Hello, and welcome to Still en route, where midlife meets adventure!
My name is Mary Emmer, and I’m glad you’re here!
If you’ve read my welcome post, then you already have an idea of why I started this blog and what Still en route is all about. But just in case, here’s my story.
So who am I?
Well here’s a snapshot….
- Self-Employed Entrepreneur – I’ve been self employed in the travel industry since 1984. Since I’m a baby boomer, that means for almost my entire adult life.
- Baby Boomer – Yes, I am!
- Traveler – Well, I love to travel. And having spent a lifetime working inside the travel industry has only fueled my desire for more and more travel.
- Blogger & Geek – I’m a blogger here at Still en route where I blog about business, affiliate marketing, travel and life. Because I know how to tinker with the scary back-end part of the blog, I’m afraid that put’s me in the “slightly geeky” category.
So technically this makes me an entrepreneurial baby boomer and geeky travel agent who loves to blog and was determined to find a way to work from anywhere with internet service because I cannot and will not stop traveling! Whew! That’s a mouthful 🙂
But here’s the thing. When I started my travel business way back in 1984, there was no internet. Let me repeat that. There was no internet. At least not in any recognizable form that was used by any businesses back then. So we did business the old fashioned way. On the phone and in person. That meant having an office somewhere with a telephone that was hard wired to something. In other words, if I wanted to do business, I had to be in the office. End of story.
That worked out fine, except when I wanted to travel. Oops, not good. If I wasn’t in my office, I couldn’t transact any business. So when the technology started to move forward, it became my mission to find a way to become more location independent. Imagine my surprise when this thing called the internet transformed not only my business but that of every supplier in my industry. I suddenly became “free”! Free to work from anywhere. Obviously, this transformation happened over a number of years. But while it was happening it really fueled a desire within me to take advantage of that “freedom” and experience things that you can’t experience on just a 1 week vacation.
The truth is that I’m a serial entrepreneur. I love to think up businesses, create logos, taglines and blogs for things. That’s my first confession. The 2nd is that this blog that you’re on right now started out strictly as a travel blog. Makes sense since I have a 30+ year background in the travel business. But I couldn’t get out of my own entrepreneurial way and over the course of awhile ended up with 2 blogs, with a 3rd in the works and yet a 4th on the back burner and almost ready to go. Between them all I covered travel and online business/blogging. I’m pretty organized and I love to work, but I finally came to the realization that even I could not manage and do justice to even 2 separate blogs much less 3 or 4! Uh oh, time to regroup. So I decided to combine them all into Still En Route for now. That’s why all of the earliest posts on this blog pertain to travel related stuff.
So now that Still En Route has changed directions just a bit, you’ll still find plenty of content here on travel, but also on business, life and all the areas where people are still en route, especially those of us who are on the fun side of 50!
Are You Ready For Some New Experiences?
As I became older, I realized that alot of people in my generation (baby boomers), and certainly others as well, never really make an effort to experience other places and things. In terms of travel, they don’t make an effort to experience the world beyond either their own hometown or beyond the few weeks of vacation they get every year. In terms of life, they don’t make an effort to stretch themselves beyond where their current circumstances have left them. For some it’s just a lack of interest, but for others it’s a sense of fear, or uncertainty, or simply an attitude of “That sounds great but I would never be able to do that”. But just because you get older doesn’t mean you should stop exploring, learning and growing as a person. And if you haven’t started yet, there’s no better time to do it than right now.
For me personally, I can’t imagine not seeing the world that’s out there or not experiencing new things in life, like trying new businesses! Staying put in one place (in any way) during the “golden years” has no appeal for me. So I’m Still en route, or “on the way”.
My goal here at Still en route is simple – it’s to Educate, Encourage & Teach.
- Educate people that they can fit more life, adventure and travel into their lifestyle, regardless of age. Even if it means they have to “re-invent themselves” with new skills, a new business, a new mindset…or all of them combined.
- Encourage them to go for it.
- Teach them how simple it can be once they have the proper “can do” mindset. After all, age is no barrier, it’s just an excuse!
So what exactly will you find here at Still en route?
Let’s start instead with what you won’t find.
What You Won’t Find
First, although I do post quite often about travel related stuff, I don’t travel 100% of the time like some travel bloggers and this is not only a travel blog. Travel is just one way that I’m still en route. So you won’t see “365 days a year on the road” or something like that coming from this blog.
Next, I’m not 29 any longer! I know…it’s shocking, isn’t it! There are many great travel and lifestyle bloggers out there who I respect and get inspiration from, but many of them are youngsters LOL! That’s not me, folks. Which is one reason I started Still en route. Because there are already so many great younger bloggers out there with awesome blogs, I wanted to help out my fellow baby boomers with information that will inspire them too.
Finally, probably because I’m not 29 any longer…..when I do write about travel, I don’t talk about hostels because I don’t DO hostels, and I try not to schlep my luggage on the subway either. In other words, although I love to save money I don’t just talk about budget travel. I like my comforts!
What You Will Find
Here’s where midlife meets adventure!
My Journey – First of all, you’ll learn some things about my own journey in being “still en route”….in travel, in business and in life. I’ve come a long way since the days when I had to occupy a desk in a cubicle in order to do business and make any money. I now spend multiple months every year traveling the world and figuring out how to make that fit in with the real life challenges we all have, like earning a living.
Business Resources – This is for the entrepreneur in you! Resources for solopreneurs, small business owners, and aspiring entrepreneurs. All the stuff that I wish someone would have mentioned to me while I was growing up in my little self-employed business world all by myself. After all, being an entrepreneur can be lonely and sometimes it’s difficult to know where to go for help.
Travel Tips, Resources & Recommendations – This includes absolutely all my faves….from my favorite online booking resources to my favorite travel clothes, shoes and accessories for us older travelers! While my blog is somewhat new, I’ve been collecting information, learning and experiencing travel in my business for 35 years, so I’ve got a ton of stuff to share with you. If you don’t see what you’re looking for yet…please be patient! You’ll see it here soon.
Inspiration & Humor – Inspiration for anyone who needs it, and humor because taking life too seriously is a mistake. Laughter is the best medicine!
How-To’s – For those that need some help in figuring stuff out. When I started my entrepreneurial journey, I didn’t do everything right. I definitely made mistakes along the way and now I hope that my tips will help others to avoid the mistakes that I made along the way.
How To Start A Small Business Online– This is so important it deserved a separate mention from the “How-To” item just above. Having the ability to work “online” is what allows me to do tons of cool stuff in my life! I will provide you with info, resources and inspiration on finding the entrepreneur within you.
Entrepreneurship – I love this subject! I write about it alot.
Special Done For You Services – For those who don’t feel like figuring anything out and just want me to do it for them LOL! If this is you…don’t worry. I’m offering a variety of done for you business and travel related services.
Join Me – And finally, a chance to join me on my journey. When I’m on the road I will share my day by day adventures so that you can look over my shoulder and get a feel for what’s going on. No, this won’t be just article after article about wonderful destinations. While that may be part of it, you’ll see the real life situation. The glamorous, the not so glamorous and the downright hilarious & ridiculous too. Get it? Because it’s all part of being Still on route and putting more “life” into your lifestyle.
I hope you enjoy the ride!
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