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3162810-big4Wander for Life

Wander for Life has a double meaning. Not only do I travel as much as I can, but also, travel brings joy to my world. Exploring new cultures and cuisines, meeting new people and places, seeing what’s around the next bend, makes my life worth living.

This can’t be all there is: Plan B

Atlanta, GA is a city I love and have lived in longer than anywhere else in my adult life. Up until recently I had a condo in the ATL, a secure cubical job, even a pension. But I was bored with my life. Yes, I traveled but I couldn’t exist only for my 2-3 weeks of vacation a year.

So, I saved money, learned to get along with less and refined my escape plan. In Oct 2013, I sold my condo and gave away most of my belonging. In January 2014, I quit my job and began living Plan B: life as a Professional Vagabond. From March to October 2014, I’m hiking the Appalachian Trail, under the trail name of Plan B.

When I finish the trail, I’ll  travel the world. I plan to fund my new life by writing (I’ve published two books!), teaching English and living frugally. Expect to see me house sitting, couch surfing, camping and volunteering in exchange for room and board. Crazy? Probably. But sanity is over-rated, anyway. And it should be quite an adventure.

The Blog

The focus of the blog right now is hiking the Appalachian Trail. Earlier posts have been about Frugal Living, Frugal Travel, Backpacking Gear and learning to live an Ultra-Lite Life. I’ve posted my world travels and my explorations of Atlanta including Things to do in the ATL, Atlanta Metro Restaurants and Atlanta History. Please comment and share your ideas on any of my posts.

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  1. Mike Inman

    great pictures Beth and a good read on your hike . spring is finally in full swing enjoy , and take care.

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  2. Sue

    Your experiences now will be great stories when you are in Maine! Hope your trip will exceed even your wildest expectations. Take care, drink lots of fluids, and don’t to forget to use your Chapstick!!! Evil grin…….

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    1. bethfood Post author

      When they went through my pack, there were THREE tubes of lip balm! My feet may hurt, but my lips are moist!

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  3. Terry "Photog" Jackson

    Hello Beth. I just read thru all the posts on your blog. It’s very well written…an easy read. My hiking partner and I are starting at Springer around the first of April, give or take a week depending on weather. My wife is going to meet up with us from time to time to visit and re-supply us. I wish you luck and look forward to meeting you.

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    1. bethfood Post author

      I had planned to start April first, but have managed to move the date up to March 22. Hope to run into you along the trail. I’m a slow hiker, so you are bound to catch up to me. Wish I had someone to help with re-supplies, but I’m sure I’ll manage.

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  4. Rita

    Wonderful, Beth! So happy for your journey and wishing you profound blessings along the way.

    Rita Lewis
    Bloomfield Class of 1976

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  5. Debra

    So happy to see another face going to hit the trail you will be leaving after my hubby and I but we are hiking slow so you just might see us some where out there :) Slow and easy does it until we get a new name from the trail.

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    1. bethfood Post author

      Slow and Easy are GREAT names. Hold onto them until/if something better comes along! I’m starting off with Plan B, but that can always change! I do hope to meet you on the trail, but it’s hard to imagine a slower hiker than I am! Best Wishes and Best of Luck!

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  6. Barb (Helms) Hays

    Beth- I admire your adventurous spirit! I too love to travel I’ll be following your adventures!!!

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