To Travel Too Story- Baby Boomers wishing to inspire fellow Baby Boomers
Traveling to the beat of two mantras ‘Chase time – not money’ & ‘Age is no barrier when it comes to travel”
The daily grind of corporate life had us ‘existing’ not ‘living’. Working long hours, commuting, earning a salary, paying taxes and putting money aside for retirement – it seemed a never-ending cycle.
We began to ask ourselves if we really could keep this pace up for another decade. We worried whether, at the end of that time, we’d still be healthy enough to follow our travel dreams.
Our boys had left home and we’d already taken the step of downsizing our family home to a two-bedroom apartment in Sydney, Australia.
Then one of our sons took a gap year and we followed his adventures, travelling vicariously through South America and Europe with some envy.
Then it hit us – why couldn’t we have a gap year? And why just a year?!
We already had our bucket list: Macchu Pichu, Iguassu Falls, a month in Myanmar, hot air ballooning in Cappadocia – the list grew every day.
If not now, when?
We put all our fears aside and consciously stepped out of our comfort zone. We wanted the freedom to decide where to next and and how long we’d stay there. At the top of our ‘want list’ was ‘Value for Money’.
Our first epic one year round the world, flash-packing adventure started in February 2013 completedin 2014
- 11,602 miles, 18671 km’s
- 21 countries
- 72 types of accommodation
- 20 planes
- 65 buses
- 18 trains
- 14 ferries
- 11 Tuk Tuks
- 2 hot air balloons
Original Daily Budget: AU$165
We had a blast! So, keen to share our hard-won knowledge, we created To Travel Too – a name inspired by our goal to travel with you (too) to exciting places around the globe. To provide a forum for like minded individuals to share travel experiences, thoughts, aspirations and intentions.
We are just two of four million baby boomers in Australia and 450 million worldwide.
We’ve made the break – and you can too.
Current Daily Budget: AU$92
Could we do better? Yes we can! We set out in 2014/2015 with a plan to travel on the equivalent of the Australian Couple Aged Pension which is in the region of AU$92/day. The result was – we achieved it to the cent. We share our content how we achieve this. It is important as baby Boomers that we remind ourselves that we need to set goals. The goals have to be intentions, committed to the heart and the mind.
If you want to know how to down-size, how to empty the nest and embark on the adventure of your life – you’ve come to the right place.
We’ll inspire you: how to get off the treadmill – all the tips and tricks to down-sizing.
We’ll show you: how to travel the world, live like a local – cheaply
Join us on our adventure and make it your adventure, too.
Check out who we are:
Co-Founder, Flashpacker, Travel Guru
Over the past four decades, Jane’s passion for travel has taken her to over 44 countries. She has lived and worked in Australia, UK and Singapore. With extensive experience in all aspects of travel from airport ground staff to air hostessing, retail, corporate and group travel, she has flown in two seaters, hot air balloons and even the Concorde. Jane offers her skills to baby boomers who want to change their lives; to travel light and travel far.
Co-Founder, Flashpacker, Philosopher
Having travelled for both business and leisure, Duncan has lived in Malta, UK, Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore. In his past life he held senior roles with global multinationals in manufacturing, distribution and sales. In 2013 he embraced a life change based on the philosophy: ‘chase time not money’. His ambition is to support fellow baby-boomers who want to fly the empty nest – and see the world.
What we do:
Jane, with her husband Duncan, will offer advice to Baby Boomers on how to get off the treadmill and make a dent in that travel bucket list.
They will also offer a special bespoke travel planning service to travellers, in particular they have gained experience in downsizing/emptynesting and they have strategies to assist Baby Boomers take the first step to travel longer term, strategies in how to travel on a budget and strategies and experience to assist the Baby Boomer chase time not money.
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Jane & Duncan
To Travel Too team