Austria, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Nepal, Spain, United States
04/11/2016 - 30/06/2019
Hi my name is Maria and my husband’s name is James. We are 30 year old Aussies. I’m a yoga instructor and own and operate a yoga studio. James is an engineer and has a web design and digital marketing agency. Our home town Townsville is located in the north-eastern state of Queensland. It is a coastal town, home to around 200,000 people near bushland (the outback), World Heritage tropical rainforests, beautiful islands and the Great Barrier Reef.
We are on an 8 month adventure around the world. We first traveled to Orlando, Florida for a digital marketing conference and then to Johnson City, Tennessee for yoga teacher training for kids yoga. We have also visited DC, New Jersey, New York, Toronto and now Banff.
Our travel Destination and Months are:
Banff - November
Vancouver - November/December
Germany/Austria/Italy - December/January
Spain/Croatia - February
India/Nepal - March/April/May
Japan - June
I'm a qualified yoga teacher and started my own yoga studio back home called Arc Yoga. www.arcyoga.com.au I have 6 teachers working at the studio while my husband and I are traveling. Previous to us starting our travels I ran the studio on my own, teaching, cleaning, banking, accounting, social media, etc.
I have a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design and designed my own logo, graphics & website. I previously worked for a television station for 5 years as a video producer where I edited TV commercials. I resigned 4 years ago to follow my passion of yoga.
My husband has a joint bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering and physics. He resigned from a his job of 7 years at a large engineering consultancy to start his own digital marketing business. His job now allows us to work and travel at the same time. He helps businesses get their websites found on Google and get more customers. His business is called Search Paladin http://www.searchpaladin.com
We love animals! We have a dog named Greville who is living with his grandparents while we travel. Greville is a 5 year old German Shepherd who we love and miss dearly. Even while we are away he is having fortnightly rehabilitation appointments where he gets massage and also walks on a hydro treadmill to help reduce the impact and suffering on him from hip and elbow dysplasia (due to bad breeding). He goes to a dog trainer most weeks to calmly socialise. He is also attending one of my teachers yoga classes. Prior to traveling Greville went almost everywhere with me. He attended most of my yoga classes and went out to breakfasts and lunches with us. He is well known around town as the yoga dog. He meditates (sleeps) calmly in the corner of the studio during classes.
I grew up on a Tobacco farm located in Far North Queensland. My mother was born in Italy but migrated with her parents to Australia as a child and my father was born in Australia to Croatian parents. I grew up eating a lot of Italian food. My mum taught me how to cook from a young age and I love cooking. We had pet dogs, cats, chickens, goats and a wallaby (like a Kangaroo). As a child I helped out with feeding, collecting eggs, washing dogs and with the Tobacco farm work. I also helped my Zia and Zio (Italian aunt and uncle) on their Mango farm and other jobs.
James was born and bred in Townsville and attended school and university (college) there. We met while we were both going to university in Townsville. He is a wiz with computers and has always built his own from individual parts. He can fix many computer issues and often gets calls from his father in-law (my dad) about his computer problems which he calmly helps resolve over the phone!
James is a natural problem solver and has a passion for nature which is why he became an environmental engineer. After working as an engineer for 7 years and not feeling like he was making a big enough difference in the world, he decided to change direction. Learning digital marketing and starting his business he is now helping businesses that are doing good for the world. Digital marketing also gives us the benefit of being able to travel and being able to complete his work at the same time.
As we travel we are regularly posting on social media on our account Where’s Allen's.
So thats us! Fun, active, hard working and animal lovers. We decided to apply for workaway to meet people, explore new places, save money while traveling and have more constant accommodation so James get some work done.
We look forward to hearing from hosts :)
Maria & James Allen
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
Maria: teaching yoga, graphic design, video editing, photography, cooking, cleaning, gardening
James: digital marketing, web design, computers, environmental engineering, physics, maths, cooking, gardening
30 & 30
Special dietary requirements
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