The Spanish have a joyous word for we freedom-65 retirees: jubilados. “Magellan,” a.k.a. Kerry is the scientific and technical jubilado. “Spice,” a.k.a. Gloria, the flavorista and writer. Here we share our stories and navigation tips for independent travellers. Read more
The first thing you might wonder is: what does Latitidue65 mean? Especially since latitude 65 north is Nunavut, south it’s the Antarctic and we live in Vancouver. Good question.
We are a long-married couple, newly retired and recently celebrated our 65th birthdays—Magellan on Pender Island, Spice at Spain’s El Celler Can Roca. Travelling was a big part of Magellan’s career in oil and gas: Iran in the ’70s, Paris in the ’80s, New York in the ’90s, Guyana in the ’00s. Now he has the latitude to bike up Burnaby Mountain, customize Latitude65.ca and pin our places to stay, eat and sightsee on Triposo. After teaching, Spice worked in travel and marketing before starting Perspectives, a writing and communications company. Now she has the freedom to master recipes like Banh Xeo and read beyond page 230 in In Search of Lost Time. (Now you know why we call each other Magellan and Spice.)
We share a passion for active independent travel. Over the years, that’s included hiking the West Coast Trail, listening to Keith Jarrett at Carnegie Hall and tasting our first zucchini blossoms under an olive grove in the Skiathos countryside. One of the first trips we took after Magellan turned 65 was to Spain, a country we’ve fallen in love with along with its melodious word for retirees—jubilados—which features in our tagline.
Our theory about travel, backed by research, is akin to the ingredients of a good sandwich. The trip itself is the savoury filling sandwiched between two slices of crusty bread: one on top for thoughtful planning and another on the bottom for preserving memories.
What will you find on this site?
Stories of our retirement travels. Resources for a deeper appreciation of our favourite spots. Ideas. Insight. Intelligence. Inspiration.
Cheers, to jubilant travels.