Travel Inspiration and Knowledge2021-08-16T18:59:01-06:00

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We are Joyce & Daryle – we believe a life of travel is a life well-lived. From short weekend road trips to long-distance international travel, we feel it is about curiosity, exploring, and the heart of travel – not the miles logged.  Join us on our adventures and let us explore the world together! 

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The Exotic and the Mundane

Read Joyce’s memoir of our 14-month global adventure! 

In 2011, we were approaching 40 and had been married for almost ten years. From the day we met, we’d been talking about “traveling more”, but in ten years we hadn’t advanced very far toward that dream and it had become more of a nagging dissatisfaction than an inspiring goal. We gradually came to the somewhat obvious realization that “traveling more” wasn’t just going to happen, we would need to decide what exactly we wanted, make a plan and commit to a lot of work.

In early 2012, we made a decision to go all in on their travel dream, sell everything, and hit the road for an open-ended period of time.

On March 31, 2013, we locked up our house one last time and left on a tour that would take us to 23 countries and 23 U.S. states over the next 14 months.

Download the first chapter here for free.


This book is the chronicle of the first six months, spent in Central America and Africa, as we learned to slow down, look around and embrace wherever the heck we were. Alternately funny, frustrating and inspiring, our journey proves that anyone can travel more and that you don’t have to be rich, young or all that brave to get out and see the world.


We’ve learned that no destination is too far and 
no experience is out of reach – let us teach you too!

You want to travel. You love watching the travel shows and looking through all those glossy vacation magazines but travel is just too expensive. Not to mention the latest news headlines always make you wonder if it safe to travel.

Sure you’ve dreamed of lunch in Paris at a quaint cafe with the Eiffel Tower in view. Or maybe it is a beach in Fiji that you fantasize about? And just last week you read an article about an Alaskan cruise that sounded wonderful!

But how could you possibly afford it? Vacations and travel like that is for other people. It is better left for retirement or for the trust fund kids in their 20s.

We used to think that way too but discovered that dream vacations are available to anyone. Even you! It does not take a winning lottery ticket or the passing of a rich uncle to make them possible. It just takes a little shift in how you think about travel and vacations. That little shift is what we like to teach here at Learning To Travel.

We’ll show you step by step how we went from dreaming of “traveling more” to booking epic life-changing travel. We believe that with the right knowledge and inspiration you’ll have the confidence and tools needed to travel anywhere in the world you want to go.

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We like to refer to it as our “Epic Vacation”  

→ 14 months
→ 23 countries
→ 23 U.S. states
→ A lifetime of memories!!

Planning and executing that vacation taught us a lot about not only travel but making big life goals happen.

Since returning we’ve developed a passion for teaching people the possibilities of travel. No matter if it is a 2-week dream vacation you want to take or a 2-year sabbatical you need, we want to show you just how possible it is no matter where you are starting from today. 

So what do you say? Do you want to learn more? 

The best to get started is by signing up for our FREE weekly email where we share tips, tricks, and our experiences that will have you booking your dream vacation in as little as one year from today.  If we can do it, we know you can too! 

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Joyce and Daryle Dickens are at the heart of Learning To Travel. We’ve traveled extensively and are always ready to share what we’ve learned and help you with your vacation.

Daryle Dickens

Wordsmith & Marketing

Joyce Dickens

Master Planner & Bookkeeper


Office Manager & Pest Control

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