Everything seemed to be going great for us. Jess had moved successfully from one job as a director to the next big gig and I just had transitioned and landed another promotion at a hip IT company. All through my adolescence I had this image in my mind that I would be full of joy once I had achieved a certain amount of wealth, bought a house and would be spending time with my wife to be.

Now, just 12 months later everything has changed. My parents think we have lost our marbles, our friends are worried about us and we have sold, thrown away or gifted the majority of our possessions. We have bought a van, called Luna, and are teaching our cats how to walk on a leash. Talk about midlife crisis.

What had happened? Well, a number of things. Shortly after my promotion, Jess finally confessed to being clinically depressed. Something that we were both aware of, but did not have the strength to tackle head on at the time. My promotion turned out to be a complete illusion, much more nightmare than a dream.

One evening, between tears, hugs and trying to make sense of the world we decided that the only logical step out of this situation would be to do what we both knew, loved and felt at home doing. Travel! We both were fortunate enough to grow up in multiple countries across multiple continents. Jess’s father, a visual effects director, always on the road with the family in tow, stayed for long times in Hong Kong and Canada before settling again in the UK. I grew up mostly in Germany, before spending the second half of my life in Malaysia, China, Taiwan, Belgium, Switzerland and a number of other places before arriving in London.

Living in multiple places has helped us to understand that experiences are more valuable than the stuff we carry around in our luggage. We are sharing some of our thoughts on this in our exclusive ebook here for our readers with a how to guide on decluttering. We were aiming to declutter not only our physical but also our spiritual life and achieve this by taking the most extreme step. Moving from our house into a van. Cause we are crazy.

By the time you are reading this we are busy working on our plan to renovate the van and make sure we have money in our wallets when we hit the road. We are looking at different ways and products that we will be showcasing on our website and on Etsy. We would love to hear your feedback and thoughts. We will be using the following guidelines to help us make the right decisions:

  1. Content needs to be useful: We will strive to make all content useful to you. Obviously, we try to keep things fun and mix in the occasional cat and landscape picture
  2. Products need to be ethical: We will do our homework when offering products on Etsy or through the website
  3. Stories need to be real: We will share the good, the bad and the ugly from our day to day, our travels and our experience, so you can too, plan your travels.

Overall you can expect us to cover a variety of topics ranging from van life, traveling with cats, traveling with disability (Oli has epilepsy), Working on the road, the odd bit of data science news and lots and lots of traveling cat stories. If there is anything in particular you would like to learn more about reach out on hello@urbannomads.co.uk and we will either get back to you directly or write a post about it.

We still have a lot to do. Our adventure has just begun. Who knows which road we’ltake andnd where life will take us. We look forward to the journey and we look forward to sharing the road with you, fellow wanderer. 

Take the road less travelled.

The Urban Nomads

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