We enjoy simple travel and like to be active when we reach our destinations.  The best part of travel is the continuum: planning the trip; experiencing the trip; and, upon returning, having our memories, stories, and photos.

Our careers have been in the nonprofit sector, so we’re not wealthy, by U.S. standards, and we have to keep it simple. As it turns out, we like simple and making the arrangements ourselves (well, Beth does).

Joe retired in 2011, and Beth followed in 2012.  We closed our apartment in December 2012, gave most of our possessions away, packed a few bags, and drove off in our 1995 Honda Civic on an 8-month road trip across the U.S. and continued on with a 14-month around-the-world trip.   That was just the beginning. We’ve traveled slowly and camped at National Parks in the American West, explored the ruins of Machu Picchu, photographed penguins in Patagonia, and lounged on a beach in Portugal. We’re continuing to plan another around-the-world trip for 2018, guessing we’ll ease into a different life in 2019 at the end of almost 7 years of full-time travel.

Meanwhile, we’re enjoying our travel and hope that our posts on “Simple Travel Our Way” will both encourage others to try it and invite those with experience to share with us their wisdom for how to travel simply.

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  1. ednalvarez says:

    Hi Joe and Beth, Enjoying your Blog. I note that your travels to Europe have not included Norway. I am returning this summer for the 3rd summer visit there having been smitten by the first. Of course, you need to avoid the summer crowds and cruise ships but that is easy with some planning. Last summer was up to Longyearbyden on Svalbard. This summer, to the Lofoten Islands where there is a piano festival but also much drop-dead gorgeous beauty of mountains, fjords and red fishing huts. Or, of course, there are the northern lights if a winter trip is your calling.

    • Our only visit to Scandinavia was a month-long house exchange in Denmark years ago. We would LOVE to go to Norway but we fear it’s beyond our budget. We are envious of your travels!

      • ednalvarez says:

        I can’t imagine why you would be envious. We are all going to wonderful places on the earth, enjoying its beauty, enjoying its people, its food, its architecture, its skies and waters. I feel so blessed and responsible. I too travel with care. And, slowly as I edge close to 80. Keep enjoying your travels.

  2. LuAnn says:

    I’m not sure why I haven’t discovered your blog before now. You two seem to take the same approach to travel as we do, although we seem to be getting started on the international scene much later than most. We have some catching up to do! Look forward to spending more time on your blog.

  3. Hi I’m Tacha from Viajando Together and I’m nominating you for the Sunshine Bloggers Award

  4. Ian Rowe says:

    Big hugs–hoping this gets me your posts sent to my inbox!!

  5. Merrill says:

    Hi again Joe and Beth,
    I was curious why you were in Oregon again. Do you have a home base? Well, we return to PDX in May after a 15 month RTW trip. We’re copying you! How do you do Portland on a budget???
    Looking forward to following your travels through South America. We love Thailand so much, but I would still be happy to travel in South America. We wanted to give a Medellin a longer stay. The benefit of SA over Asia is the knowing the language makes for easier communication.

    • Our son is in Oregon and he takes the car when we travel and Joe will visit our Portland dentist before we go.
      What a shame we won’t be here in May to welcome you back! It used to be so much more affordable here. We’ve rented places from friends and found a few (still) affordable AirBnBs to stay in. It’s definitely one of the more expensive places we’ll be this year!
      We spent a lot of time planning the South American trip and studying Spanish. Stay tuned for future posts on that…
      Thanks for staying in touch!

  6. Miriam says:

    How wonderful to meet you both,Beth and Jo. I’m looking forward to exploring more of your blog which already resonates with me on a deep level. Cheers and happy travels from a like minded traveler from Australia.

  7. Loved your statement that, “Reading books and traveling may be the most liberating practices…” and I agree 100%. Both hobbies are passions of mine that allow me to continually learn and grow as well as appreciate different cultures and religions. The more we travel the longer our list of must see places becomes! Anita

  8. Ahh, that’s the life. Thanks for stopping to like Kroller-Muller Museum..

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  11. Great blog. I look forward to exploring your pages, and to exploring the world through your pages.

