Away We Go – The Grand Adventure Begins Again

The Americas – North, Central and South

Although we have been able to do some amazing travel over the past couple of years, we have not gone out for extended travel like we did in the past. Since we began the Grand Adventure our longest trip was 18 months, and several other trips were nine and ten months. We now feel confident to go long term again with the PanDamit waning and our health great. Away We Go – The Grand Adventure Begins Again.

Away We Go

We started this travel life in 2016 when we sold almost all our belongings to begin a long planned and dreamed of retirement life of travel. It was everything we had dreamed of and more. But Whoa! That stupid PanDamit changed everything. If you have followed us for awhile you know our story of getting trapped abroad and giving up our itinerary to come back to the USA and wait.

If anything, the PanDamit has made me more patient and able to relax and let things be what they are. But that said, we are excited to embark once again this time for seven months. So let me tell you our plans – Away we Go – The Grand Adventure Begins Again.

Maui, Hawaii USA


Our first stop is back to Maui. Maui is our favorite island, but we think this may likely be our last visit there for a long time. Maui is expensive, and through all of our travels we have learned we can travel much less expensively on islands beyond North America. Specifically Moorea and Cyprus our two favorites. It’s important that we stay within our budget, if we want to sustain long-term travel for the years ahead. And staying on budget in Maui is impossible. But, we made these reservations a year ago, when we still didn’t know what the PanDamit future looked like. So, we are headed back to Kihei and back to enjoy this beautiful paradise. We will be on the island of Maui from October 20- December 19.

Roatan Island, Honduras

Roatan Honduras

The island of Roatan has been on my wishlist for longer than we have been traveling on the Grand Adventure. I first became aware of Roatan about 15 years ago when I watched a travel program about an American couple who had purchased a house there. OMgosh it looked so beautiful. It’s a bit of a saga to get from Maui to Roatan, but that is what we will do. It involves a night in Los Angeles and Miami. We will arrive at our Roatan Airbnb on December 21st. Time on Roatan December 21-January 26th.

Granada and San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Granada Nicaragua

Like Honduras, Nicaragua has been on my travel list for a long time. This country is under traveled especially by American’s who don’t understand it. Recently Nicaragua made Travel and Leisure’s list of most affordable places to retire on a beautiful beach. Okay, please and thank you. We have a week in Granada at a resort and then just under four weeks at at Airbnb in San Juan del Sur on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. Time in Nicaragua January 26-February 28th.

Mexico City Mexico

Mexico City Mexico

Last December we were enchanted by our week in Mexico City and so we decided we needed to return. Another undervalued destination for American’s who tend to only head to the beaches of Mexico. We fell hard for the beauty, history, architecture and food of Mexico City. We want to see more. We will stay at the same hotel we loved last year, The Red Tree House. We plan to explore more and eat everything. Mexico City, Mexico February 28-March 7.



Bolivia is one of a few South American countries we still haven’t visited, and I have long wanted to visit this country, see the salt flats and get to know it better. Because Bolivia is a bit of challenge to navigate, we have decided this is a good country for us to hire a guide. So we have hooked up with Intrepid Travel to spend eleven days seeing Bolivia. But, before we embark on the tour we will spend a week in La Paz. A week might seem like a long time, but we have purposefully decided to do that, to help give me time to work through the altitude sickness I know I will suffer from. It’s happened before. We have the time, so we will take it so I can acclimate comfortably and for multiple days. If you have never experienced altitude sickness, it’s not fun…but it is a good weight loss program. We will be in Bolivia from March 8 – 25th.



There are a handful of Caribbean Islands, mostly in the south, that remain on our wish list including Barbados. So after Bolivia we make our way (via Miami) to Barbados where we have rented a sweet little suite of an Airbnb for 8 days. And then we board a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in Barbados. Barbados March 26-April 2nd

Southern Caribbean Cruise


Our first cruise in five years, we will head out for a week aboard the Rhapsody of the Seas cruising to Trinidad and Tobago, Bonaire, Curacao, Grenada and Aruba. We have been to two of these islands but the others are all new to us. Cruising, although not something we want to do regularly, is such a great way to see multiple places on one itinerary. The ship returns to Barbados. We are onboard April 2-9th.


