Many have asked me if I am excited about my upcoming sojourn and I respond that I am just more anxious. For this world traveler, they are most surprised and say why? I think there are lots of reasons but mostly because I am 70. The body just is not what it used to be. It has been 6 years since I took a sojourn in Europe by myself. And it is always a bit daunting, now just a bit more so for me. But I am going that’s for sure!!!
Here are a few tips on how I am making the trip a bit easier on myself:
1- Comfortable lodging. I not only have nice comfortable lodging, not particularly expensive, but location is everything. Mine are very centrally located. I can walk to most major sites with less energy and time by being close to begin with.
2- Tone it down a bit is just fine. I will take time to sit and watch, listen and learn. If I have not seen it before and I do not get to see it this time… life is still the same.
3- Itineraries need to be sensible. If you are a morning person but not an evening one, plan just one not both. I am an evening person. I have only one morning where I need to do something before 9 am, but several evening events planned.
4- Mostly know yourself. I like the ABC days (another bloody cathedral.) Many do not. I like museums and long walks. Do what you like to do! There is nothing less that the years have to offer like knowing thyself.
5- And if you have not done it yet, then do it! You have heard me say this before, go now when you can still make it happen. Retirement does not mean more freedom, just a different way of life. You will still have obligations to family and friends. If you do not make it happen, no one else will.
So I am going to Barcelona and on to Southeastern France and ending in Bordeaux. This is a trip that has been in my brain for several years, this is the year it happens! There will be medieval towns and castles, cascading mountain towns and flowing rivers, pre-historic caves and drawings, cars and trains, unique museums and wine tours. And of course some dinner reservations already made.
Yes, I am anxious, but in a good exciting way!!!