  12. crazysumsum says:

    Hi Beth and Joe,

    Your blog is great, and I had just share your articles about Landmannalaugar on my travel site, I hope you don’t mind. This is a website that let bloggers or travelers to share some great articles or photos about travel, and indexed by attractions.

    I know you love travel and write a lots of blog post about interesting places in the world, so I would like to invite you to join us and share your articles, photos or review.

    You can check the link below to find your articles on my site, if you don’t want me to share your articles, please tell me, I will remove it as soon as possible.


    Hope you all the best =)


    • Many thanks for your note and compliment for our blog. We appreciate it. Your comment prompted us to check out your website. Looks interesting and helpful and, important to us, no ads. So do feel welcome to put that particular post on your site. If you see others that you would like to use, please let us know in advance, so we may give permission.

  13. Hi Beth and Joe – great to hear from those who travel “with intention”. Unless we’re mistaken, India and Costa Rica seem to be missing from your list, 2 places where we can help you to explore. (When you’ve met those challenges you can step up to Ghana.) Ask us! 🙂

  14. plaidcamper says:

    “Why travel? We think that reading books and traveling may be the most liberating practices one can engage in” – well said, just wonderful! I’ve enjoyed reading your thoughts and stories. Looking forward to reading more…

  15. dda53 says:

    You are a breath of fresh air. I wish you both blessings and safe travels.

  16. icelandpenny says:

    Thank you for the follow! I certainly enjoy your blog, welcome to mine

  17. Hi, thanks for checking out Born to Travel. Have enjoyed reading some of your posts and will read more when I have time. We too like to travel simply and are looking forward to trips to France and Fiji this year. Will be interested to read about your trip to South America, especially Galapagos.

  18. Hello Beth and Joe! I love the stories of your travels because I aspire to go travelling around the world myself one day and visit new places. I want to nominate your blog for the Versatile Blogger Award, a WordPress award meant for recognition of dynamic bloggers. If you want to accept it, please visit my blog under the post “The Versatile Blogger Award”. If you prefer not to, you may decline. Thank you and safe travels 🙂

    • Thanks so much for your comment. Having readers like you is reward enough for us, so we’ll decline your kind offer to nominate us. Do pursue your dream to travel. You won’t be disappointed. Again, many thanks.

  19. Hi Beth and Joe

    Sounds like you’re doing what we are about to start. Although we probably earned more than you guys in the last years of working as a registered nurse and financial services administrator, I think we may be younger than you guys were ? (maybe not)

    Anyway, we are certainly not wealthy by US standards either and both plan on living into our 90’s (all 4 of our parents are in their 80’s now so we expect longevity). Moving to SE Asia not only gives us a chance to explore new cultures which we want to do anyway; it’s the only way to afford living 15 years prior to the earliest age when we can draw on retirement account investments without penalty and six years before our small pensions kick in.

    Thanks for finding and following us; Your stories sound interesting and we can probably learn a lot from them so I’ll spend some time perusing your blog !!

    Rob and Diane

  20. amybeers says:

    I love this. So inspiring!

  21. Elouise says:

    This is amazing! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a like. I probably would never have found you, otherwise. Off to visit more of your travel posts!

  22. Boy, wish I could get my husband to retire… looks like you are having great fun! I’m married to a workaholic, but maybe I’ll show him some posts from your blog to get him thinking : ) Not sure what I’d do for a studio, though. But, getting rid of everything sounds very freeing. Maybe someday. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    • We loved our jobs, too. We asked ourselves is that all we want to do while we’re alive, healthy, and mentally sound? No. We wanted to do other things too. We looked realistically at the actuarial tables. Took a measure of the trend in our energy levels. Then our decision was easy: let’s do something entirely different the next ten years. About that studio, Beth paints too. She uses our iPad and a software program, Procreate, when we’re “on the road.” It’s a compact art studio for sure.

