A Quick Intro to Technomadia.com
We’re Cherie & Chris – two gen-X geeks who are utilizing technology to engage in a full-time hyper mobile life. We our owned by our cat, Kiki.
We like to use the term technomad to describe our lifestyle.
Technomad: Technology enabled nomad.
(term coined by the original technomad, Steven Roberts / www.microship.com)
The short story is – we were both 33 when we met online and hit the road in 2006. Chris started off solo in a little travel trailer after wrapping up his Silicon Valley career phase. We met soon after on a Prius (yes, the hybrid car) forum, fell in love – and Cherie sold her house and joined him taking her at-home software business with her. Over the years, we’ve merged our strengths, and created our own business endeavors ranging from mobile app development, strategy advising, writing and even hosting lighthouses.
Our life is consciously created to be a long term, sustainable, mobile optimized lifestyle that combines our hi-tech careers with a rich and fulfilling life of travel, serendipity, community, adventure and amazing experiences.
We mix it up when we feel so inclined, and aren’t tied to too many labels or presumptions. While we’re RVing the USA right now, who knows what our mobile substrates will be in the future.
We have switched up our travel modality many times.. including: a 16′ T@B trailer, a 17′ Oliver Travel Trailer, a cottage in the US Virgin Islands, an Amtrak rail pass and currently a 35′ vintage bus conversion.
Here’s a quick video introduction to us:
Places to Start
Here are some recommended starting places to get further acquainted with us:
More About Us
Our Full(er) Story – Our story up until roughly now… how we met, who we are, our various forms of travel thus far and how we earn our income as we roam.
Our Home on Wheels - A tour of our current nomadic home – an awesome 1961 vintage bus.
Our Mobile Gear - A listing of some of the gear that enhances our mobility – from tech, to toys to practical household items.
Our Monthly Cost Log – We’ve shared our travel cost log online for years, and you’re welcome to view it.
Our Annual Travel Wrap Ups – Want a speed trip down memory lane? These annual posts will get you caught up on more of the journey so far.
Explore around our site – use the links on the side bar, the menus above, the search function (the magnifying glass above) – you’ll find tons of content: travel tales, guides to mobile technology, interviews with fellow nomads and the logistics of hitting the road. We’ve written a lot over the years.
Here’s our guide post to all our full time RVing content:
And be sure to join one of our monthly (free) live video chats and explore our video archives! When we have time & bandwidth, we pick a topic and then invite questions from our viewers. They’re a bunch of fun, and we love hosting these!
We also offer our free e-mail newsletter – you pick how often you want it – delivered with each blog post, a weekly summary or a monthly wrap-up.
About this Blog
We actually met via social blogging (the Prius LiveJournal group) in 2006 – so our personal blogs just naturally shifted to talking about our new nomadic lifestyle and relationship together. Technnomadia.com was originally just intended to keep family & friends up to date, and be a recording of our adventures. And that’s still our focus.
We consider Technomadia to be the name of our personal concept of our home, love, relationship, location and our consciously constructed life. It’s kinda like our shared family name to us.
(it’s pronounced ‘Tech-no-MAD-e-uh’ not ‘techno-maid-e-uh’)
Friends started asking questions about how we made our mobile logistics work, so we wrote about it… and then we started noticing we had a lot of new friends. (Hi, welcome!)
Technomadia.com is intentionally a non-commercial blog.
Technomadia is not our business – Two Steps Beyond is our company where we do our consulting, advising, writing and app development through.
However, we are both self-employed and creators, and the lines between our personal lives and business can be rather fuzzy. We like it that way. We try to keep it non-commercial here as much as possible, even though some of our business interests are related to our nomadic lifestyle (mobile travel apps, books and some of our consulting projects.)
Our business pursuits are inspired by the things we encounter in our lives, and it’s just natural to talk about them as part of our personal story here.
But really our main motivation of this blog these days is to share a slice of our life on the road and hopefully meet a few of you along the way.
Spot us ‘In the Wild’ ?
Our bus is pretty distinctive looking, and you may spot us ‘in the wild’. Please click through to our ‘Contact Us‘ page to read our preferences for being approached ‘in real life’. (Quick summation: Write, don’t knock on our door.. and yes, we’d love to meet you.)
Meet Chris, Cherie & Kiki
Chris is a long-time technology geek, working in several venues of the Silicon Valley tech industry with a specialization in mobile technology. He’s been a tech journalist, mobile tech industry spy and forged creating a mobile application ecosystem. He grew up traveling and living all over the world, including spending 3 years in Indonesia as a kid.
After traveling the world as an industry spy for Palm & PalmSource (a job just too good to give up), in April 2006 he evicted himself from his San Francisco penthouse apartment and launched into a technomadic lifestyle, making his life a living laboratory for mobile technology. He bought a T@B trailer, traded in his beloved hybrid vehicle and off he set… never imagining he’d meet a partner willing to sell her home and join him.
He’s also a pilot (he used to carry his ultralight paramotor with him), photographer and all around adventurer. He’s the one you’ll find writing the occasional big epic tech posts here.
LinkedIn Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/chrisdunphy/
Cherie Ve Ard
Cherie had wanderlust and technology in her blood from an early age – programming by age 7 and solo traveling the world by age 12. She grew up the daughter of an entrepreneurial tech pioneer dad and a common sense mom. The combo taught her to be cautiously bold. She’s been self-employed as a location independent software developer since 1994, managing some pretty large scale projects in the medical and government sectors.
At several times during her life she had contemplated becoming mobile full time, but the timing was never quite right until she met Chris and she made the leap to share 45 sq ft of mobile living space with this new dude she met on a Prius forum.
On top of being technomadic and a geek, Cherie is passionate about inspiring others to live their lives by conscious intent, and abundance instead of scarcity. She’s generally fairly introverted in person and in groups, but you can spot her around the campfire pretty easily – she’s the one spinning balls of fire around herself.
She also does 98% of the postings on this blog, Twitter and Facebook – she’s been engaged in ‘social media’ since before there was an internet.
LinkedIn Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/cveard/
Born in a chicken coop on a llama ranch in Lebanon, Oregon and orphaned by her feral barn cat parents, Kiki found her way into Chris & Cherie’s heart and joined Technomadia in late 2008, after a trial run on the road at the age of 7 weeks old.
She proved to be adaptable, sweet, spunky and photogeneic. She’s known nothing else but travel. She’s the real boss and brains behind Technomadia.
She’s kinda lazy about making blog posts and keeping up on Facebook – but you’ll sometimes hear from her.