Bit by the travel bug.

January 8th, 2012

In my heart, I’m a Nomadic creature.  In my brain, I’m a Settler.  These two fight all. the. time.  Practically speaking, I always think I should settle down, build a nice “nest” for my family and have stability – a good job, plenty of income, routine for my son, etc.  But, oh how I would love to pack it all in and travel from one new and exciting location to another.  I’m not particularly adventurous, but I’m so intrigued to see and experience other cultures and parts of this world I just never know if I’ll be able to see.  Most people spend their lives building up a nice retirement so they can “travel around the world!” … but isn’t it a bit late if you wait until you are older, more tired and less likely to enjoy yourself?

I watch House Hunters International and just dream about visiting some of those places.  I was hit hard by the travel bug when I recently saw an episode of the show where a family from the Netherlands was moving to Istanbul, Turkey.  The city is beautiful!  I did a little research and it’s really not that expensive to travel there, so I’m setting my sites on that as the next place for the family to visit.  My son is turning five this year and I’m in the middle of planning a trip to Disney World for him during the first half of the year, so I’ll look at something late 2012 or possibly early 2013.

In the past, when my mom was alive, nearly all of the vacations I took were “family visit” vacations.  The first non-family trip I took was when my husband, son and I went to Maui, Hawaii for a week in late 2010.  That was lovely.  It was the first time any of us had been there and having a full week to do whatever we wanted without having to please anyone else was delightful.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy spending time with the extended family and vacations are a great time to do that, but this was the first time when we could just make decisions in a “vacuum” of sorts.  I decided from that point that I would make an effort to travel to at least one place every year.  In 2011 we made a visit to Australia.  After having been gone for seven years, a lot changed!  My husband had a chance to spend time with his friends and family and my son was able to meet everyone for the first time.

So, here I am, in the very beginning of 2012 and looking to fit two trips in during the year.  Now that would be nice! I guess this could be considered a “bucket list” sort of item – travel to one new place per year – yea, that sounds good.  That’s going to be #1 on my new bucket list.  I might add more as time goes on … who knows?  I’m just having fun being able to put my thoughts down in a blog without any grand plan.  Hey, that might be #2 on my bucket list – less planning, more living.

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