Who am I (besides the author of Postcards From Nana) and what am I doing here?
Isn’t that the age old question we all ask ourselves?
Don’t worry, I’m not going to get philosophical on you!
Postcards From Nana exists because I love to travel, to take photos, and to write. In addition I love travel planning and I am often asked to help plan trips for friends and friends of friends who have somewhere they want to visit but don’t know where to begin to make it happen! I’ve found that many people want to travel, but struggle with the details, so they fall back on taking a tour. Tours can be wonderful, but sometimes you just want to travel independently and set your own schedule and your own agenda.
Those details that you don’t want to deal with? I live for those!
I am also an older traveler. I was born in 1961 which puts me at the very end of the boomer generation. Although I am still fairly fit and active, I can’t go as hard or travel as light as when I was younger. The older traveler has to think about different things and often has different interests.
I’m no longer a backpacker or what might today be called a budget traveler, but this doesn’t mean I don’t have a budget when I travel. I definitely do! Therefore, I am also not what is called in the blog world a luxury traveler who doesn’t have to concern myself with petty little things like price. Like the majority of older travelers I am somewhere in between! We spend moderately on our travels with occasional surges, and we are also always looking for a great deal on airfare and accommodations.
The main topics you will see here at Postcards From Nana will be:
- Tips for travel planning
- My personal travel anecdotes, memories, thoughts, and feelings
- General travel information from the places we visit
- Travel ideas, advice, and help for the older generation
- General travel talk
- Lots of photos and some photography tips and talk
- Books – particularly travel books that I love
- Every once in a while I will probably write about getting older and my theme for the last part of life – finishing strong
Here are a few more basics you might want to know about me:
- I am a wife. I’ve been married 35 years to the same man. We don’t have a perfect marriage, but we make it work and he is my favorite travel partner!
- I am a mother. We have three grown children. They are living out in the world as functioning adults which means we are empty nesters. Having the children grown and gone is a situation that I now love, although it took some getting used to!
- I am a grandmother. My grandchildren call me Nana, hence the name Postcards From Nana! We have 2 amazing grandchildren and we hope to take them with us in our travels someday.
- I love Jesus, but I drink a little. Do you recognize that quote from the Ellen show? If not, google immediately and prepare to laugh. Seriously though, my faith is important to me. (and I do enjoy a glass of wine now and then)
- I am a photographer. Photography has been a joy and occasionally a profession in my life for almost 30 years now. I have a good camera and a decent eye. Unfortunately, most of my photography experience has been in the realm of portraits. Landscape and travel photography is a whole different thing, but I am constantly learning and trying to improve!
- I am a reader. Reading was my first and is my most enduring hobby! I read…like…a lot…and I read a wide variety of genres. I’ll share my “must-reads” here as they come along.
- I love languages. If you see me talking to myself in my car it is probably just me repeating words in a different language. I speak Italian pretty well, a little bit of French and am currently learning Spanish. Hopefully this is keeping my brain young.
- I am a traveler. And dare I say it – a tourist. I don’t really understand the antipathy toward being called a tourist. Do you? I certainly don’t understand people who go to Rome and don’t go to the Colosseum because, “it’s too touristy.” Seriously? There’s a reason why some things have been attracting sightseers, ummm, tourists for centuries. Because they are special. Because they need to be seen. I like to experience all kinds of travel, all kinds of places, some touristy and some completely off the beaten path.
- I am not just a traveler, but also a travel planner. I LOVE planning travel. It is a big part of the experience for me. It is as if the trip begins the minute the planning starts.
There you go. A snapshot of who I am and what I will be writing about on this blog.
Thank you so much for joining me here at Postcards From Nana and I would love for you to follow me on social media!
I look forward to seeing you around!