About Allie & Mark
Who are we? We are a couple in our 30’s who love to travel and we’ve left our jobs to travel the world in 2010 and 2011. Native Californians, we met at a white trash theme party in the heady days of the first Dot Com bubble, and have shared adventures together ever since!
Allie grew up in the small Central Valley town of Riverbank, CA, aka known as “The City of Action” due to its former incarnation as the county’s red-light district. But when Allie was growing up most of the action had up and left, so she channeled her energies into books and imagined visiting the places she read about. Paris! The Outback! Greece! Africa!
After graduating from U.C. Berkeley, she worked for a year and then took a year off to travel solo, visiting the Middle East, Sub-Sahara Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Having exhausted her bank account, she returned to the Bay Area ready to get to work (digital marketing) and plan for another extended trip abroad. And she met Mark, her partner in adventure…
- Contact Allie at: allie AT alliemark DOT com
- Twitter: @alliemarktravel
Mark is an Orange County native, hailing from the slightly inland city of Costa Mesa. Mark’s parents gave him the love of the road trip, criss-crossing the western United States to visit practically every National Park in existence. Another formative travel experience for Mark was joining the All-American Boys Chorus, a respected choir group that traveled across the U.S. and Canada for two months a year, where Mark learned the joys of extended bus travel. He also recommends visiting Stampede Days in Calgary, one of his favorite singing venues.
Also an alumni of U.C. Berkeley, Mark enjoys a career selling consumer electronic products, a field that enables him to travel extensively AND satisfies his inner geek.