Traveling like turtles, slowly and deliberately, we’ve wandered together since 2004. With no cure for an insatiable wanderlust and an undeniable need to live life to the fullest, TurtlesTravel blog is a place to reflect on newly-discovered places, people and ideas. We hope it will serve as a place for like-minded people to meet, explore and be inspired.
Travel is a longtime obsession. My first international trip was to the Bahamas when I was two! Believe it or not, I have vague memories of the aqua blue water, white sand, warm sun and bright colors of clothing and paint. I remember looking at fish through the bottom of a glass-bottom boat, and splashing in the hotel pool wearing water wings.
The next big trip was as a teenager on year-long high school exchange to Japan my senior year. What a wonderful way to be introduced to another culture at a relatively young age. I became and remain a total believer in total immersion in every way you can manage it. I attended a public Japanese high school, and lived with several amazing families. I got a great head-start on the language that would become my college major, and insight into my own personality that would have taken many more years to gain (if ever). I have been back to Japan several times, and maintain close ties with my friends and pseudo-family there.
The next phase was multiple visits to the Caribbean, Venezuela and Central America. I spent a couple of years back and forth to Venezuela, so I’ve seen most of its corners on my own. I traveled partly on the barter system then, trading translation services (even Spanish to Japanese once!) and English lessons for hotel nights and meals. It’s here that I became a certified diver, and developed a love for being beneath the sea rather than always on the surface. As with Japan, I have great friends and family there with whom I remain in close contact.
Deciding to travel with a partner rather than on my own was not difficult, but I did give it a lot of thought. Couples and groups seem less approachable, and in all of my solo travels, many of my favorite moments were with people who took me under their wing because I was alone. With two, it takes extra effort to reach out to people. That being said, it is wonderful to have someone there to share experiences with as they happen, and for a woman traveling alone, a companion does open up some opportunities less safe to undertake alone. Donny and I had been traveling together for work and pleasure for several years, and had done a few trial international trips before setting off on our first “RTW.”
This blog began to keep friends and family in touch with where we are and what we’re doing. It continues to serve as a supplement to (sometimes replacement for) my ever-faulty memory. It has also evolved into a place to continue writing, and reflect on newly-discovered places, people and ideas. We hope it will become a place for like-minded people to meet, explore and be inspired.
When I was nine, I wrote in a school essay that “travel the world” was what I wanted to do when I grew up. I guess it’s just fulfilling my destiny to see it happen.
The first time I really stretched my wings as an adult was when I moved to Salt Lake City to work for the winter Olympics. Driving from Atlanta to Utah was a complete eye opener. After spending nearly a year in Utah, I returned to Georgia but never really unpacked my bags. That is when I got started working in the Mobile Marketing field. Since then, I’ve driven to 47 of the lower 48 states; I still need to get to N. Dakota!
Whether it’s been working or traveling I’ve pretty much had my life in the bag I’m carrying. I have large appetite for learning about new cultures, cuisines and landscapes. Here’s one of my favorite quotes…
Plenty sits still, Hunger is a wanderer. ~Zulu proverb
Since we’ve both been working in the field of Mobile Marketing for a number of years, our situation is somewhat less complicated than many others wanting to travel for extended periods. Working on a contract basis, there is no company to sever ties with, no leave of absence to arrange, and no boss to bow out on. Being out on the road for months at a time for work also helped teach us how few possessions you really need. Traveling light is the way to go on a trip and in life. We cherish every moment of life’s journey.