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Midlife Travel Techniques & Toys

Updated on April 9, 2014

Eat Your Travel Cake and Have It Too!

I have friends who tell me they can't imagine how I manage to travel or do as many "fun things" as I do. To be honest, I had the realization that if I don't do it, no one else is going to do it for me. I didn't travel much in my twenties, which seems to be when most people get up and go somewhere just to see what happens. However now being a bit older and wiser I've got the benefit of better decision making skills and I've got enough structure in my life that I don't have to quit a job or wipe out my savings as part of my travel strategy.

A lot of people say they find traveling in mid-life too exhausting and they don't have the energy or endurance or patience to put up with funky situations like they did when they were younger, and to me, those folks just aren't using their brains and the experience that naturally comes with being older to make a better experience. I use a combination of knowing myself and some incredibly cool travel toys so that I can satisfy my urge for adventure but accommodate a more mature energy level and the inevitable sense of liking things to be a certain way that just seems to come with getting older.

You know that famously mangled quote about cake and eating? Most people say "you can't have your cake and eat it too" but if you have cake, you can actually eat it. The actual quote is "you can't eat your cake and have it too" because of course if you eat your cake, then it's gone. I'm going to tackle that concept here from a travel perspective, where I try and show you how a middle-aged person who wants some excitement and fun can work out a budget for travel, stay connected to your life back home and take care of yourself on the road. If that's not eating your cake and having it too, I don't know what is!

By the way, what you're seeing here is the view from the field sink from when I was camping on Oahu, Hawaii in December 2010. How's that for something to look at while you wash your dishes? I took this picture to remind me to keep my horizons as big as possible.

Relache, self-portrait, Salt Spring Island, BC, March 2012
Relache, self-portrait, Salt Spring Island, BC, March 2012

Making Time And Money For An Adventure

learning to invest in yourself

The number one impediment to traveling for so many people is their perception of time. If you have a busy life, a family and a job, it often seems like you can't detach from all those tasks and responsibilities to get away. That is a choice on your part. I used to think I could never get away from my job, and then I changed how I thought about work and that led to changing the work I did and that led to being able to flex my schedule pretty much whenever I want.

If you work 12 hours a day and you love it, that's great. If you work 12 hours a day and you hate it, then maybe you should think about changing your situation. I live without a lot of things that many people consider necessary for their daily lives (cable tv, a car) so that the money I would automatically spend on the upkeep of those items can be spent elsewhere. I don't eat out much because cooking for myself is cheaper and I buy a lot of used clothing at thrift stores because all those little dollars here and there eventually add up to a travel budget.

Some of the work I do is connected to my travel. I do web work for a group who has events several times per year and I negotiated with them to get my airfare to the events and registration/admission fees in exchange for my work for them. Boom! There's three trips a year to see people I adore, do fun stuff I like and stay connected to a community I really want to support. I also do some work on site when I'm at the events, like arriving early and helping with set-up, leading workshops and watching for ways to step-in during the event in case they need an extra hand. Being a volunteer or doing work-trade is often an option for festivals and gatherings, and is a fantastic way to get to meet people.

Since I make a lot of my living writing for Squidoo and other sites (like HubPages) every time I have a new adventure, that's new material to write about, which leads to more web pages, which leads to more revenue opportunities, which leads to more adventures. Carry a small camera that shoots both stills and short videos and you've got web page potential just pouring into your hands. I started out writing about fun stuff I did in my own hometown (street fairs, special events, etc) and then progressed to weekend road trips, conventions and more. Up next: a trip to the UK and France!

If you want to travel, start small, start cheap and start learning what works for you. That last point is a big key to the entire process and allows you to build from there.

And just as an aside before I really get going here, I know some of you are probably looking at my flaming red hair (or the purple hair in my avatar) and thinking "who is this kid telling us what to do in middle age?" I'm in my mid-40s and finally decided to commit the time, budget and effort to have the hair I really wanted to have. Not to mention I now have more than enough proof that all those people who said crazy hair would stop me from doing what I wanted in life were (and are) totally wrong. Shown here, a self-portrait snapped at the top of Mt Maxwell on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada from April 2012.

What The Heck Is Mid-Life?

