About us – Alison and Don


In our sixties, (Don’s now seventy-three) 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.

527 thoughts on “About us – Alison and Don”

  1. Hello.. Happened to stop by chance and m glad I did.. It’s amazing to know how much enthusiastic you are.. With a blog full of fun travel and positivity.. Looking forward to reading an learning.. 😊

  2. I envy your traveling experience. I would love to be able to travel as extensively as you two.

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  4. Thanks Alison and Don for stopping by my blog and getting to know my work. I appreciate your comments as I see them in the middle of a long writing night. You praised my very busy, but homebound, writing life while I am just waiting, waiting for the day I can have my worldly adventures your beautiful blog shows us. Safe travels and many blessings, Kalisha

    • I’m glad I gave you a little respite from your long night of writing. I hope you get to do some travelling one of these days. Lots of inspiration for books :)
      Though from what i read it doesn’t sound like you lack inspiration.
      Blessings, Alison

  5. Hi!! You’re so amazing! I loved the way you live your life! I turned a fan!
    Best regards from Brasil..:)

  6. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature said:

    Hi Alison,
    I said I’d be by and here I am! Love your blog. I am going to follow. Your life is fascinating with great philosophy. The wonder of it all.

  7. I really enjoyed your last post on Holy Leaping Crocodiles Batman and was wondering if you would be open to accepting contributions from other writers?

    I have a couple of topic ideas in mind inspired by your last few posts, and I’d love the opportunity to contribute a piece of content.

    I’m happy to follow any guidelines or submission requirements you may have so let me know if you are open to this?


    • Thank you so much Jake, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Unfortunately we feel that guest posts are not appropriate for our blog, in part because I can hardly keep up with all the material I have. I’m writing about our travels in April and it’s now November. We travel continuously so I’l probably never catch up, lol.
      I had a look at your blog and you’ve made a wonderful start. Just FYI there are no links to your ‘About me’ section or your FB page. It would be lovely to know a little more about you. Hope you have a great time blogging. And travelling!
      Cheers, Alison

  8. This is beautiful. Glad you are enjoying hour travels.

  9. You guys are an inspiration. How adventurous!
    So many people feel trap & it’s so sad.
    Please don’t be a stranger and stop by our blog.
    We always comment back!

  10. This is amazing! What about having another couple going with you? How do you spend the winters? You are very encouraging people….Blessings.

    • Thank you so much Dina. We try to avoid winter; we mostly go where it is warm. There is no set rhythm to our travel. Every year it is different. We would not travel with other people though we love meeting people along the way.
      Blessings, Alison

  11. Hi Alison and Don! Stumbled across your blog and it is so refreshing and inspiring! I feel so happy reading your adventures and hope I get to do that myself one day – drop everything and see the world. Good luck with everything :) – Faye

    • Hi Faye, nice to meet you! Thank you so much for your lovely compliment about our blog. I’m glad you’re enjoying it. If you want it enough your dream will come true :)

  12. Hi my name is Jean and I have been following your blogs over last few months having discovered the site by accident. I was specially interested in your Hawaii visits but you don’t seem to have been to Molokai, the most beautiful serene of the islands, pure heaven. Also big island too is wonderful but nothing like Molokai. I adore Hawaiian islands and have been 4 times so far. The only other island that compares but not quite is Aitutaki, this has one of the most beautiful lagoons on earth. We like you are travelers when we are able, we have spent a lot of time in Vancouver (my husbands family are Canadian tho we live in uk) but have lived over 20 years in Bahrain, have travelled to Australia, New Zealand, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, Singapore and Malaysia, Egypt, Jordan, and of course America which we love along with Canada. But still so many places to see and not enough time……… Enjoy your travels, maybe see you in Vancouver one of these days, we generally stay near the granby bridge.

