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.
Four 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, once 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 has been to return home to Kaua’i.
We’re getting ready though to leave the Garden Island at the end of summer 2018 in order to do some big-time travel. After we get our youngest settled in at her college, Brett and I are taking off for an extended journey around the world, a “Big Adventure” that we’ve spent the past 18 months planning and organizing. And, after that’s over, who knows? We may decide to settle down somewhere or we may just keep traveling . . . only time will tell. The only thing we know for certain now is that a piece of our hearts will be left in Kaua’i, and that we will be back even if it’s only for a visit.
Both Brett and I are retired and live on a fixed income. We’ve stayed busy with our daughters’ schedules and needs, and with our own explorations and outings around the island, but with the youngest finally leaving the nest now it’s time for us to set out on our own. We live a very simple, uncluttered and uncomplicated life these days but love finding ways to save and are looking forward to future travels.
I hope you’ll join me (and Brett) as we share our dreams, our goals, our plans and our travels both here and elsewhere along the way.