I have been pretty healthy my whole life and it wasn’t until college that the symptoms started to show. At first I kept it under control and not many knew the day-to-day struggles I dealt with. But recently things have taken a turn for the worst – I have been diagnosed with a severe case of the travel bug. I am fighting a losing battle and there is only one cure – a year’s prescription of RTW (Round The World) trip.
I was born and raised in Wilmington NC, earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from NCSU, and worked for the past 2+ years as an Application Engineer in Virginia. I have been dreaming of/planning this trip for many years and can't believe it has finally materialized. I am extremely lucky to not only have the opportunity to embark on such a journey but also to share it with someone as special as Jenn. Hopefully I will still feel this way about her 15 months and 20+ countries later...
Super quick life synopsis: I am a Texas born 26 year old with amazing parents and 2 crazy fun younger sisters. After studying civil engineering at Texas A&M (class of '06 - whoop) and working in Houston for a year, sick of the humid heat, I quickly fled south TX to explore living and working in California (Aug '07- Aug '08) and then Virginia (Aug '08-Aug' 10).
As for traveling the world - I must say that I never thought it was possible. Would it be amazing...heck yes. But is it attainable? I didn't think so. However, Jonathan had a more positive outlook on it and has had 4+ years to explain to me that it can and should be done. So 4+ years after meeting him, I can attest to the fact that the travel bug is extremely contagious and, luckily for him, he won't have to experience the side effects of his RTW trip prescription alone. I am hoping that there are not any adverse effects other than the known common risks of homesickness, explosive diarrhea, and a decrease in personal hygiene. (Please dear God let me find at least one spider-less shower a week!) Anyways, I can't believe I have this opportunity and I can't wait to experience it with my boo!