[Note: I’ve been on travel hiatus for a year,  enjoying family. I’ll be on the road again this autumn.]

What if you’re over 40, in your 50s, or you’ve hit 60 or 70, have wanted to travel the world but feel you don’t even come close to having the resources to do so.

Deb's logoWhat if…  for too many years, all of your earnings had gone into keeping a roof over your head without allowing you the luxury to go out from under the roof to enjoy your own town, city, state, country or planet?

That was me.
I’d never had the good fortune to find or recognize Mr. Right and have a family, so although I am great on my own, my life was often solitary. I’d loved what I’d accomplished. I’d even achieved a modicum of fame as the author of several award-winning computer books and as a popular columnist and speaker. But ironically, tech killed my tech careers.

“Wow, girl, you sure get around. You are amazing: I love how you have made a good life for yourself as an independent woman of limited means.”   ~Elaine

Then one day…  my longtime landlord needed to move back to his condo. I was facing a move and higher rent. Until… the wave of freedom hit me!  (Some called it a wave of insanity.)

If I didn’t have to spend so much money on rent — I could travel. It costs less to rent a dorm bed or room almost any place in the world than it did for me to rent my LA apartment any given night! That rent money would cover my travel.

Traveler Deborah Shadovitz and her backpack during her travel on Roatan in Honduras

Me and my backpack as I’m about to leave a hostel on Roatan and get back to the Honduras mainland and head south in Central America.

That is how I came to live my life as I travel the world. :)

If you want to travel it’s not too late. You don’t have to be wealthy or well-off! You can do it! In fact, I created this site because so many people asked me to share my travels with them and it may help you. I have also started teaching travel and am working that out.

Wondering if you’re “too old” to travel because there won’t be so many independent travelers your age? What I found in my 50s is that because everyone brings their culture, viewpoint, and knowledge to a conversation, I never felt old or too old to be in the conversation. When 26, my daily travel friends were all ages, too. Don’t let your age, whatever your age, stop you from traveling independently.

My life as I travel

As I travel, I continue doing website design and writing, social media, and other writing, for my regular clients. This is one of the great benefits of the internet. When I first started my over-50 travel, each client wondered if I could handle the work. I said yes, and have — even when robbed of my Mac and iPhone.

I also do other small writing or website jobs as I travel and help Mac users whenever I can. Sometimes I’ve done this as a trade for a place to stay. I was once given the title of “Residential Macintosh Intervention Maven.”

The rest of the time I am enjoying discovering and getting to know people, places, cultures, and life around the world — and sharing it here or in magazine articles as they happen.

If my travels…

If my travels inspire you to come out into new places and experiences — great!

If my travels are good reading and bring you into my life to share it and learn from it — fab.

If you cannot travel physically, traveling vicariously is the next best thing, so I hope I do a good job of making people’s lives real for you.

~ Deborah, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

PS: If you’d like some more inspiration, here is some from Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Suess!