Christine Gilbert (that’s me) is the author of almostfearless.com and has been traveling overseas with her husband Drew Gilbert since 2008. That’s a long time in travel years.
I used to be a corporate manager until I got my dream job in Boston, felt restless, decided I needed a complete life-reboot and jumped at the first idea I had: to become a writer and photographer. So… I bought a camera! I sold our stuff! My husband cheered me on and helped me carry the luggage! At the time, he was a work-at-home graphic designer for a big company, so for a few years we traveled like this, with two dogs, laptops and enough camera gear to make your average TSA agent break into a sweat.
Then we had a baby. (His name is Cole)
We kept traveling! Well, without the dogs this time. (The dogs live on a farm in Oregon now, where they are getting really fat.)
One day, we decided to film a documentary about other people who had quit their jobs and decided to work online while traveling. We raised $10,000 through the generous readers of this site to buy the video and audio equipment necessary to create a theatre-ready full length feature film.
Three months later, Drew lost his job! We panicked. Hard. It still worked out. Between our joint efforts, we found a way to work on creative projects — writing to photography to video — and get paid for it. While traveling. With a toddler.
We are as surprised as you.
We finished filming the documentary, I am working on a book for Gotham/Penguin that is due to the publisher in 2014 and Cole hasn’t lived in the US since he was four months old.
At the moment, we live in Mexico. Cole and I are trying to learn Spanish. Drew is trying to finish editing the film in time to submit the film to festivals.
I’ve been writing about all of this, here on this blog, since the very beginning in April 2008 just one month before I quit my job.
Whirlwind? Yes, absolutely.
What have we learned? Anything is possible.
Where We’ve Traveled
Not to count countries or anything, but a lot of people ask, so here it is: all the countries/territories we’ve visited (38). Alaska, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Burning Man (Black Rock City), Cambodia, Canada, Canary Islands, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Egypt, France, Greece, Guatemala, Hawaii, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vatican City, and the Yukon.
Mail (we don’t live here, so sorry you can’t visit):
93 S. Jackson St. #7363
Seattle, Washington 98104-2818