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.