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    • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 246 pages
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    • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 246 pages
  • Keywords
    • autobiography of a female traveller,
    • motorhome life,
    • woman's memoir,
    • noamdic lifestyle,
    • partnership/marriage on the road,
    • travelling lifestyle

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choosing to be nomads in retirement
by Margaret Herle

Through her engaging memoir, author Margaret Herle shares a pioneering tale of life on the road. After deciding to retire in a home on wheels, Herle and her husband satisfied their cravings for travels (and being warm in winters!) on their own terms, exploring every province in Canada, most of the US, and the entire length of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. From tourist destinations to unexpected offbeat spots, they found more adventure than they imagined in their converted bus, the Dragonfly. Readers can come along for the ride with one of the original “vanlifers” who dared to give up a fixed address for an undetermined time and fulfill a love of travel in retirement—meeting locals, discovering different cultures, finding and immersing in new communities, and overcoming some epic challenges. For anyone interested in the #vanlife trend, Herle’s journey throughout North America in the 1990s—told through her reflections and personal letters to family—is an inspiration to choose the unordinary lifestyle and live your dream.

We certainly are far from perfect, but we decided on this meandering lifestyle, stuck to it, and had a great life together. Now, the purpose of making this book available for anyone wanting to read it is to invite you to meet us to come along for the ride as we experience our retirement years on the road, able to connect with people, places, and events in a way far better than we could have imagined. So, after you meet us and trust us, come on board with us and experience those wonderful years of our lives. Hopefully, you might get some new ideas and places to go on your own.

As author Margaret Herle says, “I lived every moment of the story.” She thrived as a constant tourist in her own country and travelled far and wide across the US and farther south to Mexico. After many years on the road—and 45 years with her husband, John Herle—she wanted to honour the enterprising and adventurous man who made this story happen and her dreams come true. Herle has been widowed twice by cancer, lives in South Surrey, BC, where she’s been part of a retirement community for the last 25 years, keeping busy with local groups and sewing for charitable organizations. Although this adventurous memoir of an on-the-road lifestyle is her first book, Herle’s writing has been published in a collection of short stories.


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