About us – Alison and Don

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In our sixties, (Don’s now seventy-two!) with apparently no other authentic option, my husband Don and I sold our car and apartment, sold or gave away all our stuff, and set off to discover the world. And ourselves. We started in Italy in 2011 and from there have travelled to Spain, India, Bali, Australia, Southeast Asia, Sweden, Mexico, South America, etc. – you can see the blog archive. We will continue travelling until it’s time to stop – if that time ever comes. So far it suits us very well. We are interested in how the world works, how life works, how the creation of experience works, how the mind works. As we travel and both “choose” our course, and at the same time just let it unfold, we discover the “mechanics” of life, the astounding creativity of life, and a continual need to return to trust and presence. Opening the heart, and acceptance of what is, as it is, are keystones for us both.

Interests: Alison – in no particular order: travel, figure skating (as a fan), blogging, photography, acceptance, authenticity, walking/hiking, joy, creativity, being human, adventure, presence, now. Don – the same except replace figure skating with Formula One motor racing.

To discover more go here to read an article we wrote for Retirement and Good Living and here to read an interview we did with Nomadic Matt.

344 thoughts on “About us – Alison and Don”

  1. So happy to connect with another traveler & blogger. It’s so inspiring! It’s never too late to dream a new dream.
    Live, Dream, Travel
    Jessica, Turquoise Compass

  2. congrats to you two..you are an inspiration! You did a great job of capturing hawaii and i’m looking forward to seeing your archives and future posts.

  3. You two seem like amazing people. The way you’ve undertaken this profound journey is very inspirational. Great job and keep at it!

    • Thanks Darcy. I guess we jumped off a cliff, but it seemed so right that we were hardly afraid. Not that it’s always smooth sailing, but we’re still on the road more than 3 years later and see no end in sight yet. Despite the ups and downs it seems to suit us.
      Alison

  4. Hello! You have very excellent blog! It is a lot of interesting information! I enjoy you! Continue also! The best regards! – Vlad :)

  5. Just inspiring! Nothing more to say. And following instantly!

  6. How fabulous! Just started exploring your blog and love it! Courtesy of Plus Ultra’s ‘Behind the Scenes’ nomination…

  7. I so admire your roving life and your spirit of inquiry, Alison and Don – and most important – that you are telling us about the people and places you have discovered. And also about yourselves. ‘Look within to find the universal self’ as old Lao Tzu is supposed to have said. Brilliant. And thank you too, for your kind comments on my blog.

    • Thanks so much Tish. It’s a pretty exciting way to live, and we’re aware how blessed we are to be able to do this. It’s a huge gift. At the same time, it’s still life, so we have the same ups and downs as everyone, they just happen in lots of different places. But we wouldn’t change it for anything!
      Alison

  8. Great articles about different places! It is very inspiring for us young people to travel. I hope you can visit the Philippines soon and discover some of our beautiful islands. Hope to meet you here. :)

  9. carocafernandes said:

    I absolutely love your history and I got to know about Nomadic Matt. I founded a site about long term traveling in Brazil and I always try to open people’s mind showing that anyone can do it and there are no limitations. People like you help inspiring other people and I would love to share your story in the blog. Please, if you are interested right me a message on caroca.fernandes@gmail.com. This is the website for you to have a look, but is all in portuguese. http://projetoviravolta.com Regards

  10. Hi Alison and Don.
    I am Biswashree from SeniorWorld. We collect and publish stories about people who follow their passion regardless of their age. Your story will inspire many others who are afraid to take the first step. We would like to share your story with other seniors who think their age is an obstacle. If you are interested or want to know more, please let me know at biswashreedey@gmail.com
    Regards
    Biswashree Dey

    • Hello Biswashree, nice to meet you. We’d be delighted to share our story. I’ll email you.
      Cheers, Alison

    • PS What is SeniorWorld? Could you give me a link to it please.

      • Hi Alison
        SeniorWorld is a startup that will provide information, products and services aimed at the seniors and the elderly. We will have a online portal where we will share stories of people like you, seeking to inspire and help others. Currently our website is underconstruction. We will launch in a couple of month. We will send you the link as soon as we are up and running.

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