Midlife is the time to go to all those places you have on your bucket list. You might not get to all of them straight away, but it's a great time to make a start and tick a few off. Living in Australia means that most overseas travel can involve long haul flights and lot of money. You can't pop across the Channel for a weekend in France or jump on a plane for a few days in sunny California. It takes a considerable amount of planning to launch off to one of these (very attractive) destinations.
|Midlife travel - Durnstein with my mum|
I have been very blessed to have a mother who shared a little of her inheritance by taking me on two different trips to Europe several years ago. I had always longed to do one of those Amsterdam to Budapest river cruises but it was well out of our price range (especially when there are two of you to pay for). My husband was gallant enough (and probably relieved to have some peace and quiet) to let me go with mum - it was a great way to see if it was something we'd like to invest in one day in the future (and it WAS!)
I loved Paris and Barcelona and the points in between - everything is so much older and more historical than Australia is (and a LOT colder!)
|Midlife travel - the Sydney Opera House with my husband|
The benefits of living in such a large and diverse country is that there is always something new to see. The west coast and east coast are quite different to each other and each has its own charm. My husband and I have been across to Sydney and Melbourne - and Queensland is on my to-do list (the bloggers over there are making it even more enticing!) Tasmania also has its place on our list - and possibly New Zealand further down the track.
|Midlife travel - in a Bali villa for our daughter's wedding|
We've been to Bali a couple of times (it's a very cheap overseas holiday destination for Western Australians) and it's where our daughter and son-in-law chose to be married a few years ago. We rented a lovely villa with it's own private pool, took my mum over with us for the wedding and enjoyed a lovely break away from the hustle and bustle of life.
NEXT ON THE LIST
I mentioned in another post a while ago that I went to Singapore for my 50th (a birthday present from my mum - that inheritance comes in very handy!) We enjoyed it hugely and so, in November, my husband and I are heading over there for a week together. We'll do some of the things I enjoyed with mum and several new things that are more adventurous (he leaves me for dead in that area). Zip-lining is on his list and hiking and goodness knows what else I'll end up doing - stay tuned for that post later in the year (if I make it back in one piece!)
|Travel or dream of travel - Zen to Zany|
THE 'SOME DAY' PLAN
We haven't been anywhere for a while, and I'm really looking forward to seeing Singapore with my husband. There are so many new things there since I went and so many other sights to see that I missed first time around. I'd really love to go back to Europe again, and to the US and to many other far away destinations, but they are going to have to stay on the wish list for a few more years. We don't have my mum's inheritance and we're not independently wealthy, so we will dream and plan and wait until the moment is right - and then we'll be up, up and away without a care in the world.