I credit my mother with giving me the travel bug, taking me on trips with her while I was in middle school (as the youngest child) before my father retired. I had a rare two months off between jobs (NPS and a civilian in the US Air Force) in 1991 when I bought a round-the-world airline ticket to circumnavigate the globe in six weeks, visiting rather off the beaten path places I figured I might not get back to easily. It was my first solo trip, and I loved every minute of it! I've done a few long trips since then, including Thailand and South Africa, but since I own my own business, its difficult to get away for more than two weeks at a time anymore. One of the best things I ever promised to my nieces and nephews was a trip anywhere they wanted to go when they graduated High School; I made this commitment when they were very young, and knowing any place in the world was possible, they spent years studying and changing their minds on where to go, some right up to the point of booking tickets. It's a great way to bond and share experiences and challenges with them (sometimes Amazing-Race like) since they live in other cities. Three boys down, and three girls to go! One boy and I went to Fiji for NYE 1999 (he being class of 2000) where we could celebrate twice due to the international dateline, one to Australia in 2003, and one to the Galapagoes in the spring of 2007. My motto is that I'll go anywhere once, and try to avoid repeating destinations if I can.
My Favorite Places:
* Rovos Rail in South Africa, a true voyage from a by-gone era * Thailand people, places, and sites! * Polar Bear Trekking in 35-below-zero Churchill, Canada * South African & Zimbabwe (before Mugabe) safaris * Nepal, elephant/grass safari in Royal Chitwan National Park * Hong Kong for clothes shopping; you'll never buy retail again! * Waking up on a towel in the Galapagoes to find it shared with a baby sea lion. * Sailing the Chesapeake in our 30' S2 Bumpy Night