“The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes “sight-seeing.” Daniel J. Boorstin
Somewhere along the road, I have become a traveler, not a tourist. This didn’t happen in the past year. This all started soon after my divorce 11 years ago. Suddenly I was on my own, free to do what I wanted – when I wanted. I did some solo traveling; traveling with Kristin (my daughter) or traveling with new found friends. Even without the funds to travel as I had in the past, I found I could do quite a bit of traveling on a budget.
Those of you who know me know that the an unimagined thing started happening nearly four years ago. Unimagined that is if you don’t think outside of the box. One summer evening at an outdoor concert at a vineyard, I met someone who understood my love of adventure and would change my life. On our first date Sam asked “What would you do with your life if you could wave a magic wand and have anything happen?” My answer was “Travel!” The rest is history.
Fast forward to now. I’m sitting outside my new “home” on a beautiful spring day in a beautiful park in Washington state on the edge of a raging river filled with melted snow. Tomorrow we will be leaving the U.S. and heading into Canada to begin our journey to Alaska. I no longer have that 7 to 3 job I had. I no longer have the responsiblities of a home and yard. I no longer care for dogs, cats and horses. My home is on wheels and my constant companion has two legs not four.
Many friends have asked me “What is it like to live on permanent vacation?” I remember wondering the same thing last spring. The answer is easy for me to answer now. It’s like being on vacation every day! It’s wonderful.
It has been almost a year since Sam and I have started this adventure. We have both adjusted to life on the road very well. We have no idea how long we will be on the road. It doesn’t seem to matter that we don’t know what our future holds. It’s been a learning experience on what is important in life. I never would have learned so many lessons without living as I am now. I am very blessed to be right where I am.
I’m not very good at putting things into words. I love quotes. I found several quotes that seem to mirror my thoughts or are about things that I have learned. They are included below.
What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road. – William Least Heat Moon, Blue Highways
The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land. ~G.K. Chesterton
To get away from one’s working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one’s self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change. ~Charles Horton Cooley
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. ~James Michener
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. ~Mark Twain
Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen. ~Benjamin Disraeli
Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness. ~Ray Bradbury
Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe. ~Anatole France
A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. ~Lao Tzu
We’ll be in Canada for a minimum of 2 weeks as we make our way up to Alaska on the Al-Can. I will probably be out of touch for most of that time. I will check in and post when I can find a wifi signal. Cell signals will be spotty in Alaska. I hope your summer will be as enjoyable as mine!