About Susan Decoteau-Ferrier and Gen X Traveler.
Why Generation X
Much of my motivation for starting GenXTraveler was my frustration with being between 35 and retirement age but only finding sites written by and for 20-somethings and retirees. Where does that leave my entire generation–Generation X?
I didn’t have the luxury or even the drive to backpack across the US or Europe in my 20s. Did I miss my chance? Am I supposed to wait until I am 65 or 70 before going out to experience other cultures and see the globe?
That doesn’t sit well with me. Even worse is the idea that this might be my lot.
I suspect I am not alone in my discomfort about this.
Hopefully, GenXTraveler inspires you to get out and see the world without delay!!
About Me and How It All Started
I have to admit, I am on the older end of the Gen X spectrum but by all definitions, I am part of the MTV crowd. The late 80s to mid-90s was a time of change for me. I finished college became what I considered a responsible adult, bought a house and married my best friend, Bill.
I had done a little traveling up to that point; a family camping trip throughout most of the US as a kid, an extended-family cruise to the Caribbean in my late teens, a trip to Canada and one to Acapulco in my 20s.
Bill and I found time to travel a bit during those early years. We did our traveling exclusively in the US. We fell in love with New Orleans, LA and that became an every year trip for a while as did our summer stays in Cape Cod, MA and Cape May, NJ.
In 2005, I surprised Bill with a cruise to the Caribbean. (He recalls it a bit different.)This became an annual event. Bill and I both love the water and cruising gave us the opportunity to visit many places, even if only for a short time.
In all fairness, my Mother dying abruptly at 65 (her parents both lived beyond 96) took what was a smoldering ember to a full-blown fire under my ass.
My Mom had the travel bug. When I travel I feel like I am honoring her memory. When I see things she never saw I think how much she would have loved it. And I imagine if there is life after death how thrilled she is that I caught the bug.
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