For the purposes of this lens, I'm defining "midlife" as ages 30-50. It's that time when most people are so caught up in jobs, houses and family that they think they're too old to be goofy and too young to take some time that's just for themselves. (Note I'm focusing on "mid-life" not "middle-age." Middle-age is a state of mind. Mid-life is biological.)

Writing On The Road - written and photo content while traveling

When I first started making lenses, I would travel, then come home and then make lenses about it. Famously, I once went on the road for an entire month and had my most profitable month on Squidoo up to that time, all without checking or touching a single lens. That doesn't have to be the case anymore.

I can now create my written and photographic content for lenses at night while resting up from the day's adventures. Having a Wi-Fi only model saves money but still lets me check in from the road and even create new lenses. As much as the total breaks were restful, it's nice to keep an eye on hot lenses during the holiday season to keep everything in top shape and I do happen to have a pair of elderly parents who I check on instead of them checking on me. Here is a rough run down of the toys that keep me in touch.

Apple iPad with Retina Display MD510LL/A (16GB, Wi-Fi, Black) 4th Generation
Apple iPad with Retina Display MD510LL/A (16GB, Wi-Fi, Black) 4th Generation

What made me buy an iPad when they were first available was travel and it's not left my hands on the road for just over two years now. I can work on lens content anywhere and then just upload when I get back to civilization enough to get a Wi-Fi signal. For a lot of my urban travel, I'm connected everywhere.

 

Go Easy On The Feets! - aiding the aging knees and ankles

One of the things that's gotten harder for me as I've gotten older is trying to help my knees and ankles keep up with what my brain is telling them. Sometimes they just get too tired or too creaky to keep up with my desires for sites and activities. But over a year ago, I found just the thing for that. These are Z-Coil shoes and it turns out I should have been asking my friends who are full-time emergency room staff what they wear, as these are hugely popular with that crowd too. The heels are a wound coil that takes TONS of strain off your feet, legs, and even your lower back. If you are on your feet all day, or would just like to be from time to time, these are well-worth the investment!

I can now hike the occasional moderately-sized mountain with a pair of these boots. That's not something my knees or brain would have thought possible a decade ago. These were my daily companions and best friends when I hit London and Paris in July 2012. I've now got three pair of these shoes in different styles. I don't leave home without them.

We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are. ~ Max DePree

Expanding Your Comfort Zone - loosening up what has become set over time

Rae climbing Mt Pilchuck, Oct 2011, photo by Kalla
Rae climbing Mt Pilchuck, Oct 2011, photo by Kalla

As most people get older, they get comfortable with certain things. However, it's possible to have an adventure without completely obliterating your comfort zone. I find it's easier for me to flex my mind, bu aging has made it much harder to flex the body and I think that for some people, they confuse the two and shut themselves down when they could be using that information in a helpful way instead.

Know your true physical hard limits - Do you have dietary factors to consider? Or physical limitations that are givens? Before you have an adventure, make a list of the things that just have to be a certain way for you to maintain proper physical function. Once you do that, the areas that are more flexible will become more clear.

Know your psychological hard limits - Do you get really testy if you don't have a quiet place to sleep? Does having to go along with a group make you feel stifled? Does being out on your own seem too scary? List number two looks at things that make you feel good mentally or emotionally. This is often where it's possible to negotiate with yourself and soften a few ideas so that you can try some new things.

This is me seen in mid-climb of Mt Pilchuck in Washington State from October 2011. You get about 2000 ft of vertical gain over the 2.5 miles of trail to the top. I'd never done hiking that really was climbing before this outing and it gave me the pleasure of seeing steam pour off of me (a weird but cool sight for sure!) and made a lot of metaphors about climbing mountains rather real. It pushed me physically and mentally without being impossible and was a perfect place to move the edges of my comfort zone out a few inches in every direction. I hiked with a friend who was my same exact height and fitness level, and we both found that made the entire experience much more comfortable compared to hiking we'd both done in the past with other people.

When I showed this picture to my 70+ father, he asked me where the trail was in relation to where I was in the picture. I told him I'm sitting on it.

