Thursday, March 9, 2017

Six Weeks a Wanderer


Not alone on my wanderings, hub (sometimes reluctantly) trailed along. We drove south to the Sunshine State, detouring to visit the North Carolina mountain town of Asheville, site of the largest private home in America – Biltmore, a Vanderbilt legacy - and unisex restrooms. On to Florida and friends and family, then hopped on down to Costa Rica, transport a compact, crowded, tightly packed Spirit Air plane.

We spent three weeks in Costa Rica eating, hiking in the jungle, eating, walking beaches, eating, visiting friends and enjoying local cuisine. Returning to the U.S., luckily unencumbered by TSA pat downs or immigration officials, we rendezvoused with family for a captivating visit to the magical kingdom of Disney World (four days + four parks + four parents + four grandkids = two weary grandparents).
We saw lots of princesses in Disney World.
Driving home, exhausted and eager to NOT be on the move, we once again sleep in our own bed.

I am of two minds about travel. I love to see new places, tour famous sites, meet people, sample local cuisine, and stay in one locale long enough to hang out with the locals.

I also like being home.

I guess I did not get enough of the travel bug out of me when younger. Nowadays teens and twenty-somethings haul a knapsack around the world. The kids keep moving for days, weeks, and months with no ill effects. Not me. Or hub. We need our down time, our rest time, our simply hanging out time. Otherwise we end up with a variety of physical ailments, which in their own way are telling us, “Enough!”

Staying several days in a house or apartment, whether an Airbnb rental, house exchange or a place secured by other means, partially makes up for constant on-the-move activity. We can relax in a way impossible in a hotel room. A kitchen allows us to relish leisurely breakfasts, cook dinners, put our feet up and unwind. Do-it-yourself fare saves money and is healthier than copious dine-out meals. No matter how careful we try to be, hidden calories and ingredients, too much salt and sugar play havoc with our weight (I initially wrote waists, but neither of us has one anymore. Ours disappeared years ago), blood pressure and general health.

So now we are home, catching up on mail, bills and shows missed (if you are not already hooked on This is Us, watch it!), washing two suitcases full of dirty laundry, and restocking the refrigerator.

We have a couple of days of R&R before reviving our home life – organization meetings, doctors appointments, yard work (spring has sprung!), house repairs…I think I will start planning our next trip. 

12 comments:

  1. We traveled a lot when I was a kid. Now I also have mixed emotions about heavy duty traveling. Our dilemma is our pets. We just miss them, if we are gone too long. and we are not ready to live life without animals. I like extended weekend trips better than big long trips. I also hate to pack. I'd rather throw a few things in a small carry on, and then shop for the rest of the stuff - and then send it all home.

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    1. I also am not fond of packing. Always forget something.
      I get it about pets. When our 13-year-old cat died we decided not to get another pet - yet. Not home enough. Maybe someday.

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  2. I'm happy to have no major trips in sight for the rest of the year. (If you don't count the drive back from Florida in April.)
    I'm still waiting for that whole teleporting thing to get perfected. It's the travel part of travel that I don't like.

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    1. Air travel in the good ole days used to be fun and exciting - not today. It is awful nowadays - something to endure to get where you want to go.
      Good luck driving north. I-95 is the worst road. Too many trucks. I realize it is great for the economy, but makes driving stressful.

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  3. As much as we love to travel it does wear us out. We leave soon for a couple of weeks in Japan and I known we'll be in need of rest when we get back.

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    1. Enjoy Japan. Just plan time for R&R when you return!

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  4. I also have two minds about travel. I like being other places. But I hate driving or flying. So we go and sit somewhere for a while -- as we did in Charleston, SC, for a full month. But as you say ... it's nice to be home in your own bed, and back to your real life!

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    1. I think we will be spending more time in one place in the future, just different places each winter. At least that is our plan now...

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  5. When I visit my sister in Florida or my relatives in Texas, I love the change for awhile but relish coming back to my favorite comfy bed and husband. :-)

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    1. Change is good and fun - temporarily!

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  6. My husband and I loved to take driving trips, then took kids along when they entered the world. Good thing we did it as we went along because by retirement years he was no longer able to travel. So, enjoy it now as never know what future may bring. We weren't interested in fancy hotels and gourmet meals either but this was before Air B& B though.

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    1. We did not have much $$ to travel for a long time. We did some camping with the kids. But we are making up for lost time now, and as you say, you never know what will happen...

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