Howdy! We are Nick and Val Wheatley (aka “The Wandering Wheatleys”). We are currently wandering around the world together, seeing all the sights, eating too much delicious local cuisine, occasionally getting on each others nerves, and documenting our adventures along the way!
We hope that you’ll follow along with us, your emails and comments always make our day. Read on to learn more about our epic story of love, adventure, and wanderlust…
We originally met back in 2005 – Nick had just moved to Portland, Oregon and I interviewed him for a dismal job in life insurance sales. He politely declined the position but took another job directly across the hall.
Things were strictly platonic until 2011 when we reconnected over a love for bowling and karaoke and it took me picking up and moving to Hawaii for Nick to realize the deep passionate love that was emanating in his heart for me (I’m writing so I’ll recall the story how I want…). So I rid myself of my worldly belongings and moved to the gorgeous island of Oahu and he followed shortly thereafter.
In 2013 we again ditched our home and all of our things to take off on a 15-month adventure across the world. We started in Argentina (and were promptly mugged on day 1) and spent 6 months bumming around South America – trekking along the Inca Trail in Peru, swimming with pink dolphins in Bolivia, and reeling in giant tunas while deep sea fishing in the Galapagos.
Then it was on to SE Asia where we got tattooed by a monk in Thailand and dressed like the locals in Myanmar and suffered surfing injuries in Indonesia. From there we bought a converted camper van in New Zealand and spent 3 months driving around the North and South islands trying not to kill each other in our cramped living quarters.
We ended that adventure chapter of our lives with an amazing 5-week trip across India which is arguably one of the most amazing and difficult countries in the world.
When we moved back to Portland in 2015 and got “real” jobs, we couldn’t stop the persistent nagging feeling that the travel bug leaves once you’ve been bitten. We were filling our apartment with stuff but it never really felt like home.
So after doing some serious penny pinching, once again we decided to take off on an adventure. We got a 5×7 storage unit for our treasures we’ve accumulated in our travels, packed up our 1994 Ford Bronco, and spent 6 months driving from Portland to the Florida Keys and back again on an epic US roadtrip. We spent our days hiking around in our beautiful National Parks and our nights sleeping under the stars.
Once we had enough of mice taking up residence in our towels and our stinky and disgusting camping gear, we knew we were ready for another journey abroad. Starting in Venice we crossed over to Croatia and journeyed south through Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, and Greece. We toured so many ruins and strolled through so many old cities that we lost count. And we ate all of the cheese and drank all of the wine along the way.
From Greece we traveled to Turkey because everyone told us not to (we’ve never been known to follow the rules) where we took air balloon rides in Cappadocia, swam in turquoise blue travertine pools in Pamukkale, and wandered through the endless market stalls of the grand bazaar in Istanbul. We hiked all over Slovenia and then road tripped around Germany in an RV (including a stop in Munich for Oktoberfest!).
Next we wandered through the endless alleyways of Marrakech, shopped til’ we dropped in the souks, and road tripped to the Sahara Desert. Then hopped on a plane down south to Namibia to chase elephants, giraffes, rhinos, and lions!
Oh and we got engaged in Laos and then married in the Dominican Republic along the way. Well, we actually got legally married in Vegas but that’s another story…
Where are we headed next? Who knows? The world is our oyster. We hope that you enjoy following along on our adventures – we love having you along for the ride!