Let’s see, where can you go next? Brochures on Paris, cruise down the Rhine, and lots of travel in the U.S. - Looking at those national park videos did get you excited. Maybe an R.V. for the U.S. travel? The fall is a great time to see the leaves turning. But when you traded travel stories with one of your friends, Bill, he said that the best way to see the world is fly/bus/tour guide, which got you thinking. It’s not much more expensive, less driving is probably better, and there’s never a worry that you have to carry your own luggage. Even several of the daytime tour choices are considerate of time/heat/if your knee hurts.
You called a travel agent and ask her about the trips Bill mentioned. She said she would get back to you with some choices. When you received the information, you were excited. You can do this! How about October in Maine and Christmas in Florida? When you tell Emily about the plans, she’s impressed with your enthusiasm. She says, “As long as we stay healthy and watch our money, we should be able to do all of this!”
Even though most things will be taken care of, you decide to search places and reviews on the web. You forgot how much fun research can be! You get novels and guidebooks about where you are going and what to expect. And the best part, you tell yourself: when you get tired of traveling – or that knee hurts too much and needs a rest – you can look back and focus on the pictures! (get it – ‘focus’ on the pictures!)
Why not make different albums of places with themes? Maybe sunsets/native birds/small towns and the people and their stories! You thank Apple for making phones with great cameras – what fun Retirement is.
CONGRATULATIONS! YOU FOUND SOMETHING YOU ENJOY.
We all know that sometimes life throws unexpected curveballs. Embrace and savor your enjoyment of these retirement years. Bumps in the road will surely occur, but with your retirement coach on speed dial, your journey should be smooth sailing.