Steve loves to travel, golf, ski, work-out and go boating. He is a whiz at fixing the electronics on planes and is the CFE (Chief Fixer Everything) at home. He’s extremely handy and can figure out almost everything. Steve is currently learning how to be an awesome videographer and photographer for this blog and for travel marketing videos. This photo was taken at Mt Washington in BC when Steve was skiing to raise funds for MS. He and Carol skied 12 runs (one necklace for each run) and 27km that day with a top speed of 75.9 km/hr – according to one of the MANY apps Steve has on his phone.
Carol lives to travel, loves skiing, boating and sitting in the sunshine with a great book. Carol is an entrepreneur, leadership consultant and speaker. She hosts The Reinvention Show and produces the Women’s Reinvention Summit. Carol wrote the best-selling book Guerrilla Tourism Marketing in 2012 and she’s currently writing a book about business transformation. Carol is the ideas person and the planner in the family. Steve took this photo during a shoot for Carol’s websites. Most days though, you’ll find Carol with hair in a ponytail wearing her “comfy clothes”.
“Travels brings power and love back to your life.”
~ RUMI ~
THE WAIN STORY
Carol and Steve love to travel, laugh and enjoy new experiences. Early in their relationship they spent 3 weeks in Europe with a 2 year old. They realized that if they could survive that trip, they could survive anything!
While on maternity leave, Carol followed her dream to become self-employed, first as a travel agent and then as the founder of an incentive travel agency. With Steve’s support, Carol grew the business so it was big enough to give them a great life but not too big so that she couldn’t be with the family. Carol’s work has taken her to many exotic and wonderful places and Steve and their girls have been able to join her many times.
In 2004, the same year that Carol was awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year”, Steve and Carol went back to Europe with their girls and Steve’s Mom. They stayed in a Flat in Paris, a Mas in the South of France, a Villa in Tuscany and with family in Scotland for an entire, luxurious, relaxing and fun month.
There are so many places on Steve and Carol’s bucket list and so many things they want to experience that topic of working and travelling the world became quite regular.
Carol was ready to sell everything, pack up and move overseas when their youngest went to university but Steve wasn’t ready to be so carefree.
It was as if the Universe came up with the perfect solution – a 38 1/2 foot RV that Carol and Steve saw at their daughter’s horse show. The funny part is that Carol and Steve aren’t campers. In fact in the 20+ years together, they’ve never been camping. They’d also never been inside a 5th wheel before they asked to peek inside the rig – nicknamed the Bellagio. Absolutely everyone was shocked when they announced their intention to buy the Bellagio and to travel North America for a couple of years – and it wasn’t just their girls who thought they were crazy!
Most people who decide to make such a life-changing decision spend time figuring out the details and logistics ahead of time. Carol and Steve bypassed this step, so they are figuring out the details day-by-day. There are very few dull moments now – lots of learning and interesting discoveries, some frustrating set-backs and great stories along the way.
Carol and Steve hope their blog inspires you to follow your dreams, pursue your passions and live your life to the fullest. Be sure to subscribe to the blog to find out what they’ve discovered next!
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Strathcona Provincial Park
Playa del Carmen
Bodega Bay, Sonoma County
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~ ANITA DESAI ~
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