We are Chris Gill and Danila Mansfield. Both born in England, married since 1993, lived in California from 1994 to the end of 2013. Now we are permanent travellers!
We’ve both always enjoyed travel. I have many wonderful memories of spending summers in Italy with many cousins and friends (my mother is Italian), and Chris remembers long sunny days, swimming in the sea in Malta, when he visited family friends.
Since those days, we’ve both done as much travelling as we could, from cheap package holidays in Europe when we were young and poor – I once took a coach to Italy – to Chris spending a year working in Brussels, to moving to California, and seeing as much as we could there. I worked in the travel business for several years, and we took advantage of that to travel as much as we could. In 1996 we certified as SCUBA divers, and then our travel became very water-focused!
So we’ve taken our interests in travel, exploration and wildlife, and we now spend time in some of the many volunteer travel opportunities in conservation and wildlife. We also mix and match the volunteer travel work with renting apartments or housesitting for periods of time (weeks, months?) in interesting places that we would like to see.
We are NOT dunroamin yet!
What’s that image at the top of this post? This is the True Things drawing by Brian Andreas. Chris bought me this years ago as a birthday present, and it’s come to inspire us and symbolise what we try to do. I had it laminated, and it sits somewhere in every room we sleep in. The quotation is “they came to sit & dangle their feet off the edge of the world, and after awhile they forgot everything but the good and true things they would do someday.”
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