At this point in time, I have about a dozen Facebook acquaintances and friends who are travelling internationally. Paris, Finland, Italy, Scotland, England, and Niagara Falls (it depends on what side of the Falls you’re on!).
I don’t begrudge any of my friends for their travel and the enjoyment that follows. I know they’ve been saving for years and it’s a reward to each of them to be able to take the time off and enjoy the surroundings.
I do wonder how some of these friends are physically able to manage the travel. I’m not calling anyone old or infirm….but some of these friends are older than me! And we know how old that feels.
Me at 14: I can’t wait to travel the whole world once I’m earning my own money.
Me now: I mustn’t forget that Tupperware at work; it’s my only one.
I used to travel to conferences three or four times a year and I loved visiting new places. But as I get older, with not as much vacation time as I once had, I’ve cut back on the airline travel. So now, it’s just cruises for me. This January, we’ll be cruising for the fourth year in a row, and this time we sail to Hawaii for fifteen days.
To me, I don’t feel you need to be as physically able to get around when you’re on a cruise ship. Find a table and chairs, bring out your book, and settle in for a few hours. Visit the library or game room, have a cocktail or three, and play a mean game of Rummikub. Have room service in your cabin and then take a nap. Before you know it, it’s dinner time.
While I’m envious of my friends who are seeing gardens and towers and the changing of the guard, I’ll be happy to see a mai tai and some dancing waiters in 110 days.