HIGH POINT, N.C. – It was a cross-country trip years in the making but was almost ruined by a virus which shut down much of the world in a matter of months.
“We had talked about it for a long time, and kind of just daydreamed more or less and then finally just decided to pull the trigger,” explained travel blogger Jeremy Moorhouse.
In early November 2019, Jeremy, his wife Shelly, and their daughter Ivelina, moved out of their Winston-Salem apartment and into an RV. Before staying local for a few weeks, they crossed into South Carolina on Dec. 1, 2019.
“It was cold and pouring down rain that day,” Jeremy recalled. “It was just exciting. We just knew that it was going to be an adventure and really couldn’t wait.”
Ivelina, who was 13 at the time, was already being homeschooled. Shelly was working remotely as an online English as a second language (ESL) teacher, and Jeremy was also working remotely in digital marketing and eCommerce.
“We kept telling her like, ‘This is going to be so much fun, we’re going to see this, and that and we’re going to go to Disney World,’” Shelly said, of Ivelina.
While working as an ESL teacher, Shelly was interacting with children from China when COVID-19 started to emerge.
“I really never thought that would affect us,” she said. “But I do remember us being in Arizona when we really started hearing some things and we were like, ‘Oh, what is this going to mean?’”