    • Hi Jean nice to meet you. And thank you for reading. I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog. One of these days we’ll get back to Hawaii. We didn’t leave Oahu because we were only there for a few days crossing the Pacific each way to avoid those brutal long-haul flights and jet lag. It was a wonderful way to cross the Pacific stopping for a few days each in Hawaii, Samoa and Fiji. I do agree with you – so many places to see, so little time. We’ve also been to the Cook Islands and loved it, but although we knew about it we didn’t go to Aitutaki because of the expense. Perhaps one day we’ll get back there too.
      You’ve certainly done a lot of travelling! It would be lovely to meet in Vancouver one day. We’re usually house sitting which can be in any neighbourhood. I guess you mean Granville Bridge which is very central. We’ll be in Van June and July and maybe all the way through October (we haven’t decided yet).
      Cheers, and happy travels

  13. Melanie Whittaker said:

    Namaste Alison,

    I am enjoying reading your blog. My husband and I (in our mid 60’s) are in the midst of selling everything we own, including our home, and traveling in China and SE Asia until we find a new place to call permanent home. Could take us over a year, just in China with so many things to see. I have a question about what you pack with you around the world. We live simply now, so we intend to pack light, but we really are wondering just how much to take. Are you traveling with back packs or just suite cases? I had intended to search out nice hostels but now after reading what you wrote, I am wondering how smart that is for us. We really do want to mingle with other travelers and thought that might be a really good way. Can you give me some idea of how much you have taken with you?

    • Hi Melanie, nice to meet with you. We carry small back packs (about the size of college book bags). They are ‘day-packs’ not full size backpacks. We take them on board on all flights and keep in them anything that we don’t want lost (laptops, cameras, phones, backup drives, cash, credit and bank cards, plus things we like to have on flights such as water bottles and cushions. As well as the backpack we travel with carry-on size cases which we check because we like to travel with a couple of good kitchen knives (no place we’ve ever rented has a decent knife!) and a pair of scissors. There is a list of what we carry in this post:
      It’s a bit out of date We no longer carry mosquito nets, but I’d really make sure they will be provided if you decide to go without. We now carry anti-bacterial gel rather than hand wipes (much less bulky).
      We stayed in hostels in New Zealand and it was great. We always got a private room. I’ve heard hostels are also very good in Portugal. I have no idea about China. China is on our list but we haven’t made it there yet. All I know about travel in China is that my two extremely well-traveled sisters were there quite recently and found it hard going. I’m not sure but possibly mainly because of language difficulties.
      Usually we book hotel rooms through booking.com. If we’re in a place for a week or more then we often rent an apartment – often we’ve found it’s no more expensive than a hotel and there’s the advantage of being able to prepare your own meals. Hostels are definitely best for meeting fellow travellers.
      Hope this helps.
      Good luck, and happy travels

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  15. Paula Vigneault said:

    Hello Alison and Don

    I hope you are enjoying San Miguel-I bet it is beautiful this time of year. We spent 3 years in Mexico cruising on our sailboat and did a few land trips and visited there.

    I found you through nomadic Matt and love reading about your adventures. We are similar in ages and are planning a trip to Turkey this Oct-for about a month. I would love to chat more about your trip and get a few ideas for our itinerary. I agree loud disco music is not our thing either!

    My question is-if you only had a month in Turkey-how would you prioritize your trip?

