We started dating in 2005 when we were both students at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. We married in 2009 and moved from Atlanta, GA to Austin, TX for Katie to attend graduate school at The University of Texas at Austin. We knew that we would be moving again once Katie finished her PhD, so we started saving up money for a ‘gap year’.
JT began contributing for The Points Guy in July 2015 with a series of three economy flight reviews (Air China, Lufthansa, Air Canada). At this point, our thoughts of taking a ‘gap year’ began to transition into a life of being ‘digital nomads’. JT initially planned to work as a freelance writer, but took an offer to join The Points Guy team as a full-time location-independent writer in February 2017. Go check out JT’s articles on The Points Guy.
Katie also contributes as a freelancer for The Points Guy.
We worked to sell or donate most of our belongings before June 2017. Katie defended her PhD in June 2017, and we left Austin, TX a few days later with all of our belongings in a Honda Civic and a Honda Accord. We moved our belongings to our homebase in Tampa, FL before setting out with just two backpacks and two daypacks.