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I wrote the first post to this blog on April 26, 2008, titled, aptly enough: The Beginning. I set the scene. I was an unhappy corporate manager, looking for a big change – I was going to quit my job, travel the world and become a writer and photographer. How would that work? What would happen? In 2010, after two years of travel and the birth of our first child, my husband was laid off from his work-from-home job. That was it. We were completely untethered. We’ve made a full-time go at being self-employed creatives ever since. It feels like a…

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If you’re faced with awkward family gatherings this year, it’s possible you’re thinking: I wonder if I could just move to Spain and be done with it. Or how do I find a nice quiet beach to hide out on for the next four years? GIVEAWAY I feel ya. For this week only, we’re giving away a few things to get you started: European Residency for Americans– the country by country guide on getting a long-term residency permit in European countries – specifically aimed at freelancers and the self-employed. (PDF) The Wireless Generation– the documentary we filmed in 2010 about people…

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I’ve long believed that it’s just easier and often smarter to align everything in your life into one cohesive plan. Where I live ties into what I write, which ties back into the type of activities we end up doing, and so on. I wrote Mother Tongue because I wanted to learn those languages, to visit those countries, and in some way I did those things so I could write about them too (maybe Beijing in the winter was overkill). I could never be someone who lived one life and wrote about another. For me it all has to align.…

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Something happened to us over the summer. We lived for three months in a VW camper van, driving from one of America’s great beautiful places to the next, making campfires, exploring the woods and generally communing with nature and stuff. Next thing I knew I was in Mexico again, having our baby in September and longing, just pure aching homesickness for a little town called Jackson, WY. Sisters! Stella & Tallulah together at last! Una foto publicada por Christine Gilbert (@almostfearless) el 22 de Sep de 2016 a la(s) 1:39 PDT It was only a few months earlier that I…

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I mentioned the Big Launch yesterday. Well it’s here. Let me tell you more about it. There are two things I know about working online: 1) it takes time to ramp up and 2) there’s only so many ways to do it. I’ve gotten this question nearly daily for years, and I don’t mind answering it as many times as it takes because I believe we’re in the beginning of a cultural shift where a near majority of jobs will eventually be online. But here is the truth of where we are right now: unless you have the golden ticket (aka…

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We finally reached Seattle, just in time to register the camper van (thank you to Arizona’s insanely lenient 90-day temporary-transit-registration), then we’re going to book it south to Puerto Vallarta. Or I’m going to fly. I have just one more week before I hit that 36-week cut-off for flying… and then I have to prepare for the baby… rent a house, buy diapers, navigate hospital registration en español… you know all the usual things. Ha! I may be too laid back. I’m starting to feel the crush of time and wondering if we should just stick the van in storage here in…

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  I love America. There, I said it. You can’t say it’s the only place on earth with as much protected lands, but certainly I’ve been blown away but just how much there is to explore. We started this summer in Albuquerque, NM with the intent of driving up to Seattle within a few weeks. But how do you just zip through so much goodness? Here’s the parts that I really love. It’s the area in Moose, WY, across from the Grand Tetons, away from the crowds, in the little known Shadow mountain, where they have free campsites on a…

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We’re completely stuck in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We’re here! Wyoming! #vanlife #roadtrip #usa Una foto publicada por Christine Gilbert (@almostfearless) el 24 de Jun de 2016 a la(s) 3:16 PDT Well first, our clutch went. We were told by the mechanic it was fine for now but eventually we’d need to look at it, which apparently meant 1,000 miles down the road. So we ordered parts (a new clutch slave and master cylinder). Then we boondocked. Right in Jackson proper, near the library. We’ve been basically living in plain sight, living in a van that won’t really move, unless we…

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I’ve been meaning to write about Oaxaca for over a week now. It’s our home, although we’re away for the summer. I have a photography workshop scheduled for the Day of the Dead (end of October) and I was about to hit publish on a post announcing it… but then I paused. Why? Because 8 people were killed after the Mexican government clashed with the protesting teacher’s union. It’s not a small thing. In 2006, they had a similar conflict and the city fell into the hands of the teacher unions for a bit, even establishing their own rules and…