For a little over a year now, I’ve been trying to get a trip to Ireland together. It’s not so hard to make happen, really, the occasional volcanic ash cloud notwithstanding. There are even occasionally deals to go there. It’s just that the deals are typically priced for parties of 4. Oh, and the fact that I’m more than a little nervous about driving in unfamiliar places anyway, let alone trying to find my way alone in places with narrow roads on which one is expected to drive on the left side.
Terrifying thought. 😉
So mostly I get these 4-person deals, and I forward them to my aunt. Aunt P is about 5 years older than I am (she’s the youngest sibling of a rather large set of kids; I’m her big sister’s firstborn). We both love to see new places; we’re both amateur shutterbugs (ok, I’m an amateur… she’s more like semi-pro); we even have the same weird food aversions. We get along pretty well on a trip, all in all, having been on family vacations together and even (once) on a just-us-girls adventure.
She also has Ireland on her short list. Plus, they’re a family of 3. With me, we’re a party of 4. What could be handier?
It turns out that schedules are a recurring problem. Ireland (if we go together, which is not a sure thing anyway) is looking less and less like it’s going to happen this year. Here it is, only February, and my little Traveler’s Heart is already being broken!
No matter, we have a cure. Or at least a balm:
Aunt P emailed me today with an itinerary for a cruise that she and Uncle R are planning to go on later this year. Space is available in the nearby cabins, she said in her email, hinting heavily.
It’s in the Eastern Caribbean, which is one of the places I’d been thinking about possibly visiting. And all of the islands it visits are places I have not yet been.
Well. It may not be Ireland, but even so you don’t have to ask me twice.
I’m not giving up on Ireland of course. Still, it’s sort of funny. I just finished telling someone that I had no trips planned for the year yet. And (BLINK) that is officially no longer true.
I’ll share more about itineraries and of course adventures another time. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go do some research to see what shore excursions I might want to do.
Hey gang, if you’re out there, I would love to hear your stories: Have you been to the Eastern Caribbean? If so, which island(s)? What did you do or see there that you think is a Don’t Miss? Or… what did you do and wish you had skipped? Why?