Even though this current trip is not officially over until tomorrow, I am already thinking about my next trip. Maybe because my niece Amanda asked me that very question yesterday as we ate lunch at Whole Foods in London? Although of course I’ve asked myself that question before; I even started researching one of the alternatives.
This morning I decided to use this blog to facilitate my decision making process by making a list of the alternatives and some associated commentary off the top of my head. I know I will come back to the UK, of course, and at various times during this trip treated my return ASAP as a given, but I now I think I need something different.
The list of possibilities, in ascending order of difficulty/challenge for an old lady traveler. I have omitted the UK, although it is of course a possibility.
Australia-Victoria and South Australia. The only reason this is first on the list is that they speak English; otherwise this is possibly the most challenging as it involves the longest distance. However, I love Australian wine, am dying to see Melbourne and drive the Great Ocean Rd. The fact that a longish stop in California, maybe LA and Palm Springs, is required to acclimate a little bit is also a big plus. I am also not ashamed to admit that I love the high desert.
The other interesting logistical consideration is of course, that Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere, so requires some additional research about school holidays, weather, etc. I also have a chance of persuading a special friend to join me for at least part of the time; that would certainly be a bonus!
Next-Prague et al. For various reasons, including the fact that 2017 marks 20 years since my first big adventure, to Prague in the summer of 1997. This is the second least challenging trip only because of the language barrier; otherwise although I certainly would visit some new places there (hopefully they drive on the proper side of the road?), Prague itself and certain other places are familiar to me. Also I’m sure that English is even more widely spoken than in 1997. This is a nostalgic choice of course. I imagine it’s more expensive now, but certainly no where near as dear as Western Europe. The “et al” would most likely include parts of Hungary and Poland.
This alternative is admittedly inspired by nostalgia, but there’s nothing wrong with that, right? And 20 years is a long time to wait.
Next in order-and this would be very challenging-Russia! Am I ready to take on Cyrillic? Hmmm
I haven’t done a lot of research on this one, but it flits in and out of my consciousness every once in a while. Considering it is a road not taken, as my parents offered to send me in the summer after high school (1978!), mostly in desperation, but in dead earnest. I turned them down; silly girl. (But that life was not to be.)
The fact that I my ancestry is Russian Jewish on both sides of my mother’s family also has something to do with it, although I don’t know anything about where most of them came from. Sadly, I will probably never know.
I am very curious to see the place for myself, firsthand, and judge for myself the changes since perestroika.
So-there’s my list. It’s short out of necessity, really, because if I thought more about it, the choices would overwhelm me.
Something to think about and research as I go back to work to refill my travel coffers.
Thanks for reading. Any thoughts or advice? I’d love to hear from you.