About

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.

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Tim and Joanne

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.

  1. Sometimes seeing/doing more things/places does not equal more value
  2. When you try to do too much, everything runs together
  3. We are not (quite) as young as the mental image we hold in our heads
  4. Travel is not only exhilarating, it can also be exhausting
  5. Staying in one place longer allowed us a better/deeper experience
  6. 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

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240 Responses to About

  1. Wow, what amazing adventures. Thank you for the interest in my blog and I look forward to following yours.

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  2. Thank you so much for finding our blog and following us. Mom’s all excited about your blog ‘cuz she thinks you two are doing such great things. She does want to know why you haven’t managed to visit Minnesota. 🙂

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  3. HesterLeyNel says:

    Thank you for the like on my blog. You have an amazing lifestyle and I must get back here to read about your adventures. Keep well and keep traveling.

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  4. allysoally says:

    Wow, you two look like you are on a wonderful adventure. I’m quite envious. Best wishes 🙂

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  5. Thanks for following my blog! Enjoy you new RV adventures! There are many great blogs by RVers. I have gotten many ideas for places to camp and things to do by reading their blogs. Have fun as you explore our beautiful country!

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  6. Tim and Joanne, I love your blog and I will follow your journey. Your journey is impressive and the photos are incredible. 🙂

    I’m currently in Tucson and the cold front has me shivering beyond belief. So, it is time for the former Southwest Florida retiree to move to warmer weather, and Galveston TX is the soon to be explored location. 🙂

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  7. EttaD says:

    Wow!! What an adventure, you guys have an amazing life. There’s nothing more exciting than travelling and seeing the world in which we live.

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  8. GP Cox says:

    Pleased to meet you both.

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  9. JC says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog, it’s appreciated…

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  10. Wendy says:

    Wow – what inspiring people you are. Thanks so much for popping over to my blog for a read and leading me here. I’m on the cusp of a big change and you’re inspiring me to ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’… I hope 2017 is a truly magical year for you too! x

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  11. Hi Tim and Joanne Joseph! We are so happy to notice you discovered our site thus allowing us to find yours. Wow and wow again. We love your “about” page and echo everything you express especially the remark “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”. You have been so blessed with such extensive world travels. We had always heard of people downsizing and the joy they felt but it is only when we did it ourselves that the true joy hit home. There is such a big world out there and seeing it through television just doesn’t do it justice. There is something about being there up close and in person that makes your soul tingle. We look forward to being along on your journey and seeing through your eyes and words.

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    • So glad to meet kindred spirits! And yes, there is really no substitute for travel. Although a great book, a travel documentary and excellent photos can help bring an understanding, it is when one actually sees, hears, feels, explores, smells and experiences it for yourself that we truly grow. Wishing you happy travels.

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  13. I love this! Safe travels to you both!

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  14. cricketmuse says:

    Thanks for stopping by! We have discovered that we are definitely not infected with the travel bug. I enjoy your travels and applaud your blog.

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  15. Gee, I’ve learned the same six things as you have! #3 definitely resonates.

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  16. Hey! thank you so much for reading and liking my blog. I sincerely appreciate it. It looks like you guys are having one hell of an adventure. Looks absolutely amazing. Beautiful website lay out by the way.

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  17. Hi

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and liking a few posts. Sorry it has taken so long to come and visit yours. Hope you come back again soon

    Trina

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  18. I just began following your blog and already I love reading your posts! I’m excited to see how you enjoy the New England/Canada area this fall and I hope my blog entry about my cruise there in Sept. gave some insight on how great it is. The foliage wasn’t changing as much as I had hoped when I was there so you should be able to see a lot of pretty colors!

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