Atlanta Georgia

April 9th we fly to Atlanta Georgia USA. Through the rest of April we will be be hopping around as we make our way to Boston for a college reunion. Although we have not yet nailed this down, we currently are planning to visit Atlanta, Savannah, Washington DC, New York City and Boston. We will be back to our summer home in Washington State by May 1st. We love Washington State and the west coast in the summer!

Away We Go – The Grand Adventure Begins Again

We really like this itinerary because it has the things we love the best; long term stays in inexpensive, sunny places with options for both adventure and relaxing and lots of great food. Who doesn’t like that?

The Grand Adventure Begins Again

We plan to continue to blog about our travels, although sometimes I need to take a bit of a break. I plan to do that a little when we are in Hawaii and have banked some blog posts ahead of time. But for now, as we near our TENTH ANNIVERSARY of this My Fab Fifties Life blog, I will write and share amazing photos and adventures of this crazy and fabulous post-PanDamit travel life as regularly as I can. As always, I say thank you for your continued support and engagement. We love your comments on each post especially.


Note – I have yet to post all the blogs about our recent adventures in Maine and Acadia National Park and in Palm Springs. It’s coming soon – please stay tuned.

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  • Reply Michael Söhlke

    That really sounds like a good travel plan ! Enjoy life, the world and each other.
    All the best, Michael

    October 21, 2022 at 8:38 am
    • Reply Laureen

      Tha k you so much Michael!!

      October 21, 2022 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Janey Mccormick

    We were in Roatan for 3 yrs of sailing seasons!!! You will love it..we know the island backward and forward. Even your kinfolk came to play with us there! You can eat lobster everyday for hardly nothing!!
    And the chain of islands you’re going to are “fab” too..we sheltered from hurricanes in Trinidad. Going to be SO much fun..can’t wait to follow along!

    October 21, 2022 at 12:57 pm
    • Reply Laureen

      Thank you Janey. We can’t wait!!

      October 21, 2022 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Amy

    Sounds like a wonderful trip! Two questions- did you take altitude meds when you had the bad reaction? We’re heading to Machu Picchu next spring and I’m hoping not to get altitude sickness.

    And, where did you stay in Moorea?

    October 21, 2022 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Alma

    Oooo! This looks like fun. Looking forward to reading about all your travels over the next few months. Enjoy.

    October 22, 2022 at 1:59 am
    • Reply Laureen

      Thanks so much Alma!

      October 22, 2022 at 7:35 pm
  • Reply Linda (LD Holland)

    I was sad we missed you on Maui by just a few days. I certainly understand your concern about the cost in Hawaii as this was our first visit. But the rest of your plan looks great. I love all the options you chose for hot places. And will look forward to the posts as they come out

    October 22, 2022 at 12:32 pm
    • Reply Laureen

      Thanks Linda. I hope you loved Maui as much as I do.

      October 22, 2022 at 7:36 pm
  • Reply Marilyn

    Sounds like a wonderful trip, I’ll catch your daily adventures on IG and look forward to learning more about the locations through your upcoming blogs. Sage travels!

    October 22, 2022 at 11:33 pm
  • Reply Angela

    Have a wonderful time. I look forward to reading some of your new travel posts.

    October 25, 2022 at 2:44 am
  • Reply Chirasree Banerjee

    Something like: I hope you have a great time on your trip and make amazing memories! Enjoy every moment. Have a safe and enjoyable journey.

    October 29, 2022 at 5:04 pm
  • Reply Sue

    This all sounds fantastic! I am so excited to hear about your next adventure. Lots of these places are on my list too so I will watch with interest. I loved Bolivia & Grenada so I hope your experiences are as good as mine were too.

    November 7, 2022 at 5:01 am
    • Reply Laureen

      Can’t wait! Excited for Bolivia especially!

      November 7, 2022 at 5:17 am

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