Going for it. Our 2014 surprise shift.

by Kim on January 18, 2014 · 135 comments

“Know this for sure: When you get the chance, go for it.” –Oprah Winfrey

It started with an innocent little message from an old co-worker I hadn’t heard from in years. It said, simply, Hi Kim, this sounds like something you might be interested in. There was a press release attached to the message.

BACKPACKER Magazine announces search for traveling brand ambassadors

BACKPACKER Magazine is currently searching for outdoor enthusiasts who exemplify a passion for travel, backpacking, gear and essential backcountry skills to host 50-60 retail presentations and to represent BACKPACKER and many of the top Brands in the outdoor industry at a handful of outdoor festivals all across the United States in 2014.

BACKPACKER will provide the tour vehicle, pay for the gas, cover your campsite and lodging expenses and even give you a paycheck. Sound like your dream job? That’s because it is your dream job!

“Brian, what do you think about this?” I said, sliding my laptop over so he could read the announcement. “Should we apply?”

He read over it silently once. Then twice. And then he said, just as sure as anything, “Yes.”

Because, you know what? It totally was our dream job.

Proof? We did apply, even though the last thing we were looking for was a job. We sent off our application right before the deadline, emailing it from Budapest before catching a flight the following morning to Vietnam.

That’s how we found ourselves, a few weeks later, giving a presentation at 11 p.m. from our hotel room in Hanoi to the Editor in Chief of Backpacker Magazine, the former Editor in Chief of Backpacker Magazine, the Get Out More Tour Coordinators and the rest of their team.

We were nervous. But who could we be but ourselves? Either they’d like the skills and stories we could bring to the job or they wouldn’t. And either way it was okay because no matter which way this year ended up pointing, it’d be good.

Maybe you guessed it?

We got the job. And in that whirlwind week that followed we flew from Phu Quoc Island back to the United States. On Monday we leave for Salt Lake City for the Outdoor Retailer Trade Show. Then we’ll head back to Ohio to spend time putting our presentation together and preparing for the months ahead of us.

Crazy, huh?

It’s funny because when I sat down to write my goals for 2014 one thing I wanted to focus on was public speaking. I’ve dreamed for a while now of setting up some sort of powerhouse tour filled with the most inspirational and talented people I know. My goal was (still is!) to speak directly to others to encourage us all to go for the biggest parts of our own lives.

And while this isn’t exactly that, this will still let me tour the country and share something I love with the people I meet. Brian and I will be representing a badass outdoor magazine that I have read and loved for years. I’ll cut my teeth, learn about the touring circuit, and the paycheck doesn’t hurt either.

It’s funny too because Brian and I were recently talking about the future. We didn’t have any immediate plans to stop traveling but I wanted to discuss what the future might look like if one or both of us went back to traditional jobs.

Brian’s dream has always been to be a Park Ranger. So I asked him why he wanted to be a Park Ranger. Maybe he could find the things that appeal to him about the Park Ranger role in other jobs? Turns out that when he boiled it down what he really wants is to be outside, to encourage people to preserve the environment, and to teach people about the outdoors. Well, I guess he just landed the job he always hoped for.

I swear it’s like this gig was made for us!

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All smiles on our 2012 U.S. road trip

We’ll give about two presentations a week all around the country March through September. Maybe we’ll even get to meet you! We’ll also be attending a few outdoor festivals but I don’t know the details yet. Otherwise, our job is to take all of the gear we’ll soon be learning so much about and head out into the U.S. backcountry to camp, hike and backpack all summer long. And of course, as always, I’ll still be writing, writing, writing.

We’re excited and nervous. It will be strange to be back in the U.S. for 8 months but we’ll still be traveling and that keeps the pilot light of our wanderlust burning. Even with our three-month U.S. road trip in 2012 there’s still so much of the country we haven’t seen. This is our chance to see it.

