Being in an empty nest helps fuel the imagination. I think it is the extra time and the quiet house.
It is very liberating really to be able to think about things we really enjoy that we hadn’t had time for before…like traveling.
I love to travel! I’ve been very fortunate to have been able to visit many diverse places. I haven’t been to as many as most, but certainly more than others.
And while I haven’t been to as many places as I’d like–we are planning on taking advantage of all the experiences that the places we visit have!
While I am extremely afraid of flying…I do fly! I have to talk myself into it each time, do a lot of praying and once on the plane will have the tears fall–especially as we take off or are coming in for a landing. But I’ll still do it!
It is the whole plummeting to earth idea I am not cool with!
I will go off to distant places if the opportunity presents itself, and it has, and I have! However, my favorite type of travel is by car!
I love America’s highways and how different and beautiful the regions and states can be. At the same time, for me, traveling around the United States is very familiar and comforting. Because no matter where I am, I am still home.
Last summer, my husband and I drove to Pensacola, Florida from Corpus Christi, Texas to visit family and we had a great time!
The road trip itself took us 2 days to get there and 2 back, mostly because we were enjoying the scenery and were in no hurry. It was very relaxing and since we had our two doggies along we made frequent stops so they (me) could go to the bathroom.
It was great to have that time with my husband, we got to talk about many things which I think keeps us connected as a couple and brings us closer. I am very lucky to be married to my best friend and so even quiet times are wonderful!
Along the way, we appreciated the changes in the vegetation, the colors and the smells and how the miles just went on into the horizon. Time was our own and we were happy and fulfilled. It is a very good place to be!
I took pictures of the Welcome signs as we entered each new state: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. We went from the coast in Texas to Piney Woods, through swampland and over the mighty Mississippi River and eventually back to the coast of Florida. The traveling was one of my favorite parts of the trip.
Spending time with family, also, to me is priceless. As I have gotten older and hopefully matured–I am not necessarily looking for the most glamorous or adventurous place to travel to. I am looking for that sense of belonging and relaxation.
I enjoy the sight-seeing, the meals out and the meals in that we make together with love, conversation and especially lots of laughter. There is also just getting to know a new place and seeing things we haven’t seen before.
Traveling is not just a special place but a special moment in time.
I am hoping, in my empty nest years, to do a great deal of traveling and experiencing. Especially as I travel to see the ones that I love the most as they create their own lives!
Have you been on a trip recently that you enjoyed? What was your favorite part of the trip?
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