21stCenturyNana is a blog of a solo traveler
offering reviews, travel tips and insights to
other travelers over 50 and hoping I inspire
you to travel solo too.

In order for a pearl to emerge, life provides irritants, and dare I say, I provide irritants such as self-doubt, anxiety, arrogance, that list could go on. Sometimes, I actually face the music and man up as the saying goes. But interestingly ,over time all this activity shapes the person I’m becoming.

My defensive behaviors built protective layers against what I’ve considered life’s irritants. But after multiple failures and beating myself up over them, eventually I realized, maybe I should try going with the flow and stop fighting so hard. I should accept who I am and who I’m becoming. Accepting myself, life got a whole lot easier.

Now, I do what feels good to me and causes no harm to others. And, the pearl started to emerge. I’m just me, an ordinary person with hopes, wishes, dreams and failures and that was plenty to deal with. Wow! Life really is easier and all of the proclaimed irritants in my life transformed and became opportunities for growth instead of forces to protect myself against.

Such an opportunity for growth presented itself in February 2014 after I retired from thirty-two years in public service. I wanted to travel. But finding friends to travel with became one of those life irritants… Continue Reading Here…


Journey with me to places far and near and let’s explore together what treasures await our discovery.

“Never Stop Dreaming”
“Be careful the light at the end of the tunnel is not a run-away train”
“Sometimes, the life you seek, is the in the the thing you fear letting go of the most”
“Make sure your picture-perfect life is not in a broken frame.”


My favorite travel quotes and descriptive of my blog:
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

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