And after this new and exciting adventure around the U.S. is over? Who knows. Maybe we’ll come back to SE Asia (this is the second time we’ve arrived only to leave too soon). Then again, October is the perfect time to trek in New Zealand and Nepal. And then there’s this orphanage I’ve been dreaming of volunteering at in Tanzania. Plus, the beaches of Mexico are calling. I suppose we’ll have eight months to craft our next move.

So that’s it, a major change of pace for us in 2014 but one that we are both incredibly excited about. And of course we’ll be blogging as always, sharing our adventures in the U.S. outdoors.

When we know the Get Out More Tour schedule I will share it on the blog. May 2014 find many of our paths crossing.

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Helen January 18, 2014 at 6:09 am

That’s awesome, well done you two!

I hope your year is full of wonderful adventures!
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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:43 am

Thank you Helen. I’m sure it will be an adventure-filled year!

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Angie Mattson January 18, 2014 at 6:14 am

GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!! This is totally incredible. I am completely psyched for you guys. If you come to Western North Carolina (where Nelson and I are moving in 2 weeks), please please let us know. We’ll move mountains (heh!) to come support you both. A huge congratulations on this magnificent and perfectly perfect opportunity for you both.
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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:44 am

Thank you Angie!! I’ll definitely post the schedule once I know more. I really hope we go to NC, it is one of my favorite states. Congrats on the move :)

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Tara & Mike @ Two Travelaholics January 18, 2014 at 6:14 am

Yayyy, congratulations!!! That’s so exciting. Good luck, and maybe see you in DC :)
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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:45 am

Thanks Tara!!! We’re really excited. I hope we come to DC because seeing the monuments is on my bucket list. I can’t believe I’ve never seen them.

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Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) January 18, 2014 at 6:14 am

YAAAAAAY! And also: CONGRATS! And also also: I am not surprised one bit that you guys were offered the job; when you told me about it, it immediately sounded EXACTLY like the kind of thing you guys would have a blast doing and so I’m stoked you guys get to actually do it.

It may not have been exactly what you planned for 2014 but it’s 8 months and it’s an adventure so why not go for it and see what comes of it? I know you feel as I do that as much as we can plan and set goals for ourselves, often it’s these unanticipated opportunities that wind up giving life so much of its sparkle and shine. You guys will be awesome, I’ve no doubt, and it’s so great you get to do this together.

So happy for the two of you and I can’t wait to see how this next adventure evolves!
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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:46 am

Steph, I totally agree. It’s such a great opportunity and even though it wasn’t planned we both feel so happy that it happened. I’m also just feeling really grateful that we live the kind of life that allows us to grab these sorts of opportunities. Yay all around. I think 2014 will be a good one for us all :)

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Collette January 18, 2014 at 6:15 am

congratulations!!!
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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:47 am

Thanks Collette.

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Ali January 18, 2014 at 6:17 am

Congrats to both of you!! Definitely sounds like the perfect gig for you & Brian. If something feels right, you gotta go for it. Can’t wait to read about this next chapter in your adventure!
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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:47 am

Thanks Ali, it really does feel like the job description was something we would have written ourselves. Hope you are enjoying the balmy climates of SE Asia right now!

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Michelle | Lights Camera Travel January 18, 2014 at 6:28 am

Wow this is amazing, congratulations! I truly believe in the power of thoughts materialising as opportunities, and that should be the moment to grab them – which you have done. Wishing you an adventurous 2014!
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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:48 am

Thank you Michelle, I really believe that too. You’ve got to come up with a plan and put that plan out there into the world– such amazing things happen when you do.

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RenegadePilgrim January 18, 2014 at 6:30 am

I’m glad someone I know got the gig! I applied too, but I found out way too late to put together a decent audition tape. I’ll be interested to hear how it goes. I’d love to apply again. Let me know when you make it back to Portland. I have a Camino sticker for you!

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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:49 am

And I have a So Many Places sticker for you (and a Sasquatch sticker which is way cooler). I think we’ll definitely make it back to PDX at some point so a coffee is in our future.

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RenegadePilgrim January 25, 2014 at 10:53 pm

Sounds awesome! I can’t wait to meet Brian and to chat all things Camino and travel. :) I might be picking your brains about Nepal too. Planning to do the Manaslu Circuit in October with my sister and a couple friends to celebrate my 40th birthday.

