Travel Porn

Cat 243 Dover by Mary Jo

Hi, there! Ordinarily, this would be Anne Gracie’s day to post, but she’s driving from Melbourne to Sydney to attend the annual conference of the Romance Writers of Australia, so we swapped. 

Knowing her destination made me start to think about my own visit to RWAust last year.  I was so excited about speaking at that conference and the New Zealand conference that I could hardly stand it!  I was squeaking and drumming my heels—and I had months to plan the trip.  Which brings me to the subject of travel porn.  <g>

DSCN0190 If you’re a regular visitor to Word Wenches, you’ve probably noticed that we all love to travel, and we often write about our trips.  It’s not surprising that we’re all traveling fools—I suspect that a passion for exploring wonderful new places is an aspect of the curiosity that is so much a part of a writer’s nature.  (We’re like cats, without the whiskers. <g>)

So we travel when we can—and the planning is half the fun.  Before going Down Under last year, I spent huge amounts of time (when I should have been writing <G>) Green Island
planning where to go and what to do with the six days of vacation before the conference.  Ditto for New Zealand, where the time would be split into two chunks of three days each. (Picture above is the bungalow we stayed in on Green Island, which is part of Australia's Great Barrier Reef.)

Where do you start when you have a whole continent or a whole nation to choose from?  With the internet, of course! 

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The internet is the most amazing travel aid ever invented.  You can look for fabulous, unusual places to stay.  Discover attractions you never heard about.  Connect with people who know the area and can offer useful advice.  Bookmark sites so you can go there and gaze longingly at the place while you impatiently wait for the journey to begin.  (The picture above I took in Portugal.)

I’m illustrating this blog with pictures of various places I’ve discovered on the internet.  I also, by coincidence, read this extremely interesting article in the New York Times called “But will it make you happy?”

Santorini--wall niche The premise of the article is that buying Stuff isn’t likely to make you happy for very long–the buzz of new possessions wears off quickly. 

Rather, most people are happier when they spend money on experiences instead of Stuff.  As the article says, “It’s better to go on a vacation than buy a new couch.”

I loved this paragraph, which relates to travel:  “One reason that paying for experiences gives us longer-lasting happiness is that we can reminisce about them, researchers say. That’s true for even the most middling of experiences. That trip to Rome during which you waited in endless lines, broke your camera and argued with your spouse will typically be airbrushed with “rosy recollection,” says Sonja Lyubomirsky, a psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside.”

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It also turns out that anticipation increases happiness.  There may be mad fun in deciding to make a trip at the last minute and going flying off.  But it’s even more fun to wait, to work, to plan.  That adds anticipation and value.  (Though you can enjoy the reminiscences either way, of course.)

Santorini--boats So that’s the premise, and it works for me.   We always have a trip (or more) in the planning stages.  The trips don’t have to be weeks’ long visits to exotic destinations—they can also be overnighters to a B&B within driving distance.

Still, the exotic destinations are great.  When I was invited to be a guest at a romance event in Rome at the end of October, and it turned out I could go because we’re ending an Eastern Mediterranean cruise in Athens just three days before, I started doing a wild Snoopy dance.  Where to stay—a hotel, an apartment, a B&B?  Roman terrace What to see when the whole of the Eternal City is there for the taking? 

The trip is still under construction, but I’m having a wonderful time.  And even if there are parts that don’t work out quite as well as hoped, I know I’ll have lots of fond memories.

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DSCN0323 What about you? What travel porn stimulates your imagination?  Have you had wonderful planning experiences?  Where are you thinking about going, even if you can’t set a date yet? 

And do all those things make you happy?  I hope so!

Mary Jo

125 thoughts on “Travel Porn”

  1. My very first trip overseas (many years ago now) was by ship from Australia to England and it took five weeks. In those days that was how we travelled – travel by air was out of most people’s financial reach. I had to book way in advance because there were just so many ships and more passengers than berths available, and so I had about 12 months to plan. It was wonderful. I had a plan of the ship and by the time I boarded I knew every cabin, stair way, restaurant, theatre etc. etc. on the ship. I also spent my time writing to all the Embassies and High Commissions of the countries I was to visit asking for brochures and information. Since then I have travelled by plane, but the first time was the best.

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  2. My very first trip overseas (many years ago now) was by ship from Australia to England and it took five weeks. In those days that was how we travelled – travel by air was out of most people’s financial reach. I had to book way in advance because there were just so many ships and more passengers than berths available, and so I had about 12 months to plan. It was wonderful. I had a plan of the ship and by the time I boarded I knew every cabin, stair way, restaurant, theatre etc. etc. on the ship. I also spent my time writing to all the Embassies and High Commissions of the countries I was to visit asking for brochures and information. Since then I have travelled by plane, but the first time was the best.

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  3. My very first trip overseas (many years ago now) was by ship from Australia to England and it took five weeks. In those days that was how we travelled – travel by air was out of most people’s financial reach. I had to book way in advance because there were just so many ships and more passengers than berths available, and so I had about 12 months to plan. It was wonderful. I had a plan of the ship and by the time I boarded I knew every cabin, stair way, restaurant, theatre etc. etc. on the ship. I also spent my time writing to all the Embassies and High Commissions of the countries I was to visit asking for brochures and information. Since then I have travelled by plane, but the first time was the best.

    Reply
  4. My very first trip overseas (many years ago now) was by ship from Australia to England and it took five weeks. In those days that was how we travelled – travel by air was out of most people’s financial reach. I had to book way in advance because there were just so many ships and more passengers than berths available, and so I had about 12 months to plan. It was wonderful. I had a plan of the ship and by the time I boarded I knew every cabin, stair way, restaurant, theatre etc. etc. on the ship. I also spent my time writing to all the Embassies and High Commissions of the countries I was to visit asking for brochures and information. Since then I have travelled by plane, but the first time was the best.

    Reply
  5. My very first trip overseas (many years ago now) was by ship from Australia to England and it took five weeks. In those days that was how we travelled – travel by air was out of most people’s financial reach. I had to book way in advance because there were just so many ships and more passengers than berths available, and so I had about 12 months to plan. It was wonderful. I had a plan of the ship and by the time I boarded I knew every cabin, stair way, restaurant, theatre etc. etc. on the ship. I also spent my time writing to all the Embassies and High Commissions of the countries I was to visit asking for brochures and information. Since then I have travelled by plane, but the first time was the best.

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  6. From MJP:
    How exciting that must have been, Jenny! Australia is so far from Europe, so traveling to England must have been like visiting the land of Faerie! And you did all the right planning–the ship layout, the embassies to get information–giddy and wonderful.
    I remember writing those snail mail letters to get information from countries in Eastern Europe long before the Iron Curtain fell. Getting a fat envelope in the mail was delicious. *g Then poring over everything inside…
    Planes and swift travel are mostly better, but they haven’t the magic.

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  7. From MJP:
    How exciting that must have been, Jenny! Australia is so far from Europe, so traveling to England must have been like visiting the land of Faerie! And you did all the right planning–the ship layout, the embassies to get information–giddy and wonderful.
    I remember writing those snail mail letters to get information from countries in Eastern Europe long before the Iron Curtain fell. Getting a fat envelope in the mail was delicious. *g Then poring over everything inside…
    Planes and swift travel are mostly better, but they haven’t the magic.