Staying Hydrated - a little water (or a lot) makes everything easier

If there's one thing that's changed with having midlife adventures, it's that I've had to forcibly learn to take better care of myself. Things that used to be "no problem, off we go!" tend to kick my butt the day after. I used to be able to run around all day without a second thought about eating or drinking something and now that sort of behavior results in feeling completely crappy the next day.

Carrying water around while out and about has become a necessity, especially for my aging knees and ankles. Dehydration not only leaves me tired and with a headache but contributes to sore joints. Not fun... And a tiny water bottle doesn't cut it anymore either. Fortunately there's some lovely technology which not only solves that but allows me to carry my camera, sunscreen, snacks and a rain shell.

Camelbak Charm 50 oz Hydration Pack, Poppy Red/Tango Red
Camelbak Charm 50 oz Hydration Pack, Poppy Red/Tango Red

For short jaunts or half day adventures, a 50 oz (1.5 liter) water reservoir works well. Pack includes small pockets for bare essentials.

 
Camelbak Women's Magic Hydration Pack (70-Ounce/153 Cubic-Inch, Imperial Purple)
Camelbak Women's Magic Hydration Pack (70-Ounce/153 Cubic-Inch, Imperial Purple)

This is my favorite size, packing along a full 2 liters of water. The pack will also carry a rain shell or a more substantial amount of snacks.

 
Camelbak Fourteener 100 oz Hydration Pack, Total Eclipse/Moroccan Blue
Camelbak Fourteener 100 oz Hydration Pack, Total Eclipse/Moroccan Blue

Three liters of water and room for warmer layers makes this the bag for those really serious outings.

 
Jungle Bathtub, photo by Relache
Jungle Bathtub, photo by Relache

Midlife Travel Challenges - where the rock meets the hard place

We all have different quirks, those bits that just seem set in stone that "have" to be or everything else doesn't seem to fall into place. On a trip to Switzerland with my father when I was just out of college, we found we traveled rather well together, having never done it before. One day as we were packing up and getting ready to head out to our next destination, he turned to me and said, "You're just like me... one good hot shower in the morning and then everything else can be dealt with..." I laughed because he was right. I don't know what it is about having hot water pour down on my head once every twenty-four hours, but I'm amazed what I can deal with when there is that one facet in place.

(This is the actual bathtub in my friend's backyard on Oahu. She's in her 60s and after finally retiring from a multi-decade career as a mental health practitioner, she's literally all over the place and wondering what took her so long to get out there.)

What is your biggest must-have or deal-breaker for when you travel?

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Fully Self-Contained

One of my main travel rules is that I have to be fully self-contained. Put another way, I have to be able to move all my gear and luggage by myself with no carts and no help, in airports, up hills, wherever. Just following this one simple rule will do more to lighten your load (literally) than just about any other for travel.

Camping Older and Smarter - making roughing it a little bit easier

I go camping a couple of times every summer, most often at festivals that last about 4-6 days. Sometimes I go to two events like this just a week apart. That can be fun and it's not total backpacking rough but it is in tents in places that sometimes only have potable water and pit toilets and the weather can vary from Pacific Northwest forests (with rain) to Southwester deserts (with heat and sun). My mind is as young as ever, but my back definitely isn't and I can't guarantee having a bodyworker on call to fix me if something gets stiff or spasms. I needed something that was more comfortable than just a trail pad but lighter and more packable than your average camping cot and I was willing to invest in whatever it was that met that need. I almost couldn't believe it when I found this and it very quickly went to the top three on my list of favorite camping toys!

LuxuryLite UltraLite Cot Sleeping pads
LuxuryLite UltraLite Cot Sleeping pads

Weighing in at less than 3 lbs, this is high-tech meets portable comfort! On my first trip out with this cot, I set up on rocky ground and endured a small monsoon that had a tiny creek running through my tent, passing cleanly under the cot which kept all my bedding dry. I called that earning my money back in one trip! Set-up and break-down are easy, and the cot fits rather well in most two person tents that are rectangular. (tiny squares might be an issue so measure before you buy)

 

Midlife Road Trip - Videos - see what some other folks are doing

Although Ferris Bueller was a fictional high school student, he was right about many things. Especially the idea that life moves pretty fast and that if you don't stop and take a look around, you'll miss it.

Midlife Adventure Reports - comments and contributions - how are you breaking out of your box?

