All About Sharing the Wander- Who We Are and How We Got Here!
Who I am
My name is Cynthia Matthews von Berg. I fell in love with travel in my late teens, and have made it a priority ever since. Now I am a 40-something mother of two, who has visited over 40 countries. I can’t wait to show my girls more of the wonder the world has to offer when we take the time to wander through it.
The rest of the crew
We’re a team of four- myself, my husband Waker, and our two daughters S, and E. Originally from California, Waker lived in Germany for a year and has done his own share of traveling. When I met him he had just returned from exploring Peru and Machu Picchu.
We are planning a Family Year Out (or longer?) as soon as travel restrictions and vaccines allow. Fingers crossed we’ll be heading out by September 2021!
I’m a mom, entrepreneur, and passionate traveler. I started traveling with a backpack and a pair of Tevas on college breaks and fell in love with seeing the world.
On the Road
When I quit my job to go backpacking through Central America my parents were “concerned”. It was my first full-time, after-college job, and it wasn’t making me happy.
A friend invited me to meet him in San Jose, Costa Rica. Once there, we traveled South as far as the Panama Canal, then meandered slowly North until eventually, my sister picked me up from a dusty bus station in Los Angeles. We slept in tents and bathed in the ocean. We ate fresh tortillas with jam and hiked every ruin we could get to.
Those were the days of internet cafes, and photos taken on 35mm rolls of film. We tried to email home regularly, but internet access was spotty, or expensive, or slow. My mother still talks about her anxiety when I’d been in Nicaragua for a while without emailing. (A wonderful, beautiful country btw!)
Back to Regular Life
After returning to the USA, I moved to New York City, earned a graduate degree, then eventually became Creative Director of a children’s toy brand. But I never stopped traveling. I met up with a friend in Africa- together we climbed Kilimanjaro and then went on Safari in Tanzania. I traveled solo through Argentina and Chile. I honeymooned in Thailand and Cambodia. I baby-mooned in Indonesia.
When my oldest daughter was born (S) we moved to Connecticut. We embraced having a backyard, access to a beautiful lake, and quiet country roads. My parents retired, and I took over as President of a specialty food e-commerce business. S loved pointing out the cows on our drive to daycare and the rumble of driving through a real covered bridge. With a second daughter soon joining us (E), we continued to explore a bit closer to home. Out to California, down to New York City, to Boston, to Washington D.C.
The World Turned Upside Down
When the pandemic hit, we found ourselves confined, like the rest of the world, largely to our own home. School closed. Playgrounds closed. My business closed. We bought a canoe. We brainstormed treasure hunts through the backyard. We started dreaming of a different life when things could get back to normal. I started dreaming of “Plan B” that involved a “family year out”, or “family gap year”. Slowly Plan B became Plan A and Sharing the Wander was born.
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Countries I’ve Visited
Green indicates countries visited. Hover to see names.
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