I love to travel. I can’t imagine ever tiring of seeing new places, exploring the unknown, experiencing sights, sounds, and tastes of places far and wide. Over the years I have not been able to indulge my passion nearly as often as I would have liked, but recently I’ve had two wonderful trips to Africa, and the Galapagos Islands, as those who have been following my blog will know. I did not expect to be going anywhere very exotic for some time, while my budget recovered from those two amazing trips. That was until I got an invitation from my Dad to accompany him on a Mediterranean cruise.
Dad loves travel, and so did my Mum, and fortunately they both worked in professions that involved frequent overseas trips, and not a few longish stints living in different countries. I was born in England, while my Dad was working in Oxford, although I was always an Aussie. My parents love to tell people that by the time I was 8 weeks old I had been to 8 different countries. Growing up we spent a year living in the USA when I was 10, and a year in Israel when I was 16.
It’s no wonder that I inherited the wanderlust!!
We lost my Mum in 2011, from breast cancer, and my sister (my only sibling) the year before from the same disease. In fact the last couple of years have been pretty rough, as my brother-in-law was killed in a car crash and a sister-in-law died the same week as my Mum. I also lost a close friend from breast cancer. (Have you had your mammograms recently??).
Having people you love taken from you affects different people in different ways. For me it has led to a determination to get the most out of my time in this world, to grasp opportunities when they are offered, even when it isn’t really the sensible thing to do, and to cherish relationships that are important to me.
So when my Dad offered to take me on a cruise, it really was a no-brainier. I have already used up all my annual leave from work, and they will be a bit short staffed without me. I can’t really afford it. I haven’t finished my Africa storybooks, let alone Galapagos. And it meant leaving my husband at home for a month to fend for himself. I really should have said no, but I didn’t! The opportunity to spend this time with my Dad, (who is in excellent health, but is naturally not getting any younger), to visit exotic places I had never dreamed of seeing, and to cruise in a style I never would have afforded myself – the allure was too great and I said an immediate yes!!
By the time you read this I will be in Istanbul, Turkey. We are spending 10 days in Turkey, and then flying to Venice and cruising down the Dalmatian coast of Croatia to Athens. I will be away 4 weeks in total, and I can’t wait!!
As usual I plan to keep a blog – here’s a link to the site, if you want to come travelling with me (and if you’re really keen you can read all about my last two trips there too). I’ll be keeping an eye on p2P when I can, but I don’t know how often that will be, and I know I’m leaving you in good hands! I’m already looking forward to starting on my next StoryBook of this trip!!
This page is a taste of some of the places we will be visiting. (borrowing some images from the internet). I’m sure you’ll be seeing lots more pages in the next several months! Page details – Blueprint: Pin it Up, Content Used: Travel Quick Kit Digital Content, What a View Digital Kit. Font: Gilligan’s Island