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.
Six 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, once on my own, once with two of our daughters and the last time with Brett and our youngest daughter. One added bonus from our travels was discovering how wonderful it was to return home to Kaua’i.
In August 2018 though we 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 we got our youngest daughter settled in at her college, Brett and I took off for an extended journey around the world, a “Big Adventure,” visiting Argentina, Uruguay, France, Italy, Portugal, India, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand. We then spent three months in Japan and just finished a three-month stay in England in the fall of 2019. Destinations in 2020 started off with a short visit to Kaua’i, followed by the beginning of a three-month stay in Japan. However, because of the onslaught of COVID-19, we left Japan early and canceled subsequent visits to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, New York City, and New England, and returned to Kaua’i where we had all left a piece of our hearts. As for future travels, who knows whether we’ll be able to travel as we once did – only time will tell. At the very least we hope to manage yearly visits to Japan in order to visit our family there.
Both Brett and I are 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 our youngest little bird 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, if possible, in the future.
I hope you’ll join me (and Brett) as we share our dreams, our goals, our plans and face the unknown going forward.