    Thank you

    • Hi Paula, nice to meet you. SMA is lovely – the days are getting warmer though indoors it is still quite cool.
      We researched Turkey first – what are the highlights? We decided due to its borders with Iran, Iraq, and especially Syria that we’d not go to eastern Turkey. Then we nutted out a five week itinerary:
      Flight from Vancouver to Istanbul. Two nights and one day there to deal with jet lag.
      Flight to Izmir, pick up rental car, drive to Selçuk (about 2 hours).
      Two nights there to spend the next day at Ephesus.
      Drive to Bodrum, three nights and two days.
      Drive to Marmaris, three nights and two days.
      Drive to Fethiye, three nights and two days.
      Drive to Antalya, two nights and one day.
      Drive to Pamukkele, three nights and two days.
      Drive to Izmir, return car, overnight train to Konya.
      Four full days in Konya
      Bus to Goreme, five full days in the Cappadocia region
      Flight to Istanbul, eight days in Istanbul.
      Since you have four weeks not five you could easily cut Antalya, two days from Konya, one or two days from Cappadocia, and a couple from Istanbul and still have plenty of time in each place.
      Turkey is packed with ancient ruins. If that’s your thing you’ll probably want to plan differently. Ephesus was enough for us and not to be missed.
      One of the best sites we found:
      It’s a wealth of information.
      Hope this helps. We’ll be in SMA free the next few months. You can call if you feel like chatting more about it: 011 52 121-9052
      Cheers, Alison

  16. Hi this is another Blogger from India..glad to have found you both..Inspiring enough you both!!

  17. Cesar Lardies said:

    You two got some stunning pictures on this blog. I should probably follow this :D

  18. Love your photos. What camera are you using?

    • Thanks so much Peter. I have a Panasonic FZ1000. It’s a compromise of course – only a 1 inch sensor so it’s not so good in low light, but it has a built-in flash and a built-in 25-400 zoom lens so I only have to carry the one piece of equipment.

  19. I just happened upon your site. Great photos and story.

    My husband and I are just beginning our journey as travellers. Like you we are a bit older, almost 50 and almost 60, but young at heart. Most of the travel bloggers are on the younger side so it’s good to come upon one that I can relate a bit more to.

    • Thanks so much travellingswan, and thank you for following. We’ve been on the road now for four and a half years now, and still enjoy this lifestyle. I guess we just like change. I know what you mean about most travel blogs – by the young for the young. They see the world differently. Well I did anyway. I get so much more out of travelling now than I did when I was in my twenties. In my twenties I lived in York for six months and never went near the city walls. It simply didn’t occur to me. Now, of course, I’d walk the whole length of it.

      • You lived in York and didn’t walk the city walls! I know what you are saying though. In my early 20’s I went to Mexico with friends and we ate at Dairy Queen and Pizza hut. It’s unimaginable now for us to do that in Mexico when there is so much local food to eat.

        I’ll have to spend some more time reading through some of your old posts for some ideas. You are an inspiration!

  20. Hi Alison and Don. Interesting reading about your travels. I note you mention age quite a few times. My husband is 84 and I am 70 and we travel as often as we can, our last trip in 2015 was some 2000 miles round Arizona including part of Route 66, had a great time and met some fantastic people. About 4 years ago we did a world trip from uk to include LA, Cook Islands, New Zealand by motor home, Solomon Islands, Brisbane and Sydney then Singapore (sentimental return visit). We have been also to Canada several times, and lived in the Middle East. We are now deciding where to go on the next trip, so many places do little time. Keep on travelling!

    • Hi Jean, nice to meet you. Wow, you guys are an inspiration. I hope we’re still going strong when Don’s 84 and I’m 76. Maybe, maybe not.
      We’re deciding where to go next too. We’re in Mexico until the end of May, and then house sitting in Vancouver until the end of October. After that we have 6 or 7 months open in front of us – maybe a round the world trip taking in Africa, Japan, China – lots of research needed yet.
      We went to the Cook Islands a few years ago and absolutely loved it. I think the very first blog posts I ever wrote were about the Cook Islands. We also recently spent five weeks in NZ travelling by car and staying in hostels which we don’t normally do but we enjoyed the hostels there.
      Got any ideas for where you’ll go next?
      Cheers, and happy travels

  21. shirley alves said:

    Hello – enjoyed reading your blogs. I will be starting my travels this year (I’m 73) in southeast asia. I wonder what do you do about health insurance. Does your Canada insurance cover you while you are overseas?
    Many thanks for a reply.