Check your inbox, I sent you an email about a project I am working on and want to include you.

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Kim January 26, 2014 at 8:08 am

Feel free to ask any and all questions about Nepal. Manaslu will be amazing!

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Lindsay @ Where Is Your Toothbrush? January 18, 2014 at 6:35 am

That sounds amazing! So exciting that you two have found a perfect combination of your passions. And you get a paycheck! What a dream. Can’t wait to read all about it. Very, very, exciting. More exciting than babies, but that’s just me ;)
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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:49 am

A paycheck! We’re happy to refill that travel fund of ours :) (And I agree about the babies ;))

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Helen West January 18, 2014 at 6:45 am

Hell YES. Congrats to the both of you! What an amazing opportunity….the sort of thing you never imagined you would do but exactly the sort of opportunity giving up a ‘traditional’ life and heading off on an adventure is all about?! So pleased for you both xx

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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:51 am

Helen, yes, exactly. You’ve put into words the feelings I’ve been having but couldn’t find the words for. We definitely didn’t image we’d be doing this but are so glad that we’re in the position to grab on to this amazing opportunity. It’s just so amazing where this path has taken us. It’s just been the most exciting ride.

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Hannah @ GettingStamped January 18, 2014 at 6:48 am

What an opportunity! Your going to do great! Congrats you two!
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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:51 am

Thanks Hannah! We’re definitely excited.

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SC January 18, 2014 at 6:49 am

Great news, Kim! Let me know if you want an “audience” for your presentation. before you head out!

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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:52 am

Sheryl, I think I’d be so nervous to give the presentation in front of you!!!

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Adena Harford January 18, 2014 at 6:55 am

Love it! Congrats! I hope you come through Vermont :)

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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:52 am

Me too I love Vermont and it would be great to see you guys!

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Patti January 18, 2014 at 6:57 am

And it all started with one little question you asked Brian. “Are you happy?” You did it, Kim, you’re making your own way in life and isn’t that an awesome gift to give oneself? Congratulations to both of you, I’m so excited for you and I’m looking forward to following this new chapter.
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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:53 am

Thanks Patti, it really is the most amazing gift. Sometimes I can’t believe we are doing it but WE ARE DOING IT!!!! Ahhhhh!!!!

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Aurora January 18, 2014 at 7:08 am

Fantastic! You two will do a awesome job inspiring people to get after it. And cannot wait for you to come my way!

yay. 3 cheers for living authentic lives.
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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:53 am

Yep, 3 cheers to that. And happy birthday Aurora.

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Carmel January 18, 2014 at 7:11 am

I really need to start writing down some goals…man, that’s awesome. :)
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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:54 am

YES!!! Put your ideas down on paper. Say them out loud. Carry them around in your chest with you at all times. It matters where you put your energy. XOXOXO Still sad we didn’t see you in SE Asia. Tell Shawn hello from us.

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Tyrhone January 18, 2014 at 7:16 am

Wow, congrats guys. It’s amazing the turns life throws at you. Just by following your dreams, you are now set to get paid to follow your dreams, a great start to the new year.
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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:55 am

Definitely a great start to the new year. Thanks Tyrhone.

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Lou P January 18, 2014 at 7:21 am

Congratulations! That is an awesome gig! Hope to bump into you at OR, or on the road!

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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:55 am

Thanks Lou!!

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Hannah January 18, 2014 at 7:22 am

I’m so happy for you guys, this sounds amazing!!! And Backpacker Magazine couldn’t wish for two more perfect candidates to represent their brand. I’m so excited to follow this next stage of your journey. Congratulations, lots of love to you both xxx
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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:55 am

Thanks Hannah :) We are quite excited about it.

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Sarah Somewhere January 18, 2014 at 7:22 am

Big Congratulations guys!!! I’m sure the competition was pretty tough so to be selected out of all those applicants is absolutely phenomenal! Sounds right up your alley, all the best xxx
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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:56 am

It really is the perfect fit for us. Like we needed another excuse to go hiking and backpacking!!!

