Hi, I’m Elaine. I’ve been married to my husband Mike for almost 50 years. We have four grown children and in a few months we will welcome our tenth grandchild into the world.
The extent of our traveling together has been taking a few trips across the United States in RVs I managed to get my hands on and spending a few weeks together in Italy with a short cruise around Greece.
I love to travel. My husband has no interest in traveling anymore.
It has taken me a very long time to wrap my head around the fact that if I was going to fulfill my dream of traveling the world I would need to find a way to do so on my own because I don’t believe in forcing my husband to do something he doesn’t wholeheartedly want to do.
At first it seemed pretty dismal. I had no idea how I was going to pull it off. I had no money of my own and I wasn’t about to take money out of our savings account to use to travel myself with. No, if I was going to travel by myself, I felt it was only fair to so on my own dime.
I worked for a year teaching piano lessons before becoming eligible to receive a small social security check. The money I saved from teaching is my nest egg and I use my social security checks to live on while traveling. Because that check is less than $1000 a month, I need to travel as inexpensively as possible without compromising on my travel experiences.
As I journal and share my travel experiences I hope to inspire other women who may find themselves in a similar situation to take the plunge.
If I can do it, you can too!
I welcome your comments, your suggestions, and your friendship.