Travelling, scuba diving and life experiences – about this blog

Focus. I’ve never had trouble with it. I worked in broadcast journalism for decades and never missed a deadline. That’s because I could focus.

Do ya think I can come up with a clear focus for this blog? Apparently not.

I love to travel, scuba dive, ride my bike and take photographs. I’m at a stage where I want experiences — not stuff. I couldn’t care less about designer handbags, eating tiny portions of food at expensive restaurants or replacing my 27-year old couch (which gets professionally cleaned and has new foam cushions).

I could easily part with a lot of my possessions and I’m in the process of doing just that.

While I purge and sell stuff on Ebay, I’m busy replacing these articles with life experiences. Like seeing orangutans in the wild, being in a zodiac surrounded by dolphins as far as the eye can see and spending three weeks at Exeter College, Oxford to complete a graduate degree.

I’m fortunate and privileged. I know it and I’m grateful.

I’m closer to retirement than the start of a career. I’ve always been a pretty good money manager. I’m working with a financial coach to get a better grasp of my spending and saving. I’m not sure what kind of retirement I’ll be able to afford, but I sure hope it includes scuba diving. It certainly won’t allow the exotic (albeit-three-star-or-less) travel I’ve been doing for the last few years. Which explains why I’ve been doing quite a lot of it.

I long to revisit Sabah, Malaysia and get to Tanzania and Iceland for the first time. Diving, of course.

So, there you have it, my blog of many themes. Travel, scuba diving, minimalism, retirement preparation and money management. I’ll be writing about it all.