    • footloosedon said:

      Hi Shirley,

      Pleased to hear that you enjoyed reading our blogs. Good for you for starting to travel. We have a number of strategies we use for health insurance coverage, and I’ll try to cover them all.

      Our Medical Services Plan (MSP) of British Columbia covers any emergency medical needs while we’re overseas, but only reimburse for up to what they would pay for the same services in British Columbia (B.C.). What MSP pays is much less than someone with no MSP coverage would pay in B.C. We have found this coverage quite sufficient for when we’ve travelled to southeast Asia, India and Mexico, and we’ve received excellent medical treatment for minor injuries and ailments in all those parts of the world for very little cost.

      One other thing you might be interested to know about if you live in British Columbia is MSP’s special deal that offers up to 24 months coverage without the need to come back to live in B.C. for five months every year to maintain your coverage (see http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/health-drug-coverage/msp/bc-residents/managing-your-msp-account/leaving-bc-temporarily for details). This option is only available once every five years, so if you plan to spend longer than seven months overseas at a time you might want to consider this option.

      Whenever we travel to the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, or other developed countries, where medical costs are much higher, we take out travel medical insurance. The last time we used Medipac Travel insurance (www.medipac.com/), a Canadian company that came recommended by friends who had used the same company because their rates are lower than those of other travel medical companies. Our friends also told us that they had received good service both times when they had to make claims.

      Even when we don’t buy extra travel medical insurance we always have an annual membership with Medjet Assist (https://medjetassist.com/), who provide air transportation back to our local hospital from wherever we are in the world in the event of catastrophic illness or injury. We haven’t as yet had to make a claim from them so we can’t tell you about the quality of their service, but the annual cost is only a few hundred dollars for some peace of mind.

      Before we leave on our travels we consult with a travel medical specialist to make sure that all of our vaccinations and immunizations are up to date. We also take with us on our travels a filled prescription for a broad-spectrum antibiotic called Azithromycin, that is a rapid treatment for travellers’ diarrhoea and stomach upsets.

      The above information is based upon our own willingness to take a certain amount of risk as far as our health is concerned, and should not be taken as professional advice.

      I hope this rather long reply is helpful for you. Please keep in touch about your travels if and when you feel like doing so.

      Happy travels,

      Alison and Don

  22. You have a great blog! I look forward to reading many of your posts:)

  23. Hi Alison and Don,

    My name is Maxime and I’m contacting you today because :
    – I really like your blog.
    – we have both the same passion, travel blogging.

    I recently launched a shared travel blog where everyone can post their inspiring travel stories: My Travel Moment.
    I see this blog like a space of expression for those that didn’t have the courage/knowledge to create their own blog.

    It’s also a place where confirmed travel bloggers like you can post a story and add a direct link to your own blog (as you can see at the bottom of this article for example: http://mytravelmoment.com/after-the-desert).

    I would love to invite you to share a moment of yours on this collaborative website :) That will help to develop this blog and could also bring more traffic to yours (by sharing your link at the bottom).

    If you are interested, you can submit your story directly via this link http://mytravelmoment.com/share-your-moment, or by replying to this email.

    Feel free to contact me if you have any questions :)



    • Hi Maxime,
      I’d love to contribute. Your blog looks fabulous. Give me a few days to let the idea percolate. I’m sure a ‘moment’ to write about will come to me.

  24. Oh I can’t wait to read as much of this as I can before dying of wanderlust!!

  25. Hi! I’m always excited to learn from other folks who gave up all their worldly possessions and took off to see the world like I did! It’s a feeling like no other. Looking forward to checking out lots of your posts!

    • Hi to you! It’s a great freedom isn’t it? We love being home-free, and for now don’t see an end in sight. Where are you now? Still travelling?

      • It’s wonderful! I’ve returned to the US now; I ran out of money, unfortunately. I plan to leave again as soon as I can, though. I’m looking for a way to freelance or work remotely so I’ll have that freedom again. I have so much more to see!

