What would you do if you’d hit or neared 50, had always wanted to travel the world but didn’t even come close to having the resources to do so.

Deb's logoWhat if…  for too many years, all of your work and 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 hadn’t had the good fortune to recognize my bershert (soul mate) and have a family of my own. Although I am great on my own and I enjoy my time alone, my life was sometimes too solitary. I love exploring new places, cultures, histories — but wasn’t getting to do that on any grand scale.

I’d loved what I’d accomplished in life, but I wasn’t living my life to the fullest anymore. I was too engrossed in tech. I had long wanted to travel the world again, but not alone. Besides, traveling wasn’t possible with LA rents. I’d waited patiently for someone to hand me a house but that hadn’t happened yet (or the deed was lost in the mail).

So I jumped on the next best event that came along — the loss of my rented home. My longtime and excellent landlord needed to move back to his condo, so I was facing a move. A move to higher rent and less space, at that. Not a good combo for a freelance writer.

Then it hit me! A wave of freedom! Some say a wave of insanity — that I’d lost rational thought.
If I didn’t have to spend so much money on rent I could travel.
It costs less to rent a dorm room any place in the world than it did for me to rent my apartment any given night! The money I saved in rent would cover my travel costs.

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.

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

My life as I travel

As I travel, I continue working for my same pre-travel LA clients: a website of a Beverly Hills client, a site for Independent Writers of Southern California, and one for a very caring Elder Law attorney in the Los Angeles area so he can help more people protect their hard-earned assets as well as their futures should anything happen to them. This is one of the great benefits of the internet. I also do other small writing or website jobs as I travel and help Mac users whenever I can.

The rest of the time I am enjoying discovering and getting to know people, places, cultures, and life around the world – and sharing it with you if you choose to read this website and blog or any of my magazine articles as they come out.

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

If my travels make good reading material and bring you into my life to share it and learn from it — that’s excellent too.
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.

Update July 4, 2016: Up until now, I have written about my own travels, about places I have experienced first-hand. However, there are places I know of and long to travel to. So starting today, I am also writing about places I’d like to visit, places and the people behind them that inspire me. My first is Pioppi, a most unique amusement park. Have a look and you’ll see why I had to share it with you.

~ Deborah, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

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