2d70fc810c5700f9541a56a55b00b318I love to travel. It doesn’t matter if it’s a big trip, a small one, local or distant, a long trip or a short one, family or solo travel, luxury or bare bones . . . I just love to go.

I love dreaming about travel. I keep an ongoing list of places I want to experience, sites I want to see, and places I want to go just to sit still and relax. I love reading about these places, from guide books to blogs to travel stories to travel books.

I also love planning travel. It’s nothing less than a total blast for me to search for airfares, plan an itinerary, find great lodging, discover places to eat or tours to take that fit within our budget. Planning for me does not mean scheduling every minute of the journey, but rather setting a solid foundation in place so that we can relax, be spontaneous and work off our own schedule for the most part, and see and do the things we want.

Over three years ago our family experienced what many might consider the ultimate trip: We moved to Hawai’i, to the island of Kaua’i. Getting here took several years of paying off debt, saving, downsizing and loads of planning. One of our reasons for moving here (besides the terrific weather and beautiful surroundings) was to be closer to our son and his family in Japan, and since our move I have had the pleasure of traveling to Japan three times, once on my own, with two of our daughters and most recently with my husband, Brett, and our youngest daughter. One added bonus from our travels has been discovering how wonderful it is to return home to Kaua’i.

Both Brett and I are retired and live on a fixed income. We stay busy with our teenage daughter’s schedules and needs, and with our own explorations and outings around the island (our two other daughters attend college on the mainland). We live a very simple, uncluttered and uncomplicated life these days but love to find ways to save and are looking forward to future travels after our little birds leave the nest.

I hope you’ll join me (and Brett) as we segue into new lives as Occasional Nomads, and share in our dreams, our goals, our plans and our travels both here and elsewhere along the way.

10 thoughts on “About

  1. Michael Bardrick says:

    I discovered your blog a year or so ago…I found it chasing down a recipe that you had posted. Since then, I read it on a slow evening when I want to relax without being bombarded with the news, politics, etc. You provide a fresh “slice of life” and I truly enjoy your simple approach to life on the island. One of my favorite books is “Don’t Stop the Carnival” by Herman Wouk…I think you would enjoy a tale of another’s escape to paradise. (whether you read it or not, I think you would even enjoy reading a book review about it .)
    Keep up the good work. I know writing can be a chore at times, but know that others truly appreciate your efforts.

    Mike Bardrick


    • Laura says:

      Thank you so much for writing. I apologize for the delay in replying – life got in the way.

      To be honest, I think I write more for myself than anyone, and the fact that others read what I have to say, or are interested in what I do or how I live, still amazes me, and I am deeply touched when readers respond.

      And, thank you so much for the book recommendation! I have read many of Wouk’s books, but did not know about this one and am adding it today to my Kindle. I’m just about done with my current book, so this will be the next one up. (Just found out it’s not available for Kindle! I’ll check and see if our local library carries it.)


  2. Bob says:

    Oh I am glad I found this blog. We live in Indiana (recent transplant from Texas) and also have son and granddaughter in Japan – Kyoto. We have been 3 times to visit, once for son’s formal Shinto wedding, and find that we enjoy Japan. Sort of wish we were on the west coast or even Hawai’i but that is not possible due to other family issues. Going to sign up for updates.
    Really glad that we have FaceTime so we can easily watch the kiddo grow up. My son is 6’4″ so the daughter will be tall. I think she is about off the charts for height over there.


    • Laura says:

      Hi Bob! Welcome! Wondering where you are in Indiana. My dad was born and raised in Westfield, and I still have family there. Our son went to school at Earlham, in Richmond.

      Lucky you getting to go to Kyoto. I LOVE that city – so fascinating, and so different from Tokyo. We were there two years ago and am looking forward to visiting again in a couple of years.

      Re. the height thing: our son is not as tall as yours, but he is tall. His son, although the youngest in his kindergarten class is still the tallest and seems quite big compared to the other kids! Our new grandbaby though will probably be more petite like her mom (who is tiny).

      We won’t be back to Japan for another couple of years now – our son and family will be making the trip to Hawai’i for the next visit.


  3. Bob says:

    We are in Noblesville just next door (east) to Westfield. Small world. We will be back in Japan in the fall. Kids were here at Xmas so giving them some distance for next visit. Really glad for FaceTime as we get to see them all live all the time. The GD is 15 months and a real pip and 31″ tall with really big hands – not going to be petite :-). Counting on a volleyball star here. My son is so big he cannot buy much local clothing and never shoes (size 12-13). We send them from here.
    Yes Kyoto is nice and much more laid back then Tokyo – sort of NYC vs SFO or something.


  4. BEL says:

    We live in PA but have family on Kauai. We are usually there in the winter months to help with any projects we can, tag along to grands’ events, etc. I joined a knit group at church and really look forward to visiting with them every year. I take advantage of quilt classes as well. It is so nice to keep busy when traveling. I love the many yoga class opportunities available in the Kapaa area. I have not read all of your blogs but would love you take on the best one in your opinion and why. I am a beginner. We are retired but travel quite a bit.


    • Laura says:

      Welcome, BEL! Are you asking which other blogs I think are best? It would be hard to choose as I read several very different blogs on a variety of topics. If you’re asking about this blog you can click on the different categories on the side and see what topics interest you. My previous blogs dealt with different topics (getting out of debt, moving to Kaua’i, settling in on Kaua’i) – those blogs are now closed to the public – too much maintenance work to keep them open.

      If you are here this winter, I’d love to do a meet-up! Let me know.


  5. Jeremy Burns says:

    Aloha Laura and Brett,
    Hello from wintery Milwaukee WI! It’s really warmed up here today with a high in the 40’s, sure beats the teens the other week. My wife Christine and I are working on executing our Kauai relocation pending one more little hurdle (home sale… just a little hurdle). We’ve met a few people on island and one of our good friends here has owned a condo in Poipu for 20+ years. I understand your former Kauai moving / living blogs are now closed… we’d love to read them if possible as we’re always interested in new perspectives. Perhaps we can visit next time we’re on island? Have a great day, aloha, Jeremy


    • Laura says:

      Hi Jeremy – I’m only keeping the old blogs open so I can find recipes that I posted there! But otherwise they are closed for good – I hope you’ll understand. I’d be happy though to try and answer any questions you might have about moving over here. What part of the island are you moving to, or at least considering? Oh yes – we went through that whole home sale hurdle before we moved. Stay strong – it will happen.

      We’d be happy to do a meet-up next time you’re on the island – I love meeting my readers. Just shoot me a comment that you’re coming and I’ll send you and email and we can set the whole thing up!


      • Jeremy Burns says:

        Mele Kalikimaka! Makes sense, no worries, we’re just trying to learn as much as we can. We aren’t sure yet where we will start out but most likely east side… it’ll probably depend most on what is available to rent with our cat and a fit for us. We’d love to meet up sometime, it’s looking like we may be on island in Feb or Mar if all goes smoothly. I’ll let you know as it goes!
        Jeremy & Christine


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