Joel & Louise Goodman: World Travelers

We are Joel and Louise Goodman. (A couple, married for 50 years now, who spend their lives traveling the world. See their blog:

The two of you have traveled the world together, and continue to do so. What’s motivated you to do this?
We love meeting people from other countries, cultures and ethinic backgrounds. It is so interesting and mind broading to see how different and how alike we all are.

What’s one of the most inspiring places you’ve visited so far?
Mexico! The people work hard long hours for little money. They get by with
little compared to us here in the US. They have a strong faith in God and
family is very important to them. They always have a smile and a friendly
greeting for everyone.

The two of you have been together for over 50 years. What’s your secret?
As you get older, you realize that your spouse, the person you have
chosen to spend your life with is deserving of the best love you can
give. Treat each other like best friends. Most important maintain trust with
each other and keep a sense of humor.

What advice would you give to a young person who would like to travel during their retirement? Do it!! There is never enough money or time, but if you really want to travel you will find a way whether your young or retired.

Do the two of you have a goal list? If so, what are a few of the itemson that list? Our “goal list” today is much different from the goal list we had prior to
retiring but saying that, we do have a small list that we feel is

  • Make and give time for and to each other.
  • Make sure to give “Privacy” time to each other.
  • Stay healthy and continue to travel so we make sure to see our doctors,
  • eat right, and make time for exercise.

Where will you be traveling to next?
We are heading for the east coast of the US. We hope to enjoy some Maine
Lobster and clam chowder. We will explore where our country began and the
places of our founding fathers.

What was one of the most difficult times in your lives, & how did you overcome it? The hardest time in our lives, was the death of our baby son Jon. It broke our hearts. You never get over the loss of a loved one. We were fortunate
we had three healthy and beautiful daughters.

What’s one of the biggest lessons you’ve learned while traveling?
If you have a problem on the road people are kind and helpful. You are
never alone.

If you could motivate or inspire someone with one paragraph, what would it say? Life is not always easy. You have many bumps along the way. How you
react to them is what makes a difference. Pick yourself up, put a smile
on your face and go on! You can be or do anything you set your mind

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