Ignore the gray hair. Beneath the disguise, we're wandering nomads!

We lived in Hawaii for 30 years - where Lou was a professor of economics at the University of Hawaii and Joan was the art critic for the Honolulu newspaper - until we retired in 1999. What should we do next? We could stay in our home near the beach where our retirement years would be comfortable and familiar - or we could go for it!

So we sold our house and furniture, shoved the rest of the stuff into storage, put on backpacks and went off to see the world. E
arlier, we'd visited Western Europe, Japan and parts of China, so we decided to go to less-traveled areas.

Years later we're still traveling. We've trekked in the jungles of New Guinea and over the mountains of Nepal... dived into the bazaars of Tangiers and explored the ruins of Angkor... traveled along the Old Silk Road and taken the road to Mandalay... swum with sea lions in the Galapagos and piranha in the Amazon... tasted snake wine in Vietnam and guinea pig in Ecuador.... visited Voodoo shrines in Benin and hitch-hiked under the sun of  the Kalahari Desert.

While traveling in the mountains of Northern Pakistan, we were astounded to meet David, a 93-year-old Canadian on crutches. His eagerness to travel at an advanced age both humbled and inspired us. This website is dedicated to travelers of all ages who embody David's spirit of enthusiasm and adventure.

When on the road, we send travelogues every few weeks to family, friends and fellow travelers. If you'd like to be on our mailing list, please CONTACT US 

Joan and Lou Rose    


"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." Mark Twain





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Website assistance: Andrew Brownstone

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  AFRICA                                    Kenya, Tanzania & Zanzibar, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal       
  SOUTH AMERICA                    Ecuador, Galapagos, Amazonia, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Patagonia (Chile, Argentina) 
  EUROPE & MOROCCO                 France, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, Morocco               
  MIDDLE EAST & GREECE           Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Greece
  OCEANIA & ASIA                              New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia  (Irian Jaya & Bali), Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Pakistan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, India, Nepal    
  USA                                            Alaska, San Francisco, Sierra Nevada Mountains 
WHY WE TRAVEL              
  ITINERARIES                         2005, 2004, 2003-2, 2001, 2000, 1999