Where in the world do you want to go? I mean really truly whenever you think about travel there is this one place that your heart is set on….. one day. For me it is Greenland. I have always been fascinated by Greenland. Does anyone know anyone that has ever been to Greenland? Imagine saying to your friends, oh we are taking the family to Greenland for our family vacation. It just doesn’t happen.
Years ago when I lived in London, I did actually make inquiries about travelling there…… the days before the internet and when you could Google anywhere and anything. The travel agents I visited in London looked at me like I’d gone mad, none had any idea about how you would travel and why would you want to go to Greenland. More years rolled by and I was travelling to Sweden and Norway and again made inquires about travelling to Greenland, this time from Melbourne. I found out you had to fly to Denmark and then get a plane from Denmark to Nuuk – the capital of Greenland. The airfare price from Denmark to Nuuk return was the same price as the airfare from Melbourne to Copenhagen return! The reading I did about Greenland said there are no roads between any towns and only 25km of roads in the whole country. Travel can only be undertaken by canoe, boat, plane or helicopter which makes for an interesting and expensive travel itinerary. So I haven’t made it to Greenland……yet, but it is still on my bucket list, and if you know anyone who has been to Greenland please let me know!
So next to Greenland, Alaska has always captivated me. My dad had an Alaskan pen friend for over 40 years, and as a child I used to love hearing dad read her letters out loud about life in the Yukon. The sheer beauty, the isolation and the silence of such a vast place has me spellbound. Next month that dream comes true when I travel to Alaska on a cruise visiting ports where for the first time I will take a helicopter over glaciers, a seaplane over the fjords and a train journey into the wilderness of the Yukon. The first trip after children with no children! I was an extensive traveller before kids and I believe once travel is in your blood it never leaves it can just be put on hold for only so long.
Vegas has also held an appeal for me and so my travels will take me to Vegas and Los Angeles for a girls only tour with 10 other excited girlfriends, most leaving partners and children behind. I find this liberating, positive and restoring to our inner selves again. Before it was ALL about me, after kids, well as a mum you put yourself last, so it will be enjoyable to finish an uninterrupted conversation again and make choices totally based on what I want! I think space apart and broadening your horizons with travel is healthy for a relationship and gives you a totally different perspective than if you travelled with your partner and children. Certainly with a bunch of girlfriends it can only be filled with fun, laughter, memories and shopping!
You can follow our trip from Vancouver to Seattle, Alaska, Vegas and California through my blog at Leave it with me, which is my admin and support business for seniors. Take off is September 18 for 3 ½ weeks, but don’t tell my husband because he hasn’t figured out my trip is that long yet!