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      marvins 

      4 years ago

      A complete informative and inspirational lens. I am planning to go out for some adventurous trip with my friends. This lens help me lot :) thanks :)

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      Rae Schwarz 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      @CodeNameRJ: To me, good travel takes planning ahead so that when you are actually doing it, things go smoothly and you can then just enjoy yourself.

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      CodeNameRJ 

      5 years ago

      I'm looking to start traveling in the near future. This is pure inspiration as I'm young and haven't been out of my city yet lol. Nice work!

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      SusanneB 

      5 years ago

      Good vork Thanks for all tips

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      everflow 

      5 years ago

      Beautiful Lens! I have traveled most of my life and have loved every minute. Thanks for all the great tips.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Very inspiring. Keep up the good work! I am a keen traveler also!

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      diegocomercio 

      5 years ago

      Nice post. Great tips and thoughts.

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      triley76 

      5 years ago

      Thanks, very inspiring! That's where I am in life, the family, the job and the feeling of no time.

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      Automatic365 

      5 years ago

      Really appreciate the info. A lot of good tips

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      steffix40 

      5 years ago

      Appreciate, as the mid-life person I am myself..

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      Dawn Romine 

      5 years ago from Nebraska

      Yup, this is what I want to do. I want to retire and travel, and make some money while I'm doing it. We're probably going the travel camper route through. I didn't start traveling until I was middle age (30's) and the bug has gotten me.

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      AlleyCatLane 

      6 years ago

      It took me retiring at 62 to really get me out of my box, trying new things, and traveling for fun (not just going to visit family or friends). I am having the best time in my life now. I only wish I had started much earlier in life. Your advice is spot on. Blessed!

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      Elaine Chen 

      6 years ago

      I like the statement: "Middle-age is a state of mind. Mid-life is biological"; thanks for sharing your great travel experience

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      air ambulance s 

      6 years ago

      Many great points. I just started planning a trip to belize last night...what a coincidence that I stumbled across your lens. Very good advice!!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      @schwarz: relache, So sorry. I'll "attribute" my error, without malice of afterthought, to inconclusive evidence of senility . . . or maybe anything else but an arrow with a sharp point. But yours is well taken. That said, your lens remains "brilliant"! I'll choose to focus on that, and ignore the slap . . .

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      Rae Schwarz 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      @agreatlife: So much can happen in just a 3-4 day trip! That's a great way to make adventures doable.

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      biggking lm 

      6 years ago

      great stuff

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      cao03 

      6 years ago

      Great lens! Every article is informative and fun. I am in the process of scaling down and traveling on, even though I am in my late mid-life stage. But I agree,, it's never too late to do what you want. Sometimes just have to do it in a different way.

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      Rae Schwarz 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      @anonymous: Eric, there's nobody on this lens named "Seth." My name is Rae, and I'm the author of this content. I'm glad you liked what you read here, but I'm sorry you seem to have attributed my work to someone else.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Hey Seth !

      "The number one impediment to (A)(traveling) for so many people is their perception of (B)(time)".

      Someone once said "all truths are simple."

      That phrase magically came to mind as the simple truth embedded in the opening sentence of the section titled: "Making Time And Money For An Adventure -learning to invest in yourself" began to ascend on it's own balloon into my imagination!

      There's a lot of meat on the bone for many a feast at the table set by the relationship between (A) and (B). I would gladly stand on a chair, don a horned Viking helmet and sing out loud had I thought of it. Instead, I'm going to simply follow where it leads, into my own writing. Seth, you've gifted us, again, brilliant!

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      jenshak 

      6 years ago

      I love your lens... and the awesome insight you provide. Recently my husband and I let go of everything (jobs, house, furniture, etc) packed up our kids and told them we were making a life move because things needed to change. It was a journey that led us completely across the country from PA to CA... took two weeks instead of one... has had its bumps in the road, but we have been here a week and are embracing our nomad life while we decide where we will settle... as artists... as a family.

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      tylerlongtw lm 

      6 years ago

      Great Stuff

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      LoriBeninger 

      6 years ago

      I may just have to give this a try -- and soon, as I'm going crazy working! Great lens -- not cluttered, insightful, fun and clear.

