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About Trunk Travel Studio
Trunk Travel Studio is a space to share my love of travel, the challenges and joys of being an expat, and doing it all as a modern mom.
Travel: I’m a big believer that travel is an education that can’t be replicated in the classroom. It teaches you resilience, negotiation, culture, empathy, tenacity, and so many other things that are worth just as much as any degree. I’ll be sharing my travel stories, my obsessive list making habits, my love affair with gear, general musings, and of course the food!
Expat Life: We’ve always wanted to live abroad and we were recently given the opportunity to move to England. There are so many wonderful things that have come from this opportunity, but also new and unique challenges that we face every day.
Modern Mom: I grew up with the dream of a big corporate career and having a family. Having it all. It’s been an interesting journey having to reassess the impact of two working parents on our family and making a very difficult decision that has affected my identity. I think women are at an interesting place today with more opportunities than ever but also a lot more pressure on us to manage a career and a home. This is my place to share my journey, resources, and other information that I think might be helpful to not only the women but also the men who support these women.
I didn’t travel a lot growing up. The only trips I remember were those to visit family in California and Massachusetts. The one trip I do remember was taken in 2nd grade with my mom to Hong Kong and China. I still have vivid memories of that trip. How tight everything felt in Hong Kong with the same family sleeping in one room and bathing meant a handheld shower in the bathroom with no real separate space for actually showering. My favorite memory though of Hong Kong were the waffle balls that were sold on every street corner. When I visited Hong Kong 23 years later, I went searching for those same waffle balls and they tasted just as good. That’s the amazing thing about food. It has the ability to transport you back to another time.
Throughout my twenties, I traveled to Haiti to visit a friend in the Peace Corp, Costa Rica, Brazil, and Europe. I had the travel bug and every dollar I had went to travel. I had a dream of traveling around the world one day. It was the one thing on my bucket list that I knew if I didn’t do, I would completely regret it.
I finally decided to take the leap and planned to start traveling immediately after completing my Masters in Business. At around the same time, I met a man that I really liked. I was torn because I had big plans to travel around the world yet I really liked him! I told him my dreams and one day he said, ok let’s go. Really!? It took us about a year from that moment to the time we actually left on our trip. During that time, we saved and started to plan. Our around the world trip ended up being 14 months where we visited 28 different countries on 5 continents. We got married at the end of our trip in New Zealand. We knew that if we could survive a 14-month adventure together, we could survive anything.
We came home from our around the world trip and had to adjust to being back in the “real world”. It was a tough transition but we managed through it. Things felt familiar yet foreign at the same time. The aisles of toothpaste! The selection of crackers! I got pregnant soon after and we welcomed our first child into the world. We still had grand dreams of traveling and made sure to integrate culture as much as we could into our daily lives. Our son’s first overseas trip was at 8-months old to visit friends in Tanzania.
Three years later, we welcomed our daughter. Traveling slowed down as we were in the throes of modern family life. Brian and I both worked and were “living the American dream”, although we discovered it really wasn’t the dream we wanted to live. After much thought, I left my career to re-balance our family. It was bittersweet since I did really enjoy what I was doing but at the same time, in my heart, I knew it was the right decision.
Two months after I left, Brian was asked if he would be interested in a position in London. It was our dream to live abroad and now, it was becoming a very real possibility. The universe was truly aligned for us because it would not have been an option had I not already taken a pause in my career. I was able to dedicate a significant amount of time to research and determine if it was the right move for us. Thankfully, it was.
Brian was offered the role and two months later, we found ourselves living in England with two young children. You can follow our expat adventure here. The opportunity to move to Europe has also given us the chance to travel as a family. It is the life we have always dreamed of. It’s not always easy and there are a lot of challenges as an expat but we would not have it any other way.