About us – Alison and Don


In our sixties, (Don’s now seventy-four) with apparently no other authentic option, my husband Don and I sold our car and apartment, sold or gave away all our things, 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, New Zealand, Cyprus, and more – it’s all in 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, writing, acceptance, authenticity, walking/hiking, joy, creativity, being human, adventure, presence. 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.

559 thoughts on “About us – Alison and Don”

  1. Hello. I have become a fan of your posts! :-) Loved the write-ups and photography :-)

    Looking forward to stay connected :-)

  2. Wonderful blog… so glad I found it. I look forward to following your adventures in the future. Ali

  3. Hey there Alison! You inspired this blogpost of mine: https://thesnowmeltssomewhere.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/real-travel-experiences/
    Just wanted to let you know! :) Have a great day!!

  4. A beautiful website.I read your all blog posts except the posts in last two month but i hope i will read them too.I love your way of telling travel tales. I read a lot of travel blogs but your blog is the one which i really like most and read all of it!.

  5. Oh Bless you, Alison! I just got an email from the Editor that my blog has been selected to be featured on WordPress Discover next week. All because you sent here the recommendation!! I am really just speechless, and I am so thankful that you have done such a kind act for me and my family! I don’t have the words right now to express my gratitude, but truly thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    • Oh you are so welcome! I’ve been following your blog from nearly the beginning I think and loved your story. I’ve watched as your writing and photography has gotten better and better. The Bride of Cotopaxi! I *never* would have thought of such a wonderful metaphor! And you carried it all the way through so well. Anyway I knew they’d like what you’re doing. I look forward to seeing your blog show up in Discover!

  6. Definitely enjoying your blog so far and I look forward to reading more. Best, Ash

  7. Hi, Alison and Don – Your site was recommended to me by Simone at Retirement and Good Living. I currently reside on Vancouver Island, but previously spent many years abroad. I blog at RetirementReflections.com. I look forward to following your adventures and reading more.

    • Hi Donna, nice to meet you! I’ve been checking out your wonderful blog. I love how all the connections come about! (Thank you Simone). If you’re ever in Vancouver we could get together for coffee. I imagine we have a lot in common, including a belief in miracles :)

      • Hi Alison and Don
        Just read your recent blog. See you are in Vancouver, we have just come back(last week) from a month in Vancouver and Alberta did 2000 miles driving in Albeta, visiting relation up north near Grand Prairie and as many places we could inbetween. Had 10 days in Vancouver renting a flat in our favourite part by false creek. My husband is when possible actively involved with the oldest wooden tug in Canada based at Britannia boatyard – SS Master – she will be open for visitors this end June/July – Canada day. We had a terrific time, as we hadn’t been to Alberta before, can’t wait to return. It’s on our list …… One or two or three other places a little before that yet but return is on cards to see our relations. Also met up with penfriend of mine of some 40 years, in Vegreville, she lives in Provost, so that was great for us too. Pity we didn’t know you were in Van we could have met for a chat. Maybe next time…… Jean

        • Hi Jean, nice to meet you. Sounds like you had a great time out west. We also love False Creek. It’s a nice part of the city. Maybe we’ll get to meet next time you’re in town.
          Cheers, Alison

  8. Sylvia Strawford said:

    Hello Don & Alison
    Came across your blog whilst browsing. I am seriously thinking of selling everything up and travelling the world solo,when I travel I need to do it alone. I’ve travelled in the past alone and it doesn’t phase me. I would like to start in 2yrs time when I’m 60. I feel life is too stagnant and here is not enough of a challenge in life at he moment. So in the next two years I will do plenty of research before I commit myself. I would then like to travel for the next twenty + years,health permitting…. Sylvia

    • This sounds great Sylvia. Of course I say Go for it! It sounds like a fabulous plan, and clearly you’re used to travelling alone. And anyway you’re never alone as you always meet people along the way.

  9. you guys didnt come to africa though.

  10. ester wulkan said:

    Hello .I am looking for your blog.
    My name is ESTER WULKAN

    • Hello Ester. I deleted your email address. I do not reveal my email address to strangers. The link to this blog is alisonanddon.com, but since you are already here on the blog you know that.

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