I love traveling and am diligently trying to check off items on my travel bucket list. I still need to catch up with Doug and my kids. They’re all seasoned travelers. I gave my kids the travel bug while they were in high school when we took a trip to Spain, and they haven’t stopped. My daughter just returned from two separate trips to Ireland. She went with a girlfriend to Southern Ireland a couple of months ago, and then took a company trip to Northern Ireland about a month later. My son is in the Air Force and flies to all sorts of exotic destinations.
We’re planning a trip to Italy in November and December this year for one month. We’ll land in Rome, stay for 5 days, take a train to Northern Tuscany, rent a car, visit the Etruscan hill towns, drive to Sienna and check out Southern Tuscany. Then we’ll take a train or car to Sorrento and visit the Amalfi coast and Pompeii.
From there we board the Queen Elizabeth (Cunard Line) at the port of Civitavecchia. We’ll stop in Pisa with a side trip to Florence, and then continue on to Toulon, Barcelona, Malaga, Gibraltar, Lisbon, and Oporto, before finally landing in Southhampton. after that, we’ll spend 2 nights in London. Since it will be winter, we decided to spend most of our time in Italy rather than England and save the more chilly British Isles for a spring or summer trip.
We decided to go on the trip at the last minute, so we’re still busy making travel arrangements, hotel reservations and deciding on tours. I can’t wait to go and you bet I’ll be blogging about it. It will be a nice change of scenery, and both of us need a break from work (me) and retirement.(him) Not that I won’t be working, but it will be fun work. Since Doug is a retired motion picture camera operator, we’re thinking of shooting videos so that he can start an online business as a travel videographer. We’ll see how that turns out.
November is supposed to be the rainy season in Italy. Doug wants to visit the Cinecittà film studio in Rome. Of course, we’ll be visiting all the usual historical sights.
I recently met a woman at a charity fundraiser who is 85 years old. She and her husband have been just about everywhere in the world you can think of including Africa several times. She told me that she recently gave up Scuba diving. She and her husband are also planning a trip to Tuscany because she’s fascinated with the Etruscans. I gave her a compliment and told her I was impressed with all her adventures, and the fact that she’s in such great health. She replied, “Well, not really. I have metastasized cancer, lupus, and fibromyalgia.” You’d never know it by talking to her because she has tremendous energy and is so friendly and talkative. Her health isn’t stopping her. I’m sure she’ll be around for many years to come. Oh, and her favorite travel destination in the world is Croatia. I better put that on my travel bucket list.
I felt a little silly, after hearing about her health challenges, because I’ve been feeling slightly discombobulated after having some dental work done recently. I had my teeth deep cleaned and several cavities drilled. I think the drilling knocked something in my neck out of alignment. It wasn’t my dentist’s fault. I fainted about a year and 1/2 ago and my neck took a beating when I fell. It’s taken me months to feel normal again. Getting older isn’t for sissies. For that reason, it’s important to have travel insurance.
Luckily, I have a friend who is a chiropractor. She straightened me back out. I still have one more dental appointment left so I’ll be seeing her a few more times before we leave to make sure I’ll be good to go when we take off on our trip.
I’ve recently added a travel section on this site because I want to write more about the places I’ve visited in the world and cross them off my travel bucket list.
I want to give special thanks to our hard-working travel agent Sandy from Let’s Go Travel. She’s putting up with our last minute plans beautifully.
I’d love to know where you’ve traveled and/or what’s on your travel bucket list. Please leave a comment below so we can all be inspired!