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      Gloria Freeman 

      6 years ago from Alabama USA

      Would love to take a road trip.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Very nice lens.

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      MerandaJade 

      6 years ago

      This is just how I want to be living my life in about 4 years. Have to wait for the kids to be self-sufficient first!

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      RhondaTrapp 

      6 years ago

      Nice looking !

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      Rentini 

      6 years ago

      This is a great lens! Loving your outlook on life!

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      Fantastic Voyages 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Good advice! I used to travel a lot for business, and didn't like it that much. Now I travel because I want to, and get much more enjoyment out of it! I agree.. you just have to make a decision to make the time to do things that you enjoy, and let go of the things that suck the life out of you. Nice page!

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      Clairissa 

      6 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Great lens and I love your red hair!!! I am the same age and my hubby and I are contemplating our lives now. (Great analogy on mid life and middle aged... love it) Living with less and doing more. :) Who needs all the stuff when life is out there waiting to be explored. :) Blessed! Thanks for sharing this...

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      SMW1962 LM 

      6 years ago

      I needed to read this. I've been at a turning point in my life and am having a hard time knowing how to proceed. Thanks.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      You have a great attitude about it all which is the key.

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      crbphotography 

      6 years ago

      Very good lens with lots of great ideas. I am going to look into purchasing the spring heel boots. Thanks for the tip.

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      ChenB 

      6 years ago

      Love the lens! I think it's important to invest in one's self, regardless of age.

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      robertzimmerman2 

      6 years ago

      Wow, these are some of the best tips I have heard, thanks!

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      coincrazy98 

      6 years ago

      Great lens! Makes me want to pack up and leave RIGHT NOW!

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      agreatlife 

      6 years ago

      I'm into motorcycling (a "biker") and have experienced some amazing 3 & 4 day road trips with groups of bikers into some of the most scenic areas of South Africa, maybe even the world!

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      Kathryn Grace 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Just returning to stop by and say Congratulations on receiving LOTD. Richly deserved!

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      oakstreet 

      6 years ago

      Adventure would be fun but we definitely need planning. Great len and a big "like" from me.

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      getmoreinfo 

      6 years ago

      I just saw that your going to be in London in July, that should be really exciting.

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      Stress-Master 

      6 years ago

      What a great lens. My dream is to travel round the uk, and we are moving towards it.

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      crstnblue 

      6 years ago

      Very nice lens. Informative and joyful.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      jayceehaynes 

      6 years ago

      nice lens :)

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      NC Shepherd 

      6 years ago

      Ah, a kindred soul! I'm temporarily grounded, but when my fiance's daughter is out of high school in two years, I'm going to introduce him to life on the road. He's never traveled before. Can't wait!

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      candy47 

      6 years ago

      Great lens. Congratulations on Lens of the Day :)

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      Vicki Green 

      6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Great travel tips for those who are midlife or ...um..er.. beyond. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      pheonix76 

      6 years ago from WNY

      This is a really great lens -- I don't think there is any good excuse not to travel, even just short distances from home. It's always refreshing to see new places and faces. Thanks for sharing!

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      DebMartin 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the inspiration. I break out of my box 12 weeks of each year where I travel to the far north for time away from people, power, connection, etc. Just me, my gear, and some good books. d

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      gypsykitschpres 

      6 years ago

      Very helpful ideas at a time when we really needed them. The Ultra Light Cot was especially helpful. We have been looking for a sleeping solution to camping without a trailer! Thanks so much.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      great lens :D Congrats on your LOTD

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      amythomson187 

      6 years ago

      Wow congrats for getting the lens of the day. What an inspiring lens you have, i have liked and bookmarked it. Some people have dreams and others live them. :) Amy x

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      brendajoy 

      6 years ago

      Hey relache, congrats on the LOTD. This is the second time I have read your lens. Learned a lot the 2nd time through. Good stuff. Keep living large!

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      happynutritionist 

      6 years ago

      Fun to come back and say congrats on the LOTD...and I did show my hubby those shoes you suggest here:-)

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      Allan R. Wallace 

      6 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      I've packed a few essentials and I'm travelling through South America. No real plans, just looking around. I may return home eventually.