    Reply
  8. From MJP:
    How exciting that must have been, Jenny! Australia is so far from Europe, so traveling to England must have been like visiting the land of Faerie! And you did all the right planning–the ship layout, the embassies to get information–giddy and wonderful.
    I remember writing those snail mail letters to get information from countries in Eastern Europe long before the Iron Curtain fell. Getting a fat envelope in the mail was delicious. *g Then poring over everything inside…
    Planes and swift travel are mostly better, but they haven’t the magic.

    Reply
  9. From MJP:
    How exciting that must have been, Jenny! Australia is so far from Europe, so traveling to England must have been like visiting the land of Faerie! And you did all the right planning–the ship layout, the embassies to get information–giddy and wonderful.
    I remember writing those snail mail letters to get information from countries in Eastern Europe long before the Iron Curtain fell. Getting a fat envelope in the mail was delicious. *g Then poring over everything inside…
    Planes and swift travel are mostly better, but they haven’t the magic.

    Reply
  10. From MJP:
    How exciting that must have been, Jenny! Australia is so far from Europe, so traveling to England must have been like visiting the land of Faerie! And you did all the right planning–the ship layout, the embassies to get information–giddy and wonderful.
    I remember writing those snail mail letters to get information from countries in Eastern Europe long before the Iron Curtain fell. Getting a fat envelope in the mail was delicious. *g Then poring over everything inside…
    Planes and swift travel are mostly better, but they haven’t the magic.

    Reply
  11. Sherrie, here. Fascinating post, Mary Jo! I’ve never thought of the psychological aspects of travel and why it gives us so much joy.
    Regarding this quote: “It’s better to go on a vacation than buy a new couch.” I have mixed feelings about that quote. Because I tend to be materialistic, my first and very immediate reaction was a strong denial–I’d take the couch over the vacation because you can enjoy the couch every day for years and years–an actual object you can see and use and appreciate, whereas a vacation lasts a few days and then it’s over, except for some pictures, souvenirs, and memories.
    But now I see how this vacation thing isn’t just the actual vacation itself, but the planning and anticipation beforehand, as well as the memories, photos, and reminiscing afterwards. This can be a very enjoyable experience. I’d just never thought of it that way before. So thanks for that insight, Mary Jo!
    As far as vacations, I’m afraid my budget won’t allow for anything beyond a bicycle ride to the local hardware store. I’ve done very little traveling in my life, mostly due to lack of opportunity, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to travel. You Wenches have instilled permanent Travel Envy in me!

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  12. Sherrie, here. Fascinating post, Mary Jo! I’ve never thought of the psychological aspects of travel and why it gives us so much joy.
    Regarding this quote: “It’s better to go on a vacation than buy a new couch.” I have mixed feelings about that quote. Because I tend to be materialistic, my first and very immediate reaction was a strong denial–I’d take the couch over the vacation because you can enjoy the couch every day for years and years–an actual object you can see and use and appreciate, whereas a vacation lasts a few days and then it’s over, except for some pictures, souvenirs, and memories.
    But now I see how this vacation thing isn’t just the actual vacation itself, but the planning and anticipation beforehand, as well as the memories, photos, and reminiscing afterwards. This can be a very enjoyable experience. I’d just never thought of it that way before. So thanks for that insight, Mary Jo!
    As far as vacations, I’m afraid my budget won’t allow for anything beyond a bicycle ride to the local hardware store. I’ve done very little traveling in my life, mostly due to lack of opportunity, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to travel. You Wenches have instilled permanent Travel Envy in me!

    Reply
  13. Sherrie, here. Fascinating post, Mary Jo! I’ve never thought of the psychological aspects of travel and why it gives us so much joy.
    Regarding this quote: “It’s better to go on a vacation than buy a new couch.” I have mixed feelings about that quote. Because I tend to be materialistic, my first and very immediate reaction was a strong denial–I’d take the couch over the vacation because you can enjoy the couch every day for years and years–an actual object you can see and use and appreciate, whereas a vacation lasts a few days and then it’s over, except for some pictures, souvenirs, and memories.
    But now I see how this vacation thing isn’t just the actual vacation itself, but the planning and anticipation beforehand, as well as the memories, photos, and reminiscing afterwards. This can be a very enjoyable experience. I’d just never thought of it that way before. So thanks for that insight, Mary Jo!
    As far as vacations, I’m afraid my budget won’t allow for anything beyond a bicycle ride to the local hardware store. I’ve done very little traveling in my life, mostly due to lack of opportunity, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to travel. You Wenches have instilled permanent Travel Envy in me!

    Reply
  14. Sherrie, here. Fascinating post, Mary Jo! I’ve never thought of the psychological aspects of travel and why it gives us so much joy.
    Regarding this quote: “It’s better to go on a vacation than buy a new couch.” I have mixed feelings about that quote. Because I tend to be materialistic, my first and very immediate reaction was a strong denial–I’d take the couch over the vacation because you can enjoy the couch every day for years and years–an actual object you can see and use and appreciate, whereas a vacation lasts a few days and then it’s over, except for some pictures, souvenirs, and memories.
    But now I see how this vacation thing isn’t just the actual vacation itself, but the planning and anticipation beforehand, as well as the memories, photos, and reminiscing afterwards. This can be a very enjoyable experience. I’d just never thought of it that way before. So thanks for that insight, Mary Jo!
    As far as vacations, I’m afraid my budget won’t allow for anything beyond a bicycle ride to the local hardware store. I’ve done very little traveling in my life, mostly due to lack of opportunity, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to travel. You Wenches have instilled permanent Travel Envy in me!

    Reply
  15. Sherrie, here. Fascinating post, Mary Jo! I’ve never thought of the psychological aspects of travel and why it gives us so much joy.
    Regarding this quote: “It’s better to go on a vacation than buy a new couch.” I have mixed feelings about that quote. Because I tend to be materialistic, my first and very immediate reaction was a strong denial–I’d take the couch over the vacation because you can enjoy the couch every day for years and years–an actual object you can see and use and appreciate, whereas a vacation lasts a few days and then it’s over, except for some pictures, souvenirs, and memories.
    But now I see how this vacation thing isn’t just the actual vacation itself, but the planning and anticipation beforehand, as well as the memories, photos, and reminiscing afterwards. This can be a very enjoyable experience. I’d just never thought of it that way before. So thanks for that insight, Mary Jo!
    As far as vacations, I’m afraid my budget won’t allow for anything beyond a bicycle ride to the local hardware store. I’ve done very little traveling in my life, mostly due to lack of opportunity, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to travel. You Wenches have instilled permanent Travel Envy in me!

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  16. Wonderful post, Mary Jo, and what gorgeous pictures! Definitely travel envy.
    I’ve always said that half the fun of a journey is in planning it, and it was never so true for me as the period between July of 2008 and June of 2009. My husband and I had talked for years about visiting England and Ireland (a deam come true for me), and in July 2008, we finally decided we’d do it the following summer. Well, I did so much research I had a file about 2 inches thick, with maps, brochures, driving directions, etc. And I was especially lucky with the Ireland trip because I have a friend who visits every year, who recommended the B&B we stayed in in Dublin, as well as a lot of other sites to see. He even identified the castle on the cover of my first novel for me (Dunguaire Castle in Kinvara, Galway), so I was able to visit it, which was an incredibly moving experience for me.
    We still reminisce abou that trip, and I have photos all over my office walls. I’m already planning my next trip for 2013. I decided that I’d treat myself to a 50th birthday gift of a return to Ireland. I’m already collecting brochures!

