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Happy ending or not, it’s still an amazing story

May 12, 2018

Dearest friends and followers,

Jason and I have made the difficult decision to announce publicly that we recently ended our marriage. Choosing to end a relationship that was once so fulfilling is of course heartbreaking – not only to us, but to friends and family who’ve been such a huge part of our lives for so many years.

We’re deeply sorry to break the news to many of you in this way, and that time or distance doesn’t allow us to tell you personally. It feels weird to announce something so intimate in a public space like a blog and social media, but having somehow amassed several thousand followers over the past 5+ years (thank you so much, all of you!), repeating the news over and over would just be too much, while also working on moving forward with our respective journeys. I’ve always believed in radical transparency in my blog about the realities of traveling, so it felt like this should be no different.

We merged our lives initially because it was the right decision for us at the time, and we have separated now for the same reason. With our long-term needs and goals no longer as closely aligned as they once were, we chose to pursue new paths in life that call us forward to our best, happiest selves.  

We still care for one another and remain friends, and will be forever thankful for 8 years and countless adventures together. I’m the happy, thriving “me” I am today because of that partnership, the ones that came before it, and every experience yet to come. 🙂

As for what’s next, I’m continuing my beloved Snowmad adventuring and blogging right here, as a part-time nomad these days, in my camper van accompanied by my furry sidekicks Mindy and Toby. I’ll be spending my non-nomadic time living with a roommate in a cute little house near family and friends in Knoxville, Tennessee. Do let me know if you’re ever in Knoxville and want to meet up, or if you have a driveway that’s 21’ or longer, just say the word and I’d love to visit you sometime in my travels! 

To those of you who supported Jason and I over the years, you have our most heartfelt appreciation and thanks, and our continued love and friendship. <3

Kristin

“Just because things end doesn’t mean they weren’t beautiful. All of my favorite stories have endings, and they aren’t always happily ever after. But they’re always worth reading.”

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13 comments

  1. Comment by Roger and Pam Bohnke

    Roger and Pam Bohnke Reply May 12, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear this Kristin, and I wish both of you well in the future. I clearly remember when you and Jason graciously invited us over to visit with you in First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach, VA a few years ago. At the time, we were still trying to figure out which RV we would buy. After our visit with you, there was no doubt that the Travato K was the one. We now have almost 30,000 miles of wonderful memories on ours thanks to your inspiration. I still remember your graciousness and hospitality. And I remember being amazed that we had 6 people and 3 dogs in the van with us! Thanks for all you’ve shared over the years. It’s been fun to read and extremely helpful too. All the best to you both.

    • Comment by Kristin

      Kristin Reply May 12, 2018 at 1:42 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m so happy to hear that you’ve been enjoying your Travato so much. I can’t imagine selling mine – it’s practically a member of the family at this point! I’m really excited to meet up again at some point in our travels – I’ll try to keep my travel map updated here again, moving forward 🙂 My best to you both!

  2. Comment by David

    David Reply May 12, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Gosh, was wondering where you went. Haven’t heard from you in a long time. Sorry to hear of your change in course in your life. Life is dynamic and change is constantly occurring. Stay focused for your future. Sounds like you are already on the right track for your next stage. Wish you the very best in all you do.

    • Comment by Kristin

      Kristin Reply May 12, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks, David – there was a chronic illness in our lives for a couple years that had us mostly stationary for a while, then some re-evaluation of life goals and priorities that led us to this decision. I have no plans to stop traveling a good deal of the time, so hopefully you’ll see a lot more from me here in the near future. All the best to you too! 🙂

      • Comment by David

        David Reply May 12, 2018 at 1:58 pm

        We too have a Travato 59K and a couple of years ago so enjoyed your travel blog. Glad to hear of you wish to continue traveling and stay well and keep in touch.

  3. Comment by Hud

    Hud Reply May 12, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    So sad. Hope all is well.

    • Comment by Kristin

      Kristin Reply May 12, 2018 at 1:48 pm

      Thank you – it’s bittersweet for sure, but if we both get to live a life we love, it’s for the best. Thanks for following along on our journey!

  4. Comment by Tanya Glenn

    Tanya Glenn Reply May 12, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Sorry to hear that. But life is go on just enjoy your life and have a lot in this world to see. Hugs.

  5. Comment by Denise

    Denise Reply May 12, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Hi Kristin, so sorry to hear the relationship has changed for you and Jason but it sounds like you have a great outlook and are looking forward to a new life full of adventures. Hope to meet up with you again one of these days! Hugs to you both.

    • Comment by Kristin

      Kristin Reply May 14, 2018 at 9:27 am

      Thank you, Denise – I’m so glad it gave me the opportunity to meet you two, and have so many amazing adventures. Let me know if your travels take you anywhere near Knoxville in the future, or if I see that you’re on the road and I’m nearby in my travels, I’ll certainly let you know!

  6. Comment by dawnkinster

    dawnkinster Reply May 12, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    Since I just found you I haven’t had the chance to get to know you as a couple, but I’ll be looking forward to your travel adventures as a single now.

  7. Comment by Jane B.

    Jane B. Reply May 13, 2018 at 11:17 am

    So sorry to hear this, Kristin (and Jason), but I believe we must each explore this world and share our unique gifts. Thank you for providing so much useful and entertaining information as a traveling team. I wish you both the best that life can bring and the continued assurance that you each deserve to find your own way forward.

    • Comment by Kristin

      Kristin Reply May 14, 2018 at 9:26 am

      Thank you so much, Jane! I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to have this amazing journey so far, and look forward to those yet to come! 🙂

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