My name is Maria and I live in rural Minnesota with my husband and two young boys. In 2013, I read Tim Ferriss’ Four-Hour Work Week and was blown away by the possibilities it presented.

Our family on the beaches of Picton, New Zealand.

Namely, the idea of working from anywhere in the world and the ability to change your scenery without necessarily changing your job.

I love to travel, but I had two young kids, a husband, a house, and I’d recently started my own public relations consulting business. I didn’t feel like I was in any position to travel anywhere outside of the Upper Midwest any time soon. But after reading Tim’s book and doing some of my own research into it, I became more enamored with the idea of a workation: My creative brain loved the excitement of working from another country and my practical, Type A brain loved the idea of not giving up my job/income/financial stability.

After about a year of family planning, we left for four weeks to live
and work in Barcelona (our boys were 2 and 4 at the time). A year later, we spent 6 weeks in Wellington, New Zealand. In 2017, we headed to London.

Sunset at our home in Minnesota.