Long ago, on a playa far, far away Tom and I met at Burning Man, and our partnership has grown naturally from that foundation of play and adventure.
3 years ago we sold everything and jumped into a life of full time travel! It’s been a BIG adventure, and we’ve tried out many different travel styles along the way.
In the very beginning we started out as bicycling nomads! That’s right, we began our travels on two bicycles with our dog,Indy, rolling behind us in a doggie bicycle trailer!
About 500 miles (and a number of BIG rainstorms) into that trip we decided that traveling by bicycle with a 40-pound dog was not sustainable for our little rolling pack. So….we upgraded!! We bought a 1989 Toyota Dolphin near San Francisco, and made a beeline for Baja, Mexico.
We traveled North America for two years in that Toyota motorhome, until our sweet senior dog, Indy, passed away.
Losing Indy was really hard on us. Everywhere we looked we noticed the loss, and after grieving for a while we decided we needed to make some big changes.
So we boarded a plane with just two carry on bags, and spent 6 months backpacking through Southeast Asia. We explored Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia before returning to the states for summer festival season (we never miss Burning Man)!
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Brittany graduated college in 2007 with a degree in Exotic Animal Training and Management. Around age 5 she’d decided she wanted to work with exotic animals, and amazingly she stuck to the plan!
Unfortunately, after following this path for a few years, Brittany had to face the fact that the exotic animal industry was fraught with abuse, neglect, and exploitation of the animals in its care.
After witnessing the inhumane treatment of animals in a variety of facilities, Brittany decided she ethically could not continue forward with her exotic animal training career.
At that time Brittany chose to move into the veterinary field and focus her skills on domestic animals, working in veterinary hospitals, and eventually running her own dog training business in Los Angeles.
After much consideration, Brittany finally decided that it was time to close the book on her animal career. The open road was calling to her, and she felt that many of the skills she gained in the animal industry and running her own business would serve her well as she set out on a quest for a location independent career centered in travel and adventure.
Brittany is the primary author and designer of The Rolling Pack. For a more personal look at why Brittany travels read more here.
Tom is a true adventurer at heart. He has rafted the Grand Canyon multiple times, spent winters mountaineering, and hiked the Appalachian trail by himself. At a young age Tom’s father taught him the essentials of wilderness survival, and Tom is most at home sleeping under the stars.
In 2015 Tom retired from a 25 year career as a fireman and paramedic, and shortly after his retirement he completed a huge adventure by walking the historic Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain!
Brittany adopted Indy when he was 4 years old from a dog rescue in Katy, Texas. Now, 9 years later, Indy is a sweet senior dog who happens to be Brittany and Tom’s best friend. Whatever Tom and Brittany are doing, Indy wants to join in. So it’s no surprise that Indy is an integral part of Tom and Brittany’s travels.
Indy loves lazy days and snuggly nights cuddling with his pack.
UPDATE: With very heavy hearts we had to say goodbye to Indy in March of 2018. He was 13 years old, and passed away while we were spending the winter in Mexico (his very favorite place in the world). He was a loyal, loving companion, and will be missed more than words can express.
La Peregrina is our 1989 Toyota Dolphin. She joined us early in our travels, when we realized that bicycling all the way from Oregon to Mexico, with our dog in a bike trailer, might have been a TAD bit ambitious.
As soon as we saw La Peregrina we knew she was meant to be ours, and we purchased her on the spot.