“And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.”
Hi! I’m Amy, the writer behind the Traveling Tulls. I have always been an animal lover, memorizing every breed of dog as a child, and celebrating all my birthday parties in nature reserves. As a child of the 60s, I embraced environmental movements, and got my degree in biology, with a focus on ecology. I spent my working life in public libraries, but continued my passion for the outdoors in my volunteer work.
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Dave and I met in the fall of my first year of college and have been together ever since – 45+ years! After a couple of major health battles Dave and I adopted the Carpe Diem philosophy. Seize the day! Seize the world! The world in our backyard, and, when time and money permit, the fantastic destinations abroad.
With our kids grown, and travel a priority, we made adjustments in our life to create a smaller carbon footprint. We sold our family home, moved into an energy efficient condo (where we walk to most everything!), invested in a hybrid vehicle, and ramped up our environmental volunteer work.
I began this website as a means of sharing our adventures with family (translation: reassuring Mom and Dad that we were OK when we were away) but continue writing to encourage appreciation of the natural world and share insights into responsible travel. As a women over 60, I recognize there are challenges AND advantages to traveling in retirement and share strategies that I hope will work for others.
Amy is retired from a career in public libraries. She brings her love of research and reading to their trip planning. She begins researching destinations and travel options when there’s even a hint of a trip, and she LOVES preparing packing lists. Amy is an avid birder and works with several environmental organizations.
Dave has spent his career in business, traveling often and accruing some much-appreciated hotel and airline points. In addition to these travel perks Dave has accumulated an impressive collection of guitars.
Amy and Dave spend a lot of time crossing the US to visit family (they have SIX grandchildren now!) but try for one or two special trips a year. They aim for affordable luxury (oxymoron?), looking for sales, when possible, but giving in on the truly extraordinary trips occasionally. Both enjoy cycling, photography, and sunset suppers with friends.