Virtuoso Life - May/June 2012 - (Page 50)
LIVING THE VIRTUOSO LIFE
One trip to change your life: That’s the challenge Tim and Karis Tompkins put to their travel advisor. INTERVIEWED BY DAVID HOCHMAN
im and Karis Tompkins of Raleigh, North Carolina, traveled frequently for business, but “those were not trips that mattered,” Karis says. “We started asking, ‘What would a meaningful trip look like?’ ” Astonishing, it turns out, when planned by the likes of travel advisor Sandra Williams. Tim, 48, and Karis, 32, ditched their sales jobs for a global odyssey that hit 19 countries in six months.
KARIS: “Costa Rica, New Zealand, Australia, China, India, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Egypt, and a string of countries in Eastern and Western Europe.”
So where’d you go?
Did you bring 100 suitcases?
KARIS: “Nope. One each: an Eagle Creek roller with a detachable backpack. We visited countries when the weather was mild, which meant no winter clothes. I’m a woman who loves heels, but I allowed myself only two pairs of shoes and didn’t bring a jacket – we
From top: Tim and Karis Tompkins at the Taj Mahal and at Fox Glacier, New Zealand, and a Thai tuk-tuk.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
(TUK-TUK) STEVE ALLEN TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY/ALAMY
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