Life of a Blogger | Travel

March 20, 2014 Life of a Blogger 18

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. Β 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 Β was in August 2010 and here are just a few pictures:

  • Fun on the Beach
  • Art Auction
  • Spa
  • Port
  • Beach

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. Β 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?

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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

18 Responses to “Life of a Blogger | Travel”

    • Berls

      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      I love cruises mainly because I’m a water girl – I just feel at home ON, IN, or NEAR the water. And you can do them for pretty cheap if you catch the timing just right. So someday πŸ™‚
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  1. A Voracious Reader

    Berls, if I win the lottery we’re going to be traveling buddies. All the travel you like, I like, too! πŸ˜€ I’ve been on one cruise and that was in 1997. It was a Star Trek cruise and I was 6 months pregnant. lol But it was still a blast! I have never been on a train, but I want to go cross country! So, lottery, baby! Must.Win.Lottery.
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    • Berls

      I’m in! You win the lottery and I will totally come with you (or vice versa!) A Star Trek cruise just sounds way too great – my mom is a total trekkie and she’d absolutely love it (as would I, but she grew up on the original, I’m a next generation girl).

  2. Lexxie

    I love to travel, and we go places several times per year. Next month, we’re all going to NYC for five days, the hubby, the four kids, and I. We all look forward to it a lot, because there’s something for all of us there. Museums, Central Park, shopping, The Statue of Liberty, Broadway… I could go on and on.

    My family still lives in Norway, and I live in Switzerland, and I go there at least twice per year. By train, it would take 36 hours, but it’s only 2 hours and 40 minutes by plane – so I’m pretty happy I’m not afraid of flying!

    There are three places I’d really love to visit, Hawaii, Australia and Japan! Not the same year, because all those trips would be ridiculously expensive.

    I’m almost finished with my own dual BA too (we can’t take a single subject BA here) in English and Linguistics. Fun times πŸ™‚

    Have a great week, Berls πŸ™‚
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    • Berls

      You really are a traveler! Wow! I’d love to go to NY for a visit and I’m thankful I could take a train to get there – though it would take a couple days. And I’d love to go to Hawaii, Australia, and Japan too – though I’ll either have to get over my fear of flying or find ships to take me LOL! My father just got back from Hawaii and I’m ridiculously jealous!

  3. Angie

    I didn’t know you lived in DFW! I have a lot of family out that way so I go at least once a year. I went to high school in Wichita Falls.. so we used to head to Dallas for fun. I always enjoy going there despite the heat!
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    • Berls

      Oh wow – I know Wichita Falls! Small world! I LOVE the heat, but I’d take 120 over 20 any day πŸ™‚

    • Berls

      Oh I think I know what commercial you’re talking about – that cruise does look cool. And an Alaskan cruise is on my must list!

  4. Bookworm Brandee

    I had to giggle over your BAs, Berls. I have dual BAs too – English & Economics. πŸ˜‰

    I feel your pain (?) in having to travel back and forth to Texas (now Missouri). All our family is in Texas as well…and for some reason they think us traveling to Texas is better than them visiting Colorado. WTH?? πŸ™‚ I do like to travel although most of mine has been in the states in recent years. It’s hard to leave my kiddos…and it used to be hard to travel with them. Last summer we all took a trip to Washington State and it was awesome! This summer, I think we’re headed to Pennsylvania…where my oldest daughter will visit some colleges she’s considering. Ugh! I’ve never been on a cruise before and I don’t know if I could do one. I tend to get motion sickness in my old age! *ha* The hubs and I should have done that when we were younger! Great post and thanks for sharing the pics, too!
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    • Berls

      LOL I had to stop and relook at my post. I was like, Okay Berls, you love to ramble… so how did your degrees come up in a post about travel (Because I had forgotten). Anywho – sounds like your dual majors were a bit smarter than mine – at least you through in Economics for something more practical πŸ™‚

      I think I’d take the drive to Colorado, such a beautiful place! I think your family may be a bit crazy to be missing out on the opportunity to visit. Oh and you may find that a cruise wouldn’t bother your motion sickness – the ships are so big you don’t really feel the waves as long as your not on the lower decks (the cheapest cabins)

    • Berls

      Oooh you’ve taken all the cruises on my must-do list! I think Mediterranean is the top of my list, then Alaskan. Of course, I’ll take a train to get on the boat for the Alaskan cruise and I guess a cruise across the atlantic to take the Mediterranean? I need to get over my flying problems maybe…

  5. Carmel

    I don’t get the opportunity to travel very much (unfortunately). I’ve never left the continent other than when I was a kid with my parents, and I don’t really remember much of those trips. I will be spending a week in Jamaica in June though for our honeymoon, and I CAN’T WAIT! Otherwise, my last trip was to Kansas City for RT 2013. It doesn’t sound like much to most, but for a Canadian like myself, it was a pretty big deal. πŸ˜€
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    • Berls

      Oh I love Jamaica – are you staying at a Sandals resort? I hear they are the way to experience Jamaica (I think they’re all inclusive). June should be a beautiful time too! Now I think I’m jealous LOL

    • Berls

      I would LOVE to take that cruise! Not only because it would be long and beautiful but I’ve always wanted to go to Australia. And getting there would be part of the fun. *sigh* if only I were wealthy…

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