Welcome, we are super stoked you are here. We are Mitch and Rachel Johnson. We started this blog as a way to keep our family and friends in the loop with what is happening in our crazy life as we take the plunge and move to the other side of the world. Much to our surprise, people we don’t know from all corners of the world have been stopping by to see what we are up to. So in case you haven’t known us since birth (Hi Mom!) we thought we needed to take a second to introduce ourselves.
I am Rachel Johnson. I grew up in a small town in Northern Minnesota where the closest mall was a 6 hour round trip car ride. Living this remotely, I was constantly dreaming of far away exotic places. My Gramps liked to fuel that fire, he always had an atlas sitting next to his chair that he would pull out to show me a new place he had been thinking about. We would then grab an encyclopedia, so we could look it up and learn more about it. I didn’t realize it at the time, but he was teaching me to have wanderlust, and he was completely successful! I went on my first overseas trip at 15 and then studied abroad in college. I met Mitch while in college and realized he was the perfect guy because his wanderlust was almost as intense as mine. We spent the next 7 years post college working, buying a house, fixing the house up, and taking vacations a couple of times a year. We slowly realized that exploring a new part of the world a couple of times a year just wasn’t sufficient for either of us. Every time we experienced a new country, all it did was fuel the fire to explore more new places, 10 days in Norway, or Panama or Peru just didn’t feel long enough. We realized we not only wanted to visit new countries but we wanted to live there. Being a teacher we realized that my career was going to be the easier one to follow because they have schools everywhere, so we started to research the world of overseas teaching. I went to an overseas recruitment fair two years in a row, and on my second year there I was lucky enough to be given multiple job offers in different corners of the world. After weighing the pros and cons, and looking at the travel opportunities that would be available to us, we made the decision that we were moving to Kuwait City in August of 2014!
Hello, I am Mitch Johnson and I am so excited to share our story with you here on our blog! I am always looking for new adventures in life, and consider moving across the world as a thrill of a lifetime! I have skydived five times, I have been in a cage dive with great white sharks, I have flown an airplane, and have even been on an african safari, however I get a major adrenaline rush by selling almost all of our possessions and moving nearly 10,000 miles away to explore life as an expat.
During my childhood, my father’s career provided us the opportunity to live in multiple states across the country and even abroad in the Phillipines! We moved every few years and never stayed in one spot for too long. My childhood provided many awesome opportunities to see the world, and it left me always wanting to see a little more. I have been to nearly 35 different states, 13 countries, and 5 of the 7 continents, however I know that I have only seen a small fraction of this amazing world we live in!
When I met Rachel, I loved her wanderlust for travel and experiencing new things around the world. She was always open to my vacation ideas and without hesitation, would agree to accompany me. For instance our trip to Panama, when I proposed to stay in a tree house in the middle of the rainforest without water or electricity, she smiled and said, “of course.” Or when we went to Peru, she shared my excitement over the lodging I found for $15 a night in a small village of about 200 people. For all of the times I proposed crazy ideas to her and she obliged, I was excited to return the favor when she proposed a move to the Middle East!
If you choose to stick around and read our updates (and we hope you do) you will hear about our life from both of our perspectives. So stay tuned, this adventure is only beginning.
Life is short, the world is big. You might as well explore it!