Hello! We are Greg and Alysa
Travel and exploration are a huge part of our lives. In fact, they are so important that we decided to devote ourselves to traveling full-time.
Before pulling up roots and selling most of our possessions we were educators. Education is still very important to us and we feel that there is no better school than this amazing planet we live on. Getting out of our nicely defined, and often self-imposed, comfort zones is the best way to learn and grow. We have made it our mission to meet new people, experience other cultures and ways of life, and try new things we never knew about before.
This website is here so that we can share it all with you so that you can learn from our experiences and do it too.
Read on to learn our story….
We met in 2007 shortly after finishing college. We were working together in a museum in Boston and it wasn’t long before we started spending time together after work, and then more time together.
Wanderlust caught us both at an early age. We had both traveled as children with family and had briefly studied abroad in college. Alysa had planned to spend several months in Mexico after college, and Greg, totally smitten at this point, decided to follow.
From 2008 into 2009 we spent nearly six months living in Oaxaca, Mexico where we learned Spanish and even more about ourselves.
We always planned to return and resume the “normal” expectations of society: get a career, get married, get a house, etc. We still traveled a lot. But they were always vacations with a defined beginning and end. When they were over in a week or two we would return to the old grind.
We did all that for a while, and might still be doing it today if something terrifying and unexpected hadn’t happened.
Alysa had been very tired. Tired all the time. Work was exhausting. That must be it, we thought. Maybe when you turn thirty you slow down and can’t keep up with your twenty-something self anymore. It’s easy to explain away problems.
However, some problems can’t be ignored. In September of 2015, Alysa visited her doctor complaining of what surely was a bad case of the flu that just wouldn’t quit. Long story short, it wasn’t the flu, but Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Six months of chemotherapy can really put life in perspective. Another patient at the hospital told us something that really resonated. She said that cancer “doesn’t make the clock tick faster. It makes it tick louder.”
It was during those hard difficult months that we started talking about how we could live a life on our terms, doing what matters for us.
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In this first Dispatch from the Archives, we bring you an email written to family and friends from our first Mexican adventure nearly a decade ago. Found deep in Greg’s “sent messages” email folder, we hope these old dispatches can give you some insight into our former travels and perhaps reveal a little of why we […]
The walk across the mile long empty stretch of sand seemed the perfect setting for a deserted island fantasy. We were heading towards the large caves visible at opposite end of the beach. Mangrove trees abutted the edge of the tideline on our right and waves crashing across the lagoon on our left. Towering palm-clad […]
Macabre and delightful, solemn and festive, experiencing Day of the Dead, or Día de Muertos, is perhaps one of the most quintessential things you can do in Mexico. This holiday, which is celebrated over the course of a week, peeks from October 31 through November 2. Combining Catholic traditions with pre-hispanic beliefs to create something […]
Few travelers to Mexico visit the city of Queretaro. Either they never heard of it, or they write it off as an uninteresting industrial center. It’s a pity though because after spending five fantastic days in the surprisingly quaint historical center of Queretaro we wish we had come for longer.
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