When I started this blog I didn’t know much about writing. My mom was a writer and a poet and had some stuff published along with a poet friend of hers. My writing started when my marriage of forty years ended. After divorcing my husband and then having a near-death experience, I decided to see the world. I would write home to the kids, my friends, relatives, or maybe a boyfriend or two. They liked my emails and said they enjoyed my travels through my writing.
Keeping a journal was necessary because my memory is not what it used to be. I tried to write a little each day and accentuate the highlights. Traveling mostly with a girlfriend or even by myself, I sought to enjoy as much as I could. What came about naturally was my enjoyment of the people I met along the way.
Everyone has stories and it shapes our lives of whom we are, where we come from, and how we live. That some shared so generously with me made me want to write more. The good, the bad, and even the ugly were always interesting and hopefully not dull. Enjoying my days and finding the positives in life, keeping an open mind, and being curious in order to feel and experience whatever it is that comes my way.
This traveling bug took me everywhere, and why not? When was I going to do it if not now and these last ten years? Aging catches up to us all eventually and then it may be too late, health issues notwithstanding. Then there is the money factor, I spent my retirement funds and I’m not sorry. Here we are living in a pandemic and who could have seen that coming, certainly not me. Do you know what I am most thankful for.. I didn’t wait until all the stars aligned so I could travel. I spent money put aside for retirement and used my charge cards and did whatever I needed to do at the time, to go explore places I wanted to experience.
Some trips literally fell in my lap and Cuba comes to mind. I’ve traveled four times to Cuba for 7 days, twice on less than a nine hundred dollars Canadian. That is flights, meals and accommodations, and even a tour or two! What I’m saying is that I took advantage of what I could, I was also good at sniffing out deals as well. This is all moot right now because we can’t go anywhere.. or can we? It’s maybe time to explore our own country, and I’ve been putting together a little trip in my mind to go east. It is just a thought right now but that is how all my trips start.
A trip now is kinda risky, but it could be done with planning and care I think. What would I write about I wonder?