Kurt and Janine Thoma: just a haggard old married couple traveling around the world.
We hail from the world of theatre, Janine as a lighting and scenic designer and Kurt as a sound man and backstage manager. In true team effort, we remodel houses in our spare time and travel whenever we can afford it. But we had become stagnant and a little bored in our careers and became ready to discover what to be when we grow up, and growing up was biologically necessary if we were going to procreate before getting old.
Six years were spent saving and finishing our own home remodel in Michigan so its sale could fund the best career counselor we could think of – a world trip. In a sort of extended Gap year, we will spend two or so years (or as long as the money lasts), travelling to every region of the world in a quest to figure out what ignites our passions and what we might like to do for the rest of our lives. We will attempt to stretch the funds by working, couch-surfing, and yacht-crewing everywhere possible while hitting places in shoulder seasons. We are leaving the comfort of dependable income and insurance, 401(k) and familiar faces to pursue a hopefully richer experience, one a little less predictable and with some new lessons to be learned.