  23. Wonderful way to travel indeed. So many people often think that you have to organise everything, but actually just “going with the flow” takes you to places you might never see! Enjoy and keep on going 🙂

  24. That’s amazing ! I love your way of enjoying travelling, like you said, planning the trip; doing it then enjoying the pictures are all important. I share the same vision on that. I’m glad I’ve found your blog, I’ll be delighted to follow your adventures. Gin

  25. Nina says:

    Enjoy your travel around the world, as we might join you sometime next year….

  26. The Lu Life says:

    I am so impressed that after retiring, you’ve packed your bags and have been on the road since! Your travels look amazing so far, and I look forward to reading more!

  27. Beth and Joe, Your quest is fabulous! We have taken a similar approach, and have now been traveling the world for many years. You already know the key – keep it simple. It’s a joy to meet you, and I look forward to reading lots more. All the best, Terri

  28. Stephanie says:

    Hi there,

    My name is Stephanie

    I would love to feature your blog about the Blue Mountains on http://www.BlueMountainsAustralia.com

    We have over 1.5 million visitors to our website a year!

    We would link to your website.

    Hope to hear back soon!

  29. Parker Snowe says:

    Joe – Parker Snowe here from Haverford College. You are living my dream, so I will vicariously follow you on your wonderful journeys. Perhaps one day I can too blog “from the road.” Just returned from the Nobel Peace Laureates World Summit with a group of Haverford students. Had brief quality time with Mary Ellen McNish. Warm regards!

  30. Hi There!
    Thanks for following. I’m a happy camper now you are joining me as I trip around by RV, plane, car and time machine to the past.
    Comments, compliments, critiques and wisecracks are most welcome.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Which Way Now 101 aka Carol

  31. Beth and Joe, please drop me an email as I didn’t find an email addy on the site for you. My wife and I are similar in lifestyle to you, retired and currently living full time in our RV. We are planning the round the world portion of our retirement and wanted to chat with you about how people of our “more experienced traveler” vintage do so as opposed to the 20something traveler set. I’ve been collecting packing lists from them but we are interested in how a slightly less travel pace affects planning, traveling, and lifestyle.


  32. Coral says:

    So glad I have found this blog, inspired and even more motivated to declutter and pack up what is left and go travelling. Again.

  33. Uncle Spike says:

    Like it…. all power to you guys for following your dreams. Be safe.

  34. petrel41 says:

    Congratulations, Joe and Beth!

    I have nominated your blog for the Shine On Award.

    More about this nomination is at


  35. WhiteTrinity says:

    Hi Beth and Joe, Thank you for visiting my blog and liking my post! What a wonderful time you are having – travelling around the world seems like a dream! Look forward to reading more. Cheers, Mrs. J

    • Tish says:

      These turned out fantastic!! They are so good and I couldn’t believe how easy they were to make! My hubby was very impressed His grandma just passed a way a couple of weeks ago and she used to always make Biscotti so I wanted to make something sihs&arl#8230;.tmeie met his approval

  36. Kathy O'Shaughnessy says:

    Hi Beth and Joe,
    We are all in awe of your Round the World adventure and enjoying your blog so much. Let’s gather our family in CT and celebrate when you return. My brother Jim visited some cousins in Ireland. So if your travels take you there, he can share contact info. In the meantime safe travels!

    • We’ll be back on the East Coast of the US in November 2014, in time for the annual meeting of Joe’s organization from which he retired. We will look forward to a family gathering in CT. No plans now for us to visit Ireland, but, when we do go, we’ll be in touch.

