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.

547 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!

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