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Cheyenne B. January 18, 2014 at 7:27 am

Wow that’s totaly incredible! It’s so amazing to hear stories of people landing what they’ve always dreamed of doing. I love positive stories like this!

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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:56 am

Thanks Cheyenne. We feel very lucky :)

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TammyOnTheMove January 18, 2014 at 7:29 am

Congrats guys! That’s awesome. When you teased us all on facebook I thought that you were pregnant at first. :-)
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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:57 am

Haha, I know that is everyones first thought. Maybe someday… (then again, maybe not!)

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Candace January 18, 2014 at 7:29 am

Gah!!! I have tears in my eyes right now – I could not be any happier for you both!!! What a fantastic opportunity, and it seriously feels like they wrote the job description with you two in mind :) I am SO excited to follow along this new adventure – it feels like the perfect next step for you! XO
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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:57 am

Thanks Candace. It really does feel like the perfect next step. Maybe we’ll have some time to stop by your yurt?

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Michael Hodson January 18, 2014 at 7:32 am

Congrats! Sounds like such a wonderful opportunity. I have said for a long time that the US is one of the greatest travel destinations in the world and the way you are going to be able to get to it is even more fun. Enjoy!
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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:58 am

Totally agree with that Michael. Our natural spaces are so diverse and stunning. I always encourage everyone I meet abroad to visit the U.S. and explore the parks.

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Karen January 18, 2014 at 7:39 am

congrats you two! I hope our paths cross again soon! I have some good friends that go to the SLC show every year. Keep an eye out for the Kahtoola booth. Sounds like a blast!

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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:58 am

Thanks Karen, I really hope we get to come through Flagstaff again… it is one of our favorite cities!!! Hope you are doing well.

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Maddie January 18, 2014 at 7:49 am

Wow!!! So excited for you both. It just goes to show that if you put everything in to following your dreams you will reap the rewards when opportunities like this present themselves. I can’t think of a better opportunity for two outdoor nuts like yourselves and you get to spend 8 months exploring your amazing home country, dream job or what?!
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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:59 am

Totally. It’s funny because of course we never could have landed this job when we had our 9-5 jobs. It was only because we set out doing what we wanted to do that we became qualified for a job like this. Good things lead to more good things and we are so happy :)

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gigi January 18, 2014 at 7:52 am

Congrats!

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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:59 am

Thanks Gigi.

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Jennifer Blair January 18, 2014 at 7:52 am

What exciting news! Another adventure! Hope you guys come to a town near me!!!

Jen

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Kim January 19, 2014 at 3:59 am

Thanks Jen, I hope so too. Are you still in Tennessee?

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Audrey January 18, 2014 at 8:22 am

That’s awesome! I got to meet a whole bunch of the Backpacker Magazine team when I was in Jordan and they were out testing gear (so random)! They’re a really cool group. You guys are going to have so much fun on the job! :D
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Kim January 19, 2014 at 4:00 am

Wow, that’s so cool that they go to Jordan to test gear (who knew?!?).

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Deboral January 18, 2014 at 8:44 am

Congratulations!! What a smart move on the part of Backpacker magazine!! I’m so happy and excited for both of you!! (insert image of me beaming here!) :)))))

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Kim January 19, 2014 at 4:01 am

Thanks Deb :) We’re pretty pumped too.

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Dalene January 18, 2014 at 8:55 am

WOW! Major congrats guys – such a huge shift, but like you said – MADE FOR YOU.

All the best, I’m sure you’ll knock-em-dead across the country. :)
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Kim January 19, 2014 at 4:01 am

Totally made for us!!!

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Steve C January 18, 2014 at 9:04 am

Kim, Brian, congratulations! And, as Yogi Berra said: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it!”

