Hello world!

On the way to ATM

Hey, I’m Erica, and I am getting to know the world – one country at a time with my best friend/husband Matthew.  We have decided to press the “stop button” on our current lives in the United States for a year or two and live in other countries for  6 months at a time. While in the countries we hope to experience the culture, learn new languages and just jump into life! Our first stop is Peru – we will visit Cusco and Lima before we decide on the actual city we will reside.

So you’re asking:

Are they rich?

– No! We like to think of ourselves as your typical middle class Americans (but who doesn’t). I am a self employed non-profit development consultant and a social media consultant, and my husband is a financial analyst.

So you’re not rich. How will you survive?

We have a little bit of a cushion fund not much. In terms of income I will be able to maintain some of my contracts while abroad and we both will teach English. We are currently taking online “Teaching English as a Foreign Language” (TEFL) courses through the TEFL Institute, and have begun our practicum at Drexel University’s English Language Center. In addition to teaching English and managing social media sites I hope to volunteer with a non-profit organization in each of the countries.

Are they crazy?

– No! OK maybe just a little. But seriously, we just got married in November 2010, we don’t have any kids, we’ve lived in the United States our whole lives. The better question is why not? We had an amazing honeymoon in Belize and Guatemala – which I like to describe as an “Indiana Jones Epic Adventure”. So why not live our lives like that? What’s holding us here – another meeting, a conference call, a deadline, sitting on my comfy couch watching TV, or an hour and 45 minute commute to work? (On a side note – PLEASE stop telling your children to buy a house! The mortgage is the one thing that is complicating this situation).

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When does all of this happen?

Well, right now we are in the middle of April and we’re leaving in June. So I will keep you updated on our progress while we are preparing to leave and while we are on our “Epic Adventure”.

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24 thoughts on “Hello world!

  1. Love it. Love you. I say GO FOR IT!!!! The world is full of opportunities and I commend you for it….JEALOUS!!!!

    1. Thanks Karie- Love you too! No need to be jealous – you just moved to the good life .. I’m sure you could move the family to Panama =)

  2. AWESOME Erica and Matt! I for one believe that every HUMAN BEING should travel, serve, and LIVE in other countries (that’s the fun of BEING HUMAN). It’s experiential learning at it’s truest. YES!

    1. Hi Rebecca,
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Please subscribe to the blog so you can get regular updates =)

  3. Love it, love it, love it!! My mind is in over- drive calculating how to sneak myself into your luggage while maintaining your 50 lb. weight limit!!! : – D. The two of you are open to the world and will therefore experience, achieve and influence more than many will ever imagine. Inhale deeply.
    I have already subscribed — don’t want to miss a thing!

  4. It’s awesome that you’re gonna keep a blog! Definitely subscribing, I look forward to LOTSS of cool pictures and stories 😉

  5. ooooooooooh, i’m SO happy you’re keeping a blog. i envy your life so much right now…. please live it up. I’m going to live vicariously through you.

    1. thanks Audrey ! no need to be jealous. you have no need to be.. just pack up that baby and go .. plus you’ve already been all over the world =)

  6. Great relationship allow its member to move forward without hesitation. Simple doing this as a married couple is a big indication that you supportive adventurous couple deeply in love. Thanks for putting it out there and letting world see into your lives. I look forward to reading about your adventures and please if possible let your reader know the crazy cuisines that you both eat at each stop in your travels.

  7. Its amazing you are taking this big step. You have the world in your hand. I am so proud of you. I cant wait to follow you on your journey. It is so cool you are sharing this experience with friends and family. I cant wait to see the world through your eyes. Congrads… Mr. & Mrs. Nelson….Bon Voyage…..Love cousin Kenni….

    1. Thanks Kenni! I’m glad I have your new email. I sent something to your aol address.
      Love yah, Erica

  8. Hello Mrs. Erica Nelson. I am sooooo proud of you and your new life/union. Traveling the world is gonna be too much fun, and educational. You’ve never been one to be afraid of learning new and exotic things. I have subscribed to your travels and look forward to your new posts. I sent a link of “Hello World” to my facebook account and I tweeted it as well. You look so happy. I wish that I could have been a member of that wedding.

    Much luck and all the love girl!

    Your real friend,

    Josline E. Massey

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad you found the blog. Sorry I didn’t see you before I left Newark. Thank you so much for spreading the word about the blog =) Remember to subscribe to it. I just subscribed to yours =)

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