New Year, New Adventures

Andrea here who returned just days before Christmas from giving myself the early present of taking one of my top “bucket list” trips: an odyssey through the Greek islands. More on the fabulous details in an upcoming blog (pictured at left are the fabulous hilltop monasteries of Meteora) But as the new year dawns, it got me to thinking of how I want to do even more traveling in the coming year. Seeing new things, experiencing different cultures, getting to appreciate in person the great historic treasures of world history is inspiring in so many ways. It’s easy to keep putting things offโ€”I’m too busy . . . I’ll do it next year . . . packing is a pain . . . the litany of excuses is legion. But losing several friends in the last year way too early in life was for me a real reminder to carpe diem. I have a wish list, and am determined to keep working through it.

What about you? Do you love to travel and are there places you yearn to visit? Do you have a bucket list, and if so, what’s #1 on it?

16 thoughts on “New Year, New Adventures”

  1. I look forward to hearing about your Grecian adventures, Andrea. Circumstances don’t really permit traveling right now, so perhaps it’s just as well that I don’t have a bucket list of foreign destinations. It might be nice to visit my sister who lives cross country though….

    My sympathies on the death of your friends.

    • Thank you Kareni. Yes, it’s tough to lose friends. And it makes me very mindful that the journey is not never-ending. So I’m trying to be less apt to say, “Oh, I’ll do that some time in the future . . . There are so many exciting, enriching places and sights out there to experience. I hope to keep crossing my “must-dos” off the list.

      I hope you can go visit your sister soon.

  2. Dear Andrea
    My deepest sympathieses on the loss of your friends. I lost several in my fifties and sixties so i fully understand. I was fortunate to be able to do lot of traveling when i was younger and physically able to do it(severe arthritis in my back prevents walking long distances now). I loved seeing places i had always dreamed of, many trips to the British Isles(England was always #1 on the list when I was growing up amd was the first trip abroad!) Italy(i adored Venice ), France and other places in Europe. I have been all over Canada and in every state in the US(many more than once). As I have said to people, i have been to all the places on my A list and some in my B list. Now,while not the same as being there in person, the Internet gives me virtual tours of places i might like to see and can zoom in and see details which is almost like being there.
    I wish you many exciting and fun adventures in your travels. Go for it! The memories will last the rest of your life and give you much pleasure(and maybe inspire new novels for you to write? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks for both the sympathy and encouragement, Jane. I will keep “going for it!”

      That’s wonderful that you got out and fulfilled your travel dreams. Memories really do keep giving great pleasure.

      And while there is much to dislike about the internet, the wonderful travelogues and tours of marvelous places all over the world is incredibly wonderful. It really does give a certain sense of “being there.” Not perfect, but pretty great!


    • You will soon read about them! And you’ve had some great recent travel experiences, too. It’s really is inspiring.!

  3. I’m at the age where I’m seeing female friends lose their spouses, which is scary! I feel very lucky that we’re both healthy enough to travel. We’re scheduled to visit Turkey in February, which is a big item on my bucket list.

  4. I have a bucket list and I have slowly been crossing places off. I do love to travel and would love to go somewhere this year, I just haven’t decided where.

  5. Andrea, I am sorry for your loss. This past year was a difficult one for me because of the loss of a couple of family members. So, I admire the fact you are building your bucket list. You go, girl!

    I look forward to hearing about all your adventures. And just be sure and take plenty of pictures.

    Happy New Year – it is bound to be a better year.

  6. Dear Annette,
    I am so, so sorry for your loss of family members. That’s really tough. Am sending you hugs.

    With me, you NEVER have to worry about taking enough pictures! I have . . . lots. And you will soon see some!

  7. When I was of an age to travel alone, I didn’t have the time or money to do so, so I’ve never been outside of the US. I would have loved to see England, Scotland and Ireland. In my next life perhaps.

    I am at the age when one loses friends the hard way. I know my dearest oldest friend will likely not outlive me and every time I meet her I wonder if it will be for the last time. In the past I’d groan at another family gathering with the old resentments and favoritisms and stuff, but I never miss an opportunity to be with friends and family anymore.

    Nowadays I travel to other places and times in books ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oh, Janice, sending hugs. Family and friends become increasingly precious as we age, and realize that what’s really important in life are those connections. It’s so impossibly hard to face such losses.


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