Dear Friends & Family,
After four years of our relationship, Lindsay and I have decided to make a big change. The last time I wrote you a letter like this, it was to announce our elopement in Ecuador which we followed up with a brunch reception right here in Washington DC. This announcement is of the same magnitude for us, because our lives are about to change dramatically. Dopes on the Road was originally started as a project that Lindsay and I worked on together. For a bunch of reasons, but mostly because I was living in Seoul, South Korea and Lindsay was in Pennsylvania, we decided that Dopes on the Road would become my project and Lindsay would support from the sidelines. Let’s be real – it was also because I’m bossy AF.
It’s no secret that Lindsay and I have wildly different personalities. She’s very shy and shuns the limelight. I – well – I have 30,000 followers who I share my life with daily. Lindsay is very athletic and loves any kind of physical activity. I don’t run unless I’m being chased. I think our biggest difference is that Lindsay is a very careful and measured person, while I’m a risk taker that regularly throws myself off of metaphorical cliffs. For the last four years, Lindsay has helped me to chase my dreams of making blogging my career. She stayed at home while I took trips around the globe and documented my travels so that other LGBT people could be inspired to seek out their own adventures. It hasn’t all been easy. There have definitely been ups and downs and moments where we were so broke from funneling all of our money into these adventures that our accounts were far below negative. For the longest time, I received all the benefit, and Lindsay received almost none. Which is why we’re making big changes.
What kind of big changes? Well, first – Lindsay will be joining the team here on Dopes on the Road. She already does lots of stuff behind the curtain that ya’ll may not have known. But in the future, Lindsay will be taking the lead on our new YouTube channel and will be adding her take on the travel life here on the blog.
Second, we’re moving to Merida, Mexico. It’s a cute little city in the Yucatan area of Mexico about three hours north of Cancun. Why Merida? It’s beautiful, always has warm weather, and the quality of life is high. We’re both really excited about this next leg of our journey but really scared too.
We’ve been expats before, but this time – we’re leaving without a safety net. We’re selling everything we own, packing up our kids [read: dachshunds] and hitting the road for another adventure in 30 days.
Lindsay will be leaving her full-time job and searching for freelance remote gigs to help us stay afloat while we’re making the transition. Any leads for opportunities are much appreciated. People tend to get weird when we talk about money, but the reality is we have to feed ourselves just like everyone else. How can you help? Well – you can buy a copy of Slacktivist. Or use our affiliate link when you’re shopping on Amazon. Or maybe you’re a business owner looking for a freelancer. Hit us up with Lindsay [at] dopesontheroad [dot] com or Meg [at] dopesontheroad [dot] com.
The first month we’re in Mexico, we’ll be staying in a beautiful colonial casita called Casa Sincera from Remixto. After our first month, we’ll be looking for a longer term situation. Stay tuned for the inevitable blog post about apartment hunting in another country. It’s a scary time in our lives but equally as exciting and I can’t wait to take you all on the adventure with us.