Little me traveling in this big, beautiful world

ChairMy husband and I recently returned from an extended road trip through southeastern Canada and the northeastern U.S.  A week-long car club gathering in Vermont was the inspiration for the trip, but we decided to add some time before and after so we could visit friends and family and explore that part of the world.

The beauty of traveling in retirement is that we can enjoy being away from home for multiple weeks without worrying asking for extra time off, missing work deadlines, or even being concerned that our being gone could jeopardize our very employment. When we return, we don’t have to hit the ground running to get back up to speed; we can ease into our comfortable routine and let our bodies readjust naturally to our native time zone.

Traveling for more than a week or two also encourages a more relaxed pace. Since we aren’t racing from one destination to another, we can take more time to experience where we currently are. This allows for more spontaneous side trips, unstructured explorations, and guiltless relaxation.

I also find that a more leisurely pace helps me to be a better observer of the world around me. Because of my blog, I often find myself filtering unique experiences, interesting sights, and general observations through my internal “I wonder if this would be an interesting post?” lens.

This trip was no exception.

The initial planning, our varied accommodations, multiple opportunities to meet with friends old and new, several “ah ha” moments, and observations about the world outside my bubble, all were noted in my travel journal and I plan to write about them over the next few weeks, beginning with my GratiTuesday post tomorrow.

Another plug for a future post: this one as part of the upcoming Cherished Blogfest which runs Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31. Bloggers are invited to join in and share their memories, emotions, and stories of a much-cherished object. Last year, I chose my U.S. Passport. This year’s post will be about another cherished travel-related object. If you are interested in participating in the blogfest, click on this link for more information. Even if you don’t join in, you might want to visit the various blogs and read about the much-cherished objects participants have chosen to share.

Author: Janis @

My blog is about travel, relationships, photography, and whatever else pops into my head (even, sometimes, issues surrounding retirement and aging).

22 thoughts on “Little me traveling in this big, beautiful world”

  1. I told H today we need to plan a road trip soon. That should take care of some of that extra energy he has…
    Can’t wait to read about your travels! ~Elle

  2. Glad to hear you made it home safely and I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures.

    I agree about the more relaxed approach as a retiree. Time no longer seems to have the same stranglehold and it’s possible to more fully enjoy whatever I’m doing because work and other outstanding obligations are no longer fighting for my attention in the same way.

    1. My favorite way to travel is to have no set schedule and just see what happens. For this trip though, we felt that it was important to have our accommodations planned and booked in advance. Even with that, we were able to adjust our activities as we went along.

  3. That is certainly the right way to travel. It reminds me of that year between high school and college (or college and a job) when kids take a year to travel. No encumbrances. All fun.

    1. You’re right! I took a year off between the first two years of collage and the second two years. A girlfriend and I went to Hawaii and we just did whatever we felt like doing for several months. We had no agenda (except to meet lots of boys) and no set return ticket. It was great!

  4. I can’t wait to read more about your travels to, and impressions of, this interesting and beautiful part of our continent.

  5. It sounds like you were in our neck of the woods, Janis. I wish I knew. I’m glad to read you are expanding your horizons and I am looking forward to reading more about it. A journal is a great way to keep track of things. I have been writing one every day for 25 years. It might be a good subject for the cherished blog fest if I decide to join… 🙂

  6. Unhurried travel is certainly one of the best things about retirement. So glad you had a wonderful trip, Janis.

    1. We saw quite a few big chairs along the route. Fortunately for my husband I didn’t make him stop at each one and take a picture. We had a great time – and I learned how to successfully use the blog post scheduler!

  7. Ahh i love the relaxed slow pace travel – when you don’t have to be in a certain place at a certain time and can just enoy the here & now of it all stress free. Its why we quit our jobs and just took off, so much more enjoyable then worrying or thinking about what you have on hold at home!

    1. You two are certainly more mega-travelers than we are! Although our pace was fairly slow this time, I think our next adventure may include an extended stay so we can truly get into the rhythm of the location.

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