My husband Steve and I are internet publishers who create websites and earn a living from the advertising income. His company, Clear Digital Media, Inc., has been doing this since 1997 and provides 6 figure incomes for 3 company members, including the two of us. He and I also own Too Much Tina ~ Media, Marketing, Motivation, in which we train internet publishers, just like us. This business has many perks, being self-employed, working at my own pace, reaping the benefits of my own efforts, setting my own schedule, etc. The best part of being "cloud based", meaning that everything we do is on the internet, is that we are mobile. We can work from anywhere we get internet.
A couple of months ago I purchased a new phone, top of the line Android, Motorola RARZ HD. Incredible battery life, plenty of memory, great processor and best of all, a Mobile Hot Spot. Steve will be purchasing a new phone this month too, as good as this, if not better. (Technology changes so rapidly, I'm sure there will be something better available 3 months later!) With the Mobile Hot Spot I can connect my laptop to the internet in seconds from anywhere; no need for Wi-Fi. It's built into my phone. So I can work from the side of a road in Utah, sitting in a tent, if I choose, as long as my phone gets reception.
We've spent the last few months setting our lives up to take a long road trip. Organizing our bills, mail, storing our belongings affordably, creating online accounts for all of our banking and payments, etc. At the end of February we will be moving out of our apartment in San Diego and be "homeless" until the Fall. We plan to spend a few weeks visiting friends and family in California and meeting our final commitments locally.
We decided a year ago we wanted to take a Gypsy Trip. In April we will be loading up our two motorcycles and leaving for parts unknown, destinations unknown. We have no path, no agenda, no itinerary, no schedule, no commitments, no obligations. We will ride, work, eat, sleep, travel and live as the wind blows. It is our intent to live as "schedule free" as humanly possible, making no commitments if we can. We hope to ride to a city, stay a week, see the sites and then pack up the motorcycles on day 7. The morning we pack up, we decide where to head next. We may ride one day, two days, or up to four days, depending upon what looks good. Our only limits will be my physical restraints.
I have Fibromyalgia. Since 2001 I've been struggling with chronic pain daily. At one point I let it beat me; gained a great deal of weight, stopped doing anything physical, and tried to nurse the pain. It did no good. The pain was the same, whether I rested or not. So I began to exercise again, lost some weight, changed my diet and now I am more physically active than ever. Riding a motorcycle is very physical and I am still in pain daily. So if I can't change the pain, why not live life to the fullest in spite of it?
So physically I can only do so much until I'm incapacitated for the day. I plan to push myself to my limits, rest and then push again the next day. Who knows what I can accomplish? I won't know until I try.
We don't have any destinations, but we do have a list of cities and folks we would like to see along the way, if we can. We invite you to follow along with us on our website Road Pickle and watch our journey unfold. Steve and I will both be writing on this site, sharing our individual, unique views on the trip. We will also be posting articles on our motorcycling sites, Motorcycle Philosophy which is Steve's and Sash Mouth which is mine. Come along with us and meet the interesting people, see the beautiful roads and sights, and read our stories of being bohemian vagabonds.
Who knows? We may never come back.
A veteran of the publishing business both in print and online, mastering sales, marketing, writing, and publishing, this former beauty queen with a gift for gab, is high energy with a high-spirited personality making her a natural for motivating others. In 2011 Tina sold over $2 million in internet advertising and now does business consulting as well as internet publishing. Read more at www.TinaWalker.com.