Gallivance Update: What’s Next?


So how do you follow up a trip around the world? Good question. It’s a tough act to follow!

And it’s the question we started asking ourselves about a month ago as our RTW was winding down. We realizedthat we weren’t ready to settle down – we are Nomads, right?

All of our worldly goods are stowed in a little 10′ x 10′ storage unit … and we haven’t needed any of them for the past 6 months. Living out of a small, rolling backpack is a fascinating lesson in how little you need to get by … and how simple life can be. It’s pretty liberating!

So it’s time, once again, for a Gallivance Roadtrip … and we’re going to take our own advice. We’ve learned that the best way to get to know a place is to spend time there – at least 1-4 weeks – and not just blow through on a whirlwind tour.

We’re going to spend the Spring and Summer living in some of our favorite North American cities and towns (where we’ve never lived before). And using our RTW strategy of renting an apartment for 1-4 weeks, we will become temporary residents and live like locals. And this Roadtrip gives us the perfect opportunity to visit with family and friends along the way.

Already on the list are: Surfside Beach, SC; St. Simons Island, GA; and Savannah, GA. Please tell us places in the US and Canada that you love and think we should visit … and live like locals for 1-4 weeks.

But you know us, we always keep our passports close at hand. So we’re also going to be opportunistic on travel deals. As always, we’re looking for travel bargains to interesting destinations. One of the places on our radar is South Africa … and places that don’t have Dengue Fever!

This blog has been a wonderful way to stay in touch with our family and friends, and engage with new people we’ve met through our travels. The added benefit has been meeting lots of fascinating folks online who are travelers, foodies, artists, historians, architecture buffs, or just curious about a nomadic lifestyle and simple living.

Thanks for all of your encouragement and great comments. We couldn’t have done it without you. When James was so ill with Dengue Fever, we were both incredibly touched by your outpouring of concern and support. We can’t tell you how much it meant.

During our Roadtrip we’ll be reporting on the weird, wacky, exotic, and fun! We hope you’ll stick around for more adventures.

Terri and James


We're Terri and James Vance - high school sweethearts who went on to international careers and became world nomads. Today, 65 countries later, we're still traveling ... and still in love. Check out Our Story for more of the backstory at

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