We are Shirish & Olya, Outdoorsome’s founding couple from San Francisco, California. Both of us call this wonderful city home, though it is thousands of miles away from our respective hometowns. Shirish is originally from India, which he left after college to work as a software engineer in Cyprus and later moved to the US, which has been his home ever since. Olya was born in Siberia and spent most of her childhood in Eastern Germany. After college she moved to China and eventually to Bay Area.
As a couple, we did a few international travels to explore the beautiful scenery this planet has to offer, the most memorable being road trips through New Zealand and Argentinian Patagonia. However, as of 2019, we had not traveled extensively around the US. We were pretty spoiled by Northern California, which has so many amazing spots to explore – Tahoe, Yosemite, Mendocino, Monterey, Point Reyes to name a few.
That year, we decided to take a 3 month sabbatical and explore this country we call home and set out on a road trip across 19 national parks throughout 8 US states & Canada in an RV. The whole trip was a bit of a spontaneous decision, so we only had three super busy weeks to find an RV & tow vehicle, renovate the RV, plan the itinerary and book all the RV parks! All the while watching hours of RV how-to videos for newbies and stocking up on RV essentials on Amazon.
In the end, we learned a lot about RV camping during the planning process and got on the road on July 16 2019. This once-in-a-lifetime epic road trip inspired us to create Outdoorsome as a way to help other travelers discover new places around the world.