For years, I’ve had a strong interest in preserving travel memories– way before the digital age. Scrap-booking was the way to go before blogging! And oh, did I scrap-book!
I guess you could say my first overseas trip was leaving Burma (Myanmar) to our new home to the US at the age of 12 in 1980. That’s the same year J came to the US (although J was born in Canada and lived in Taiwan until they moved to the US ).
My first trip to London and Scotland was in 1992. First trip to Mexico, now known as the Riviera Maya, was in 1993. I’ve been back there repeatedly since. Mexico is my go to place when I need to get away from Texas. I went back to Burma in 1998 after 18 years. Lucky for me travel seems to be in my blood and the urge to jaunt is a constant denominator
Fast forward. Having traveled before and after college, during our marriage, and after having our child, I always hoped, someday, that we would live abroad, maintain simpler lives, and see more of the world.
In fact, after our 3-month sabbatical during the summer of ’09, we decided to relocate to Thailand in 2010. My dream came true and we left Texas during the holiday weekend of Independence day of 2010. Yes, the timing was purposeful!
Before we ventured out on our 2009 summer sabbatical, we started a twitter account under the name of @GotPassport in May 2009. It was a way to connect with other travelers, obtain information, tips and guidance about our destinations.
We have found and met, on-line and in person, so many wonderful travel tweeps during this time. Along the way we met other travelers and began to explore their blogs. With a few tweeps encouraging us along the way, we decided to preserve our story and record memories for our daughter.
In April 2009, I created an account with Matador Travel, but didn’t really blog there as much as we thought we might or could during the time we were gone. While in Thailand, J started our blog with WordPress. Yes, *HE* started blogging while we were in Thailand.
We enjoy documenting our travels. We also have a passion to share our philosophy to give large and plant seeds so that others would be inspired to commit more acts of kindness.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” - Anne Frank
Through our blog, hopefully, our daughter will appreciate and understand the reasons for our decisions, whatever they may be in our lives. We want to guide her to become a responsible, kind, compassionate and humble human being.
Blogging for us is not just about crossing things off of our Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAG) list.
We certainly have a lot of places we want to see in the world, that’s for sure.
However, this blog is about being of service to others in need.
- It is about planting seeds.
- It is about living simply with less material things and more experiences.
- It is about learning from the places and the people we meet in different parts of the world.
- It’s about building community and creating win-win solutions.
- It is about being true to who we really are.
- It is about sharing lessons we’ve learned along the way, hopefully, passing on the lessons to our precious M.
We have been given the opportunity to create quite a decent life for ourselves in America and we are extremely grateful Americans.
We wish to give not just in donations, but our effort and time, to people who will never be able to repay us.
We wish to live green, live small, give large and take little.
We feel that this standard of living is the ONE for our family.
We love to travel, explore, serve and inspire others to do more good: that is our passion.
We thank each of you for reading and visiting our blog.
We are truly humbled by the idea of having an audience.
When we are writing about our EXPERIENCES and SERVICE, we feel a sense of joy and pride in preserving the memories of something we so adore– for our family– for our M.