This started as the travel diary of two Brits towing around the USA In 2011, John and I (Anna) were renting in Cambridge (UK) and trying…
In 2011, John and I (Anna) were renting in Cambridge (UK) and trying to decide where to buy our home, in an increasingly competitive and expensive property market. To get what we thought we wanted, we went to a view a run down house in a lovely village – good pubs, local shops, a cycle into the city. On return from the viewing, we had a sit down. It was clear that buying this house would give us a solid investment in a great location, the stuff property shows are made of. But it would take all our money and all our time to get there.
We weren’t enjoying our jobs and we knew this would be a serious tie. We drew up lists of pros and cons, and then in a moment of frustration, I said to John “What would you do if I left you today?”. He responded immediately, “Take my half of the deposit money (ever the gentleman, my husband) and go travelling”. “Me too”, I said. And the stage was set. We both wanted to travel before really settling down, and fortunately we had the perfect partners to do it with. From that moment on, everything we did, from buying a house in a less perfect village, with no character but great rental potential, to sticking at our jobs and saving hard, was with a view to taking a year to travel the US.
And this blog chartered that journey, from turning up clueless in Virginia, to getting set up with a decent rig, to 40, 000 miles and 34 states of camping, hiking, and the occasional city break blow out. It was the trip of a lifetime and it set us up for a future obsessed with travel.
Since our return in 2016, I have dabbled with this blog but really want to get back to charting our travels, albeit on a less epic basis, making the most of our weekends and holidays to see as much within a drive or a flight of us as we can before one day we return to the 16 states we missed, and to revisit the friends and favourites we picked up along the way.