On their first date, David described to Alexandra his plan to quit his job and travel around the world for a year. Without hesitation Alexandra blurted out “Wait for me.” A Year Off is the story of their journey and their romance. It includes real-world tips on putting your career on pause, planning your route, setting a budget, adjusting to life on the road, finding your “travel rhythm,” discovering the “traveler’s code” of generosity and hospitality, and finally making a soft landing when you return home. Alexandra and David are now happily married and live in San Francisco with their daughter. They still travel frequently.
Alexandra Brown is an author and marketing strategist. She attended the Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill., and works in advertising with a focus on digital and content strategy. She has written about her family in the essay collection My Parents Were Awesome and food, wine, travel and philanthropy for Nopalize.com, The Bearings Guide, Whetstone Magazine and The Rotarian. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and their daughter.
David Brown is an enthusiastic project collector and a business strategist. He attended the Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh and also studied anthropology, philosophy, and African studies. He currently works in brand management with a specialty in consumer packaged goods. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and their daughter.