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Hello ~ Thanks for finding us!  My name is Patti and I am the voice behind the blog.


That’s me on the Camino de Santiago in Spain – April/May 2015

My husband, Abi, and I currently live in a small town in the state of Maryland.  Before moving to Maryland, in October of 2014, we lived in Ashland, Oregon where we owned/operated a bed and breakfast inn, Abigail’s.  You can read more about our life as innkeepers, here.  And before that, we lived in the Bay Area, CA for 30+ years.

We owned/operated Abigail's B&B in Ashland, OR for 4 years.

We established/owned/operated Abigail’s B&B in Ashland, OR for just shy of 4 years.

We retired early to live a simpler life and travel the world. By sharing our journey, we hope to inspire others to redefine retirement. Boomer-aged travel is on the rise and we are excited to be a part of the growing trend!  Seventy-six.four (76.4) million boomers have either stepped into retirement with both feet, or they’re gearing up to retire.  We’re exploring the phenomenon of how many of us are turning away from the culture of traditional retirement and redefining our path.  You can learn more about this trend on our Redefining Retirement page, by clicking here.

As a writer I look for the personal voice to share with my readers; the human interest side of the story with equal parts of humor and heart.   From time to time we share the voices and highlight the travels and/or work of others in the travel and hospitality industry.  And at times we share travel friendly sites for informational purposes such as a travel cash exchange guide.

Our blog offers readers a variety of content including classic road trips, adventures abroad, the latest trends in retirement and hospitality intrigue.  Here are a few posts to help you get started. 

Redefining Retirement ~

Three Weeks in Iran ~

Thirty Days Later ~

No Looking Back ~

Second Thoughts ~

Paris – Is it Just Another City?

May the Force Be With You ~

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6 Responses to Start Here

  • I love Ashland. I was only there once during the Oregon Shakespeare. What a great event and beautiful location.

    • That’s great that you’ve been to Ashland, so you know of what I speak. The OSF season is well under way and off to a great start for the 2013 season. If you find yourself in Ashland again, please stop by and say hello. Thanks for reading, Rosemarie!

  • Good to see you all.

  • I’m looking forward to following your adventures. We also do a lot of traveling outside the US and Canada now that we’re retired. I especially appreciated your comments about Iran as I visited briefly in 1970 while traveling overland from Greece to India and also lived there from 1975 – 1977 – both wonderful experiences (mostly ).

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We are Patti and Abi. We retired early to live a simpler life, travel the world and hopefully, inspire others to redefine retirement.


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