Friday, May 6, 2022
Sunday, March 13, 2022
As an Irish American, I grew up thinking that I knew certain things about Ireland. Of course, I had always heard how beautiful it was and how friendly the people were, but I was surprised to discover that there are so many things that as Americans we don't really know about Ireland.
To say that the Irish are heavy drinkers, is not a fair reflection of the culture
Having said that, there is a very healthy respect for the black stuff
Taxi drivers are more like professional tour operators
Saturday, December 18, 2021
Monday, October 25, 2021
It was a beautiful day in Colorado and my friend was coming for a visit. We decided to go to Estes Park for the weekend. We talked as we drove up the mountain; he asked if that was where the hotel that Stephen King wrote about in "The Shining” was. Yes, I answered and drove on, thinking nothing more of it. What a glorious day - blue sky, beautiful scenery, a perfect way to begin our trip.
Monday, August 16, 2021
I was very pleased to discover the many benefits it offered and it has given me a new appreciation for being at home.
As travel restrictions are loosening, I thought about where my next adventure will take me. Where do I want to go, what do I want to do, all of the questions I normally ask myself when I start to plan a new trip.
I realized then that I didn’t have to get on a plane to go somewhere, I could do it right here at home.
I gave myself permission to do everything I like to do on vacation – take a nap, have a drink with lunch, explore the local shops as a tourist, speak the language, order room service (delivery), book a massage, dress up for dinner, anything goes.
Sunday, July 18, 2021
Post pandemic travel is a new and interesting experience. So many people, myself included, are ready to explore the world again. The question is, just how do we do that now?
Destinations are beginning to open to visitors but there are still many aspects that have changed and need to be considered before embarking on your next adventure. Especially for women traveling alone.
Solo travel has always been a unique experience
It required special planning to make sure that it was safe and enjoyable. Not so different than how it is today.
Thinking about how to do this reminds me of when I first began to travel. Deciding where to go, how to get there, where to stay were just some of the decisions that I needed to make. Everything about the process was a little scary but very exciting.
I’m feeling that way again and it is making this process even more enjoyable.
Jump back in or take it slow
For some, this will be going full speed ahead, trying to regain their normal routine. For others, it will be a little slower and more deliberate. I probably fall somewhere in the middle. I want to go fast but also be mindful of real and relevant factors all over the world.
Pre-pandemic I was travelling full-time, most of it internationally. Just the month before lock-down in the US I was in 3 different countries and planning the next.
Now that seems unrealistic and even careless in some cases. I had to remind myself that things have changed and if I want to continue to travel, I need to do somethings differently.
Back to basics
As much as I love the experience of going somewhere far away, I don’t feel quite ready for that. What I am ready for is that feeling of wonder and joy that being anywhere new brings.
I began thinking of things to do and places to go a little closer to home. Places that would give me that sense of being away without having to go too far.
When I first started to travel alone, I would pick a nearby location and plan from there. What I found was that it didn’t matter where it was, it always felt like I was worlds away.
Something I love to do when I am in a new place is to take public transportation, especially buses and trains. That is something I almost never do at home.
I started by checking stations and schedules near where I live and began to see all of the locations I can access without driving. What I didn’t expect is that it was as much fun, if not more, than researching flights, at a fraction of the cost.
The other thing I love about traveling is staying at a nice hotel and taking myself out to dinner. As much as I enjoy that, it is something I only do when I’m away.
Just this small amount of planning helped me to see that I can have all of the pleasure of taking a trip with a lot less of the anxiety producing aspects that I don’t want.
There are so many options
Now, that I’ve decided that this is a good way for me to ease back into travel, I’ve realized just how many possibilities there are. I don’t have to fly to another city to enjoy all of the things I can have right here.
I’ve decided I will play tourist in my own city and state. Each trip will involve something that I love – visiting local parks and gardens, going out to lunch or dinner alone, staying at a nice hotel for just a night or two or booking a luxurious spa treatment, anything I want.
Not only will it be convenient but without having to pay airfare, it is much more affordable.
Just thinking about this new way to travel has reignited my enthusiasm for something that has been such a wonderful part of my life.
Wishing you safe and happy travels!