Friday, November 13, 2009

The Begining

Setting the Stage: It’s good to know a little about who we are and where we came from so that anyone reading this can see if they have a similar outlook on life and whether or not we are on the same page. Let’s not forget, traveling to foreign countries - let alone living in one - is not for everyone!

I was born and raised in the Detroit area and have been car crazy ever since! I moved to Florida in the early 70’s and opened the first travel agency in a small town outside of Orlando. I spent over 20 years in the travel industry, adding two more travel agencies, and escorting clients on numerous cruises and tours around the world. I fell in love with each place I visited and, in many cases, dreamed of retiring there. But, with a family to feed and work to be done, my dreams were put on hold! However, in the back of my mind I felt that some day the circumstances would be right and, in the meantime, I researched the countries on the “Best Places to Retire” list!

In the mid 1980’s I met my present wife, Priscilla, who had been born and raised on a coffee farm in Kenya, East Africa. After coming to America she, too, became involved in the travel industry and spent over 13 years marketing adventure trips throughout Africa, Asia and the Indo-Pacific regions for a luxury Tour Operator. After we married, I encouraged her to form her own travel consulting company which she operated, successfully, for several more years. Eventually, the travel and time away home began to take its toll and we decided we wanted to work together and enjoy more time together.

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