  26. VOW Congrats! I love your Jordan photos. I plan the Round-the-World trip but I still haven’t decided on the itinerary. Any suggestion where to start ?

    • Thank you so much. Jordan is a wonderful place to visit. Start from where you are. Decide when you want to go, and then look at the climates of the places you want to go to. Go in the best direction weather-wise, and make it up as you go along. An excellent resource is nomadicmatt.com
      Have fun!

  27. Oh, the beauty of those pictures! You folks are doing what the rest of us just think about. I’m delighted to find you. I’m a new blogger, looking for poetry to express what I find in my heart and in the world. But I’ll be looking forward to reading yours.

    • Thank you so much. In the beginning it felt like we were jumping off a cliff, but also that we really had no choice, that this was the path we had to follow to be true to ourselves. Now we wouldn’t have it any other way. We will keep travelling for as long as we can.

  28. Hi Alison & Don, I just happened to stumble upon a post of yours and was hooked, both me and my husband have similar aspirations and we are trying to travel as much as we can and …also capture as many precious moments our eyes can capture. We have started sharing our experiences and your blog works as an inspiration… hope continue to travel and meet you soon… :)

    • Thank you so much Srividhya. I hope you get to do all the travelling you could want. We enjoyed our time in India, however we were only briefly in Chennai (for medical reasons, and never did get to Mumbai. There are several posts on the blog about India in case you’re interested – scroll down and on the right side click on India and it will bring them all up.
      Cheers, Alison

  29. Thanks for your post blogs .. Wish you many good moments and trustful journey
    Warm regards from rainy NorthGermany An

  30. This is fantastic! So many people see their senior years and retirement as something gloomy, “the beginning of the end”, instead of seeing it as an opportunity for another adventure, a time to expand and use all the experience and wisdom gained from life. I’ve always been a “winter of my life” person and am enjoying life more the older I get (almost 43), I hope to still be as adventurous and curious as you are about the world when I reach my senior years. I recently travelled to Argentina for 3 months, a much needed career break from a job that too had made me ill. It re-instated my faith in human nature that most people are good, kind and helpful and also gave me a new zest for life. I recently came home and have realised I now see everything with fresh eyes, friends, family, places …. travel it really is wonderful! I am now planing on saving and returning to south america in the next couple of years.
    I look forward to reading your blog and will be sharing it with my parents too!
    Safe and happy journeys xx

    • Thanks Nikki. Giving up everything and hitting the road is the most enlivening thing we’ve could have done. We are younger now than we were, more grounded, more trusting. And yes travelling, every time, lets you know that basically people are good, kind and helpful. Your time in Argentina sounds wonderful, like a rebirth. There are many posts on the blog about South America. We loved our time there. I hope your parents enjoy the blog. Safe and happy travels to you too.

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  32. What a wonderful adventure, and such beautiful photos. My husband and I are counting the days until we can do the same. In the meantime I look forward to following you in your travels, I’m sure you will provide us with a lot of inspiration!

    • Thanks Siobhan. I wish for you that your journeys will be as rich and rewarding as ours have been. Letting go of our home and setting out to discover the world has been the most enlivening thing we’ve ever done, and we don’t regret it for a second.
      PS Paris is one of my most favourite cities in the world. It is a really special place. We’ve been a number of times, and hope to go again.

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  34. You two are a true inspiration! Your blog is wonderful!

  35. That’s very inspiring to read that you two have committed to long term travel in your Golden Years. Society always tries to convince us that we can travel when we retire, but very few people do because of health issues or not wanting to be away from Grandchildren, etc. Glad you have decided to go on your own path of fulfillment and enlightenment!

  36. Brandon :) said:

    Hi! I am enjoying reading your blog and i’m wondering what your thoughts are on a parent telling their child to settle down and have roots.

