Have Life – Will Travel.
Do you fantasize about becoming a digital nomad?
Would you like to just leave everything behind and go into the wonderful great unknown?
Can you do that, though?
No? That’s what I thought. Neither can we. We’re in our forties. We have a family. We have commitments to keep. “Leaving everything behind” won’t work for us, just like it doesn’t work for 99% of people our age. Or more likely, 99.99%.
The good news is that we still travel A LOT and we believe you can too!
TripMemos.com is all about inspiring you to take a fresh look at the world around you, leave your comfort zone and experience your life to the full by traveling!
Without losing track of the grand scheme of life though. Realistic traveling within a realistic frame.
How do we do that?
It’s all about priorities. We decided that creating memories is a priority for us as a family. That’s why and how during the past six years we’ve managed to spend a total of more than a year traveling outside the borders of our small country (Israel, as it happens). That’s two months of traveling each year, on average. Here’s the list –
2009 – 1 week in England + 3 weeks in the US
2011 – 5.5 months in the US and Canada
Hiking Athabasca Glacier, Canada, July 2011
2013 – 4.5 months in the US & 10 days in England
England, May 2013
2015 – 2 months in the US & 4 days in Rome
2016 – 6 days in the French Alps
2017 here we come!
We have tickets for Paris in March and we plan on another long road trip in the summer of 2017.
Why this blog?
Seeing the world through another person’s eyes can be nothing short of inspirational.
When travel is concerned it’s not just a question of perspective. When I read someone’s description of a new place I’ve never been to, I almost always get the urge to go there and see it for myself. It is literally motivational that way. It makes you “move” towards a place in what can end up to be a very “real” endeavour.
What made me launch Trip Memos? I was going through several lists of “Top Travel Blogs” and noticed that many of them were written by digital nomads. These – often young – travelers move around the globe, from one country to another, taking on temporary jobs or working online, living the moment and enjoying their discoveries.
Tempting as it may be (and it is!) there is no way we could do this ourselves. While I have a wonderful online vocation (I can’t really call it a job), managing the world’s awesomest website about cats, my husband’s job as a freelance consultant to local companies means he has to stick around. Then there are the kids, two young teenagers who prefer not to be yanked out of school and from their circle of friends. By school, I happen to mean homeschooling but our older son is currently studying for his university degree so at the age of 14, he’s basically a student.
The bottom line is, taking off for long-term travel is not feasible. Yet. My plan is to take on at least a semi-nomadic lifestyle once the kids leave home and my better half retires. That should hopefully will be in about a decade and not longer. Once that happens, all bets are off and that nomadic-lifestyle may become a reality for us as well, at least for a few years.
Until then, our motto is:
Have Life – Will Travel!
We refuse to let life ground us as we patiently await retirement and vow to do all we can to travel abroad as often as possible. Ideally, I want to keep spending an average of two months of each year traveling. We believe this is a goal we can manage with our current lifestyle choices.
I hope you join us on our journey and be inspired to do the same!
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