Who doesn’t love to talk about future travel destinations? In the early days, we would throw out names of places we hadn’t yet traveled. New Zealand, Iceland, Bhutan, Peru…. And if we decided to visit, we fantasized about long stops at nearby destinations (as long as we were in that area!). If we traveled to Portugal, shall we continue on to Spain? How about adding Australia to our itinerary when we fly to New Zealand?
We took a long walk in our fifth year of non-stop travel and picked up the discussion right where we’d last left off about the travel plans for the next year. For the first time ever, no new places came forth. Many places we wanted to go had already been eliminated from our discussion as not affordable, too dangerous, or too difficult for a longer stay. We started to talk halfheartedly about revisiting places we’d already been.
It’s then that we knew the time had come for us to travel to our ultimate destination, and we began to make the plans.
When we refer to a destination as “ultimate” we mean “best” and “last”. To be the best destination for an extended stay, we agreed on our list of criteria, that included:
We yearned to get back to some of our favorite activities.
The criteria for the ultimate destination was extensive and thoroughly discussed. We agreed on every point. Of course, the ultimate destination also means the last destination.
….to be continued….