Pause…take a break…and start up again

Who wants a vacation to end? We never felt our one-week vacations from years past were long enough. We tried two weeks, then moved to three.

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1 week in Bermuda in 2004

2 weeks in Costa Rica in 2006

2 weeks in Costa Rica in 2006

2+ weeks in Italy in 2008

2+ weeks in Italy in 2008

2+ weeks in Iceland in 2011

2+ weeks in Iceland in 2011

3 weeks in Turkey in 2012

3 weeks in Turkey in 2012

When three weeks was not enough, we planned our just-finished (wildly extravagant in time) 22-month trip that seemed just the right length of time—almost two years. Certainly that would be enough. At the end of the trip, we discovered that 22 months was still not long enough.

36 weeks traveling across the US in 2013

36 weeks traveling across the US in 2013

61 weeks traveling around the world in 2013-2014

61 weeks traveling around the world in 2013-2014

We just returned to Washington, DC, the place where our trip started almost two years ago. “Now that you’ve been around the world for two years, are you ready to pick a place and settle down?” our daughters asked us on our return. No. We learned we have no desire to separate our vacations from everyday living.

Some day our traveling life will end, and we’ll be ready to unpack our suitcases…but not yet.  We decided to start planning an 8-month trip in South America for 2016.  Meanwhile we’ll keep our suitcases packed, visit friends in our first month back here and then head out to the West Coast to visit family and continue to travel slowly and simply to some appealing destinations.

 

November 2014

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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6 Responses to Pause…take a break…and start up again

  1. So 8 months in South America is up next. I’m envious. We lived in Colombia in the late 1970’s and haven’t been back since. We are also hoping to make a trip back in the next year or so. Just a suggestion: the border between Colombia and Ecuador was an interesting journey back then, but if you can’t fit it in, the craft market in Otovalo, Ecuador is a nice 2-3 day trip from Quito. There’s a very well-known market in Cuenca. Otovalo is a bit more off-the-beaten-path. Best wishes in your travel planning.

  2. lipuster says:

    wow. you guys are an inspiration!

  3. Sounds perfect to me. The reason I am still working is to fund my lengthy travel plans in retirement! enjoy your next trip.

  4. bernice rowe says:

    HA! My sentiments exactly…you will think I am finished with “gallivanting” also when you see how gimpy I am, but I also intend to go until I can’t go any more! Cruise in June, another in Sept, with a couple of months in Mexico this winter. Was it Dylan Thomas who wrote, “Do not go gentle into that good night…”? See you soon…the boys are excited to hear of your adventures! Bernice

    Sent from my iPad

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