It seems like COVID and the travel bans will never end. It's incredibly frustrating for those of us who suffer from wanderlust. We've been armchair travelers for too long. There are just so many websites you can look at and places you can dream about. It's time! We're ready to get out there!
We want to see new sights! Sunsets over the Alps. Ancient Druid ruins and modern-day German architecture. Rivers that rush on seemingly endlessly. Foreign faces and children at play. Street art and the fancy-schmancy stuff in The Louvre,. History that's been made and history in the making.
We want to eat new foods! "Uh... what's that? I'm supposed to put that in my mouth? Hmm? Oh well. Here goes!..... YUM!" And, we want to drink new drinks! Coffees and teas and wines and beers and spirits. Bubbly waters and flat. We want to experience them in new surroundings - tradition-filled pubs, unique cafes, trendy nightclubs, and renowned restaurants.
We want to smell new smells! The fresh morning air in a faraway Austrian village. The rain in the Irish countryside. The sweet smells of baguettes and pastries gently drifting out from French patisseries.
We want to hear the sweet sounds of babbling brooks and the energizing sounds of roaring ocean waves. We want to immerse ourselves in concert halls and sporting events and be carried away by the moment's vivacity and power.
But, Europe won't yet let us Americans enjoy all of that. So, what are we to do then? Continue our armchair dreams or adjust and adapt?
Perhaps we could look at our own country for what's great about it. What does America offer us that is similar in ways to those which we yearn for in the Old World?
They have the Alps. We have the Rockies. They have the Danube. We have the Mississippi. They have the Schwarzwald ("Black Forest"). We have the Tongass National Forest.
We may not have castles, but we sure have our share of grandiose manor houses. Our churches may not be a thousand years old, but they're hundreds. Their history is undeniable and unparalleled, but that doesn't mean we don't have our own.
Don't be stopped just because Europe says no to us. Dream your dreams, and then let's make them real right here in the good old US of A!
Your next Extraordinary Adventure can start today!
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This week's "Travel Tip" is don't cheat your feet!
When it comes to your feet, DO NOT skimp out! If there's one article of clothing that's vital to the success of your trip, it's your shoes. Just bite the bullet and dig deep into your wallet. But, it's not just about spending money. It's about buying right!
As is often the case, my wisdom came at a price. I was stupid once and learned from my mistakes. Now you are the beneficiary. Like that old saying...
"Good Judgment Depends
Mostly on Experience,
And Experience Usually Comes
From Poor Judgment."
To make my long Washington, D.C. story short, suffice it to say that I paid a lot of money for the wrong type of shoes and my feet were absolutely killing me the entire time!
Fast forward to England and, armed with the experience of my poor judgment, I made a wiser decision. I Googled and learned. Then I went to REI, got help, and bought the right pair of shoes for my feet and for the type of walking I'd be doing. It made a world of difference!
I don't want to offer specific advice because everyone's needs are different, but I will ask you to consider the temperature and precipitation in your destination, as well as the weight of the shoe. Consider also getting a shoe that rises above your ankle. That said, any further advice I'll let you get from the professionals.