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  17. Wonderful post, Mary Jo, and what gorgeous pictures! Definitely travel envy.
    I’ve always said that half the fun of a journey is in planning it, and it was never so true for me as the period between July of 2008 and June of 2009. My husband and I had talked for years about visiting England and Ireland (a deam come true for me), and in July 2008, we finally decided we’d do it the following summer. Well, I did so much research I had a file about 2 inches thick, with maps, brochures, driving directions, etc. And I was especially lucky with the Ireland trip because I have a friend who visits every year, who recommended the B&B we stayed in in Dublin, as well as a lot of other sites to see. He even identified the castle on the cover of my first novel for me (Dunguaire Castle in Kinvara, Galway), so I was able to visit it, which was an incredibly moving experience for me.
    We still reminisce abou that trip, and I have photos all over my office walls. I’m already planning my next trip for 2013. I decided that I’d treat myself to a 50th birthday gift of a return to Ireland. I’m already collecting brochures!

    Reply
  18. Wonderful post, Mary Jo, and what gorgeous pictures! Definitely travel envy.
    I’ve always said that half the fun of a journey is in planning it, and it was never so true for me as the period between July of 2008 and June of 2009. My husband and I had talked for years about visiting England and Ireland (a deam come true for me), and in July 2008, we finally decided we’d do it the following summer. Well, I did so much research I had a file about 2 inches thick, with maps, brochures, driving directions, etc. And I was especially lucky with the Ireland trip because I have a friend who visits every year, who recommended the B&B we stayed in in Dublin, as well as a lot of other sites to see. He even identified the castle on the cover of my first novel for me (Dunguaire Castle in Kinvara, Galway), so I was able to visit it, which was an incredibly moving experience for me.
    We still reminisce abou that trip, and I have photos all over my office walls. I’m already planning my next trip for 2013. I decided that I’d treat myself to a 50th birthday gift of a return to Ireland. I’m already collecting brochures!

    Reply
  19. Wonderful post, Mary Jo, and what gorgeous pictures! Definitely travel envy.
    I’ve always said that half the fun of a journey is in planning it, and it was never so true for me as the period between July of 2008 and June of 2009. My husband and I had talked for years about visiting England and Ireland (a deam come true for me), and in July 2008, we finally decided we’d do it the following summer. Well, I did so much research I had a file about 2 inches thick, with maps, brochures, driving directions, etc. And I was especially lucky with the Ireland trip because I have a friend who visits every year, who recommended the B&B we stayed in in Dublin, as well as a lot of other sites to see. He even identified the castle on the cover of my first novel for me (Dunguaire Castle in Kinvara, Galway), so I was able to visit it, which was an incredibly moving experience for me.
    We still reminisce abou that trip, and I have photos all over my office walls. I’m already planning my next trip for 2013. I decided that I’d treat myself to a 50th birthday gift of a return to Ireland. I’m already collecting brochures!

    Reply
  20. Wonderful post, Mary Jo, and what gorgeous pictures! Definitely travel envy.
    I’ve always said that half the fun of a journey is in planning it, and it was never so true for me as the period between July of 2008 and June of 2009. My husband and I had talked for years about visiting England and Ireland (a deam come true for me), and in July 2008, we finally decided we’d do it the following summer. Well, I did so much research I had a file about 2 inches thick, with maps, brochures, driving directions, etc. And I was especially lucky with the Ireland trip because I have a friend who visits every year, who recommended the B&B we stayed in in Dublin, as well as a lot of other sites to see. He even identified the castle on the cover of my first novel for me (Dunguaire Castle in Kinvara, Galway), so I was able to visit it, which was an incredibly moving experience for me.
    We still reminisce abou that trip, and I have photos all over my office walls. I’m already planning my next trip for 2013. I decided that I’d treat myself to a 50th birthday gift of a return to Ireland. I’m already collecting brochures!

    Reply
  21. Wonderful blog, Mary Jo! I adore traveling and exploring new countries and cultures. I spent my 16th summer studying and touring Europe and always dreamed of going back. Thirty-plus years later, I got the chance when a friend (with two Delta buddy passes) asked me to go with her. We traveled to Spain and Italy and I planned the entire trip on the internet. It was so much fun! I haunted the boards at tripadvisor.com, wrote for info, bought language CDs and practiced Spanish and Italian daily, surfed hotel and attraction websites and then held my breath, praying that the hotels I had chosen would be as lovely as they looked online. They were! We went to Barcelona, Florence and Rome with side trips to Siena and San Gimignano. I took over 1100 photos and kept a daily journal that I posted online for friends and family. The next year I took my niece on a guided tour of Italy for her college graduation. Like the other trip, I took over 1,000 photos and, again, kept the daily journal. I love being able to return to those magical moments through my pictures and journals.
    Right now, I’m saving my pennies for RWA National in NYC next summer. My ultimate dream is a trip to Japan, Australia and New Zealand. My niece is moving to Japan in December. I’d love to be able to visit her there and also visit dear friends in Australia while exploring that continent. Don’t know if I’ll be able to pull it off but I’m sure going to try! 🙂

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  22. Wonderful blog, Mary Jo! I adore traveling and exploring new countries and cultures. I spent my 16th summer studying and touring Europe and always dreamed of going back. Thirty-plus years later, I got the chance when a friend (with two Delta buddy passes) asked me to go with her. We traveled to Spain and Italy and I planned the entire trip on the internet. It was so much fun! I haunted the boards at tripadvisor.com, wrote for info, bought language CDs and practiced Spanish and Italian daily, surfed hotel and attraction websites and then held my breath, praying that the hotels I had chosen would be as lovely as they looked online. They were! We went to Barcelona, Florence and Rome with side trips to Siena and San Gimignano. I took over 1100 photos and kept a daily journal that I posted online for friends and family. The next year I took my niece on a guided tour of Italy for her college graduation. Like the other trip, I took over 1,000 photos and, again, kept the daily journal. I love being able to return to those magical moments through my pictures and journals.
    Right now, I’m saving my pennies for RWA National in NYC next summer. My ultimate dream is a trip to Japan, Australia and New Zealand. My niece is moving to Japan in December. I’d love to be able to visit her there and also visit dear friends in Australia while exploring that continent. Don’t know if I’ll be able to pull it off but I’m sure going to try! 🙂

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  23. Wonderful blog, Mary Jo! I adore traveling and exploring new countries and cultures. I spent my 16th summer studying and touring Europe and always dreamed of going back. Thirty-plus years later, I got the chance when a friend (with two Delta buddy passes) asked me to go with her. We traveled to Spain and Italy and I planned the entire trip on the internet. It was so much fun! I haunted the boards at tripadvisor.com, wrote for info, bought language CDs and practiced Spanish and Italian daily, surfed hotel and attraction websites and then held my breath, praying that the hotels I had chosen would be as lovely as they looked online. They were! We went to Barcelona, Florence and Rome with side trips to Siena and San Gimignano. I took over 1100 photos and kept a daily journal that I posted online for friends and family. The next year I took my niece on a guided tour of Italy for her college graduation. Like the other trip, I took over 1,000 photos and, again, kept the daily journal. I love being able to return to those magical moments through my pictures and journals.
    Right now, I’m saving my pennies for RWA National in NYC next summer. My ultimate dream is a trip to Japan, Australia and New Zealand. My niece is moving to Japan in December. I’d love to be able to visit her there and also visit dear friends in Australia while exploring that continent. Don’t know if I’ll be able to pull it off but I’m sure going to try! 🙂

