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SCHO & JO
also known as
Elliot and Jen
We’re Jen and Elliot, a couple of high school sweethearts traveling around the world. In April 2019, we made the decision to fulfill some of our life dreams and booked a one-way flight to Colombia where we would begin one year of full-time travel. Our fear of missing out on life, the adventure that naturally comes with exploring the unknown, and the difference and distance involved in traveling shed light on a life we didn’t want to live without. We decided to do life differently, to challenge ourselves to grow in ways we didn’t expect and to live in a way that made us feel fulfilled each night when our heads hit our pillows.
Our initial goal was to travel for one full year, but after 5 months in India in their nationwide lockdown due to a global pandemic, we cut our trip short and come back to the United States in August. If 2020 taught us anything, it was the importance of being able to pivot and keeping an open mind to new opportunities.
During our last month in India, we reflected on our past year of travel and decided that we both wanted to continue traveling. Although we knew we would need to change our idea of traveling due to the pandemic, we considered three options: 1 van life, 2 RV life, or 3 boat life. After much contemplation and thought, we decided to buy a boat, learn how to boat, and begin life on the water. We don’t know how long we’ll be living on a boat beyond the Great Loop, so we hope to embrace what this lifestyle has to offer while we’re a part of it. In the future, we hope to resume our international travels, but until the pandemic becomes that of the past, we’re set on exploring the waterways and landscape in the United States.
The Meaning Of
SCHO & JO
Scho & Jo is shorthand for each of our last names. Elliot’s last name is Schoenfeld and Jennifer’s last name is Johnson, so shorting the two and putting them together makes Scho & Jo.
While we were traveling in Australia in early 2020, we visited a coffee cart that was traveling around Australia and had these beautiful books about where they traveled. It spurred our idea of possibly doing something similar one day but still posting on YouTube, creating a “show” while serving a cup of “joe.” That immediately sparked the idea for Scho and Jo. The coffee cart idea was put on the back burner, but the name stuck with us.
Elliot has a background in software engineering and worked at corporate jobs before we left for our adventure. Elliot began two software consulting companies in preparation for our adventure, and being able to work on the road. Elliot loves pizza and beer and reading manga.
He is is our captain, diesel mechanic, main navigator, and the primary Ollie walker.
As a child, his mom took him to Sea World every weekend. He attributes that experience to his love for marine life and his appreciation for the ocean.
Jennifer has a background in architecture and city and regional planning. She worked at a private architecture firm, a non-profit, and government organizations before leaving on our adventure. Jennifer loves pistachio ice cream and drinking tea.
She is our first mate, galley chef, primary line handler, and the main travel planner.
As a child, Jen loved going to New York City with her family as well as going to the beach. The contrast between the urban environment and the natural environment is something she still enjoys today.
Ollie has a background in long naps and specializes in snuggling. Her soft spot is belly rubs and treats. She loves long walks on the beach, playing in the waves, and going on adventures with her parents.
She is the boat deck swab, making sure everything is in order. Ollie takes her duties very seriously each morning for her routine checks.
Ollie enjoys boat life, however, she is the only one who doesn’t enjoy seeing dolphins on our boat.