Flashlight Friday—the day I shine a tiny little spotlight (a.k.a. flashlight) on a traveler who I admire.
I always like to imagine myself living to be over 100, and being coherent and active all the way to the end. It gives me encouragement to see other people who seem to have the same goals in mind.
Alison and Don, of “Adventures in Wonderland” are shining examples of people who are living my ideal future life. A couple in their 60′s and 70′s, they sold everything in 2011 in order to start traveling, and have been living a very non-traditional nomadic life ever since. They are currently doing a six-month trip around South America.
It’s been fun reading their blog and imagining their life together. Alison has always had the travel bug, and has worked at over 100 different types of jobs in order to support her wandering ways. Don was a neuropsychologist and very well established for years and years before he met Alison. Gradually, she got him to become interested in, and then seek out, travel and adventure. And now they egg each other on.
“Don and I are so funny—we always initially say no to the things we’ve never done before. I suppose there’s some fear of not being able to do it, or keep up, or something, and we’re almost always surrounded by teenage or twentysomething backpackers. When Don first saw the boat at Iguazu Falls he was very sure he was not going out in that boat. I was up for it, but the ice trekking not so much. It kinda scared me. I remember Don didn’t want to go swimming with the elephants in Laos, and I tried to chicken out at the last minute. Then we end up doing all these things anyway. And every time, without fail, it is the best. fun. ever. Every time.”
I love their “This Nomadic Life” series, which shares their inner thoughts about life on the road.
I love their travel stories from all of the places they have been. The descriptions of what they did and what they learned are well-written so they’re interesting and engaging. They are always accompanied by pictures of people with character and stunning scenery, which make every post even better.
This post explains what a glacier is.
I’m blown away by the photos from their time in India, like this first of many posts about Delhi.
I love the constant self-assessment and re-adjusting they do, to maintain peace and harmony between each other and their environment.
Here is an excerpt from one such assessment:
“I don’t understand why the mind continues to complain when nothing is wrong and it has next to nothing to do, but it does. The mind is almost never happy. This supposedly non-existent entity whines and complains and makes shit up just because it can. What can I do about the mind’s incessant whining and complaining? Stop believing that it matters or that it means anything.”
Aren’t these people so interesting?
My absolute favorite thing to see is that Alison and Don are still discovering new things about themselves, each other, and the world around them—in their 60′s and 70′s! See? That means we’ll never get it all figured out, and that’s okay! That’s exciting! And we can stop worrying about it! All that matters is that we continue learning and growing.
I’ll end with my other absolute favorite thing, their overriding feeling about life on the road:
“I find I am happy almost all the time. Blissful would be more like it. Living the life my heart truly wants to live. I’m grateful every day, and feel astonishingly lucky and blessed.”
Are you as inspired as I am by Alison and Don? What do you want to be doing when you’re in your 70′s? Let me know, in the comments below.
Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!
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