Our Nomad Life

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Zack

Shelby Headshot

Shelby

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Skutull

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omad Life" tells the story of the time me and my wife lived nomadically with our dog, Skutull, for fifteen months. Our travels took us around the USA and Europe, covering 26 states and 13 countries. It was a journey inspired not by a bucket-list, but by our desire to fully appreciate the ephemeral time in our lives when our dog is our kid.

We were originally scheduled to sell our house in March 2020 and start a once-in-a-lifetime, yearlong trip before settling down to have kids. Covid upended our plans. When the vaccines were released in early 2021, we decided to bet on optimism by selling our house and possessions, then wondering around the US until we could hop across the pond to Europe when the borders reopened.

In this collection of armchair travel stories, I take off the rose-colored, Instagram goggles that adulterate modern travel culture and tell an honest tale. While this journey was one of the most transformational experiences of my life, it was also exceptionally challenging.

Along the way, we had our plans upended a second time by the Omicron Covid variant, sidestepped a close encounter with overstaying our EU visa, trudged through the murky waters of traveling with a dog, lost a family member, persevered through the challenges of working on the road and from different time zones, dealt with health issues, had personal identity crises, and survived a tornado. This is the story of our nomadic life, as raw as I can tell it.

Stats
Normal Humans: 2
Furry Humans: 1
Days Nomadic: 441
Miles Traveled: 34,734

Map of our journey

Itinerary

LocationDatesBooked
Boulder, COJan 20, 1993 - Mar 1, 2021
Dolores, COMar 2 - Mar 14, 2021
Santa Fe, NMMar 15 - Mar 24, 2021
Scottsdale, AZMar 25 - Mar 30, 2021
San Diego, CAMar 31 - Apr 2, 2021
Monterray, CAApr 3 - Apr 11, 2021
Cloverdale, CAApr 12 - Apr 18, 2021
Port Orford, ORApr 21 - May 16, 2021
Boulder, COMay 18 - May 27, 2021
Jacksonville, FLMay 31 - Jul 3, 2021
Cashiers, NCJul 4 - Jul 16, 2021
New York City, NYJul 18 - Aug 20, 2021
Wellsboro, PAAug 20 - Aug 22, 2021
Washington DCAug 22 - Sep 20, 2021
Frankfurt, GermanySep 21 - Sep 29, 2021
Hallstatt, AustriaSep 29 - Oct 6, 2021
Ljubjliana, SloveniaOct 6 - Nov 5, 2021
Šibenik, CroatiaNov 6 - Nov 19, 2021
Motovun, CroatiaNov 20 - Nov 26, 2021
Ljubljana, SloveniaNov 27 - Dec 4, 2021
Vienna, AustriaDec 5, 2021 - Jan 3, 2022
Kensington, London, EnglandJan 5 - Feb 3, 2022
Twickenham, London, EnglandFeb 3 - March 5, 2022
Dublin, IrelandMar 5 - Mar 11, 2022
Cleggan, IrelandMar 12 - Apr 8, 2022
Banbridge, North IrelandApr 9, 2022
Western Isles of ScotlandApr 10 - 21, 2022
West Highland Way, ScotlandApr 22 - May 2, 2022
Brecon Beacons, WalesMay 3 - May 5, 2022
London, EnglandMay 5 - May 6, 2022
Queen Mary II, International WatersMay 8 - May 15, 2022
Road Trip → NYC to BoulderMay 16 - May 21, 2022

The First Step Is to Start

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ell, we did it. We officially sold our house and embarked on an adventure of indefinite t...