Many of us lived the secret life of “Walter Mitty”… daydreaming our way through various exciting but never experienced adventures. Even Walter found a way to actualize many of those dreams into his real life. Let’s see what happens when your dreams become a reality.
Not every one likes to travel. This positive aging tip is directed for those that do and those that aspire to.
You all know there are hundreds of ways to travel. The four of us have tried many of them both in our nation and in other countries.
Pam and Bob started a business in Europe and lived both in Bath,England and in the Netherlands before returning to the U.S. We’ve traveled by trains, planes, automobiles and ships. Sounds extravagant? We’ve usually managed to do this on a “shoestring.”
Our residences are in Florida, one of the places that makes cruise travel fairly convenient. We tried a Relocation Cruise with MSC, an Italian cruise line.
What’s a Relocation Cruise?
Many cruise lines move their vessels out of the Florida region during hurricane season. Basically June 1 to November 1st. These transitions occur during the “shoulder seasons” meaning fall and spring. Fall is the time the ships return to the U.S. and spring sends the ships to European ports.
Because the passenger’s portion of the trip is only one way (the trip on the opposite portion is up to you), Relocation Cruises are economical. We booked a 20 day cruise from Miami to Rome. Ports included;
- Depart Miami
- New York City (overnight in NYC port),
- Punta Del Gado Azores
- Lisbon Portugal
- Cadiz Spain
- Barcelona Spain
- Naples Italy (tour of Pompeii)
- Rome, Italy
We rented an apartment in Rome for four days to tour the area. After visiting all our ports each couple flew on to their destinations.
Obviously, the four of us like to travel and have traveled a bit. This trip did not disappoint. Though I feel a little like those friends who return from their vacations and then bore you with their travel tales and travel slides/albums, I will stop with the photos.
We advocate travelling near, (we live in an amazingly beautiful country) or far. The new experiences, adventures, camaraderie and friendship can’t be underestimated. All important to positive aging.
“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
One last photo in Rome:
“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” — Tim Cahill
Homework: If you are one of those who enjoy travel, Checkout a relocation cruise.