I had officially retired December 1, 2017 and soon after that came the kickoff to my “Retired Nomad Slow-Travel World Tour”. A bit pretentious I know but I like the moniker.
Anyway, I started my first year of being a Retired Nomad off right by welcoming the New Year of 2018 in Cancun Mexico.
I flew back to the USA to quickly sell or give away the rest of my worldly possessions, to finalize financial and insurance documents, and to “farewell” family and friends because I was leaving the country for 3 months straight.
Then it was off to Australia and New Zealand from February 1 thru April 29 visiting the following cities: (1) Sydney, Australia; (2) Launceston, Tasmania – 10-day tour around Tasmania – (3) Hobart, Tasmania; (4) Melbourne, Australia; (5) Auckland, New Zealand; (6) Rotorua, New Zealand; (7) Wellington, New Zealand; (8) Picton, New Zealand; (9) Christchurch, New Zealand; (10) Queenstown, New Zealand; (11) Sydney, Australia again; (12) Brisbane, Australia; (13) Cairns, Australia; (14) Perth, Australia; (15) Yulara (Uluru Ayers Rock), Australia; (16) Adelaide, Australia; (17) Canberra, Australia; (18) Melbourne, Australia again; and (19) Sydney, Australia again.
I flew back to the USA for 2 weeks for Mother’s Day, family May birthdays and memorials.
Then it was off again to Greece and Spain for 10 weeks at the end of May, through June and July as follows: (1) Crete, Greece with a day-trip to Santorini; (2) Valencia, Spain; (3) Seville, Spain; and (4) Tenerife, Canary Islands Spain
I once again flew back to the USA for my Mom’s Birthday and a work-family reunion.
Then jetted off to Panama and Colombia for 5 weeks in August and September as follows: (1) Panama City, Panama; (2) Bogota, Colombia; (3) Medellin, Colombia; (4) Cartagena, Colombia; and (5) Playa Coronado, Panama
I flew back to the USA to Austin Texas for 2 weeks of writing/blogging conferences in September and to visit family and friends.
Then flew off to San Jose Costa Rica in October to help a friend while she had major dental surgery.
For the final time, I flew back to the USA again to “take my leave” of family and friends for the winter and kick off my SE Asia tour on November 1. So far, I’ve visited the following cities: (1) Singapore, Singapore; (2) Bangkok, Thailand; (3) Chiang Mai, Thailand; (4) Siem Reap, Cambodia; (4) Phnom Penh, Cambodia; (5) Phuket, Thailand; (6) Phi Phi Islands, Thailand; and (7) Bangkok, Thailand again.
And now, here I am once again in Chiang Mai Thailand at the start of 2019.
What a glorious first year as a Retired Nomad! Not counting the USA, that was 11 countries (8 new) in 12 months! And I can’t even begin to count the number of people that I’ve met and become friends with!
Follow me on Instagram or Twitter as @DaniLew_1 to see where I end up next…
WOW Dannie you are so remarkable and brave to travel through all these different countries some I have never heard of. But you are truly blessed to have experienced such a beautiful journey of traveling all over the entire world. You have truly changed my outlook on retiring. God bless Dannie
Thanks for taking the time to comment, Peachie! Yes, I’m truly Blessed to be able to live my dream of traveling anywhere I choose as a retiree. God Bless you as well!
I thoroughly enjoyed this blog and your updates on FB. You are living the dream!
What are your top 3 destinations?
What country has the nicest folks?
What country had the best food?
How many suitcases do you travel with?
Can I fit in one?!
Where are you most excited to visit in 2019?!!!
Top 3 Destinations? Ooh that’s hard. Australia, New Zealand, Colombia and Thailand. Okay, that’s 4 but ugh…
What country has the best food? Any country that has “fresh wild-caught straight to the table” seafood!
I travel with 1 luggage (21-inch) and a backpack. You’re rather tall so I don’t think you could fit AND you’d have to decide on only 1 pair of shoes to bring.
Which 2019 Destinations am I excited about? When traveling, I’m like a kid in a candy store! I haven’t even started in Malaysia yet then I have Vietnam and Indonesia as well. Only Ghana is planned for end of year is a definite.
Well, all I can say is thank you for the glorious year you have provided all of us. I did notice that you didn’t go to any cold climates….are you saving that Scandinavian tour for 2019??? So happy for you Danielle, it’s so inspiring to see someone living out their dream. We talked about it for years and now here you are, out there living it. Yay!
Thanks Joyce! No more cold weather for me, so if/when I do go to some Scandinavian countries, it will be in the middle of summer. Yes, you knew of my dreams since the day we met and you also got to know that I don’t like to fail, So these travels were inevitable. I’m happy to see that you found your “rest of life” goal and I wish you well with “Goin in Style” dog products.
I swear Shawn and I are watching your trip with unabashed glee and envy. What a fantastic year!
Also, if you ever hit up Seattle on one of your stateside visits let me know.
Thank you so much, Spring! I really do appreciate your kind comments here, Facebook, and on Instagram. Oh, and I would not dare come near the Pacific Northwest and not come to see you! I will look for some space this year and let you know.
Phenomenal trips! Thank you for taking us along for the ride.
Thank you so much, Donna, for your kind words of encouragement! I hope you’ll continue to join me in 2019!