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  24. Wonderful blog, Mary Jo! I adore traveling and exploring new countries and cultures. I spent my 16th summer studying and touring Europe and always dreamed of going back. Thirty-plus years later, I got the chance when a friend (with two Delta buddy passes) asked me to go with her. We traveled to Spain and Italy and I planned the entire trip on the internet. It was so much fun! I haunted the boards at tripadvisor.com, wrote for info, bought language CDs and practiced Spanish and Italian daily, surfed hotel and attraction websites and then held my breath, praying that the hotels I had chosen would be as lovely as they looked online. They were! We went to Barcelona, Florence and Rome with side trips to Siena and San Gimignano. I took over 1100 photos and kept a daily journal that I posted online for friends and family. The next year I took my niece on a guided tour of Italy for her college graduation. Like the other trip, I took over 1,000 photos and, again, kept the daily journal. I love being able to return to those magical moments through my pictures and journals.
    Right now, I’m saving my pennies for RWA National in NYC next summer. My ultimate dream is a trip to Japan, Australia and New Zealand. My niece is moving to Japan in December. I’d love to be able to visit her there and also visit dear friends in Australia while exploring that continent. Don’t know if I’ll be able to pull it off but I’m sure going to try! 🙂

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  25. Wonderful blog, Mary Jo! I adore traveling and exploring new countries and cultures. I spent my 16th summer studying and touring Europe and always dreamed of going back. Thirty-plus years later, I got the chance when a friend (with two Delta buddy passes) asked me to go with her. We traveled to Spain and Italy and I planned the entire trip on the internet. It was so much fun! I haunted the boards at tripadvisor.com, wrote for info, bought language CDs and practiced Spanish and Italian daily, surfed hotel and attraction websites and then held my breath, praying that the hotels I had chosen would be as lovely as they looked online. They were! We went to Barcelona, Florence and Rome with side trips to Siena and San Gimignano. I took over 1100 photos and kept a daily journal that I posted online for friends and family. The next year I took my niece on a guided tour of Italy for her college graduation. Like the other trip, I took over 1,000 photos and, again, kept the daily journal. I love being able to return to those magical moments through my pictures and journals.
    Right now, I’m saving my pennies for RWA National in NYC next summer. My ultimate dream is a trip to Japan, Australia and New Zealand. My niece is moving to Japan in December. I’d love to be able to visit her there and also visit dear friends in Australia while exploring that continent. Don’t know if I’ll be able to pull it off but I’m sure going to try! 🙂

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  26. Travelling is such fun and I agree that the preparations and anticipation add immensely to the pleasure. However, five years ago I did a lot of research on the Transylvanian area of Romania for a historical I was writing – so I knew the places from two guide books and a map but there’s nothing like seeing for yourself. On an impulse I asked my French friend if she’d go there with me. We just took off to Timisoara, hired a car and found ourselves really in a different world, like living in Grimm’s Fairy Tales. And it was a bonus that my description of my hero’s journey through the Romanian countryside was accurate. Bravo to the guide books.

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  27. Travelling is such fun and I agree that the preparations and anticipation add immensely to the pleasure. However, five years ago I did a lot of research on the Transylvanian area of Romania for a historical I was writing – so I knew the places from two guide books and a map but there’s nothing like seeing for yourself. On an impulse I asked my French friend if she’d go there with me. We just took off to Timisoara, hired a car and found ourselves really in a different world, like living in Grimm’s Fairy Tales. And it was a bonus that my description of my hero’s journey through the Romanian countryside was accurate. Bravo to the guide books.

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  28. Travelling is such fun and I agree that the preparations and anticipation add immensely to the pleasure. However, five years ago I did a lot of research on the Transylvanian area of Romania for a historical I was writing – so I knew the places from two guide books and a map but there’s nothing like seeing for yourself. On an impulse I asked my French friend if she’d go there with me. We just took off to Timisoara, hired a car and found ourselves really in a different world, like living in Grimm’s Fairy Tales. And it was a bonus that my description of my hero’s journey through the Romanian countryside was accurate. Bravo to the guide books.

    Reply
  29. Travelling is such fun and I agree that the preparations and anticipation add immensely to the pleasure. However, five years ago I did a lot of research on the Transylvanian area of Romania for a historical I was writing – so I knew the places from two guide books and a map but there’s nothing like seeing for yourself. On an impulse I asked my French friend if she’d go there with me. We just took off to Timisoara, hired a car and found ourselves really in a different world, like living in Grimm’s Fairy Tales. And it was a bonus that my description of my hero’s journey through the Romanian countryside was accurate. Bravo to the guide books.

    Reply
  30. Travelling is such fun and I agree that the preparations and anticipation add immensely to the pleasure. However, five years ago I did a lot of research on the Transylvanian area of Romania for a historical I was writing – so I knew the places from two guide books and a map but there’s nothing like seeing for yourself. On an impulse I asked my French friend if she’d go there with me. We just took off to Timisoara, hired a car and found ourselves really in a different world, like living in Grimm’s Fairy Tales. And it was a bonus that my description of my hero’s journey through the Romanian countryside was accurate. Bravo to the guide books.

    Reply
  31. We’re heading out on back-to-back Baltic cruises next July 30. I’ve already started the planning based on the ports we’ll be seeing – Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, and Gdansk, Poland. Plus a stop in Estonia and Latvia. It’ll be a blast ’cause we’re going with 5 other couples.
    Our most memorable trip so far was to Japan. Sitting in Osaka, under the blooming cherry trees made me forget that I was eating sushi for the first time! Now, of course, I love it!

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  32. We’re heading out on back-to-back Baltic cruises next July 30. I’ve already started the planning based on the ports we’ll be seeing – Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, and Gdansk, Poland. Plus a stop in Estonia and Latvia. It’ll be a blast ’cause we’re going with 5 other couples.
    Our most memorable trip so far was to Japan. Sitting in Osaka, under the blooming cherry trees made me forget that I was eating sushi for the first time! Now, of course, I love it!

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  33. We’re heading out on back-to-back Baltic cruises next July 30. I’ve already started the planning based on the ports we’ll be seeing – Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, and Gdansk, Poland. Plus a stop in Estonia and Latvia. It’ll be a blast ’cause we’re going with 5 other couples.
    Our most memorable trip so far was to Japan. Sitting in Osaka, under the blooming cherry trees made me forget that I was eating sushi for the first time! Now, of course, I love it!

    Reply
  34. We’re heading out on back-to-back Baltic cruises next July 30. I’ve already started the planning based on the ports we’ll be seeing – Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, and Gdansk, Poland. Plus a stop in Estonia and Latvia. It’ll be a blast ’cause we’re going with 5 other couples.
    Our most memorable trip so far was to Japan. Sitting in Osaka, under the blooming cherry trees made me forget that I was eating sushi for the first time! Now, of course, I love it!

