“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain
From time to time, everyone dreams of seeing new vistas, experiencing new cultures and doing what the locals do. Martha and I were both born with the wanderlust gene. I love travel and so does she. Like so many others we had to wait until we had time to take advantage of our need to travel.
Dreams and Vistas
Our first international travel was to Vietnam. It was a wonderful trip and we will cherish those memories for a very long time. Not long after that trip we decided to purchase an RV and see the United States. We traveled for 3 1/2 years in our RV as full-timers. Early this year, we decided to have a home base in Tucson. Our plan was to travel in the summers when triple digits are the norm in Tucson. So far that plan is on hold because of Covid -19.
Now that we’ve seen a lot of the US, we have discussed and dreamed about where we want to travel internationally, but there are so many possibilities. Here is a list of places I would like to go.
Our travel wish list
Portugal – the food, the beaches, the culture, the affordability!
Spain – well, it’s right next to Portugal, for one, and again food, culture, scenery, etc.
Italy – so many historic sites.
Greece – we’ve been watching a program filmed on Corfu. Looks amazing.
Ireland – we both have ancestors from Ireland, and it would be fun to see where they lived.
Wales – well, if you’re in Ireland already!
France – the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the wine!
Germany – again, we both have ancestors from Germany. And of course, Oktoberfest.
England – London, coastline (Doc Martin gave us a glimpse) and of course, genealogy.
Costa Rica – we’ve seen pictures from friends and online. Looks like a wonderful getaway.
Peru – Machu Pichu.
Columbia – it’s supposed to be beautiful and affordable.
India – okay, the crowds are a little terrifying, but the colors and cultures and food….
New Zealand – because it sounds like a fairy tale place.
Australia – beaches, food, kangaroos.
Baja Peninsula – this is actually in driving distance from us. It might be an early entry in our post-pandemic travel list.
Nova Scotia – scenery looks amazing.
Bannf – has been on Chuck’s list for decades.
Utah – for the national parks and the Family History Center in Salt Lake City.
Key West (been several time, want to go back) – despite the price tag, it’s one of the coolest places ever.
Maine – we have heard amazing stories from our friends who’ve gone there in the summer. Chuck drools every time he thinks of fresh lobster.
DC – Smithsonian, monuments, and of course the National Archives.
Martha’s list has a few more places than mine, but then she is a lot younger than me and has more time to go to these places. In addition to what’s above, she’d like to see:
Scotland – for the scenery and maybe some genealogy (we’ve got Scots-Irish in our genes)
Switzerland – our son’s pictures of the Alps are like a siren song.
Thailand – temples and of course, Thai food and Thai foot massage!
Ecuador – it’s supposed to be a lovely place with lots of variety in scenery and climate.
Montreal – it just looks like a good place to visit. European city in North America!
Boston – was a favorite of hers when she was on the East Coast in college. Plus now there’s the history and genealogy, too.
Hawaii – beaches, duh! And Lomi Lomi massage.
Puerto Rico – despite its problems, the place fascinates her with food, scenery and people.
With so many places to cross off the list we hope to be able to at least go to the locations that are mutually desireable.
As they say, “what’s in your
wallet” er, wish list?
Thinking about your own future travels, where would you go? Why would you go there? Let us know in the comment section. Who knows? We might just end up there on your recommendation.