Living the Travel Dream

By LeAura Alderson

Have you always dreamed of traveling?  As a passion coach helping people identify and discover what lights them up, I’ve noticed that living the travel dream finds its way into many people’s top 10 passions list. You can take “the passion test” and learn more on how to delineate your own in this book: The Passion Test by Janet Atwood.

Is it on yours?  Where have you traveled?  We’d love to hear about your travels or travel dreams. Feel free to comment on the BoomersReinvented Facebook Page.

Doris Gallan and Jacob Frank, are living their travel dream.  Husband and wife co-founders of Baby Boomers Traveling, planned and executed their voyages to 50+ countries on all 7 continents. They’ve been around the world twice and have lived in six countries so far.

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, Doris Gallan, BabyBoomersTraveling, Baby Boomers Traveling, LeAura Alderson, Vietnam, Jacob Frank, boomer traveling the world, ex pats, ex patriots,
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Arenal, Costa Rica, Doris Gallan, BabyBoomersTraveling, Baby Boomers Traveling, LeAura Alderson, Vietnam, Jacob Frank, boomer traveling the world, ex pats, ex patriots,
Arenal, Costa Rica

 

 

 

 

 

 

After two years of constant travel, they lived for a time in Costa Rica, Mexico, China, and Vietnam, at the time of our interview, with next stop Nicaragua.

Doris Gallan, BabyBoomersTraveling, Baby Boomers Traveling, LeAura Alderson, Vietnam, Jacob Frank, boomer traveling the world, ex pats, ex patriots,
Costa Rica
Doris Gallan, BabyBoomersTraveling, Baby Boomers Traveling, LeAura Alderson, Vietnam, Jacob Frank, boomer traveling the world, ex pats, ex patriots,
Vietnam

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, if you’re into travel, we’re delighted to share with you our conversation with Doris Gallan, brought to you by the wonders of modern technology, all the way from Vietnam!

Doris Gallan, BabyBoomersTraveling, Baby Boomers Traveling, LeAura Alderson, Vietnam, Jacob Frank, boomer traveling the world, ex pats, ex patriots,
Mexico City, [SOURCE: ChameleonsEye / Shutterstock]
Right now she and her husband Jacob Frank live in Vietnam, which is exactly 12 hours ahead of us during Daylight Savings Time. So when we talked, it was her morning and almost my bedtime, but it was so interesting speaking with her that I was not at all tired.

Doris has so many interesting stories and experiences, that I could’ve talked with her for hours, and not run out of questions and things to learn about. I hope you enjoy it.  Let us know!

Doris Gallan, BabyBoomersTraveling, Baby Boomers Traveling, LeAura Alderson, Vietnam, Jacob Frank,
Hanoi, Vietnam
Stone pagoda on the East Peak of the holy mountain HuaShan, China, Doris Gallan, BabyBoomersTraveling, Baby Boomers Traveling, LeAura Alderson, Vietnam, Jacob Frank, boomer traveling the world, ex pats, ex patriots,
Stone pagoda on the East Peak of the holy mountain Hua Shan, China

It was awesome to catch up with Doris for this interview, and we’ll let these breathtaking and intriguing images and her story speak for itself, when you tune into her interview.  She takes us through their dilemmas and decisions before deciding to pack up their life and hit the road, skies and waterways, and through the trials, triumphs and immeasurable benefits of life as globe-trotting world citizens.

Doris Gallan and Jacob Frank are living their dreams, and want to encourage you to take that leap into yours.

Doris Gallan, BabyBoomersTraveling, Baby Boomers Traveling, LeAura Alderson, Vietnam, Jacob Frank, boomer traveling the world, ex pats, ex patriots, Terracotta Army, Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, Qin Shi Huang's tomb,
The Terracotta Army or the “Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses” buried in the pits next to the Qin Shi Huang’s tomb in 210-209 BC. Xian of Shaanxi Province, China [SOURCE: Lapas77 / Shutterstock]
Rice fields on terraced of Mu Cang Chai, YenBai, Vietnam. Rice fields prepare the harvest at Northwest Vietnam, Doris Gallan, BabyBoomersTraveling, Baby Boomers Traveling, LeAura Alderson, Vietnam, Jacob Frank, boomer traveling the world, ex pats, ex patriots,
Rice fields on terraced of Mu Cang Chai, YenBai, Vietnam. Rice fields prepare the harvest at Northwest Vietnam

For more amazing visual treats, visit Doris’ Facebook photos.

