Bitten By The Travel Bug

I want to go to Italy. I have wanted this for years, it has always been at the top of my list for travel. I think too much Eat Pray Love, and Under the Tuscan Sun, lol. But like Liz Gilbert says, I want to go somewhere where pleasure is not extraneous. Instead a place where people believe life should be about pleasure. I think I might be able to put it together in a year and a half, or two years . I want to see Tuscany, and the Amalfi coast. The ruins of Rome, Lake Como, Florence. I’ve been looking at tours, through the Road Scholar program to see what the costs would be. And Adventures Abroad for people over 55.

The problem seems to be that all the tours put on by these places are only for parts of Italy. Like just the southern part. Or the northern lakes region, or just the Amalfi coast, or Tuscany. Sometimes they include maybe two parts. I did find one that’s 18 days that says it does the southern and northern. Right now I don’t have a travel partner, which is why I’m looking at the tours. My sis and her hubby have done a few of the Road Scholar trips through France, and loved them. Well, I’ve just started looking.

If I had a partner, I might consider going without a tour group. Maybe rent an apt for a month somewhere centrally located, and get a rail pass. That would be fun, I think, and allow me to kind of have a home base.

I have a few other places on my list. Ireland, for one. I have a good friend there, who has numerous times offered me a place to stay with her. And of course, if I were going there, I’d hop across to England, Scotland and Wales. I’d like to see France too. Sweden in the summer. And Machu Picchu, even though I know that can be a strenuous trip. The Galapagos. Somewhere in Africa, Tanzania maybe. Photo Safari. A friend did that a few years ago, and absolutely loved it. India too might be on the list. That would be immersing myself in a culture so foreign to me, I think it would be fascinating. And then…maybe French Polynesia, just to hang on the beach.

I’ll not get to them all, unless I somehow strike it rich. I think I can do Italy, and Ireland though. I’ve never really thought of myself as someone who is dying to travel, but as I get older, I’m realizing that there are many places on this planet I’d love to see before I get too old to be able to get around. The world is such a big place.

In my younger days, I just wanted to sail around from place to place. 6 months in the Caribbean, maybe through the Panama Canal, up the coast to California.

Then again, there are so many places in this country I have not been. If I were to go out west, my son could come with me. The Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone. Utah….and even Colorado where he lives have incredible parks.

I spent so much of my life just trying to survive. An abusive marriage which almost left me homeless, if not for a true miracle. For so many years we were so broke, I just wanted to never be broke again. But now, I’ve managed to put together a decent retirement out of that chaos, and I can set my sights past my day to day needs, I think.

At least, a little bit. Fun to think about anyway.

Love and light.

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