And so it begins!

In October 2016, I vacationed in Belize.  On one of my first nights there, I met a young couple from California.  They had quit their jobs (hers in accounting, his in office moving) and planned to travel the world over the next year.  Their plan was to blog about it (they were still debating blog names, although their trip had already started).  Their idea was to budget each phase and track their expenses along their journey.  That information could be used by others to help plan their year around the world trip.  For example, for transportation in San Pedro, they bought used bicycles for a few dollars and pedaled everywhere that they didn’t walk.  At least Ambergris Caye is a relatively small island!

I chatted with them for a while.  I was jealous of their sense of adventure over quitting their jobs just to travel!

A few days later, I met another couple from the Raleigh/Durham, NC area.  He was a consultant for luxury resorts and companies that sought to provide high-level customer service.  They stayed at a beautiful, fancy, and expensive resort.  They didn’t blog, although he discussed his travel experiences in a different forum, but this was high-end stuff!  As much as I enjoy a splurge here and there, this was not realistic for me.

I think that I represent the common traveler.  I enjoy traveling very much, but realistically, I’m not quitting my day jobs!  I have one son who recently graduated from college and another who just joined the Air Force.  I plan to retire from my full-time job in 10 years.  The reality is I have saved nowhere near enough money for retirement.

But I love to travel!  And I want to do it in a way that is doable – somewhere between the level of backpacking and staying at a hostel or carrying Luis Vuitton suitcases and staying at exclusive, luxury resorts.  I want to travel comfortably and affordably!

This is where the idea to start a blog was born.  This is not written by someone who travels all year, who has unlimited funds and time to see everything.  I wanted to write about how us regular working folks can experience the world.

Please join me as I explore this new experience and share your ideas with me!

Happy Travels!

Annick, The Common Traveler