 Woo hoo! Moving into our new home in Quy Nhon, Vietnam today. Three bedroom, two bathroom, lots of outdoor space in great neighborhood near from cafes and the beach. All for 5 million Dong or $250 U.S. dollars! Lovely beach community on the central coast with swaying palms, turquoise waters and golden sand. Hoping for visitors!, Doris Gallan, BabyBoomersTraveling, Baby Boomers Traveling, LeAura Alderson, Vietnam, Jacob Frank, boomer traveling the world, ex pats, ex patriots,
Woo hoo! Moving into our new home in Quy Nhon, Vietnam today. Three bedroom, two bathroom, lots of outdoor space in great neighborhood near from cafes and the beach. All for 5 million Dong or $250 U.S. dollars! Lovely beach community on the central coast with swaying palms, turquoise waters and golden sand. Hoping for visitors!
Doris & Jacob's new 3 bedroom / 2 bath home in Da Nang for $250/mo right near the beach, Doris Gallan, BabyBoomersTraveling, Baby Boomers Traveling, LeAura Alderson, Vietnam, Jacob Frank, boomer traveling the world, ex pats, ex patriots,
Doris & Jacob’s new 3 bedroom / 2 bath home in Da Nang for $250/mo right near the beach.
Jacob Frank, Pham Phuong, Doris Gallan, Vietnam. (Doris and Jacob practically adopted Pham, whose family lives far from where she now lives, Doris Gallan, BabyBoomersTraveling, Baby Boomers Traveling, LeAura Alderson, Vietnam, Jacob Frank, boomer traveling the world, ex pats, ex patriots,
Jacob Frank, Pham Phuong, Doris Gallan, Vietnam. Doris and Jacob practically adopted Pham, whose family lives far away.

 

Doris is a Baby Boomer who quit the corporate life, sold her home and everything she owned, and started traveling and living abroad in 2006. In the nine years since leaving Los Angeles, she has traveled around the world visiting 45 countries and all 7 continents. She currently lives in Vietnam, along with her husband, Jacob Frank, where she teaches hospitality and tourism to university students.

So if you’ve always wanted to travel, don’t wait. Our greatest growth lies on the other side of our comfort zone, so get out of that cozy armchair, and begin to plan your next trip.

BUT… if you don’t have the money to travel the way you’d like to, consider this: one of the things about travel that most of us love is the exposure to new things. We walk new streets and drive through new cities, with a beginner’s mind. We’re looking everywhere; noticing everything. Chances are most of us don’t do this in our own cities and towns. So if you can’t travel, consider taking a drive through your own town. Look into upcoming events and attend. Try a new restaurant and new cuisine, such as the kind from the country you’d love to visit next.

There are many ways to renew ourselves and travel into adventure and new experiences without leaving town. So don’t wait.

“Do the thing and you will have the power.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Doris Gallan, BabyBoomersTraveling, Baby Boomers Traveling, LeAura Alderson, Vietnam, Jacob Frank, boomer traveling the world, ex pats, ex patriots,

Doris teaching tourism and hospitality in English in Da Nang, Quam Tram, Vietnam, Doris Gallan, BabyBoomersTraveling, Baby Boomers Traveling, LeAura Alderson, Vietnam, Jacob Frank, boomer traveling the world, ex pats, ex patriots,
Doris teaching tourism and hospitality in English in Da Nang, Quam Tram, Vietnam
RESOURCES:

For more amazing visual treats, visit Doris’ Facebook photos.

BOOKS:
The Boomers’ Guide to Going Abroad to Travel – Live – Give – LearnThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Novel)


MOVIES:
I’m Fine Thanks
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (You can read our movie review here)

WEBSITE:
BabyBoomersTraveling.com (Doris and Jacob’s website)

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