Amy and Dave share their insights into sustainable travel, bucket list destinations, and travel gear. They relish all their travel adventures, but focus on active and luxury travel after 50.
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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.
After a couple of health battles in 2007-2008 Dave and I adopted the Carpe Diem philosophy. Seize the day! Make each moment count! Five years later, after another health challenge, we decided to Carpe Mundum – Seize the world! The world in our backyard, and, when time and money permit, the fantastic destinations in the greater world.
With our kids grown, and travel a priority, we made adjustments in our life to create a smaller carbon footprint. We sold our big house, moved into an energy efficient condo (where we walk to most everything!), invested in a hybrid vehicle, and ramped up our 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 it to encourage appreciation of the natural world and share our insights into sustainable travel. I begin researching destinations and travel options when there’s even a hint that we might take a trip. I hope that this website will encourage you to make the most of every moment and spare you some of the stress of travel.
Dave and Amy met in the fall of Amy’s first year of college and have been together ever since. They traveled with their three children as much as a tight budget would allow and, based on their kids’ activities as adults, instilled in their three children the love of travel. Now they have six grandchildren who they’re hoping to borrow for more family adventures around the world.
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. No trip is complete until Dave has visited a local music store.
Amy is retired from a career in public libraries. She brings her love of research and reading to their trip planning. Amy is an avid birder and works with several environmental organizations.
Amy and Dave spend a lot of time crossing the US to visit family, but try for one or two special trips a year – one an active outdoor one, and one a splurge. 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 are missing Cody, their cocker spaniel.