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.