Peter & Rachel
- We are both in our early 40’s – Gen X (we’re ok with the label)
- Married since 1999.
- We do not have any kids; this was a choice we made many years ago. Shifting from Dual Income No Kids (DINK) to No Income No Kids (NINK – we made this one up) will be interesting!
- No pets, but we have previously.
- Both of us have successful careers that we are putting on pause for this life reset.
Writing a personal narrative about yourself is a bit bizarre. How do you talk about yourself without feeling like you are bragging? Does anyone really want to know that much information about you, or do they really want to know more about the travel planning and implementation? With that in mind, we decided to use a Question and Answer (Q&A) format in case folks were interested in learning more about us.
Where are you from? Where is “home” for you?
Rachel is originally from Vermont and Peter is originally from upstate New York. However, we have been in Virginia since 2001 and consider it home.
What do you do for jobs?
Rachel is a physical therapist. Peter works in public relations and communications. Both of us have been in our careers for around 20 years.
What do you do for fun?
Rachel enjoys exercise and fitness, particularly Pilates. She is a certified Pilates instructor and has integrated it into her physical therapy practice for many years. She also loves to cook and is also an avid photographer. Peter does not enjoy fitness nearly as much as Rachel, but she drags him along to keep him healthy. He enjoys music (playing guitar and ukulele), oil painting, and eating Rachel’s amazing meals. Both of us enjoy anything and everything on the water – boating, paddleboarding, kayaking, fishing, swimming, etc. We also love wine, but have had to put our wine consumption on hold to help save for this trip!
How about pets?
Not any longer, although we are huge pet lovers. We had pets for 17 years…one dog and two cats. Unfortunately, they have all passed. Our love of animals is why we may do some international pet sitting on this trip!
Did you win the lottery, receive an inheritance, or find a suitcase with cash?
No, we wish!
Have you traveled much before?
We have been to Hawaii four times (Kauai is our favorite island), Alaska three times (amazing!), and various states and cities in the United States. However, our overseas travel is very limited. We went to Paris, France a few years ago, and Peter went to Spain when he was fifteen. This RTW trip will be quite the cultural experience for us!
Isn’t this a bit extreme? Aren’t there easier ways to reset your lives?
We have done a lot of fun things in the past, including finishing Ironman Louisville in 2009, learning how to sail, and starting and operating a walking food tour company. We also did a mini life reset a few years ago when we sold our way-too-big house, got rid of two-thirds or our belongings, and moved into a 700 square foot apartment. While we love the community we live in and plan to settle there, we feel the need for a bit more adventurous and thorough reset.
Are you scared/nervous/anxious to do this?
Absolutely. Anyone who says this process isn’t scary is lying. There are a lot of unknowns to deal with and most fear is driven from a lack of knowledge. That’s why we are giving ourselves a year to plan!
Is one of you dragging the other one on this trip?
Does dragging each other count? In all seriousness, both of us are very excited about the trip.
Are you both a bit crazy?
Most definitely, but we (think) we hide it well.