Our Travel Philosophy
We think that travel is a gift, an increasingly rare experience to witness the personal, natural, or emotional beauty of a place. Sometimes you share that with others and sometimes these experiences are better solo.
We have been fortunate to travel frequently, but many people fear travel because they think it is exclusive or unattainable. That’s just not true and we hope this site helps uncover some of the hidden opportunities to travel inexpensively and frequently. Travel does not have to involve great expense, or air travel, or even vehicle travel. There are travel experiences you can have within your neighborhood, or your city, and certainly within your county and state. Some of these experiences are accessible by just taking backroads instead of the interstate. Some of these experiences require nothing more than slowing down and looking for things that other people are missing.
A few thoughts about our approach to travel:
We prefer to dig deep into a location or culture versus trying to see everything that’s important. In Italy a few years back (Eric’s first Italy trip), we decided to stay in two towns for a week each and only made it to one large city (Venice). We did not try to pack in Rome, Milan, Florence and Venice. For many, a trip to Italy is the trip of a lifetime and it makes sense to try to see everything, and we understand that. Maybe the Italy trip will be our last and we’ll never experience these big cities together. We’re OK with that. We’ve done travel both ways and there are great reasons for either approach, but our preference is to spend time getting to know people, places, restaurants, and sights. That doesn’t mean that we won’t take a quick trip, just that we prefer to experience a place instead of reading the summary.