As more of an international traveler, I’ve many times picked up Backpacker magazine at the news stand, to see how they cover travel outside the US, only to put it back because there was next to no coverage. I hope you can change them more than they change you. They’re kinda like REI in that they both tend to concentrate their focus on domestic travel. You guys may just be the spark that’s needed to make them realize there’s a whole demographic of readers out there that think globally, not just locally. (Not that there’s anything wrong with locally)

I’m looking forward to seeing your schedule as it will most certainly include the San Francisco Bay Area. If I’m still around (LOL), I’ll see you then! As you have so many followers of your blog here in the states, look forward to never having to buy yourself a beer all summer!

Great going guys!!

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Kim January 19, 2014 at 4:02 am

Hey Steve, I really hope you’re right about those beers ;) We’ll hold you to it (if you’re still around of course ;))

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Martha January 18, 2014 at 9:23 am

Wow – that’s great! I will look for you somewhere near me for sure! After all – Philadelphia, birthplace of America – lots of hiking in the area!

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Kim January 19, 2014 at 4:03 am

Philadelphia is another place I’ve never been. I’m so excited to see more of the U.S.

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Dustin@WeGoRTW January 18, 2014 at 10:23 am

First off you guys suck ;-) and congrats of course! If y’all ever need a place to stay while visiting Austin, TX drop us a line.
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Kim January 19, 2014 at 4:03 am

Thanks Dustin!!! I love Austin (and keep telling Brian he must go and eat the food there) so I really hope we’ll be coming through. It would be great to finally meet you two in person.

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Maryjean January 18, 2014 at 10:25 am

Kim, You inspire me every time I read your posts. That is crazy awesome news. Congrats!

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Kim January 19, 2014 at 4:04 am

Thanks Maryjean. It was Rachel Reynolds who told me about the job! Funny how those things work.

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Isabelle January 18, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Congratulations! This seems like the perfect job for you! Life has a way to offer us great things, when we pay attention! Enjoy yourselves!

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Kim January 19, 2014 at 4:04 am

Yes, absolutely.

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Justin January 18, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Wow wow wow! Kim and Brian! Super cool!

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Kim January 19, 2014 at 4:04 am

Thanks Justin. We’ll be in Ohio for a few weeks so it would be great to see you and your family.

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Laura@RoamFarAndWide January 18, 2014 at 12:15 pm

So psyched for you both. What an amazing opportunity! Congratulations!
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Kim January 19, 2014 at 4:04 am

Thanks Laura!

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Steve Whitty January 18, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Good luck to the pair of you in your new job.
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Kim January 19, 2014 at 4:05 am

Thanks Steve, we’re really excited.

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Liz Burrell January 18, 2014 at 12:37 pm

What an amazing opportunity. I must keep an eye open for such jobs, do they look at “older” people who love the outdoors and travel etc? Congratulations – I have been following your blog since the early days and find so much to take from it. WE are getting all lined up but it involves waiting for kids to graduate from High School, 18 months!!! In the meantime your book and blog are keeping me going while in my cubicle, so Thanks. Do post your touring dates and maybe I can make it down from Maine to Boston if you are ever there? Making me smile this post, so well done.

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Kim January 19, 2014 at 4:06 am

Hi Liz, I’m sure they consider everyone. And 18 months will be here in no time (I remember we started counting down about two years before we planned to leave for the trip). I’m so glad that you’ve got the book. I just saw it in paperback for the first time and I about cried!

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Michele January 18, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Super duper proud of you both. You’re gonna rock this!

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Kim January 19, 2014 at 4:06 am

Thanks Michele!!! Thanks for dealing with me as I stressed out about the interview ;)

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Emily January 18, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Congratulations – that’s super exciting and I can’t wait to follow along!

As for your October plans, I would recommend Mexico. We’re currently soaking up the Pacific Coast here and absolutely love it!
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Kim January 19, 2014 at 4:07 am

I cannot get Mexico out of my head. It looks like heaven. What part of Mexico are you in?

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Emily January 19, 2014 at 9:09 am

We’ve just made it to Puerto Vallarta so can’t yet comment fully (but it’s beautiful). So far we’ve been to Mazatlan, Palenque, Merida, Cancun, Playa Paradais and Playa Del Carmen. All beautiful with the kindest people! :)

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Kim January 20, 2014 at 3:19 am

Okay. Let me know what your favorite place is… definitely at the top of the list for us.

