My husband, Brett, and I 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 . . . we just love to go. Brett spent 22 years in the navy, we moved frequently, and frequent travel became a way of life for us. We are, as our son says, “restless people.”
We love dreaming about travel, and keep an ongoing list of places we want to experience, sites we want to see, and places we want to go just to sit still and relax. We love reading about these places, from guide books to blogs to travel stories to travel books.
I 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. Brett, my husband of over 40 years, is our logistics manager. He keeps track of our spending, watches the weather, and gets us where we need to be on time whether that’s with luggage or not.
Several years ago our family experienced what many might consider the ultimate trip: We moved to Hawai’i, to the island of Kaua’i. Getting there took several years of paying off debt, saving, downsizing and loads of planning. One of our reasons for moving to Hawai’i (besides the terrific weather and beautiful surroundings) was to be closer to our son and his family in Japan, and I had the pleasure of traveling to Japan three times from 2014 – 2017, once on my own, once with two of our daughters and the last time with Brett and our youngest daughter. One added bonus from these travels was discovering how wonderful it was to return home to Kaua’i.
In August 2018 Brett and I left the Garden Island in order to do some big-time travel. For 18 months before our departure, we once again saved, planned, and downsized even more. After getting our youngest daughter settled at college, Brett and I took off for an extended journey around the world, a “Big Adventure,” visiting Argentina, Uruguay, France, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, India, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand. We than spent three months in Japan living near our son, and followed that with a three-month stay in England in the fall of 2019. Early 2020 started off with a short return visit to Kaua’i, then on to a three-month stay in Japan that was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. We left Japan a month early and canceled a long stay in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, and trips to New York City, and New England, returning instead to Kaua’i. After a year of being back though Brett and I have figured out we aren’t ready to settle down quite yet, and plan to hit the road full time again in early 2023, following trips to the mainland and Japan in 2022. Once again we’re saving, planning, and dreaming of the places we want to visit.
Brett and I are fully retired and live on a fixed income. Until 2018 we stayed busy with our daughters’ schedules and needs, and with our own explorations and outings around Kaua’i, but with all our little birds out of the nest now we’re now free to do our own thing. We live a very simple, uncluttered, and uncomplicated life these days but love finding ways to save and are looking forward to more travel. We’re nomads at heart.
I hope you’ll join me (and Brett) as we share our dreams, our goals, our plans and face the unknown going forward.