Hello and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph, and we are delighted to have you here. We are a little old-fashioned, madly in love, have a deep appreciation for natural beauty, a thirst for learning, and a joyful zest for life.
In 2013, we sold our home and gave away, sold, donated, threw away or stored the rest of our “things”. Our plan is to see as much of this big beautiful world as we can, for as long as we can, taking pictures along the way and sharing our experiences with anyone that wants to follow along.
2014 came and went in a flash. January was a finalizing period where Tim prepared our son to take over our company and wrapped up some loose ends. February was a fabulous trip to Turkey with my sister and brother-in-law.
From March through October we immersed ourselves in an exhausting, exhilarating, madcap trip around the world that included visits to 29 countries and culminated in a 30 day cross-country (USA) road trip.
After a short stay at our small cabin in the San Bernardino mountains, we headed to Guatemala for almost three weeks, and then back “home” for the holidays. When the dust settled, we realized that during 2014 we managed to explore a total of 31 different countries.
So how would we top that in 2015? Well we didn’t, but still had an amazing year!
We learned a few things about ourselves and traveling that we know influenced some of the choices we made last year.
- Sometimes seeing/doing more things/places does not equal more value
- When you try to do too much, everything runs together
- We are not (quite) as young as the mental image we hold in our heads
- Travel is not only exhilarating, it can also be exhausting
- Staying in one place longer allowed us a better/deeper experience
- There are a LOT of beautiful places right in our own backyard (in the USA and Canada that is) that we want to see
So we took things a little slower – kind of anyway…
We started out 2015 with a month-long trip (mid January to mid February) to Africa where we visited South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. We also managed a Gate 1 trip to Amsterdam, Belgium and Paris that was followed by a fantastic Uniworld cruise through both northern and southern France.
A personal highlight was spending time with my sister and brother-in-law chartering a motor boat and cruising through the San Juan Islands and into Canada.
You can click on this link to see a recap of our 2015 travels.
2016 took us to five different continents!
NORTH AMERICA – Hawaii and Mexico
SOUTHEAST ASIA – Singapore, Cambodia and Vietnam
AFRICA – Morocco
EUROPE – Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, France, the Netherlands
SOUTH AMERICA – Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
Click here for a recap of 2016 travels.
Our travel plans for 2017 are a little calmer and closer to home. Near the end of last year we purchased a small 25 foot RV that we named “Ellie Mae Camp-it”, so road tripping is the main plans for this year. From June through mid September we plan on hitting as many of the Western USA and Canadian National Parks and National Monuments as we can.
But there will still be some International travels as well with a trip to Mexico to visit the Copper Canyon, a trip to New York City followed with a Princess Cruise in October to see New England and Eastern Canada for fall foliage, and then a return to South America over the Christmas holidays to explore Chile, the Falkland Islands, Uruguay, Argentina and perhaps Iguazu Falls and Brazil.
I hope you will follow along with us to see where we end up!
Tim and Joanne