  37. BriClev says:

    Thanks for checking out my blog! I loved Houston, it was a great city, a lot to see and do. I am a novice at blogging so it means a lot that you even noticed it! I just graduated college with 3 friends about a week ago and we made the decision that waiting around to travel isn’t an option, so instead of getting right into the working world we are doing a 1-month trip across the country! Thanks again for your recognition! I look forward to seeing your posts and hopefully you check out ours

  38. AmbleAlong says:

    Congratulations, I have nominated you for “Best Moment Award”! Please visit the following link to accept it and see how it works. Keep up the good work! http://amblealong.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/best-moment-award/

    • Thank you so much for nominating us for the Best Moment Award! We’re novices in blogging. What is the Best Moments Award? Is it a WordPress award or an award by an individual blogger? We’ve decided not to have advertising on our site and notice advertising on the link to the award. If we accept, are we able to maintain our no advertising decision? We are grateful to have been recognized, and we don’t want to appear ungrateful. We do want to know, if we accept, what we are accepting. Many thanks.

      • AmbleAlong says:

        Thanks for your note. It’s great to hear from you! I really love your site.

        The Best Moment Award is from me, AmbleAlong (an individual blogger). I don’t pay the additional through WordPress at the current time to keep the advertising blocked, but if you pay for your site there should be no advertising that comes over onto your site (since it is not a part of my entry).

        Please note that the award is a “pass it on” type of award, so if you accept it you just copy and paste the entirety of my post and replace it with links you want to nominate and also put in your acceptance speech!

        No doubt you have found other blogs out on WordPress that you feel stand out, so those are the ones you promote for the award. There is no limit to the number of people you can nominate.

        Hope you have a marvelous Monday!

      • You’re welcome, and thank you for your informative reply. You’re Best Moment Award idea is inspired. We’ll accept and make a post as you recommend soon. We’re putting together our list of nominees, as we hike here in Arizona.

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  40. rednasaip says:

    Hello Joe and Beth – Thank you for visiting my blog on Island hopping in Greece. In spite of your positive comment on Kos we are of the opinion that it was the least pleasant of all the places we visited in the Greek Islands. I love to read about your extensive travels and am a bit envious of you. I hope that we too, one day will be able to travel as much as you do, even though we’ll never be able to do it in any other way than the budget way that we do now. I love your photos which are warm and beautiful. All the best. Pia

    • Pia, thanks for your comment. We have only one Greek island experience, Kos, and you have many; we welcome your comparison of Kos to other islands. BTW, we haven’t traveled a lot; we’re just so old that we’ve accumulated many travel stories and photos!

  41. Hi Joe and Beth! I am so happy to read about your travels and your 2013 trip around the world. I am 14, and I took a trip around the world with my family for 8 months in 2011/12. We traveled across the globe and it opened my eyes to new possibilities, cultures, and people. I will always have those memories and experiences and am so happy that you will too. Thanks for stopping by my blog http://www.oneworld4girls.wordpress.com! Good luck!

    • What a wonderful gift your parents have given you through that around the world trip. You remind us of the well worn but still true quote: the world is a book, and those who don’t travel get to read only one page. At 14, you are well into a good read. Thx.

  42. Terry Denton says:

    Thanks for stopping by Travel By Terry. I am glad you enjoyed “Two Provocative Travel Insights from G. K. Chesterton” – http://wp.me/p2vQmR-zY. I look forward to taking a look at your site. Best wishes, Terry.

  43. I completely adore your blog!

  44. brickthomas says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’ve enjoyed your writing and it looks like we have similar goals.

  45. I love your blog, your dreams, your plans, all of it! My girlfriend and I are creating the very same life! It is wonderful to see of others who have done it!

  46. I have to admit your plans make me a little jealous. It sounds marvelous!

    • We never would have thought it all really possible some years ago. But as we considered what we wanted to do, the plan slowly formulated and each piece clicked in like a giant puzzle coming together.

      By the way – our daughters also live near San Francisco – and so no matter how far away or how long we travel, we’ll always be circling back for visits with them and our grandchildren.

  47. Thank you for stopping by me earlier. Love what you’re doing; your blog is very peaceful (which is just what my anxious heart requires!) and inspirational. Good luck with it all!

