About Us


สวัสดีค่ะ!  (Hello, in Thai!)  We are Kevin and Melanie, a couple of oddballs from Seattle, WA, USA who have developed an intense love of travel since our marriage several years ago.  Some folks may already be aware that we used to keep a ridiculous spreadsheet designed to maximize every last bit of our vacation days.  We’ve taken recent trips to Belize, Europe, Vietnam and Thailand, but have recently realized that our list of places to travel was growing far too long to be satisfied by just two weeks of vacation per year.  We had to find a better way to satisfy our wanderlust.

So in April 2014, we quit our jobs as engineers at Expedia and Boeing to pursue a new adventure in Southeast Asia.  We will be traveling, living, and working here for at least a year.  We will be based in Chiang Mai, Thailand through the end of November, with two trips out of the country to visit Singapore and Myanmar.  After November, we hope to visit Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Indonesia.

Over the course of the next year, we’ll blog about our travels, adventures, and the inevitable mistakes we’ll make along the way (like how we almost got quarantined in Beijing Airport.)  We hope that reading about our mistakes will make your travels more pleasant; at the very least, we hope to give you a laugh.  Safe travels, friends!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

16 thoughts on “About Us

  1. SOooo excited for you guys and am really looking forward to hearing about all of your adventures! Love you so much!! aunt Lindy

  2. I’m so excited for you both in this journey! I can’t wait to read the blog and find out about all of the amazing things you’ll be doing! Stay safe and have more fun than you’ve ever imagined! Love love!

  3. I had to join the Navy for four years to travel the world. I didn’t know you could quit your job and rent elephants to travel the world!! Wow! How fun is this? Good luck on your adventures. Linda and I bought an Rv to travel. She doesn’t ride on animals well. We look forward to following you!!!

    • Thanks, Linda and Cary! I think I’d agree that an RV might be a better choice than an elephant – definitely more comfortable, probably easier to keep clean too. :) Best wishes to you two on your road trips!

  4. You guys never cease to surprise me! May the ride rise up to meet you… I look forward to keeping up with your many adventures.

  5. Will be following closely. Very envious. Hope to do something similar someday!

    Your old neighbor,

    Will Brown

    • Will! Thanks for your comment! It’s so fun to see who is reading the blog. I hope you decide to do something similar someday, too. I think this is a once in a lifetime experience that everyone should get to have – I wish the U.S. encouraged a gap year after college like so many other countries do. Hopefully your parents won’t be mad at me for encouraging you. :)

  6. When I first heard of this caper, I decided you must have been sent over there to find that airplane. Doesn’t look like it’s ever going to be found.

    Seriously though, nice blog site! So glad I didn’t have to sift through Facebook to learn about your trip. I really like that Mark Twain quote. Inspiring to hear of a dream made to come true.

    • Hi Hunter! Thanks for following the blog and leaving a comment! Kevin and I feel very lucky that we get to be over here doing this – it is certainly a dream come true. I hope you’re well! :)

  7. Hi!! I just left you a message on Reddit as well. I’d love to get in touch with you as my (now) Husband and I are thinking of spending time in Chiang Mai in the near future. We just got back from our honeymoon in Indonesia and loved every minute of it. We’d like to eventually step away from our 9-5 jobs here in the states and do some major traveling in SE Asia and beyond. Anyways, I’d love to learn more about your experience if possible-the blog is great! Thanks!

    • Hi Katie! I just replied to your message on Reddit. I was so excited to get this comment on our blog – if we can convince just one person to do this, our mission can be considered complete. :)

  8. I hope you guys are still enoying travel even through your year off is over! Keep the blog posts coming, they are a great read….the best travel blog i had read! Well done x

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