    • Hi Brandon, I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog. First I should say that I’ve never been a parent, but I do know that parents generally want their children to be safe and happy. Most people think that settling down and having roots is what will make them safe and happy, and in many many cases this is true. Having said that I must say that I never settled down. I always followed my adventuring heart. I let intuition and dreams pull me. I’m now 65 and I don’t have one single regret about the journey of my life. Understand it was not easy, I had my struggles, particularly with money and self-esteem, but I know I’ve done all I could to be true to myself and to embrace life’s experiences.

      • 98lanterns said:

        I’m so very happy that you have paved your own way. Your blog is an inspiration to many and your spirit shines brightly. Thank you so very much for replying to my comment. I look forward to reading more! 😊🙏

  37. Thank you for such an inspiring blog. It is always interesting to see people of all ages on our travels.

    • Thanks Manu and Adriane. We too like meeting people of all ages. I don’t think there’s an age limit for adventure! I’m glad you find the blog inspiring. Your own travels look pretty amazing.
      Happy travels,

  38. I am 53, single, female. After several years of planning I have just quit my job and sold/gave away all my ‘stuff’ because the desire to ‘get more bang for my buck’ was undeniable. I need to experience more freedom and adventure and frankly the clock is ticking. Eventually tomorrow won’t come and then it will be too late. Now is all I have and the reminder usually removes or at least diminishes whatever fearful stories my mind creates in an attempt to maintain the status quo.
    I have been finding more and more stories like yours that make me know I am not the only one. You give me inspiration and strength. Thanks for sharing your story!!

    • Thanks Donna. Wow, you’re really going for it. That’s so great. I totally agree that now is all we have, and we best make the most of it. The mind sure can make up some fearful stories, but it’s just stories. We’ve discovered how wonderful people are the world over and in 5 years of nomadic life we’ve come to see how very blessed we are. You’re not the only one on the road discovering, exploring, making the most of life. Have a fabulous time! Where are you headed first?

  39. It’s great and inspiring to read about your travel story Alison and Don!
    In our country it’ll be difficult to find many people of your age choosing to travel. Surely you’re an inspiration for others…to follow!
    Have a great and happy journey!

  40. accordingtokeef said:

    Hey guys!!

    It’s manboy from Feck This Sh1t. I have returned! How are you guys getting on with the travels! Can’t believe it’s been five years since I was last talking to you.

    I’ve subscribed to you again with my new profile. It’s great to see that the both of you are still having a blast!!!

    Keef AKA Manboy

    • Hey Keith! Welcome back! Yes, it’s been five years and we’re still travelling, and still having a blast. We’re not ready to stop yet. The more we travel the more the bucket list fills up. How goes it with you? Will you start blogging again?

      • accordingtokeef said:

        Hey Alison! That’s great news! Yep I started blogging again today – I put up my first post earlier this morning (www.accordingtokeef.com). It’s the usual dose of insanity with my imaginery numbskulls controlling all aspects.

        Five years of travelling. That’s amazing!! Fair play!! I miss the days out on the road myself.

  41. Love your photography (as well as your lifestyle) wondering what your camera of choice is?

    • Thanks so much Frank. My camera is Panasonic FZ1000 with non-detachable 25-400 (2.8-4.0) zoom, and built-in flash. It has its weaknesses, the main one being a smallish sensor, but overall I like it. I like that I only have to carry one piece of equipment.

  42. What an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your world with us :)

  43. Hi Alison and Don, thank you for sharing your story, it inspires young couple like us who started a journey in traveling to pursue somehow of what you’ve become, though ours wasn’t a full time travel. We’re happy to at least explore places one at a time. Enjoy your travels and be safe! We’ll be following you guys and sticking around! :)

    • Thanks so much Jeremiah and Joanna, it’s good to hear you find our story inspiring. We just did what we needed to do, and it sounds as if you are doing that too. Wishing you happy and safe travels.

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