  48. My people lived in Germany for 23 years before returning to the USA. Therefore, if / when you are planning to travel in that area, you can let us know.

  49. skycastles says:

    What a great way to live and I hope you enjoy your retirement. I quit my job in 2011 to travel around the world but need to find another job once I return. However, I plan to continue long-term traveling throughout my career as long as I can manage 🙂

  50. Cliff Mail says:

    Hi Beth and Joe

    Thanks for stopping by. We are in the throws of planning 2 months in Europe in 2013, including 3 weeks of cycling. Enjoyed your post on planning. Let us know if you make it to New Zealand.

    • We are planning to be in New Zealand in 2014 from mid-January through March. In fact, just moments ago we were narrowing down some of the places we plan to go while there. Your blog on the Queen Charlotte Track moved it up the ranks. (Loved your photos!)

  51. amovingstory says:

    A very quick note to let you know that I nominated you for an Inspiring Blog Award–I just love your blog. Can’t wait to see what happens when Beth retires!

  52. Hi! Thanks for stopping by at our blog! We are currently traveling around Europe, on a limited budget as well. Looking forward to reading more of your trips!

  53. icelandpenny says:

    Hi Beth and Joe — First, I’m complimented that you liked my latest post, because I agree entirely with your travel philosophy. I too worked for a long time in the not-for-profit NGO sector, and my own simple travel began as part of that work and has shaped my approach ever since. You’re doing something wonderful, bravo!

  54. PJ Parsons says:

    Thanks for stopping by our blog at The Discerning Travelers. It seems we have a lot in common — and are the same vintage. We’ll be looking for your posts in future!

  55. turtlestravel says:

    Glad you stumbled upon our blog, which led me to yours! Simple travel is surely the way to go. We’ve done two RTWs, and are SO excited to hear about others planning one. We’ll be posting more in our planning section now that we’re “home” after our latest trip.

  56. Hi, Thank you for the like on my PEI post. Love to find fellow wanderers.

    • When our children were young, we took a vacation to PEI. Our youngest, a daughter, thought it was “…the best vacation ever!” Of course, she wanted to return. We just couldn’t make the long drive again, though, and flying was not an option given our family budget. Books about PEI had to fill the gap.

  57. What a beautiful way to tell stories! So clean, so simple… Thanks for sharing…
    Greetings from our traveling family, currently in Recife, Brazil! 😮

  58. oldmarion says:

    Thanks for sharing my retirement travel tales on my blog. Blogging has allowed me to see that lots of us retirees have a spirit of adventure and know how to enjoy the simple things in life.

  59. abitravel says:

    Hi – I love your style of travel – simple! That’s what I strive for, too. And, hopefully, I can get my wife to take an extended trip, like the one you’re planning, when she retires. I’ll look to your blog for tips. And, I hope you make it to South America when you do your ’round the world gig.

    • Thanks for your comment. I hope our future blogs will help you to encourage your wife to try an extended trip. As for Latin America, we plan a six month trip there, after our around the world trip. We want to hike, see the Galapagos islands, and take some Spanish language classes.

  60. wardkrkoska says:

    Hello Joe and Beth,
    Thank you for stopping by my artist blog. Best wishes for your upcoming world tour. I will look forward to your simple travel post entries.

    • I love your Safari art work. Just a terrific piece!

      Before we leave on the cross country and then the round the world trip I have a few more months to work. So, to not sit around long as an armchair traveler, we take off next week for a three well trip to Turkey.

      Thanks for following us!

      Beth & Joe

  61. laikc1 says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog RetireeDiary. My wife and I have both retired. We would like to travel to the Balkans in May; hope we have more to share when we are back home.

  62. bwbears says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  63. Hello Joe and Beth! This is Natalie, author of the TravelingChicha blog. Thank you for subscribing by email! I look forward to reading your blog and discussing our travels! Have a great rest of the week!

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