“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”
We are Bert and Rusha Sams, a couple who still loves traveling and seeing new sights even though we’re in our 70s. We met at the University of Tennessee 50+ years ago, and after 52 years of marriage, we’re still friends (yes, it’s true!) and still unrolling maps to see where we can travel next.
We finally realized one of our many dreams: to live in one new place for a whole month and spend our days taking side trips, casing out local haunts and favorite restaurants. It happened in Castine, Maine, and we’re still thinking about how we can do that again — in another state very soon.
Because we’re not spring chickens, we forego opportunities to take long hikes (no matter how pretty the scenery) or to skydive, hang glide, bungee jump, or bike for miles. Bert is recovering from knee replacement surgery, so we travel differently now. And that’s why we’re continuing to write this blog.
We love travel more than ever. We just can’t do what the “youngsters” do. So expect more posts on the joy of cruising (river or ocean), long rides in the country (mostly East Tennessee), greeting the day at our favorite beach — or any beach, for that matter. You may call our brand of travel Slow and Go, but we’re seeing the world on our terms, and maybe enjoying it more since we do take time to smell the roses, photograph the people, meander down rivers, and drive (along with eating) our way across the U.S.A.
In addition, we’ve enlisted the help of our goddaughter, Lauren Medley Gunnels, who, through her travel agency, Ortelius Travel Advisors, has linked us to drivers and tour guides specializing in unique local excursions in faraway places. Join us as we extol the pleasures of traveling with the help of world travel agencies to offer Baby Boomers like us a chance to see the world on our own terms. Look for posts to come on Vietnam, Cambodia, and Greece with Lauren’s touch. Or, already published, the posts tagged Morocco will show you two weeks of sight-seeing with guides.
To negotiate our site, click on the Menu bars at the top of the home page for Destinations where you’ll find countries and states we’ve visited. If you like photography, check Rusha’s amateur attempts at Photo Challenges, and be sure to read our tips for late-life travel in Travel Savvy.
Finally, we’ve renewed our love affair with our own hometown of Knoxville, a city that’s growing in many ways with new venues, festivals, restaurants, and must-see places in East Tennessee. In case you’re wondering, we’re still Big Orange fans — lovers of all things at the University of Tennessee! (A click on Hometown Pride will get you there.)
We hope you’ll join us on more adventures in travel. After all, if we’re gonna see it all, we have to keep going!
Thanks for traveling with us,
Rusha and Bert Sams