Spending the day with Mom, my sister, her partner, and the munchkin! First, brunch at the Long Island Aquarium at Atlantis. Then part of our brunch ticket is entrance to the aquarium. So the munchkin’s first trip to see the aquarium will be a fun experience.
I didn’t venture out during April break–I don’t know why–I kept looking for a vacation until 5 days before the break. I found some fabulous deals weeks beforehand, but I didn’t pull the trigger because we had snow forecasted–blizzards actually (which busted up to some heavy winds and rain). Then I waited for my tax return so I could pay off my SE Asia trip in June/July off first. Then I found an alternative itinerary of paths less ventured and I still didn’t book the darn thing because–I don’t know why. At work, I’m known to travel frequently and often in the halls or mailroom I’m asked where I plan to visit on the next trip. I cracked under the pressure. Also, my options are more limited because of my own rules. I’m trying to see new places and not go back to the same countries. I’ve visited England 7-8 times and I still long to visit certain regions of the country that I’ve missed. There are several cities in both Italy and Spain that I want to spend some time in, but I want to check off some new places first.
So I’m sitting here looking at airfares since I read a report that due to United and Delta making some poor PR moves, airfares are plummeting. Well, I found some fantastic deals. I searched, planned, and booked (no hesitations) not just one trip but TWO trips!
I have several favorite places for different reasons so I have a new mini-series planned–Favorite Places-Europe, Favorite Places-USA, Favorite Places-Asia (after my SE Asian adventure later this year) and maybe Favorite Places-City/Attractions or Favorite Places-Day Trip Destinations.
I’ll start with my comfort zone–Europe. I think my criteria for determining “favorite” status will be feeling of comfort while there, ease of getting around, the attractions, and if I’d return (& if I’ve returned–how many times).
Here’s my list of top ten cities in Europe: Continue reading
2017 is a big year for me, because it marks the 10th year that I’ve been traveling solo. In March of 2007, I just started a new graduate program to obtain my educational leadership certificates (building & district administration) and I was feeling unsettled and in a teaching rut. This happens to me every few years, I get into a rut and then all of sudden I make several large changes in my life and it shakes things up a bit. For a person who doesn’t like change, this is a big deal. To an outsider, these seemingly rash decisions appear out of the blue, but the truth is that many of these changes are on a slow simmer for years in my brain while I suss out what I want to change and how to implement it. Once I commit to the change, I’m all in and I want it immediately so everything seems random and quick. Continue reading
I love List Challenges–where you choose a category (and I always choose travel sometimes books or movies) and you click on the places or sites you have visited. You get to see how you stack up against fellow travelers. I finally created one from my own travels–I’m sure I’ve forgotten some places or attractions.
Check out my list and see how you do!
Are you the selfie king or queen? Are all of the photos of tourist sites cataloged in quirky angles or the artistic composition with the perfect lighting? Do you go for serious travelogue or the funny shots that look like you’re pushing a building over? Some people love portraits of people they meet while traveling.
Better late than never……A Belated Happy 4th!
Humble beginnings of a great nation…..
For me, the most intimidating challenge while traveling solo is dining alone. That’s why for the first few trips, I would grab food on the go rather than sit in the restaurant. Though I have to say that in Europe, where I travel most often to, it’s not such a big deal as here in the USA.
Finding the perfect souvenir for a loved can be a pressure cooker decision. Think about it. You want to convey that you miss this person and offer a meaningful memento yet show the beauty or uniqueness of the locale. Sometimes the person themselves make finding the perfect souvenir a monumental task–you know–the person who has everything or is really just very particular aka “picky”. Other times it’s the locale–what the area is well renown for may not be within your budget or interest.