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As far as I’m concerned, it’s not a good year if I don’t use my passport.

I love to travel. I enjoy learning unexpected quirks about a new place, the sound of a foreign language, getting a deeper sense of a location’s history, or finding an unanticipated gem of nature.

I like the reminder that people are the same everywhere you go, and yet different. Sometimes very different.

The United States is big enough and diverse enough to provide those types of experiences, and I love traveling in my own country, but there’s something extra special about exploring outside the U.S. borders.

Not to mention, it’s great book research!

Of course, travel—especially overseas—is costly. Which is why after my writing expenses are covered, almost all of my (admittedly meager) income goes to help fund our expeditions abroad (and closer to home). It’s the main reason I care about making any money at all.

Last year my husband’s work schedule didn’t cooperate with my boys’ school schedule. My passport was sad, and I went through serious adventure withdrawals. 😉

This year things at The Engineer’s work have calmed down a bit and it’s travel on, baby!

We’re going to hit Niagara Falls and Toronto early in the summer, then take a 12-day tour through the UK later on. Just pretend you can see me doing a little happy dance in front of my MacBook.

Are you a traveler or a homebody? What’s an interesting place that you’ve been or would like to visit?









Photo credit: All photos © Gwen Hernandez.

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      Alison: Thanks, I will. And, yes, I’ll be in Atlanta. I hope we can find some time to chat again. You have so much going on this time around! 🙂

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    Ah, thank you Gwen, I look forward to a vicarious adventure. I’m a traveler who is married to a homebody. This year the man finally agreed to travel, so we are going to see my favorite city, New Orleans. I think it was the salty oysters and beer afternoons on Bourbon Street that sold him! And the zoo, the museum, the shops, and the Garden District!

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      Cristine: That must be hard. I’m lucky to have found a man who loves travel as much as me. You did it right though, selling your husband on the parts of the city that will appeal to him. Have a great time in The Big Easy! 🙂

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    I call myself “Gypsy”. Right now, I’m looking for roots…to come back home to. I love, love,love to travel. That’s why retoring my health is so essential. Travel broadens a person like nothing else can. I’ll be along with you vicariously. Enjoy!

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      insearchofitall: “Gypsy” works for me. I usually use “nomad”. 😉 As a military brat turned military spouse, I really have very little in the way of roots. I have ideas for where I’d like to live after my husband retires, but I’ll never use the word “settle”. Hope you get healthy again so you can return to wandering!

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    One of the best vacations I ever had was at Niagara Falls. We loved it. Haven’t been to Toronto, but we have enjoyed going to Nova Scotia and Montreal. Overseas, I’ve been to London and Ireland. I’d love to go to Austria and Tuscany.

    Have a great time on your travels!! I’m looking forward to seeing the pics I know you will be sharing. 🙂

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    I’d love to return to Venice. Went there with my parents as a child, but it rained the whole time we were there. Other places are China, Egypt, Florence, and the Mediterranian to name a few. Like you, I love to travel.

    How about adding Cayman to your list? That’s where I’m from. 🙂

    Enjoy your travels!

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      Elke: I enjoyed Venice, but it was HOT when we were there a few years ago. I lived in Germany as a child and we traveled throughout much of Europe, but it’s been fun to go back and see things as an adult. Plus, there are still so many new places to explore. My list is sooo long. 😉 I’ve been to several Caribbean islands, but not Cayman. I’ll definitely add it to my list!

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    Hi, Gwen. With a group of longtime friends, we are going to visit some folks up in the Toronto area in late July. I’m looking forward to visiting the professional hockey Hall of Fame. Of course, there will be many visits to various wineries in wine country. We have been to Niagara Falls before, but a trip there is always awesome and it’s on our itinerary. I hope your travels are safe and fun. It will be fun to compare “notes” on our mutual visit to that Canadian city.

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