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.
Five 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 my husband, Brett and our youngest daughter. One added bonus from our travels was discovering how wonderful it has been to return home to Kaua’i.
In August 2018 though we left the Garden Island in order to do some more big-time travel. Again we did 18 months of saving, planning, and we 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 spent three months in Japan and are going to do another three month stay in England in the Fall of 2019. And after that’s over, who knows? We may settle down somewhere or we may just keep traveling . . . only time will tell. The only thing we know for certain now is that pieces of all of our hearts were left on Kaua’i, and that we will eventually be back even if it’s only for a visit.
Both Brett and I are retired and live on a fixed income. Up 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 it’s time for us to do our own thing, although we return periodically to the U.S. for holidays and other occasions. 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.