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Azure Window, Gozo

 

Way back on March 1, 2008 we boarded a plane headed for Cairo, officially finished with our regular lives as we had known them to that point. Leaving our financial planning and child injury prevention 9 to 5 jobs behind without only a hint of nostalgia, we set out to forge a new path that would allow us to remain on the road indefinitely and give us the chance to experience a level of freedom completely new to us, try it out for a while and see how it fit. Well, so far, like a glove. Of course, as I had always suspected and can now confirm, you can change the circumstances all you want, but they don’t change your personality. And both Laynni and I are planners. Always have been and, it seems, always will be. So what started out as the epitome of random travel with an eye to all sorts of uncharacteristic spontaneity has slowly evolved into a fairly predictable pattern of events. Our now standard routine is to spend May to August enjoying summer in Saskatchewan, with our time split between our condo in Saskatoon, Laynni’s family in Prince Albert, and our family cabin at Waskesiu. Then September arrives, the temperature starts to drop, various young relatives move into our condo, and these serve as our cue to hit the road for the next 3 ½ months. We return for a few weeks over Christmas to spend time with family and friends, and get just enough a taste of winter to remind us how much we like warm weather, then we’re off again from early January until the end of April. Clockwork travel, one country at a time.

3 comments

  1. Fiona again.
    Funny, but I picked you as a writer, before I read the biog stuff at the top of your website!
    Caustic description and wit, coupled with an imaginative way of covering a travel story was evident in your Galapagos blogs.
    Have seen your books for sale in the travel section of Readings in Lygon St, Carlton, Australia.
    Let us know if you guys are headed to Australia, more specifically Ballarat. Can meet for dinner and show you the local hangouts. Know Melbourne inside out too!
    Also visit my fionaludbrook.com website and have a look at my “traveller profile series”!
    It seems you have an excellent sense of humour and may well recognise some of the stereotyped travellers I profile.
    My own website is much broader than yours. Head to the travel entries if you are not interested in feminist analysis or how to market your house and achieve the best price. or what gifts to buy, should you ever get stuck!
    I must say, I found the David Attenborough narrative that kept playing in my head as I journeyed around the Galapagos as annoying as it was useful.
    Have vowed to give up documentaries and reading forthwith!
    I dont want to find even one more place to add to my bucket list!
    I don’t want to find one more species I really must see in the wild….
    My problem is, not only am I now writing up my own experiences in the hope that someone else find them informative, or entertaining or both, I am now equally addicted to wildlife photography.
    My carry on luggage is filled with heavy camera lenses and other photographic equipment.
    I am truly addicted to travel!
    More specifically to wildlife photography and wild places, then again I can be happy hanging out in Europe or Vancouver a while!
    Thanks for a refreshingly entertaining website Dean!
    At least I know where to visit when I cant afford a plane ticket….and need some inspiration for my own “work”; your website!
    Cheers
    Fiona

  2. Thanks for the kind words, it is always great to hear from fellow writers. Checked out your website and you weren’t kidding, you cover a really wide variety of topics! Only scratched the surface so far but I see a lot of interesting stuff, and was really impressed by some of the photos. Looking forward to checking out more…

  3. Thanks Dean,
    I have discovered a few typos and spelling slips when reading over some of my blogs.
    I do edit, but some manage to slip through!
    Do forgive and thanks for your reply!
    Happy writing and travels!
    Fiona

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