    Reply
  35. We’re heading out on back-to-back Baltic cruises next July 30. I’ve already started the planning based on the ports we’ll be seeing – Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, and Gdansk, Poland. Plus a stop in Estonia and Latvia. It’ll be a blast ’cause we’re going with 5 other couples.
    Our most memorable trip so far was to Japan. Sitting in Osaka, under the blooming cherry trees made me forget that I was eating sushi for the first time! Now, of course, I love it!

    Reply
  36. From MJP:
    Sherrie–you’re right that the couch is something you can enjoy every day–but it’s also true that the great trip has a value that can’t be priced. As for experiences–think of the great moments when you and your critique group are whooping it up. Or you and your sister are having some quality sib time. Pearls beyond price.

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  37. From MJP:
    Sherrie–you’re right that the couch is something you can enjoy every day–but it’s also true that the great trip has a value that can’t be priced. As for experiences–think of the great moments when you and your critique group are whooping it up. Or you and your sister are having some quality sib time. Pearls beyond price.

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  38. From MJP:
    Sherrie–you’re right that the couch is something you can enjoy every day–but it’s also true that the great trip has a value that can’t be priced. As for experiences–think of the great moments when you and your critique group are whooping it up. Or you and your sister are having some quality sib time. Pearls beyond price.

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  39. From MJP:
    Sherrie–you’re right that the couch is something you can enjoy every day–but it’s also true that the great trip has a value that can’t be priced. As for experiences–think of the great moments when you and your critique group are whooping it up. Or you and your sister are having some quality sib time. Pearls beyond price.

    Reply
  40. From MJP:
    Sherrie–you’re right that the couch is something you can enjoy every day–but it’s also true that the great trip has a value that can’t be priced. As for experiences–think of the great moments when you and your critique group are whooping it up. Or you and your sister are having some quality sib time. Pearls beyond price.

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  41. Beth–
    Much as I enjoy the planning, I’ll admit that leaping onto a plane and flying to Transylvania sounds wonderful!
    Turkey sounds toothsome, too. We’ll visit a couple of sites there on our Mediterranean cruise. Only a sample, but better than nothing.

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  42. Beth–
    Much as I enjoy the planning, I’ll admit that leaping onto a plane and flying to Transylvania sounds wonderful!
    Turkey sounds toothsome, too. We’ll visit a couple of sites there on our Mediterranean cruise. Only a sample, but better than nothing.

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  43. Beth–
    Much as I enjoy the planning, I’ll admit that leaping onto a plane and flying to Transylvania sounds wonderful!
    Turkey sounds toothsome, too. We’ll visit a couple of sites there on our Mediterranean cruise. Only a sample, but better than nothing.

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  44. Beth–
    Much as I enjoy the planning, I’ll admit that leaping onto a plane and flying to Transylvania sounds wonderful!
    Turkey sounds toothsome, too. We’ll visit a couple of sites there on our Mediterranean cruise. Only a sample, but better than nothing.

    Reply
  45. Beth–
    Much as I enjoy the planning, I’ll admit that leaping onto a plane and flying to Transylvania sounds wonderful!
    Turkey sounds toothsome, too. We’ll visit a couple of sites there on our Mediterranean cruise. Only a sample, but better than nothing.

    Reply
  46. A couple of years ago my husband and I were feeling rather pennypinched (3 college tuitions, a mortgage, and major car repairs will do that to you) when our middle son moved to Vietnam. We went back and forth in our discussion about whether to visit him or not, but in the end we decided that yes, we would go. Travel creates experiences and memories and connections — an ability to put things in context — that are almost impossible to create any other way. I now make sure to read the articles about Vietnam in the newspaper because I’ve been there. I went to an exhibit at the Smithsonian of treasures from the Topkapi Palace because I’d been there. I now drink Malbec wine because I discovered it on a trip to Argentina (to visit the same son who is now in Asia — the travel gene is definitely heritable). There are things I love and which make me happy whenever I look at them (a print I bought on a trip to California, a needlepoint sampler done by a great-something or other 150 years ago, stuff that is either beautiful or has sentimental value). Generally, however, fabrics fade, rings get lost, cars get dented, but travel enriches your life forever.
    @Sherrie: There are ways to travel more cheaply. Aside from the airfare, Argentina and Vietnam are incredibly cheap. We rented a two-bedroom apartment in Buenos Aires in a great neighborhood for $50/night and spent no more than $30/night on hotels in Vietnam. We’ve also done home exchanges and paid nothing for our accomodation.
    @Jenny: Your trip sounds like the one described in Jil Ker Conway’s memoir, “The Road from Coorain”. Travel by ship sounds lovely.

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  47. A couple of years ago my husband and I were feeling rather pennypinched (3 college tuitions, a mortgage, and major car repairs will do that to you) when our middle son moved to Vietnam. We went back and forth in our discussion about whether to visit him or not, but in the end we decided that yes, we would go. Travel creates experiences and memories and connections — an ability to put things in context — that are almost impossible to create any other way. I now make sure to read the articles about Vietnam in the newspaper because I’ve been there. I went to an exhibit at the Smithsonian of treasures from the Topkapi Palace because I’d been there. I now drink Malbec wine because I discovered it on a trip to Argentina (to visit the same son who is now in Asia — the travel gene is definitely heritable). There are things I love and which make me happy whenever I look at them (a print I bought on a trip to California, a needlepoint sampler done by a great-something or other 150 years ago, stuff that is either beautiful or has sentimental value). Generally, however, fabrics fade, rings get lost, cars get dented, but travel enriches your life forever.
    @Sherrie: There are ways to travel more cheaply. Aside from the airfare, Argentina and Vietnam are incredibly cheap. We rented a two-bedroom apartment in Buenos Aires in a great neighborhood for $50/night and spent no more than $30/night on hotels in Vietnam. We’ve also done home exchanges and paid nothing for our accomodation.
    @Jenny: Your trip sounds like the one described in Jil Ker Conway’s memoir, “The Road from Coorain”. Travel by ship sounds lovely.

    Reply
  48. A couple of years ago my husband and I were feeling rather pennypinched (3 college tuitions, a mortgage, and major car repairs will do that to you) when our middle son moved to Vietnam. We went back and forth in our discussion about whether to visit him or not, but in the end we decided that yes, we would go. Travel creates experiences and memories and connections — an ability to put things in context — that are almost impossible to create any other way. I now make sure to read the articles about Vietnam in the newspaper because I’ve been there. I went to an exhibit at the Smithsonian of treasures from the Topkapi Palace because I’d been there. I now drink Malbec wine because I discovered it on a trip to Argentina (to visit the same son who is now in Asia — the travel gene is definitely heritable). There are things I love and which make me happy whenever I look at them (a print I bought on a trip to California, a needlepoint sampler done by a great-something or other 150 years ago, stuff that is either beautiful or has sentimental value). Generally, however, fabrics fade, rings get lost, cars get dented, but travel enriches your life forever.
    @Sherrie: There are ways to travel more cheaply. Aside from the airfare, Argentina and Vietnam are incredibly cheap. We rented a two-bedroom apartment in Buenos Aires in a great neighborhood for $50/night and spent no more than $30/night on hotels in Vietnam. We’ve also done home exchanges and paid nothing for our accomodation.
    @Jenny: Your trip sounds like the one described in Jil Ker Conway’s memoir, “The Road from Coorain”. Travel by ship sounds lovely.

