Welcome to my tales of travel and tech. (They go hand-in-hand in many ways.)
I created this site because so many people asked me to share my travels with them. Not just friends. Not just the 20-somethings you’d think of as long-term travelers, but mostly women 45+ I’d only met in passing or online! (How could I give up having a home, give away belongings, pack a backpack, fly away to other countries with no plans!? And being over 50, didn’t I worry I was too old for that?)
So many women confided they newly had or would soon have the freedom and time to travel…. They were intrigued by my travels. They wanted to hear where I went, what I did, and how I pulled it off. So this site is for them, and for you if you’re in those shoes.
Men and women of all ages ask me for packing and travel tips so you’ll find some of that here as well.
Although I’ve kept a record of my decade of travels, some years into this life while getting ready to travel again, I shared my ever-evolving packing choices (updated through 2020) and wrote about the apprehensive side of leaving again.
The past few years? I visited Sicily, mostly on an organized tour, actually by La RosaWorks, then more of Italy, Slovenia, Bratislava (Slovakia), Prague (Czech Republic), Israel, and Cyprus. After only 4 months though, I returned to LA for can’t-miss weddings so I got to attend the International Travel Goods Show 2018 and Travel & Adventure Show 2018. Six months I was off again, to England for a small-town stay to do some writing. I traveled Wales, N Ireland and Ireland. From Ireland I loved flying always-handy RyanAir to Germany and from the airport, took (and love) Flixbus into Austria where I was met by a friend (from my first, 3-year-long-term travels of my “youth.”) I had a fantastic time with her and her family. A funny thing happened though. Another 6 months, and I was home again for a 4-month house-sit favor. I loved that I got to teach a seminar about how to travel. After that I was back in England to go boating/camping with a British friend in Wales, then travel northern England. I headed back to Austria and Israel, then Berlin for IFA for Computer Talk Radio. Next up was Romania. As winter rains hit Romania, I headed south to the warmth of Israel figuring I’d head north later. But within a few months I knew I was burned out and really wanted to come “home” to stay put, for a year, I thought. I found a place to live, finished my 90 days in Israel, and on day 90 arrived “home.” In LA, meeting the tourism people from Nevada and Memphis, I’d decided my “home” travels would be in my own car to Nevada, Memphis and elsewhere within the US. But the very month I arrived “home” the rumblings of the travel-killing virus started. So I’m near family for now. Ironically, with Covid shutting down international travel, we saw a return to the Great American Roadtrip but I wasn’t one of the roadtrippers. Not yet. But world travel will go on — and I’ll get back to it when things even out again. (Meanwhile, I have much of my last few years’ adventures to post! And more great travel equipment finds and advice.)
Whether you’re over 40, in your 50s, or 60 or 70, if you’ve wanted to travel the world but feel you don’t even come close to having the money to do so, maybe you actually can. What if… you changed your perception of travel from vacation to experience — and found you really could pull it off?
Part of my own method was to stop renting an apartment. (My landlord needed it back so I made lemonade and full-filled my hopes of traveling again.) Absent a great apartment, I turned my rent money into travel money. It costs less to rent a dorm bed or a room almost any place in the world than it did for me to rent my LA apartment any given night! I don’t have rental income as you might, but I continue to do my regular job from wherever I am. If I you have a home you can rent it out and that rent could be your travel money. Or you can house swap.
You don’t have to be wealthy or well-off! You can do it!
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.
BTW, I have also started teaching travel and am working that out.
~ Deborah, 2011-2021