2d70fc810c5700f9541a56a55b00b318I love to travel. It doesn’t matter if it’s a big trip, a small one, local or distant, a long trip or a short one, family or solo travel, luxury or bare bones . . . I just love to go.

I love dreaming about travel. I keep an ongoing list of places I want to experience, sites I want to see, and places I want to go just to sit still and relax. I love reading about these places, from guide books to blogs to travel stories to travel books.

I also love planning travel. It’s nothing less than a total blast for me to search for airfares, plan an itinerary, find great lodging, discover places to eat or tours to take that fit within our budget. Planning for me does not mean scheduling every minute of the journey, but rather setting a solid foundation in place so that we can relax, be spontaneous and work off our own schedule for the most part, and see and do the things we want.

Nearly two years ago our family experienced what many might consider the ultimate trip: We moved to Hawai’i, to the island of Kaua’i. Getting here took several years of paying off debt, saving, downsizing and loads of planning. One of our reasons for moving here (besides the terrific weather and beautiful surroundings) was to be closer to our son and his family in Japan, and since our move I have had the pleasure of traveling to Japan twice, once on my own and most recently with two of our daughters. One added bonus from both trips was discovering how wonderful it is to return home to Kaua’i.

Both my husband, Brett, and I are retired and living on a fixed income. We stay busy with our teenage daughter’s schedules and needs, and with our own explorations and outings around the island (we also have have two other daughter who attend college on the mainland). We live a very simple, uncluttered and uncomplicated life these days and are looking forward to future travels both with our daughters and after our little birds leave the nest.

I hope you’ll join me (and Brett) as we segue into new lives as Occasional Nomads, and share in our dreams, our goals, our plans and our travels both here and elsewhere along the way.

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  1. I discovered your blog a year or so ago…I found it chasing down a recipe that you had posted. Since then, I read it on a slow evening when I want to relax without being bombarded with the news, politics, etc. You provide a fresh “slice of life” and I truly enjoy your simple approach to life on the island. One of my favorite books is “Don’t Stop the Carnival” by Herman Wouk…I think you would enjoy a tale of another’s escape to paradise. (whether you read it or not, I think you would even enjoy reading a book review about it .)
    Keep up the good work. I know writing can be a chore at times, but know that others truly appreciate your efforts.

    Mike Bardrick


    1. Thank you so much for writing. I apologize for the delay in replying – life got in the way.

      To be honest, I think I write more for myself than anyone, and the fact that others read what I have to say, or are interested in what I do or how I live, still amazes me, and I am deeply touched when readers respond.

      And, thank you so much for the book recommendation! I have read many of Wouk’s books, but did not know about this one and am adding it today to my Kindle. I’m just about done with my current book, so this will be the next one up. (Just found out it’s not available for Kindle! I’ll check and see if our local library carries it.)


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