    Reply
  49. A couple of years ago my husband and I were feeling rather pennypinched (3 college tuitions, a mortgage, and major car repairs will do that to you) when our middle son moved to Vietnam. We went back and forth in our discussion about whether to visit him or not, but in the end we decided that yes, we would go. Travel creates experiences and memories and connections — an ability to put things in context — that are almost impossible to create any other way. I now make sure to read the articles about Vietnam in the newspaper because I’ve been there. I went to an exhibit at the Smithsonian of treasures from the Topkapi Palace because I’d been there. I now drink Malbec wine because I discovered it on a trip to Argentina (to visit the same son who is now in Asia — the travel gene is definitely heritable). There are things I love and which make me happy whenever I look at them (a print I bought on a trip to California, a needlepoint sampler done by a great-something or other 150 years ago, stuff that is either beautiful or has sentimental value). Generally, however, fabrics fade, rings get lost, cars get dented, but travel enriches your life forever.
    @Sherrie: There are ways to travel more cheaply. Aside from the airfare, Argentina and Vietnam are incredibly cheap. We rented a two-bedroom apartment in Buenos Aires in a great neighborhood for $50/night and spent no more than $30/night on hotels in Vietnam. We’ve also done home exchanges and paid nothing for our accomodation.
    @Jenny: Your trip sounds like the one described in Jil Ker Conway’s memoir, “The Road from Coorain”. Travel by ship sounds lovely.

    Reply
  50. A couple of years ago my husband and I were feeling rather pennypinched (3 college tuitions, a mortgage, and major car repairs will do that to you) when our middle son moved to Vietnam. We went back and forth in our discussion about whether to visit him or not, but in the end we decided that yes, we would go. Travel creates experiences and memories and connections — an ability to put things in context — that are almost impossible to create any other way. I now make sure to read the articles about Vietnam in the newspaper because I’ve been there. I went to an exhibit at the Smithsonian of treasures from the Topkapi Palace because I’d been there. I now drink Malbec wine because I discovered it on a trip to Argentina (to visit the same son who is now in Asia — the travel gene is definitely heritable). There are things I love and which make me happy whenever I look at them (a print I bought on a trip to California, a needlepoint sampler done by a great-something or other 150 years ago, stuff that is either beautiful or has sentimental value). Generally, however, fabrics fade, rings get lost, cars get dented, but travel enriches your life forever.
    @Sherrie: There are ways to travel more cheaply. Aside from the airfare, Argentina and Vietnam are incredibly cheap. We rented a two-bedroom apartment in Buenos Aires in a great neighborhood for $50/night and spent no more than $30/night on hotels in Vietnam. We’ve also done home exchanges and paid nothing for our accomodation.
    @Jenny: Your trip sounds like the one described in Jil Ker Conway’s memoir, “The Road from Coorain”. Travel by ship sounds lovely.

    Reply
  51. From MJP:
    Oh, YUM, MJ! I definitely want to see the Baltic, and cruises have the advantages of only having to unpack once. *g* Nice that you’ve got a full year to plan and dream.
    Maybe if I go to Japan, I’ll develop a taste for sushi!

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  52. From MJP:
    Oh, YUM, MJ! I definitely want to see the Baltic, and cruises have the advantages of only having to unpack once. *g* Nice that you’ve got a full year to plan and dream.
    Maybe if I go to Japan, I’ll develop a taste for sushi!

    Reply
  53. From MJP:
    Oh, YUM, MJ! I definitely want to see the Baltic, and cruises have the advantages of only having to unpack once. *g* Nice that you’ve got a full year to plan and dream.
    Maybe if I go to Japan, I’ll develop a taste for sushi!

    Reply
  54. From MJP:
    Oh, YUM, MJ! I definitely want to see the Baltic, and cruises have the advantages of only having to unpack once. *g* Nice that you’ve got a full year to plan and dream.
    Maybe if I go to Japan, I’ll develop a taste for sushi!

    Reply
  55. From MJP:
    Oh, YUM, MJ! I definitely want to see the Baltic, and cruises have the advantages of only having to unpack once. *g* Nice that you’ve got a full year to plan and dream.
    Maybe if I go to Japan, I’ll develop a taste for sushi!

    Reply
  56. I remember writing those snail mail letters to get information from countries in Eastern Europe long before the Iron Curtain fell. Getting a fat envelope in the mail was delicious. *g Then poring over everything inside…

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  57. I remember writing those snail mail letters to get information from countries in Eastern Europe long before the Iron Curtain fell. Getting a fat envelope in the mail was delicious. *g Then poring over everything inside…

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  58. I remember writing those snail mail letters to get information from countries in Eastern Europe long before the Iron Curtain fell. Getting a fat envelope in the mail was delicious. *g Then poring over everything inside…

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  59. I remember writing those snail mail letters to get information from countries in Eastern Europe long before the Iron Curtain fell. Getting a fat envelope in the mail was delicious. *g Then poring over everything inside…

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  60. I remember writing those snail mail letters to get information from countries in Eastern Europe long before the Iron Curtain fell. Getting a fat envelope in the mail was delicious. *g Then poring over everything inside…

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  61. Puppymom, how wonderful to have a friend willing to share her travel passes! Chick trips are great fun. *g*
    WRiter, there was definitely more excitment receiving that embassy envelope! Being able to go to a website and see the info right there is fabulous, but–not so much anticipation and excitement.
    THen came the dreaming…

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  62. Puppymom, how wonderful to have a friend willing to share her travel passes! Chick trips are great fun. *g*
    WRiter, there was definitely more excitment receiving that embassy envelope! Being able to go to a website and see the info right there is fabulous, but–not so much anticipation and excitement.
    THen came the dreaming…

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  63. Puppymom, how wonderful to have a friend willing to share her travel passes! Chick trips are great fun. *g*
    WRiter, there was definitely more excitment receiving that embassy envelope! Being able to go to a website and see the info right there is fabulous, but–not so much anticipation and excitement.
    THen came the dreaming…

    Reply
  64. Puppymom, how wonderful to have a friend willing to share her travel passes! Chick trips are great fun. *g*
    WRiter, there was definitely more excitment receiving that embassy envelope! Being able to go to a website and see the info right there is fabulous, but–not so much anticipation and excitement.
    THen came the dreaming…

    Reply
  65. Puppymom, how wonderful to have a friend willing to share her travel passes! Chick trips are great fun. *g*
    WRiter, there was definitely more excitment receiving that embassy envelope! Being able to go to a website and see the info right there is fabulous, but–not so much anticipation and excitement.
    THen came the dreaming…

    Reply
  66. We have decided we can no longer travel long distances, such as the US west coast to Europe and the UK (we’re in our 70’s and 80’s), and the stress of air travel is no longer enjoyable, if in fact it ever was. BUT we have discovered Google maps and streets scenes, and so now we are able to e-drive up the road to Skye, stop where we stopped at restaurants and waysides, revisit the cemetery where ancestors are buried in Scotland, drive by cathedrals and monuments in London, and enjoy our memories. The experiences we had then are refreshed and we find pleasure in reliving them.
    Don’t know if Google has been everywhere, but just give them time.