      It's good you are encouraging folks to enjoy their world. Back home I lost track of how many told me I should be slowing down like setting concrete. Slow is the pace down here, but keeping moving helps me to learn like a four year old. That gives me another 40 years 'till middle age.

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      Superwriter711 

      6 years ago

      I love this. I'm hoping to start traveling soon and this is great inspiration

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      menskincaretips 

      6 years ago

      Awesome lens, I'm looking forward to doing a road trip across America some day and then move out to Europe and other parts of the world! Great tips, thanks for sharing!

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      Bill 

      6 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      We recently flew from our home in Australia to the USA for a 21 day whirlwind trip. Rented a car, drove god knows how many miles, saw amazing places, it was an incredible trip! When time allows, I will turn the trip into a few lenses. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Spiderlily321 

      6 years ago

      Congrats on the LOTD! This is a great lens with really good pictures too. I would love to travel more but not making enough money to do so yet. After my fiance and I get a great book deal (hopefully soon) we will travel the world together :)

      Thanks for sharing this

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      PennyHowe 

      6 years ago

      Congratulations on your award of Lens of the Day. Lots of interesting and useful information. I agree, sometimes we need to step out of the box and look at it as a new adventure instead of being afraid.

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on LOTD and the purple star. I love to travel, but it's always good to come home.

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      gypsyman27 lm 

      6 years ago

      You really have me thinking, my youngest son is in college (I'm a single parent, or was) and he gives me his blessing. Go and be happy Dad, he knows he can hit me up for cash as I'll only be a cell phone call away. I could take my laptop and hit the road again, this time as an older man. I won't make all of the mistakes I made when I was young. (I could write a lens about that!) Great lens, if you can get me thinking then you have the skills of a practicing therapist. See you around the galaxy...

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      ViJuvenate 

      6 years ago

      You are absolutely right, it's a choice. A difficult one at that! I hope to one day have fewer responsibilities and be happier about choosing this for myself, but for now, it's awfully fun reading about others' trips here on squidoo!

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      Lenskeeper 

      6 years ago

      Love your lens. I am planning to do some traveling shortly, hopefully while working on the web from a laptop! :)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Very good lens. Congratulations on getting LoTD!

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 

      6 years ago from Washington State

      I first got into the habit of traveling, visiting my daughter in college.

      This lens is really helping me to prepare for the this life I have always wanted too.

      It is helping me decide between an iphone or ipad. Wonderful read! Thanks

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      stargoldteam12 

      6 years ago

      nice lens

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      FunNaturePhotog 

      6 years ago

      I really ate this up! I've often dreamed of travelling and earning a living as I go but I'm a little clueless on the "how's" (especially the techie stuff) that would make life so much easier. Your lens is very inspiring and gave me some good ideas. Thanks so much for sharing! Oh, and btw, you were pretty close to where I live last month (Sunshine Coast, B.C.) when you visited Saltspring Island. Isn't it fantastic? Thanks again!

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      resabi 

      6 years ago

      This is a wonderfully inspiring and practical lens. I love your suggestions and your ideas for altering point of view and expectations seem really sound. Love your ideas for trading labor for travel and am going to pass this lens on to my 21-year-old daughter as a possible way for her to BEGIN her travel adventures. Blessed...

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      fdurham 

      6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! The secret to life is to make work feel like fun. Looks like you've accomplished that.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Hey, this is right "up my alley"! I'm a little older than you, but have the same philosophie about "getting out of your comfort zone".

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      SteveKaye 

      6 years ago

      We go on three to four trips each year. Like you, we are very frugal - one hybrid car, no TV, mostly simple meals at home, and so on. Thus, we can afford to spend time in nature. Great article. Thanks for publishing it.

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      Bercton1 

      6 years ago

      Great lens and good work!

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      Susan Deppner 

      6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I have to say that I'm a homebody and have no real desire to travel. However, I would always encourage anyone who loves traveling, no matter what their age, to go for it. And now I'd point them to this lens. All of your tried-and-true suggestions and wisdom that comes from having been there and done that are totally awesome! Have an outstanding trip to the UK and France - can't wait to see the lenses that result! Congratulations on the Lens of the Day honor to an over-the-top amazing lensmaster!

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      lclchors 

      6 years ago

      I don't stay put for very long. Never have. spent 3 years travelling with my dog and horse doing clinics and living in a tackroom in my horse trailer. Loved it.

