We are Bob and Deb…
…two recently retired travelers who just want to see and enjoy the world while we can. We each retired in the last two years, Deb from a career in insurance and Bob from a long spell in the telecom industry. He spent the last several years as a bartender at a microbrewery and currently has a part-time gig at a big-box home improvement center.
Somewhere in there we also ran our own business for five years; an independent Dollar Store which evolved into a Dollar Plus before the local economy and rising costs forced our closure.
Bob is originally from Montana and has been an avid homebrewer since 1994. He has brewed over 150 different beers, a couple dozen wines, and most recently has dabbled in some home distilling and saké making. Check out his fermentation adventures at cohomebrewguru.com. He grows his own hops for the beers and grapes, plums and berries for wine. He also tries to grow a garden every year but gets little cooperation from the weather…
Hail is his nemesis.
Deb is originally from Texas. She currently enjoys scrap booking and researching genealogy on ancestry.com. Deb’s first husband was in the military so she traveled around quite a bit, lived in Alaska for three years, as well as Texas, Virginia, Washington, Florida and Colorado.
We both like to go bowling but neither of us has a very impressive average.
We met in Colorado in 1999 and she set out to get me interested in cruising. I never thought I would like being confined on a big ship and had bad experiences on smaller vessels in the past…kind of susceptible to motion sickness.
But, she finally convinced me to give it a try. We took a Caribbean cruise with Princess out of San Juan, Puerto Rico. To make this an easier challenge for me, we booked a cabin with a balcony. Well, to make long story short…I was hooked…Cruising is by far our favorite way to travel.
We have taken five Caribbean cruises, two to Baja Mexico, one to Alaska and one to New England & Canada. We cruised the Rhine River through Germany from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam. Our most recent cruise was the Mediterranean. In addition, Deb had been on four other cruises before we met.
We have also taken non-cruise trips for vacations and in search of an overseas retirement home…we want to be expats! Spent a week in both Cuenca, Ecuador and Playa Del Coco, Costa Rica. Ventured to Ambergris Caye, Belize. We have vacationed in Cancun, partied in New Orleans and gambled in Las Vegas. We have wandered the Streets of San Francisco and Haight-Ashbury and explored Alcatraz. Flew into Kalispell and spent a week in a snow covered cabin near Glacier National Park in Montana. We have trekked cross country from Colorado to Florida and back, experiencing all the states along the way.
What do we like to do on these adventures? We like to see the sights, learn about the local culture and history, shop the local vendors, and indulge ourselves on the local cuisine…I am more adventurous in trying new things than Deb is.
And…here is the best part…we want to share it all with you….on this website!
Welcome to…Travels with Bob & Deb