Jenny Plesums is a CPA who is gradually retiring. Charlie Plesums is a computer consultant who started a retirement business building custom furniture, and after 12 years is gradually retiring from that. Why? They both love to travel. For the last couple years, it has been over 100,000 airline miles per year. And as a one time professor and computer geek, Charlie loves to write about it.
We are old enough to not want to hike and camp (and we only rarely want to climb the 350 steps to the top of the local tower, like we did in years past). But we are still strong enough (walk several miles per day) and still sharp enough (rarely need a local guide) that we feel comfortable traveling on our own. We are rich enough to afford at least a 3 or 4 star hotel (we gave up 1 and 2 star hotels several years ago), but are frugal enough that we know our savings will allow more trips. We “never” eat out when we are home, so we can splurge when we are in interesting cities. A friend calls these SKI trips (no snow or water) – they are trips to Spend the Kid’s Inheritance.
Could we go on group tours? Yes, maybe someday, or maybe some destination that is beyond our ability (Antarctica?). Could we go on a cruise? Yes, maybe someday, but we haven’t enjoyed half day trips on large ferries – we are more anxious to get there than to enjoy the water voyage and on-board entertainment.
Could we go on long trips? We both have activities and work at home that we value, so many of our trips are a week or so. Maybe someday when we are old they will become longer.
If you are like us – mid-grade travelers who would rather tour a city and visit a museum than to spend 4 days hiking, skiing, or sunbathing, we hope you will enjoy our experiences and suggestions. We hope you will contribute your experiences as well – especially corrections where something had changed, or where we told the story wrong, or there is a point we have missed. We look forward to hearing from you.
We are gradually converting from our old travel web site, which you are welcome to visit.
What’s the difference between our old web site and this blog? One way vs. two way. On a web site we write, you read; on a blog you can ask and answer – it becomes a two way conversation. We hope.
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