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Chasing dreams

I’ve spent the evening, firstly doing my taxes – which is why I switched over to dreaming about a vacation in September. I’ve got two options about where I want to go, and now to make a decision of which I’d rather do.

I have hotels booked for Turkey already. But I was inspired today after getting an email with a deal for tours. I would love to walk the Camino de Santiago – I have looked into walking it for a few years now, but with the email deal it seems definitely doable. I was thinking of adding Portugal and Seville into my travels there, if that’s what I choose.

Turkey has been a dream, I’ve been to Spain, but I’d love to do the walk. If I could afford to do all of this I would, but I don’t know if that’s going to be a possibility.

It’s been a nice way to get my mind off of what seems to be the never ending task of packing – I seriously did not think we had this much stuff. I’m trying to get rid of stuff as I pack but it seems extra hard this time for some reason.

It might be chasing dreams tonight, but it’s a nice break from my packing.

Turkey and beyond

As I sit here in my room, recuperating from a possible bout of Covid – to me it’s just a bad cold but there is a back log for getting tested here so it was suggested I just self isolate for the required time until I can return to work, I have been doing some self care. Planning time away is ALWAYS self care for me!

Back in 2019, I had booked a flight for the end of January 2020 to head to England, travel through Europe to Turkey and then spend a month travelling through Turkey. Prices in Turkey were very reasonable and I had my entire trip planned. Where I was going, how I was getting there, what I was going to do when I got there. It all came crashing down at the beginning of January 2020 – the pandemic as well as the problems with Syria and Turkey. I put the trip on hold.

So as I listen to ABBA (going on 3 hours now… I love ABBA), I have discovered that there are very cheap flights from Vancouver to Antalya Turkey. While I have not booked the flight yet, I have booked (with free cancellation) my hotels throughout my month long trip to Turkey in September of this year. Come hell or high water – I am going to Turkey!! And if the Gods allow me, from Turkey I’m heading through Europe as well. There are places I never had the chance to visit, as well as visiting friends in Slovakia and Czech Republic. I’d also like to revisit a place or two if finances allow me to, but that will be decided at the time.

I am not one to travel without having accommodations booked – I have read many blogs about just going and booking when you get there – that would stress me out too much at my age. Questions go through my head – what if I can’t find a cheap place to stay? Is there a hostel that I could stay in last minute with minimal people in the room? I snore and would not want to be that person in a hostel! I stayed in hostels all through Chile but they all had the option of a single room which I took advantage of.

There is so much in this world to see and I want to see it all. I want to be healthy when I travel and I know that 57 is not that old but I feel my age is catching up to me and I need to go now before it’s too late.

So while I was looking for accommodations, I came across a place in Cappadocia (a bucket list place!) for $19 total for 2 nights! How could I not book it?? And it has a rating of 9.0 on Booking.com. That excites me!!

What do you do when you’re sick? Do you listen to music? Watch TV? Plan a trip?

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Daily Thought – May 8

I miss my travelling life. I can’t wait to use my passport again and get on a plane and fly away. To Greece and Turkey and Prague. That’s my first trip when I am fully vaccinated. And I cannot wait! Daily thought is – it’s fun to dream and plan so just do it!

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Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Prague Castle grounds, looking down on to the City of Prague

What are you doing?

A good question to ask these days while we are sitting around dealing with stay at home orders with the inability to do much else but dream the days away.

So what have I been doing? Well I am getting very excited and working hard during my downtime from work with organizing my walk for Mental health. It’s still a go for the end of September and very soon I’ll be able to share the link to the website here!

What else have I been doing? Well I have been planning my 2022 travel! If everything goes as scheduled and the world starts opening up, my birthday next year will be in Turkey! My plans to see Turkey in early 2020 were obviously canceled due to the pandemic. But as soon as my vaccinations are complete, air travel will be booked and I will be going!! March to May 2022 will be a European holiday! And I cannot wait!

What has everyone else been doing? Share your pandemic hobbies with us!

In the meantime, keep on dreaming!