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About simpletravelourway

Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.

Where we saw 3 monkey species, a garlic tree, and swam in a waterfall

We traveled to many of the U.S. National Parks for their magnificent scenery.  If we think all national parks are alike, consider Corcovado National Park, located on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, and compare it to Everglades National Park in … Continue reading

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The trip of a lifetime (depending on who you ask)

We promised to take our grandchildren on a memorable trip with us.  Their parents were not invited.  We wanted this to be a trip (we hoped) they’d remember the rest of their lives. We gave the trips with our grandchildren … Continue reading

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Lessons learned on the road #4: acceptance

Shorter trips to familiar places are manageable.  Longer trips to far-flung and foreign locations are not so easy.   One day we were home, surrounded by all that is familiar and before we knew it, a jet had dropped us into … Continue reading

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Lessons learned on the road #3:  time is valuable

Would we live our lives differently if we thought we only had a month, a year, or 30 years to live? How long will we live? We pondered these questions more seriously as we prepared to retire.   We turned to … Continue reading

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A tradition takes hold

We were young, newly married, and didn’t want to fall back on either family’s traditions.  When our children were little, we started to drive to Washington, DC for Thanksgiving to visit Beth’s brother.  We didn’t know it at the time, … Continue reading

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Lessons learned on the road #2:  planning, planning, and more planning

For many years travel planning consumed our lives. Our planning took us beyond the obvious: where to stay and what to do.  We delved into the perfect time of year to visit and would there be enough to do to … Continue reading

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Lessons learned on the road #1: simplifying life

How could we take what we had learned from our years of travel and use that to shape and plan our new life? Six and half years ago, we had taken a giant leap by giving away almost all of … Continue reading

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