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Mima January 18, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Congratulations Kim and Bryan!!! This is amazing and so perfect for you two! I can’t wait to read all your posts about the trip. Good luck!!!

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Kim January 19, 2014 at 4:07 am

Thank you Mima!

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SnarkyNomad January 19, 2014 at 12:00 am

Tell them all to quit making side pockets on backpacks so tiny they can’t hold a water bottle dammit.
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Kim January 19, 2014 at 4:08 am

Haha, well, the magazine doesn’t make backpacks but when I meet people who do I will let them know. I know how you feel because we have a backpack with the same problem and literally have to shove the Nalgene in with two hands. Sometimes I work up a sweat!

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HP January 19, 2014 at 5:31 am

BRILLIANT.

While I do love Europe and other places, in my heart I love America the most. Warts and all.
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Kim January 20, 2014 at 3:12 am

America is a beautiful country. I can’t wait to explore more of it!

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Les Petits Pas de Juls January 19, 2014 at 7:03 am

Everything happens for a reason! Here you are!
Enjoy the job, it’s going to be so much fun!
Cheers!

Jul’
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Kim January 20, 2014 at 3:12 am

Thank you!!

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Tracey January 19, 2014 at 7:26 am

Congratulations Kim and Brian! What an amazing opportunity. Your adventure is evolving. I can’t wait to see where this one will take you guys.
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Kim January 20, 2014 at 3:12 am

Thanks Tracey. I’m pretty excited to see how this year shapes up.

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Emma January 19, 2014 at 7:28 am

Hell to the YES! Power to you! Thank you for the inspiration!

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Kim January 20, 2014 at 3:18 am

Thanks Emma!!

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Jessica | A Passion and A Passport January 19, 2014 at 7:39 am

Wow a major congrats would be an understatement! Good luck on your travels with Backpacker, they have definitely chosen the right people for the job! Let me know if you’ll be in NYC! :)
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Kim January 20, 2014 at 3:18 am

Thanks Jessica. I think we probably will head through NYC at some point. I’ll make sure to share the schedule on the blog when I have one.

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Rhonda January 19, 2014 at 3:59 pm

WOW… now that IS big news! One thing I so admire about the life you and Brian have chosen is that, in spite of this plan not even having been on your radar just a couple of months ago, you were willing to throw your hat in the ring and now have this amazing year ahead. Good for you. We subscribe to Backpacker and can’t wait to follow you along the way, certainly hoping you’ll be here in the NW at some point so we can congratulate you in person! Congrats on an exciting new plan. XOXO J&R
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Kim January 20, 2014 at 3:20 am

I am so happy that the life we are living allows us the flexibility to go for these new opportunities. I know for sure back at my 9-5 I would have seen that job description and said “that sounds perfect, too bad I can’t apply!”

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Erik Wallace January 20, 2014 at 5:20 am

Unbelievable, wonderful news. It truly sounds like the job of a lifetime… hopefully we’ll see you soon.

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Kim January 20, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Thanks Erik!! Can’t wait to see you guys and meet the new baby.

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Montecristo Travels (Sonja) January 20, 2014 at 8:56 am

What a wonderful opportunity! Congrats! Keep the “with dog” travelers in mind while you are out and about! If you make your way closer to the Ontario/Quebec borders let us know!! Canadian Shield hiking is pretty darn amazing! Congrats for taking the opportunity when it came knocking.
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Kim January 20, 2014 at 9:51 pm

I will let you know if we come near Canada- maybe we can make a weekend trip? There’s so much of Canada I’d like to explore.

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Montecristo Travels (Sonja) January 21, 2014 at 5:40 am

We have a fabulous guest room – all yours! I would love to show you guys Ottawa, maybe even Kingston or better yet Montreal … depending on how much time you have we could show you what I think to be the gem in Canada’s crown … Quebec City. Ottawa alone has much to offer. Would be our honour! It’s a sincere invitation. As logn as you can handle the 3.5 pound of fluff munchkin! LOL!
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Kim January 22, 2014 at 4:09 am

Thanks Sonja. That is incredibly nice of you and we will let you know if we get anywhere near Ottawa!

