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.
What 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-For-Me and have a family, so although I am great on my own, my life was sometimes too 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 after years of that, I felt I was merely existing. I love exploring new places, cultures, histories — but wasn’t getting to. I’d long wanted to travel the world again, but not alone again. Besides, traveling wasn’t possible while paying LA rents.
Then one day… my longtime landlord called. He 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.
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.
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.
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