Brett and I are still feeling restless, and not ready in many ways to again take on the responsibilities that come along with settling down in one place. The biggest argument against us stopping our travels is still that there are too many places in the world we want to see and experience!
Below are some of the places we’ve talked about wanting to visit in just the last three weeks:
- Botswana photo safari (it’s too expensive really, but we still love talking about it).
- Capetown, South Africa
- Kenya (Brett has visited before but would like to go again – me too!)
- Scandinavia: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland (we’d also like to see Iceland, but it’s not as high on our list)
- The Benelux Countries (Belgium, Netherlands, & Luxemburg)
- Czech Republic
- The south of France
- Northern Portugal
- Naples and Sicily – Brett has been to both, courtesy of the navy, and would love to return
- Greece (yet another place Brett has been before and we both want to visit)
- SE Asia: Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Singapore
- Australia (to ride The Ghan from Adelaide up to Darwin)
- The South Island of New Zealand
- Costa Rica and Panama
- Argentina (including Mendoza, Patagonia, and the Iguazu Falls this time)
- And, just because, a trans-Atlantic cruise on the QE2
Of course, we also want to continue to spend time in Japan with family, and we’d also like to visit some parts of China we haven’t seen yet.
This continues to be an ideal time in our lives to travel, and even with helping out YaYu for the next couple of years, if we’re careful it’s doable. And, we ask ourselves, with a wish list of destinations this long how can we possibly think we’d be happy settling down?
And yet . . . from the We Did Not See This One Coming files, our daughters let us know the other day that they would like it very much if we settled back on Kaua’i again. That was a surprise! While Southern California is still high on our list, we’d love to live in Hawai’i again but up to now hadn’t considered just the two of us going back. They’ve given us lots to think about there.
So, everything is still on the table, with good arguments on both sides. For now though, we feel our plans for after June will be a good compromise between the two . . . stay tuned!