Life of a Blogger is a weekly meme hosted by Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat. Each week Jessi chooses a topic (scheduled in advance) that’s not book related so we that we can get to know our fellow bloggers better – and to know more about them than just books. I’m thrilled to join in and I hope to participate every week from here on out. I hope you’ll join in too – check out the details here!
This week’s topic: Travel
I’m really excited to see everyone else’s post for this week, because I’m guessing there’s a few travelers in the mix. I’m really not one. For me there are two kinds of travel – the travel you have to do and the travel you want to do. The travel I have to do tend to make it so I can’t afford to do the travel I want to do.
Travel I have to do
Since starting grad school I’ve done a lot more traveling and it’s all been between St. Louis, Missouri and Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas. The DFW area is my home and St. Louis is where my grad school – Washington University in St. Louis – is located. When I finished my BAs (one in English and one in History) me and my BF moved to St. Louis – that was August 2011. But his son, most of his immediate family and all of my immediate family still lived in the DFW area. So we traveled back and forth a lot – driving all the time. Between August 2011 and December 2013 I made the 12 hour drive (that’s one-way) 17 times! That’s a lot for 2 1/2 years!! Even driving, it’s not cheap and it took up all the vacation time. So we haven’t been able to do any vacationing.
This past December (so 2013) we moved back to the DFW area. I’m not done with grad school yet, but I am done with my course work. So that means I don’t have to be on campus very often. Instead, I’m going back to St. Louis by myself via train 2 times each semester. I just finished my first trip (February 27 – March 8). Those dates include the train travel, which is overnight and about 14 hours if there are no problems. Last trip home we were delayed almost 4 hours. I personally love travelling by train – not only is it more affordable and more comfortable than a plane, but I’m petrified of flying. I haven’t been on a plane since 2004 (wow, that’s 10 years!) and I’m in no hurry to get on one now. After a couple not so great experiences in coach I always upgrade to a sleeper cabin. It means I have a private space, a bed to sleep in, temperature control and free meals. Try upgrading to first class on a plane for just a couple hundred dollars (or, like my last trip less than $100 round trip!). So I’ll take the train, thank you. My next trip will be early May and then probably September and November… Not quite sure yet.
Travel I want to do
So I already told you.. I don’t like to travel by plane and have no intention of doing so. I like road trips, train trips, and cruises. (so yeah, anything but a plane) My absolute favorite travel is cruises. I should have been a mermaid – I adore the water and it’s where I feel most at home. So a cruise is perfect for me – I feel so rejuvenated the entire time, just because I’m close to the water. I love to wake up early and walk/jog the track on deck while the sun is rising. I love the different activities – art auctions are a favorite part of cruises for me and I have about 10 pieces I got on cruises at a steal. I love going on my balcony, hanging over the ocean and relaxing with a good book. And I love going to exotic ports of call where I get to explore and ALWAYS end up on a beach. My last cruise was in August 2010 and here are just a few pictures:
So I had a great time on that cruise and would absolutely love to go on another one. I’ve been on 7 cruises and they are by far my favorite way to vacation. I’ve never made it out of the Caribbean though – I’ve been all over Mexico, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Belize and the Bahamas. I’d love to take a cruise across the Atlantic to Europe – which is pretty much the only way I think I’ll ever make it there. I’d love to go to Europe, but I can’t even imagine that long of a flight.
I’d also love to go on cross country train trip – maybe someday I’ll cash in my train miles and do just that. Maybe I’ll take a train to BEA in NY some day – that’s a trip I’d love to take. Road trips are almost as much fun, but I prefer train trips because I don’t have to worry about driving. You get to see the countryside in probably safest way there is to travel. Ideally I’d love to take a train from Dallas south through Texas and the across to California, up the west coast and then across to New York (maybe even a bit of Canada) then south to Florida and across through Louisiana. That would probably take months, but lord it would be a wonderful trip (assuming of course that I could afford it!)
Do you like to travel? Where have you been?