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  67. We have decided we can no longer travel long distances, such as the US west coast to Europe and the UK (we’re in our 70’s and 80’s), and the stress of air travel is no longer enjoyable, if in fact it ever was. BUT we have discovered Google maps and streets scenes, and so now we are able to e-drive up the road to Skye, stop where we stopped at restaurants and waysides, revisit the cemetery where ancestors are buried in Scotland, drive by cathedrals and monuments in London, and enjoy our memories. The experiences we had then are refreshed and we find pleasure in reliving them.
    Don’t know if Google has been everywhere, but just give them time.

    Reply
  68. We have decided we can no longer travel long distances, such as the US west coast to Europe and the UK (we’re in our 70’s and 80’s), and the stress of air travel is no longer enjoyable, if in fact it ever was. BUT we have discovered Google maps and streets scenes, and so now we are able to e-drive up the road to Skye, stop where we stopped at restaurants and waysides, revisit the cemetery where ancestors are buried in Scotland, drive by cathedrals and monuments in London, and enjoy our memories. The experiences we had then are refreshed and we find pleasure in reliving them.
    Don’t know if Google has been everywhere, but just give them time.

    Reply
  69. We have decided we can no longer travel long distances, such as the US west coast to Europe and the UK (we’re in our 70’s and 80’s), and the stress of air travel is no longer enjoyable, if in fact it ever was. BUT we have discovered Google maps and streets scenes, and so now we are able to e-drive up the road to Skye, stop where we stopped at restaurants and waysides, revisit the cemetery where ancestors are buried in Scotland, drive by cathedrals and monuments in London, and enjoy our memories. The experiences we had then are refreshed and we find pleasure in reliving them.
    Don’t know if Google has been everywhere, but just give them time.

    Reply
  70. We have decided we can no longer travel long distances, such as the US west coast to Europe and the UK (we’re in our 70’s and 80’s), and the stress of air travel is no longer enjoyable, if in fact it ever was. BUT we have discovered Google maps and streets scenes, and so now we are able to e-drive up the road to Skye, stop where we stopped at restaurants and waysides, revisit the cemetery where ancestors are buried in Scotland, drive by cathedrals and monuments in London, and enjoy our memories. The experiences we had then are refreshed and we find pleasure in reliving them.
    Don’t know if Google has been everywhere, but just give them time.

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  71. Diane, you raise another wonderful possibility for those who haven’t the time, money, desire, or capability to travel in person. Google can take us to wonderful places we’ve been, or would like to see.

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  72. Diane, you raise another wonderful possibility for those who haven’t the time, money, desire, or capability to travel in person. Google can take us to wonderful places we’ve been, or would like to see.

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  73. Diane, you raise another wonderful possibility for those who haven’t the time, money, desire, or capability to travel in person. Google can take us to wonderful places we’ve been, or would like to see.

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  74. Diane, you raise another wonderful possibility for those who haven’t the time, money, desire, or capability to travel in person. Google can take us to wonderful places we’ve been, or would like to see.

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  75. Diane, you raise another wonderful possibility for those who haven’t the time, money, desire, or capability to travel in person. Google can take us to wonderful places we’ve been, or would like to see.

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  76. I always have to have a trip or two in the works. The anticipation of having a place to visit, even if I have been there before, makes the everyday tasks of work and home worth it. I find myself more dissatisfied with work if I don’t have a vacation to plan. And I agree, the internet is the best travel agent I have ever had. I even enjoy booking trips for others!

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  77. I always have to have a trip or two in the works. The anticipation of having a place to visit, even if I have been there before, makes the everyday tasks of work and home worth it. I find myself more dissatisfied with work if I don’t have a vacation to plan. And I agree, the internet is the best travel agent I have ever had. I even enjoy booking trips for others!

    Reply
  78. I always have to have a trip or two in the works. The anticipation of having a place to visit, even if I have been there before, makes the everyday tasks of work and home worth it. I find myself more dissatisfied with work if I don’t have a vacation to plan. And I agree, the internet is the best travel agent I have ever had. I even enjoy booking trips for others!

    Reply
  79. I always have to have a trip or two in the works. The anticipation of having a place to visit, even if I have been there before, makes the everyday tasks of work and home worth it. I find myself more dissatisfied with work if I don’t have a vacation to plan. And I agree, the internet is the best travel agent I have ever had. I even enjoy booking trips for others!

    Reply
  80. I always have to have a trip or two in the works. The anticipation of having a place to visit, even if I have been there before, makes the everyday tasks of work and home worth it. I find myself more dissatisfied with work if I don’t have a vacation to plan. And I agree, the internet is the best travel agent I have ever had. I even enjoy booking trips for others!

    Reply
  81. I always plan one trip before the end of the previous one so I have something to look forward to. We have recently discovered the idea of exchanging apartments which means you have few expenses after you arrive.
    Favorite authors have sometimes engendered in me a passion to visit the country they have written about: many years ago my mother invited me to go with her to New Zealand because we shared a love of reading books by Essie Summers. I also visited Ireland after reading Anne McCaffrey’s novels novels which are set there. And who hasn’t wanted to visit Bath after reading Georgette Heyer, even if we can’t return to her time period?

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  82. I always plan one trip before the end of the previous one so I have something to look forward to. We have recently discovered the idea of exchanging apartments which means you have few expenses after you arrive.
    Favorite authors have sometimes engendered in me a passion to visit the country they have written about: many years ago my mother invited me to go with her to New Zealand because we shared a love of reading books by Essie Summers. I also visited Ireland after reading Anne McCaffrey’s novels novels which are set there. And who hasn’t wanted to visit Bath after reading Georgette Heyer, even if we can’t return to her time period?

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  83. I always plan one trip before the end of the previous one so I have something to look forward to. We have recently discovered the idea of exchanging apartments which means you have few expenses after you arrive.
    Favorite authors have sometimes engendered in me a passion to visit the country they have written about: many years ago my mother invited me to go with her to New Zealand because we shared a love of reading books by Essie Summers. I also visited Ireland after reading Anne McCaffrey’s novels novels which are set there. And who hasn’t wanted to visit Bath after reading Georgette Heyer, even if we can’t return to her time period?

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  84. I always plan one trip before the end of the previous one so I have something to look forward to. We have recently discovered the idea of exchanging apartments which means you have few expenses after you arrive.
    Favorite authors have sometimes engendered in me a passion to visit the country they have written about: many years ago my mother invited me to go with her to New Zealand because we shared a love of reading books by Essie Summers. I also visited Ireland after reading Anne McCaffrey’s novels novels which are set there. And who hasn’t wanted to visit Bath after reading Georgette Heyer, even if we can’t return to her time period?

    Reply
  85. I always plan one trip before the end of the previous one so I have something to look forward to. We have recently discovered the idea of exchanging apartments which means you have few expenses after you arrive.
    Favorite authors have sometimes engendered in me a passion to visit the country they have written about: many years ago my mother invited me to go with her to New Zealand because we shared a love of reading books by Essie Summers. I also visited Ireland after reading Anne McCaffrey’s novels novels which are set there. And who hasn’t wanted to visit Bath after reading Georgette Heyer, even if we can’t return to her time period?

