Goodbye, Denver: Announcing my international road trip

It’s been fun, Denver. But eventually, all good things must write their own cliffhanger, and open a new chapter to continue the adventure.
 
A lot happened in the last two years since moving to Denver.
 
I started 5 companies with varying success: a drop shipping clothing brand, a SaaS company, a website development agency, a ketogenic diet content play, and a music sample store.
 
I recovered from a really bad wrist injury. Two years ago I couldn’t pick up my laptop or climb V0 without sharp pain. But now, I’m fully recovered and training hard again.
 
Kayla and I adopted a dog named Barley. We fostered a dozen different dogs in 2016 before settling on him about a year ago.
 
And along the way, I went on dozens of mini adventures across the States for business, climbing, and life…
 
Like rock climbing in Moab, Vegas, and LA (shoutout to Taka & Aaron)…
 
Attending and exhibiting at four conferences in Boston, Vegas, and Dallas…
 
Hanging with family in Seattle and Ashland (shoutout to mom, dad, and Tom)…
 
Driving a car with Kayla from Atlanta to Denver…
 
Journeying to the inaugural Middlelands festival in Houston (shoutout to Noodleads & the Admiral)…
 
just to name a few.
 
I also spent hundreds of hours exploring Denver through a combination of hustling, moving, and sampling all the bars and restaurants we could find.
 
Happy hours at Linger and Union Station (shoutout to Travis and Armen)…
 
Working out of a sweet coworking space with a great view of the city, free coffee, and free beer (shoutout to Dave and The Growth Co.)…
 
Hustling at Tennyson street and Wash Perk on weekends (shoutout to Ben and Erin)…
 
Climbing seshes at Movement and Denver Bouldering Club…
 
Pure deliciousness at Sushi Den, Dio Mio, and Fire on the Mountain…
 
And of course, snowboarding at Breck, Keystone, Copper, and all the rest…
 
…so yeah, Denver was a good time.
 

But two days ago, all of that changed

This weekend I started the first leg of an international road trip with Kayla and our dog. Our journey will take us all around the US, into Canada, and ultimately to every country in Central America. We are calling this el perro tambien.
 
In preparation for the trip, Kayla & I sold, donated, or destroyed 90% of our possessions. Everything we own fits inside our car, including the dog.
 
However! This is not vagabonding.
 
Both of us are still working full time. I’m doing digital marketing for clients, and building Staffing Referrals. Kayla is doing freelance writing and some marketing for clients as well.
 
This is an experiment in lifestyle design.
 
White collar dirtbagging, if you will. It’s digital nomad life mixed with a road trip. It’s not the quintessential digital nomad story of living in Thailand out of a Tortuga backpack. But it’s also not sleeping in a car camping rig or a hostel every night.
 
We will be staying in Airbnb’s, with normal amenities like showers, a bed, a kitchen, wifi, etc. We just won’t own the furniture, and won’t be locked into a long term lease or mortgage so we can leave whenever we want.
 
If you want to follow our journey, here is a link to our itinerary.
 
We will be driving around the left-two-thirds of the US until November, when we head into Mexico.
 
And along the way we will be documenting the journey with words, pictures, and videos.
 

Lastly…

If you, friend, live somewhere on the path of our journey, let me know and let’s grab a drink!
 
And if you have been thinking of going on a vacation to somwhere sunny and warm…. come visit us 🙂

Also published on Medium.

Comments 1

  1. Hi Andrew and Kayla:

    What an awesome journey you guys are on!! So excited for all the places, people and life you are going to see and experience!! So happy to see Kelowna is on your travel route as I am sure Luke will love showing you around his beautiful town and spending time with both of you! Will be looking forward to checking out your travel entries/pictures. Love Barley—he is adorable!! We will be meeting Luke in Seattle in May (9-14) for a few days–maybe we can say hi to your folks when in town. Wishing you safe travels! Take Care, Nina and Kirk Elliott

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