Filipina expat gets RV, drives all over US, Canada, Mexico; writes all about it | Global News

Filipina expat gets RV, drives all over US, Canada, Mexico; writes all about it

/ 12:30 AM May 27, 2015

Carol Colborn cruised all over America in a recreational vehicle. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

SAN FRANCISCO — In 2004 Carol Carreon surprised many friends and acquaintances by retiring from an enviable career in the Philippines.

Here’s the trail of top jobs she left behind: president and CEO of BayanTrade; managing director of SAP Philippines; deputy commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue; general manager of MegaLink and vice-president of the Development Academy of the Philippines. She was also once a senior project manager of Accenture and marketing manager of the Institute of Advanced Computer Technology.


Carreon immigrated to America, took care of grandkids, taught at colleges and universities and volunteered as a SCORE small business counselor. Then she met Bill Colborn, an American businessman. Romance ensued.

After their cruise-ship wedding at 8 p.m. on 8/8/08, they drove an RV to 49 American states, nine Canadian provinces, and six Mexican states. She blogged about their travels starting in 2010. Three years ago she started working with iUniverse, a US publishing company. Now, her book Carolina: Cruising to an American Dream is in print, a dream come true.


The back cover says Carol Colborn “offers fascinating facts about irresistible places, surprising insights about unique encounters, and useful guides borne out of their experience…discovering America from within the cozy confines of an RV with lessons that came as fast as scenes changed. She not only learned how to be a wife without losing her identity and to be an American without losing her roots.”

carol book

One of the reviews of the book on online retail websites reads:

“A fitting ode to the RV lifestyle–a lifestyle that few people dare to lead and a pipe dream for many Americans. It is also a telling of the author’s inner journey. While vicariously navigating from one fascinating place to another, picking up interesting facts about America’s noble past and exciting prospects, readers get a glimpse of how the Colborns transitioned from the driven life to the more laid-back RVing mode. The subplot involving the ups and downs of a (biracial) marriage seamlessly weaves itself into the chapters and makes this a travel book like no other.”

Whether you want to learn how to RV, plan how to roam America, or be inspired by the transformative power of travel, you will get something from the book and also be entertained.

Colborn’s US book launch will be at the Kent Activity Center, 600 East Smith, Kent Washington at 3 p.m., June 13.

The Philippine book launch will be at the Fully Booked Bookstore B6, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City at 3 p.m. on June 27. Other launches are planned for Calgary, Canada; Phoenix, Arizona; London, United Kingdom.


For more details, go to her website at or her blog, The book is now available in soft cover and Kindle and Nook formats at the iUniverse Bookstore and also Amazon and Barnes & Noble online websites.

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