Hello! We are Trevor and Christine, two former finance professionals who decided to take an indefinite break in our careers and are grabbing life by the balls!
After growing up in Canada’s smallest province of Prince Edward Island, I moved to Ontario for university. I graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering then worked in the automotive industry as a design engineer for five years in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. After being told by my HR manager that I was “plateauing” in my career (at the age of 25), I decided to make my first major career change and enroll in an MBA to pursue a career in finance.
Post-MBA, I built a career in investment banking (which has nothing to do with investing or banking) and spent the next 8 years working 80+ hours weeks and being tied to a blackberry. In my final year, I racked up over 325,000 air miles for work and yet saw very little of any of the places I went.
When I left my latest position, and Christine had recently left hers, we decided to use the opportunity to take back our lives. I have never been as happy as I am when I am exploring new parts of the world, so that is what I am going to get back to doing. I have visited 50+ countries on 6 continents, and have loved every minute of it.
I grew up in Eastern Ontario, Canada moving between the towns of Whitby and Belleville. My parents finally settled in the exciting hamlet of Plainfield (yes, that is the actual name of the town). I studied business in university and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. After several years spent in audit and corporate strategy, I landed in equity research where I spent almost a decade. Basically, I was one of the analysts that writes the reports that mutual fund and pension managers use to make their investment decisions with your hard-earned retirement savings.
The 80+ hour work weeks eventually took their toll, and I knew i needed a change. Luckily, Trevor had also reached a crossroads in his career around the same time so we knew this was our opportunity to break away. We have both had a love of traveling, and we realized this was our chance to make traveling a lifestyle rather than something we got to do one or two weeks a year. Our philosophy is to explore interesting places, but take the time to really get a feel for an area rather than just checking off the highlights. If we can do it in the shoulder-season or off-season to avoid the big crowds and save a bit of money, all the better.