Planning a trip you'll never take

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Gham, May 14, 2018 at 8:19 AM.

  1. BUZZARD II

    BUZZARD II Old Geezer

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    Boatpuller, I was on a 3,000 plus mile music tour of the south with another couple. Yeah, Beale St. Memphis, Graceland, Delta Blues Museum, then Plantations in Natchez.

    Working our way up the Trace we still had a week's time left. We headed for the graveyard then Muscle Shoals to continue the music theme.

    Whoa, we were blown away by how much money the dogs owners spent during the depression building monuments to their dogs in the middle of nowhere. Did their wives know? Is that why it's so far in the woods?

    All in all it outshone even Elvis. I love finding weird places like that. I hope you had the chance to spend some time walking around and reading the thomestones.
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  2. migilito

    migilito Perpetual NooB

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    Life is whats happening while you are making plans....
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  3. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Separate vacations can be the answer. For some trips like a month in a place with a very different culture than home, I don't recommend it for married people because I think it invites growing apart. A big trip like that causes changes in a person, so my wife and I experience them together and grow together. For a few week long road trip she might not enjoy, or a sea cruise, maybe not as big of a deal? In addition, time spent with parents as we all get older becomes more and more valuable. Your wife may have fond memories of that cruise decades from now. My wife did a cruise with her now deceased father, and talks of it often.
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  4. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Sometimes parts of failed trips end up being incorporated in future trips, too. Some examples:

    1. Many years ago, my wife and I planned a loop of the western USA. Our trip got cut short when my mother-in-law had to go into surgery, and we missed the Grand Canyon. Just a couple of years ago, we went to southern Utah, and included the Grand Canyon as part of the trip. To connect the two, we ended up going through Monument Valley. Win win!

    2. On a trip through Europe about 15 years ago, we had the option to do a side trip into England. We figured England deserved more than a few days tacked onto the end, so opted out. After talking about the Isle of Man TT race for years, I decided to get serious and push for it. We planned the Isle of Man portion for 3 years with 4 other friends, and my wife and I split off to do a 3 week loop through the entire UK with no reservations after the race was over. That trip was epic!
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  5. Sifox

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    Thanks man!


    Will do. I’m heading south in February. The two years delay turned out to be a good thing. Now I have more money saved and will be able to take my time heading south. It’s also good knowing that I have a job waiting for me when I get back.
    I agree with doing everything when young because I know that my left knee won’t be happy when I get older.
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  6. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    Where do you work? Can I get in?

    :lol2
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  7. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    The Maritime Provinces are all worth a visit but part of my point is if you skip Maine(or spend less time there than you would have) and go up there you have expended much time & treasure that could have been very enjoyable in ME a really neat state.
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  8. Gham

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  9. Gham

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    I've had three UK trips and loved them all,we were going to Scotland this year but the other couple we enjoy traveling with had some health issues (skin cancer) that would have made it uncomfortable for him so we will delay a year.I never considered your opinion about how couples could "grow apart" from your other post but I'm thinking about that as you make a valid and interesting point.
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  10. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    Aging grants perspective never worth the time to dwell on nor care about when younger.
    Like they say, 65 is the new 50 years old which places even more importance/value added on living a healthy lifestyle and buying some retirement time. We go to FL & AZ in the winter and ride bikes, fish, hike, eat out more than (we can) at home and see other seniors doing the same while people my age at home area-some can't make it around Walmart w/o a elect cart and generally not motivating much. I've known many people over the years heard to say that retirement they wanted to sit and rock. One guy I was with in the Army, from KS like me, his dream job was to smoke cigars and count his cattle from a PU seat. More recently an ADV rider told me he just wanted to sit on his porch and relax, it's his life not what I do as much as i should? but other than a hot afternoon, works done, in my hammock and on Dos XX's time...
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  11. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    My friend's parents are in their late 70s, and having a grand retirement. They love fishing, so bought a motorhome and a boat. They spend about 4 months of the year at different rivers/lakes around the western states. Between fishing trips, they have done month long trips to China, France, etc. Their other set of parents spend their time complaining about how their settlement hasn't come in from when the car wash broke the mirror off their truck last year.

