold casual conversations in Thai and to be able to read short stories. Or, at the very least, get the gist of movie subtitles.
Chris grew up in three different countries and has moved over a dozen times in his life. Although he first looked forward to residing in one location and settling down permanently after meeting Angela, the travel bug got the best of him, and back in the summer of 2011 he found himself wanting to move again, this time to Thailand!
Chris served in the United States Army before accepting an Operations Management position in the corporate environment. He is passionate about health and fitness and is a certified personal trainer and a certified nutritional consultant.
Chris is enjoying his new-found freedom to be able pursue the things that inspire him, without the distractions of the rat race. He has found living minimally is far better and much more conducive to traveling. He loves spicy Thai food and that he won’t have to drive in the snow and ice for a very long time to come.
While in Thailand, he hopes to be able to spend time experimenting with different workouts, developing his photography skills, and continuing to pursue his degree in International Business Management using the GI Bill. Yes, you can use your VA education benefits abroad, so definitely ask him how if you are interested. Lastly, he looks forward to networking and building strong friendships with the other travel bloggers and freedom addicts out there!