Category Archives: Trip Planning

Thoughts on guided tours, high seasons, and rental cars

  We learn from observation, but mostly we learn from our mistakes.  That is where our trip to Alaska comes in.  We’d been working hard and desparatly wanted to take a trip but didn’t have time to plan one.  We … Continue reading

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What better time to plan the next memorable adventure?

Do you find yourself dreaming about taking a trip to a far-away destination? Especially now…  Life will never be the “normal” we once had but will be different. Where are we now? We’re self-isolated in our little cottage due to … Continue reading

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Lessons learned on the road #3:  time is valuable

Would we live our lives differently if we thought we only had a month, a year, or 30 years to live? How long will we live? We pondered these questions more seriously as we prepared to retire.   We turned to … Continue reading

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Lessons learned on the road #2:  planning, planning, and more planning

For many years travel planning consumed our lives. Our planning took us beyond the obvious: where to stay and what to do.  We delved into the perfect time of year to visit and would there be enough to do to … Continue reading

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A trip in free fall 

We thought of ourselves as serious travelers.  So what could be simpler than a 3-night, late summer get-away on the Delaware shore? We reserved a walk-in camping site at Cape Henlopen State Park months earlier but were so busy in … Continue reading

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The (almost) last destination

How do we top 6.5 years of travel in the U.S. and around the world (twice!)?  We probably can’t. Our years of travel will always be one of the best periods in our life, but we always like to look … Continue reading

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The ultimate destination

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 … Continue reading

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Travel advice: temperatures and showers

Once people learn we traveled on a nonstop 6 year trip to destinations around the world – the first question they always ask is, “Where was the best place.?”  The question is always “WHERE?”  Where, where, where….  But how about … Continue reading

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Travel expectations

We like to think we keep our travel expectations moderately realistic.  We fall somewhere between those who hope for nothing more than a relaxing get away and those leaving nothing to chance with a too-long checklist of sites and restaurants … Continue reading

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April is a great month to travel

Years ago, a small group of our friends gathered and planned international trips with a particular goal in mind: spending the days hiking and eating well every evening.   When it came time to determine when to travel, we decided to … Continue reading

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