    My travels will mellow out some as I get older. I have diabetes, so I have been hitting the strenuous stuff now. I probably won't be travelling the Whisky Trail at age 80. :lol3 I do hope to keep going though. I will probably do a Fall colors tour of the east coast, maybe Japan, etc.
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  12. Sifox

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    I still got a long way until I get there but I do hope to still be healthy when retirement comes around. A lot of injuries during my teens might comeback to haunt me. So the the only thing I can and will do is enjoy every trip I take.
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    I will tell you one thing that has helped with my follow though; rewards credit cards. You have to use caution, though. If you buy stuff just to build points, it's a losing proposition. If you don't pay it off in full each month, it's a losing proposition. I use mine for gas, groceries, and other stuff I would have bought anyway. I have had cruise line cards for both Royal Caribbean and Princess, and done many free cruises out of the US, Central America, and even one in Scandinavia.

    Currently, I have a Capital One rewards card. They have no service fee for using it outside the country, which is why I got it in the first place. Their points can be used for hotels, flights, or other travel related expenses. You just call them with your reservation number, and they credit your account with cash value. Bam! We used our points to pay for one of our flights to the UK, which was something like $1,500. That really helps the bottom line.
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  14. Sifox

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    I have been looking to get a CC that doesn’t have fees outside the country. I will look into Capital one. I opened a bank account with Schwab Bank because they don’t charge ATM fees even when used outside the country. That to me is huge. My last trip I ended spending over $200 in ATM fees. Never again!
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  15. theshnizzle

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    I love planning for trips. Unfolding the maps, gazing at all the seemingly unlimited possibilities. I write everything down, from potential routes to potential campsites. I keep all the info in a spiral notebook that I take with me plus the maps of where I will be going.

    The days route is written on a piece of paper, yes PAPER !!! aND slid into my map pocket. Between that and actually reading signs, I get to where I need to go.

    I too do all my planning at work. And it takes hours and hours to plan a trip.
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  16. kantuckid

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    Yer preaching to the choir.
    I played college FB and baseball, track & field in HS & wrestling. There's little doubt the arthritis in various places was "influenced by sports injuries. I'm certain my rotator cuff has gone through several self heals-which are actually fairly common. Back in ~ 1999 I went to the doc who ended up doing my CTS release surgeries later on, after all the protocols- he put an xray up on the wall and asked me-what the heck happened to your hands? Just some football and wrenching doc... and a lot of farm work and much more...
    I would take not one bit of it back! Sports are who I am and what gave me the vibes I needed to exist, plus I come from a rather long list of high level players.
    In-active lifestyle and you'll probably be worse off yet! Lots of this is mental and attitude laden. One must say I'm gonna squeeze every damned drop out of my life and do stuff that enriches us, maybe others too. My little granddaughters are doing all day hikes in kindergarten and 2 grade and they like that.
    I have a pile of notes on potential trips beside me. Currently have Ecuador(riding) Spain/Morocco fly and drive and Colombia (ride or fly & drive and Canada fishing in June but they don't get back top me! Don't like my English me thinks...
    On tours I do the same map pocket paper with my turns and road numbers, miles per link.
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  17. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    I wish.

    The only skill I have, that I can prove, is running a railway locomotive.

    And my FRA certification is expired; and I failed an Amtrak medical.
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    Sorry to hear about failing the medical,but I understand it completely.We have had several guys fail blood pressure tests so they aren't allowed on a man-lift of any kind or operate machinery (fork lifts,Brodersons,ect..).If you can't go up on a lift your pretty much screwed in the trades...nobody needs you,they try to force you out on a medical,sucks.
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    I took one of those "canned trips" to Ireland and your right,I didn't have to read or plan what to see,we just left it up to the guides.I got lazy with that one in the planning phase because we went with a couple who had already been there numerous times.It was only once I got there that I immersed myself into the history and culture and began to really enjoy the experience.

    Oh yeah,I love your State,the wife and I had a great time staying south of Jamestown at Cumberland lake State Park last summer on our trip to Nashville/Cookeville.We both decided we could retire there :lol3
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    I have a subscription to Road Runner magazine and one time at work I was thumbing through one and got to the back pages where they have all the ad's from different areas.I sent off for a bunch of them (they're free) and about a week later the mailbox just exploded with maps.The State of Arkansas must have sent me 5 lbs worth of stuff,I couldn't believe it.I'm going there in late September for a Harley rally (what the heck,I've never been to a real one :lol3) called Bikes,blues and bbq or some such thing.Meeting up with some old goats I graduated from high school with in 1975.
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