Hey there, and thanks for reading Nomadlyweds! We’re Bryan and Dawn, a husband and wife digital nomad traveling team exploring North America by RV.
We got married on March 2, 2019 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts and promptly downsized our lifestyle to fit in our new-to-us fifth wheel. We hit the road on June 1, 2019 with a simple mission: See everything.
What’s Nomadlyweds About?
Nomadlyweds has been our brainchild for years. Our goal with the site is three-fold: Document, Share, and Inspire.
- Document our adventures so we can prove to our future kids that Mom and Dad really were cool.
- Share the incredible people and places we encounter along the way.
- Inspire others (like you!) to find their adventure, whether that’s checking out that new restaurant with friends, taking more weekend camping trips, or going full-time like us!
Our Story (The Short Version)
newlyweds Nomadlyweds, we’ve known each other for years. Nine to be exact. We met waiting tables at Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant in Massachusetts while finishing undergrad at our respective colleges.
It wasn’t love at first sight. Bryan thought Dawn was a loud-mouth. Dawn thought Bryan was stuck-up. Dawn later learned Bryan was just quiet. Bryan also learned that Dawn indeed was a loud-mouth.
We became friends a few months after meeting and started dating three years later in 2013 when Dawn finished her Master’s in Social Work.
In February 2014, we picked up our lives and moved 5,000 miles away to the island paradise of Oahu, HI.
Adjusting to life in Hawaii was challenging, but in our five years there we learned about how huge and diverse the world is. There was so much more to see!
In December 2018 we moved back to Massachusetts to get married in front of family and friends, only to leave once again six months later.
Freedom and adventure have been the ties that bind us these last six years. In fact, Bryan jokes that if Dawn doesn’t have an experience to look forward to, she’s a real bear to live with.
Meet Bryan Curley
I’m Bryan, a 32-year-old severely independent introvert with an affinity for alone time and a fear of having my picture taken (despite what the image below may lead you to believe).
I got my B.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of Delaware, but upon graduation I didn’t know what to do with my life. I went back to waiting tables, where I met Dawn.
After two years slinging pizzas and chicken parms to demanding patrons, I found a job as a Junior Consultant for a life insurance consulting firm. The work was boring, but I’m a numbers guy so it was up my alley. Two years later I changed industries and became a Senior Data Analyst for a hospital system in Hawaii.
But that was never the dream. The dream was to be my own boss and live life on my terms. In October 2018 I took the leap and started my own company, which is how I make money while exploring.
Some Things You Should Know About Me
- I’m a die-hard Boston sports fan. Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins–you name it, I’ll be down to watch it.
- Breaking Bad is the best TV show ever.
- My short-term memory is terrible, but I can recall spectacularly unimportant details remarkably well.
- Pineapple belongs on a pizza.
- In December 2018 I got a half-sleeve tattoo on my left arm. It’s totally out of character for me, but I had it done with traditional Polynesian methods to symbolize my personal journey living in Hawaii.
- I’m deathly afraid of snakes and make Dawn check for wasps nests when I’m not 100% confident they aren’t there.
- I never know what to do with my hands in photos, so you’ll probably see me giving the shaka in almost every one.
- Listening to books on audio isn’t reading.
Meet Dawn Perry
I’m Dawn, a 30-year-old introvert masquerading as an extrovert. I love to explore everything. In graduate school I had the chance to visit Israel and South Africa for study abroad trips, and both experiences have had a massive impact on my worldview today.
I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who’s worked as a Case Manager and Service Coordinator, though now I work remotely as an online therapist providing mental health services. Nearly every member of my family is either a nurse or a teacher, so it isn’t surprising I followed a similar path.
Bryan always says I’m visibly unhappy unless there’s an adventure planned. Living in an RV means constant adventures, which means I don’t have any reason to be visibly unhappy anymore.
Things You Should Know About Me
- I paid off an extra $35,000 on my student loans in one year by buying clothes at thrift stores and reselling them on eBay and Poshmark.
- When I was four my dad told me water was my special drink and I believed him.
- I ran the Honolulu Marathon twice.
- I apply SPF 50 every 20 minutes at the beach.
- I’ll try anything twice…except scuba diving. Never again.
- I’m dyslexic.
- Listening to books on audio is reading.