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      cabletiesandmore 

      6 years ago

      Good to know the difference between mid age and mid life.. so much involved with the things that we usually forget to differentiate between age and life. We need to identify life other than age.. Superb Lens !

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      Little Linda Pinda 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Congratulations on your LOTD. I love traveling with my husband.

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      derryod 

      6 years ago

      Great article, although realising I'm in mid life set me back a bit, I still believe myself to be young. Just a state of mind as you say :) Great lens and congrats on lens of the day, and inspiring me to get back to work on my own lenses.

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      tagesgeld2 

      6 years ago

      Really Thanks for this! Great

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      tagesgeld2 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for this Infos. Great

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      agoofyidea 

      6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I love to travel and have parred down my stuff so that now I can mostly use a small backpack. My husband hates to travel and brings everything but the kitchen sink. Correlation? Maybe. Nice lens.

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      burntchestnut 

      6 years ago

      When I got laid off from my job, various relatives told me to come and stay with them if I wanted. I sold/gave away most of my possessions and have been visiting ever since. My relatives enjoy my company and I help them around the house and yard, or do errands for them. Fortunately my car is paid for. I have few expenses and can make my payments with writing (barely).

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      JoshK47 

      6 years ago

      What a positively wonderful lens - thank you so much for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel, and congrats on LotD! Well-deserved! :)

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      Himalee 

      6 years ago

      Congrats!!!!

      Awsem Lens!!

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      KateHonebrink 

      6 years ago

      Over a year ago, we sold everything but our clothes, computers and Harmony, the tabby cat, and moved to Florida. It was very liberating and continues to be to this day!

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      jarajelissa 

      6 years ago

      WoW nice Travel here :)

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      intermarks 

      6 years ago

      I like travel a lot, and I always plan a head my travel, but into an adventure life, I need to persuade my partner to be agree with me first.

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      sheezie77 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful lens! thumbs up

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      thedogsballs76 

      6 years ago

      Making Time and Money for an Adventure is an inspirational piece of work. I dreamed of traveling from a very young age and took off when I was 18 and didn't stop for 10 years. Fatherhood bought an ceremonious end to free will! But I'm preparing to start again, and your article has come at the right time for me. Thank you

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      WriterJanis2 

      6 years ago

      Very inspiring lens. Congrats on LOTD. Blessed!

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      americandigitalmedia 

      6 years ago

      what a lovely adventure to read. Hope I can have this wonderful trip too. Nice and I'm fun to read this.

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      Whitwillow LM 

      6 years ago

      Great lens. As you can tell from my lenses I have only recently started exploring the country around me.

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      stephenes 

      6 years ago

      Hey very lovely page :)

      SHared it on FB too :)

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Congrats on LOTD award! This article is wonderful and very inspirational. You go! :)

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      microfarmproject 

      6 years ago

      After years of being a teacher and then a stay-at-home mom, I became a master gardener. Thanks for posting the travel tips!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Looks like a lot of fun, My 18 grandchildren would love this.

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      Rae Schwarz 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      @Adrienne Jenkins: So far, I have places booked but won't have my first actual stay until early June. I sort of feel I have to have the complete experience before I can review it.

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      Anna2of5 

      6 years ago

      I'm here doing this at 7:00pm instead of flaking out on the couch. I've been battling depression for a few years now, and just recently got into Squidoo ( I think I'm on day 17 in a row?). i've traveled by plane to a few places over the years, so I'm ok at the carry on, with purse. i traveled to London, England in 1990 for a semester. But not too much travel lately. Just reading about it is nice. Ooh, I drove once with my eldest to Corning and back in one day (on the way home she counted 14 lightning bolts-it was raining kinda hard off and on.)

      Thanks for the informative lens, and I think your hair is neato!

      Sincerely, Anna2of5

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      getmoreinfo 

      6 years ago

      I agree that we all get to a point in our lives where we sit back and reflect on what we would like to accomplish before our time runs out so to speak, this is a very enlightening journey you have shared with us. Thanks so much.

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      getmoreinfo 

      6 years ago

      This is such a great idea and I love reading about your travel experiences, it really is an adventure.

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