This question has been at the back of my mind for months now, and I really want to address it, but it may be too big to put in one post. I have been reading Kay’s blog, over in Hawaii, and that is where this idea has been born. She too is a retired school teacher, and she and her husband, also retired, travel A LOT. And when they do, they GO GO GO. Terry and I travel a little. And when we do, we STAY, STAY, STAY. Reading Kay’s travel logs often makes me so tired I feel I need to go lie down! They travel often, with elderly relatives, and they do a million things each day, staying in a different place every night.
Don’t ask me to go on a tour bus. I did lots of bus trips with high school students for 21 years. Since I am not fond of water, I have no desire to get on a cruise ship even though the idea of staying in one place for the whole trip does appeal to me. I’ve not done any train travel except for commuter trains up and down the California peninsula, but I think I would like that mode of travel. Sitting in a car for long periods makes me antsy. I like to fly; not so much the process, but the getting a long distance very quickly. You see, I don’t like the going there, I like the being there.
I don’t like being a tourist. I like to know where I am, where I am going, and what to do when I get there. I like comfort. I like to be able to do things on my own timetable. I like to sit and people-watch for long periods. I like to eat at restaurants I know. Even better, I like to eat my own cooking, so that leads me to my favorite way of traveling. I like to go to one place, rent an apartment or house, and stay for a long period of time, getting to know that area very well.
Perhaps the next post can be about suitcases and such.