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Lpeg January 20, 2014 at 11:26 am

Super excited for you two!! I have been slowly changing my normal blog into a traveling blog, and started documenting my recent trip to Scandinavia and Russia with the hopes that I could travel more on my vacations and keep adding content, and one day take off permanently. I was then offered a job last month where I get to travel around the country talking to college students about becoming a licensed Architect. I took it and I start in two weeks. I can’t believe the opportunity that has unfolded in front of me, and I am super excited to be able to explore our own country, and who knows what doors that may open!

Maybe I’ll even get to meet up with you in some random city. And if not, my new homebase will be DC, so let me know if you stop in!
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Kim January 20, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Good for you!!! It sounds like, just like our new job, your new job will allow you to keep traveling. It really is pretty crazy how things start to line up once we set our intentions. Congrats on the new job!

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jane January 20, 2014 at 11:49 am

Great!

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Kim January 20, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Thanks Jane :)

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Oliver January 20, 2014 at 11:57 am

Oh wow, this sounds amazing! That’s how a new year should start!! :) Sounds like a dream come true, another one I suppose… Congrats and may it be a year full of adventure, joy, balance and mundane marvels! Or in short: an exceptional patchwork of moments… :)
Congrats and all the best!
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Kim January 20, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Definitely a good start to the New Year, right? And, yes, BALANCE. That is my word this year.

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Hogga January 20, 2014 at 1:51 pm

super super!! look at you!
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Kim January 20, 2014 at 9:54 pm

Thanks Lindsay.

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Victoria January 20, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Wonderful! Comgratulations, and so well deserved! It sounds perfect for you guys!
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Kim January 20, 2014 at 9:54 pm

Thanks Victoria. We’re really excited!

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Miel January 21, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Wow! I love it when life works its magic like that! What an incredibly great fit! You’ll be fabulous. Please let me know if you make it to DC, you know we are full of backpackers here ;-)

Cheers,

Miel
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Kim January 22, 2014 at 4:09 am

Thanks Miel. We’ll definitely let you know!!

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Rachel January 22, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Oh my gosh! So happy for you guys – I love your passion for every opportunity that comes your way. I wish you both luck. Hoping that we may get to meet this year! :)


Rachel

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Kim January 26, 2014 at 8:08 am

Thanks Rachel. We’re really excited. It’s going to be a crazy year!

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budget jan January 29, 2014 at 11:38 pm

I guess the panel of interviewers also saw you were perfect for the job. Congratulations and have fun :)
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Kim January 30, 2014 at 10:34 am

Thanks Jan, we’ll have fun :)

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Holly January 30, 2014 at 3:14 pm

How exciting! A new adventure. Congrats to both of you. I’ll drink a beer and toast you guys tonight!

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Kim January 31, 2014 at 6:21 am

Thanks Holly. I know I don’t have to twist your arm to drink that beer ;)

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Jessica | Independent Travel Cats February 3, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Congrats Kim & Brian! What a wonderful job, all that hard work is really paying off!
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Kim February 6, 2014 at 9:27 am

Thanks Jessica. We’re excited!

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Daisy Wong February 18, 2014 at 7:57 am

Congrats!!! You are a inspiration.

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Kim February 19, 2014 at 7:06 am

Thanks Daisy!

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Lauren @Roamingtheworld March 16, 2014 at 10:32 pm

Congrats Kim and Brian!
Sounds like you both are great manifesters. You put out the universe what you’d like/what you want and it comes…Sometimes in ways we could never imagine for ourselves. We just have to believe that those things/ideas are possible….

I hope you guys pass through the Bay Area. I’d love to hear your awesome presentation and meet you!
Woo!
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Kim March 17, 2014 at 2:12 pm

It looks like we will come close to the Bay Area. We’d love to meet you!

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