We like cruising; our best year had us spend 50 days at sea. But we’re planning for more than a “mere” 50 days. What is our plan… and why plan? How much of a plan does one need during an Endless Weekend?
When I started to work, I read Dilbert cartoons but didn’t find them to be hilarious. It’s only after we lived through them ─ and especially now that we began our Endless Weekend, and they’re a thing of the past ─ that they became side-splittingly funny… even corporate America’s planning process. And now that we’re planning our travel, we’re aiming (perhaps hallucinating? :)) at BIG, audacious travel plans. And all that, without the Dilbertian extras.
There’s a study that showed that generally the anticipation/planning/prep phase of a vacation makes people happier than the vacation itself, so it makes sense to relish the planning and put effort into it! How we’re going to make these plans happen is something for … later. But this is what we’d LIKE to do, if money were no object.
- Antarctica: An (ex) colleague who worked on a research station in Antarctica warned us that we should hurry up and go since Antarctica is becoming touristy, and that any day now they’ll open a McDonald’s there… Maybe, maybe not. An (ex) manager told us to brace ourselves for the smell of penguin urine when we land on solid ground/ice. Neither warning is deterring us, or the gear list we’re going to have to put together: we’d like to land on the last wilderness, not just gaze at it from a distance, something like what this or this enables.
- Australia and New Zealand: Even before Hobbits seemed to run all over New Zealand we wanted to visit both Australia and New Zealand. In an ideal world, we’d like to avoid the long flights (meaning cruise there and back again…), but then we’d like to visit Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania, and we’ve seen cruises (hey, this one is 51 days, just right for the over 50 goal) like this one that with a round trip from Sydney touches the main attractions
- Greenland and Iceland: We’ve cruised to Alaska several times, and words like grandeur and majestic take on a different meaning after the first visit. Yes, of course mountains have to start somewhere, but when you see them emerge from the water and peak from above a scarf of clouds, the magnificence of nature takes on a different meaning. We hope that an expedition like this Abercrombie & Kent cruise Or an Oceania Cruise like this one will give us a glimpse of the beauty of Greenland and Iceland, each in its own way.
What do you think we missed from this list? Do you recommend any must-see places or experiences?
Interesting bit of related trivia: what is the only sea that has no coast? Answer in next week’s post.
Revision History, September 19, 2019:
Thanks to John Rieber, adding a a night at “Downton Abbey” AirBnB http://johnrieber.com/2019/09/19/you-can-sleep-over-at-downton-abbey-highclere-castle-goes-airbnb/