Hi there! I’m Anne Moss, the owner of Trip Memos. Together with my husband and our two boys, we like to travel the world. We still have a life here back home though!
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 we’ve managed to spend a total of more than a year and a half traveling outside the borders of our small country (Israel, as it happens). 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 – Europe Trips to Paris and Berlin
We took a trip to Europe in the spring, including –
2017 2.5 months Grand Road Trip to Alaska!
Our COVID-19 situation
International travel has taken a major hit in the pandemic. On a personal level, it meant we had to cancel our planned trip to Florida in March 2020. Everything was ready and fully booked, but three days before our flight, we decided to cancel and stay at home. We do not regret that decision. Canceling the trip was hugely disappointing, certainly. However, international travel during a pandemic is complicated at best. Had we gone through with the plan, we would have faced two weeks of isolating ourselves at home on the way back – at the very minimum.
Plus, we just really don’t want to get infected. I am 48 and my husband is 50, and that’s not a good age for catching COVID-19, so we just stay at home, practice social distancing and wear our N95 masks religiously when we go outside. We do travel locally, focusing on hiking on trails and making sure to practice social distancing there as well.
We’ll keep TripMemos running in the meantime, with more destination guides and bucket list posts. It’s good to remind ourselves that this will be over someday and we’ll get back to traveling abroad!
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” endeavor.
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.
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 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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