Life Is a Book

A lot of people ask me how I am able to travel so much. The answer is simple. I just do it. I make an average amount of money and I spend it on travel. Saying you don’t have enough, is an excuse. I was dirt poor and managed to scrape enough together to do a medical mission trip to Vanuatu in 2005 (I had to pay for flight and 30 days accommodation). Was it hard to come up with the money? Hell yeah, was it worth… every damn dime!

At this point in my life I am not married and the mom to 3 adult kids. I make a decent living working overseas. This puts me closer to a lot of places I’ve always wanted to visit. I don’t own a house, a car or very many “things”. I would rather spend my money exploring… and that’s what I do. Sometimes you just need to put on your big girl panties, pack up a back pack and walk out the door… You only live once!

This picture was taken by me, with my iPhone, while sitting on the beach on Phi Phi Island, Thailand in November 2011. I had an amazing vacation with my friends Cathy (from Illinois), Karen & Dominique. Karen & Dominique are Brits living in Abu Dhabi. Make memories… take the time to see something new… Step 1 get a passport and explore!


Phi Phi Island, Thailand November 2011

14 thoughts on “Life Is a Book

  1. Hurray! Just the right words. I keep ‘saying’ I’m going to Tahiti….I fell in love w/ the idea in HS after seeing Gauguin’s work. Today, I will do some activity (research, plan or make a call) to move that dream closer to the front burner. I traveled a lot in my younger years…Having a small farm/homestead poses some challenges, but it is not impossible. I love to travel too and look forward to hubby’s retirement (4.5 more years of teaching HS).
    Today, my scale says I gained 1.2# hmm? Weird, although it is raining and for some odd reason I have noticed that I always weigh more in the rain….I’ve been weighing myself daily for 2 years now…. I’m a SOLAR powered person and LOVE the sun/beach.
    Thanks again for the blog…. I always marvel at technology, but from kind of afar.

    • Hi Anna! I’m so glad you enjoy my blog 🙂

      Tahiti… sounds fabulous! I’ve been to Vanuatu and Fiji in that part of the world. Plan, plan, plan! It’s the best thing you can do. And then budget and then GO!

      In regard to weighing, did you weigh at the same time as yesterday? I get up, pee, take off my jammies and weigh… oh, I take a deep breath and let it all out and then weigh… LOL. Then I get off and get back on to make sure! Oh the rituals we create!

      I am also totally solar powered, I so need the sun to come out. I have sun/heat lamps in my guest bathroom and I blog while sitting in there.

      • Yes, the ritual (and it is surely a ritual) here is pretty much identical. I think my hating on the rain weighs me down hrmph… Anyhow. Yeah, Tahiti, YUM. My husband grew up on an atoll in the South Pacific 🙂 It’s been gloomy and gross here in NY, but I’ll still head out w/ the pup.
        Oh, stuff… Yeah, waaaaay too much stuff in my life to travel in my preferred style: light, flexible. Being tethered to the land is a gift and a curse at once. Stuff like a teenager, pup, felines, chickens and an absurdly large plot of land for growing amazing organic food, so it’s not all bad!

      • Oh what I’d give or an organic garden!!! I ditched the kids (they grew up), gave the cat to my mom and put my stuff in a backpack 🙂 It’s been a wild ride these past 3.5 years! You can always take short trips! YAY!

  2. I love traveling with you by Blog and with trips I have had with you. So more in my life these past few years, Would never have dreamed of seeing London\/Paris, but you made that happen. Then the Month In Abu Dhabi . Wow. Thanks Babe. 🙂 ❤ Mom

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