About Me

The World is Waiting

The world is an amazing place, isn’t it?  It doesn’t have to be far away, either. If we only look, there are fascinating things close by and exotic places that require a journey, the thrill of travel; some are obvious. Some are hidden.

After spending a little while living in Papua New Guinea and Australia, I have to admit, I’m addicted to travel. The only problem is, I need to figure out how to do it when there isn’t a lot of money in the bank.

When we came back to the U.S., we settled in a town on the outskirts of San Diego called Escondido — which means “Hidden Place.” And we’ve found so much to love here, and there is so much more waiting to be discovered.

I look forward to sharing with you —

    • Travel and really cool places around the world and in the United States
    • Some awesome places around San Diego and Southern California
    • My process in learning to be a travel blogger and also in learning how to do all of this frugally

A Word About Frugality

There will be times I will show you how to cut corners, reviewing lower budget hotels, etc. But frugality doesn’t mean “cheap.”

When I was a newlywed, someone got me a copy of The Frugal Gourmet by Jeff Smith. In it, he recommended expensive knives and high quality equipment. “This is hardly cheap!” I thought. But Smith explained that being frugal doesn’t mean being a penny pincher. It means getting the most for your money. If you buy a terrible pan for $15.00 and end up being frustrated and hating cooking, but a $100.00 pan holds up, doesn’t scorch your food, and helps you enjoy cooking, then it is worth the every cent.

That’s how I approach traveling.

If you are traveling with a family, knowing there are good, safe, inexpensive motels out there may help you be able to splurge on other things, things that you will enjoy. Some things are worth it. Let’s figure out what.