We’re a married couple who lived and worked in Manhattan for many years. In 2011, we decided to take a career break, buy a motor home and go see America. NYCtoUSA is where we first blogged about the planning process and then, when we took the leap and left New York, this site became our online journal for this amazing travel adventure.
In the end, we traveled full-time for 5 months before taking a break to live in San Francisco. After 8 months living in beautiful North Beach we decided we weren’t quite done exploring. So, we got back in the RV and did 4 more months full-time on the road until we decided to stop and make a home in Portland, OR. All together we traveled 23,000 miles and saw amazing parts of America we’d never before visited, it was truly incredible.
Some of our favorite motivational quotes:
“The tragedy of life is not so much what we suffer, but rather what we miss.” – Thomas Carlyle
“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac
“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard
“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
“Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.” – Frank Herbert
“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard
The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered “Man … Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
“You only live once.” – Everyone