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  86. Sarah, I agree that reading books set in an interesting place make one want to travel. I read Phyllis Whitney novel many, many years ago that inspired me to want to visit Cape Town.
    And Bath! You can still see much of Georgette Heyer’s Bath if you visit. One thing I didn’t get from her books, though, is how steep the hills are! Just walking around would keep one fit.

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  87. Sarah, I agree that reading books set in an interesting place make one want to travel. I read Phyllis Whitney novel many, many years ago that inspired me to want to visit Cape Town.
    And Bath! You can still see much of Georgette Heyer’s Bath if you visit. One thing I didn’t get from her books, though, is how steep the hills are! Just walking around would keep one fit.

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  88. Sarah, I agree that reading books set in an interesting place make one want to travel. I read Phyllis Whitney novel many, many years ago that inspired me to want to visit Cape Town.
    And Bath! You can still see much of Georgette Heyer’s Bath if you visit. One thing I didn’t get from her books, though, is how steep the hills are! Just walking around would keep one fit.

    Reply
  89. Sarah, I agree that reading books set in an interesting place make one want to travel. I read Phyllis Whitney novel many, many years ago that inspired me to want to visit Cape Town.
    And Bath! You can still see much of Georgette Heyer’s Bath if you visit. One thing I didn’t get from her books, though, is how steep the hills are! Just walking around would keep one fit.

    Reply
  90. Sarah, I agree that reading books set in an interesting place make one want to travel. I read Phyllis Whitney novel many, many years ago that inspired me to want to visit Cape Town.
    And Bath! You can still see much of Georgette Heyer’s Bath if you visit. One thing I didn’t get from her books, though, is how steep the hills are! Just walking around would keep one fit.

    Reply
  91. I dreamed of visiting England from the time I was about 16 and starting reading romance novels…when I was 28 I finally had the opportunity to go there and then again when I was 32. Those two trips to London, Edinburgh and Paris were everything I had dreamed of and more. I spent hours, days and weeks pouring over travel guides from the library and travel agents, searched places out on the internet, and generally obsessed over every detail. You would think that after travelling to the UK twice that I would be less obsessed – not the case. I have no definite plans about when I will go next, but I can tell you that not a month goes by that I don’t spend at least one day online checking out places that I want to see, where I can stay, how much it would cost to now, and dreaming about the “ultimate vacation” where time & money would be in an unlimited supply…someday I will go back again!!

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  92. I dreamed of visiting England from the time I was about 16 and starting reading romance novels…when I was 28 I finally had the opportunity to go there and then again when I was 32. Those two trips to London, Edinburgh and Paris were everything I had dreamed of and more. I spent hours, days and weeks pouring over travel guides from the library and travel agents, searched places out on the internet, and generally obsessed over every detail. You would think that after travelling to the UK twice that I would be less obsessed – not the case. I have no definite plans about when I will go next, but I can tell you that not a month goes by that I don’t spend at least one day online checking out places that I want to see, where I can stay, how much it would cost to now, and dreaming about the “ultimate vacation” where time & money would be in an unlimited supply…someday I will go back again!!

    Reply
  93. I dreamed of visiting England from the time I was about 16 and starting reading romance novels…when I was 28 I finally had the opportunity to go there and then again when I was 32. Those two trips to London, Edinburgh and Paris were everything I had dreamed of and more. I spent hours, days and weeks pouring over travel guides from the library and travel agents, searched places out on the internet, and generally obsessed over every detail. You would think that after travelling to the UK twice that I would be less obsessed – not the case. I have no definite plans about when I will go next, but I can tell you that not a month goes by that I don’t spend at least one day online checking out places that I want to see, where I can stay, how much it would cost to now, and dreaming about the “ultimate vacation” where time & money would be in an unlimited supply…someday I will go back again!!

    Reply
  94. I dreamed of visiting England from the time I was about 16 and starting reading romance novels…when I was 28 I finally had the opportunity to go there and then again when I was 32. Those two trips to London, Edinburgh and Paris were everything I had dreamed of and more. I spent hours, days and weeks pouring over travel guides from the library and travel agents, searched places out on the internet, and generally obsessed over every detail. You would think that after travelling to the UK twice that I would be less obsessed – not the case. I have no definite plans about when I will go next, but I can tell you that not a month goes by that I don’t spend at least one day online checking out places that I want to see, where I can stay, how much it would cost to now, and dreaming about the “ultimate vacation” where time & money would be in an unlimited supply…someday I will go back again!!

    Reply
  95. I dreamed of visiting England from the time I was about 16 and starting reading romance novels…when I was 28 I finally had the opportunity to go there and then again when I was 32. Those two trips to London, Edinburgh and Paris were everything I had dreamed of and more. I spent hours, days and weeks pouring over travel guides from the library and travel agents, searched places out on the internet, and generally obsessed over every detail. You would think that after travelling to the UK twice that I would be less obsessed – not the case. I have no definite plans about when I will go next, but I can tell you that not a month goes by that I don’t spend at least one day online checking out places that I want to see, where I can stay, how much it would cost to now, and dreaming about the “ultimate vacation” where time & money would be in an unlimited supply…someday I will go back again!!

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  96. Wendy, you have the heart of a true travel addict: the dream, the fulfillment, the eagerness for more, More, MORE! I’ll bet you have lots of wonderful trips ahead of you–and you’ll enjoy them -all-!

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  97. Wendy, you have the heart of a true travel addict: the dream, the fulfillment, the eagerness for more, More, MORE! I’ll bet you have lots of wonderful trips ahead of you–and you’ll enjoy them -all-!

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  98. Wendy, you have the heart of a true travel addict: the dream, the fulfillment, the eagerness for more, More, MORE! I’ll bet you have lots of wonderful trips ahead of you–and you’ll enjoy them -all-!

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  99. Wendy, you have the heart of a true travel addict: the dream, the fulfillment, the eagerness for more, More, MORE! I’ll bet you have lots of wonderful trips ahead of you–and you’ll enjoy them -all-!

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  100. Wendy, you have the heart of a true travel addict: the dream, the fulfillment, the eagerness for more, More, MORE! I’ll bet you have lots of wonderful trips ahead of you–and you’ll enjoy them -all-!

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  101. I loved your post, it written with lots of passion and romance, something that in common with travelers. I also love to visit in far away places and taste the unknown. One thing is that I have never been to Australia but will visit this wonderful land soon.

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  102. I loved your post, it written with lots of passion and romance, something that in common with travelers. I also love to visit in far away places and taste the unknown. One thing is that I have never been to Australia but will visit this wonderful land soon.

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  103. I loved your post, it written with lots of passion and romance, something that in common with travelers. I also love to visit in far away places and taste the unknown. One thing is that I have never been to Australia but will visit this wonderful land soon.

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  104. I loved your post, it written with lots of passion and romance, something that in common with travelers. I also love to visit in far away places and taste the unknown. One thing is that I have never been to Australia but will visit this wonderful land soon.

    Reply
  105. I loved your post, it written with lots of passion and romance, something that in common with travelers. I also love to visit in far away places and taste the unknown. One thing is that I have never been to Australia but will visit this wonderful land soon.

    Reply

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