Travel Austin Texas, United State,Nova Scotia
Posted on Jun 27, 2013 by
The past year and the coming months have been and will be travel-filled for my husband and me. In fact, just last night our daughter asked if we were planning to rent out our home since we`d be gone so much! I`ve been pondering why we do travel so much. For example, a year ago we went to visit our son and his family (our only grandchildren) in Nova Scotia. While certainly great to be with our family and take care of the children while the parents were gone--and that was the purpose of the trip--March is not the ideal time for a sightseeing trip to the Canadian Maritimes! We were shocked to see the nearby Atlantic Ocean frozen and our grandchildren walking ON the ocean. Shortly after returning home to Austin, we packed very little and headed off for 3 weeks of photo game drives in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. Why? I think it was the chance to encounter people and wildlife in a part of the world we knew only through books and the National Geographic. It was an amazing experience. In January, we, along with 3 other couples from Austin and 2 couples from Colorado, traveled through and about New Zealand and the east coast of Australia. We spent two weeks on a cruise ship and a week on each end of the cruise in Auckland and Sydney. Why? I think because all of us had always wanted to see that part of our world. We encountered wonderful hospitality, incredible scenery and we cemented our friendships. In mid-April we, along with 2 good friends, leave again for a 3-week trip to China, Tibet and Hong Kong. Certainly, we`ll not see much of the whole country but we will experience some of the daily life of the Chinese and Tibetans. Frankly, we are most excited about experiencing life in Llasa and surroundings areas of Tibet. I believe that`s why we signed on for this trip (plus we got such a good deal on the price!) Now we are going to try a road trip in late June through July. Our destination, via Denver for a wedding and North Dakota to visit family, is Edmonton, Alberta. Our son and his family are moving to Edmonton about July 1. Once we return from China we`ll have to get busy thinking through the details of the trip, although there`s something in me that says let`s just throw some things in the car and wander up that way... So, what is it that drives us to travel? I spent my professional life traveling on business trips...and didn`t enjoy traveling so much. Others don`t travel much until they retire. Why do we now relish our traveling, whether by modern conveyances or foot-power? Whether staying in one place well away from our home or skimming the highlights along the way? Why do we do it?