We enjoy simple travel and like to be active when we reach our destinations. Travel is a continuum: planning the trip; taking off and really doing the trip; and, at the end of the trip, enjoying the memories, stories, and photos. We enjoy it all.
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.
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 then we took off on a 14-month round-the-world trip. We arrived back at our starting point in November 2014. Even after all that, we’re still traveling and expect to be travelers for a few more years.
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 how to travel simply. Why travel? We think that reading books and traveling may be the most liberating practices one can engage in, and we think we still have much to learn from strangers in new places.