Sunday, June 13, 2010

No more Beach Vacations

Now that I don't spend every waking hour tanning or sitting on the beach (even if i did spend the time reading a book) it opens up far more time and opportunity on where I can travel, solo.
The beach is wonderful and the view of the sea or ocean one of the joys of life, but if you add up all the hours from age 16 to 35 (approx) you could travel the world in that amount. And your tan fades, and you freckle and have brown spots later on. Yes it is true.

However, i watched Italians sun every possible moment while I was in Sorrento, and show no wear and tear on them as you looked at older sun worshipers. Who can stay indoors with a view of the sea, the islands, or just a walk along the coast??

Now what to do with all this time?

Traveling solo and on a budget (because of the dreaded single supplements) often requires that I have to travel off season: Europe in the fall or spring, the USA the reverse of the vacationers:

beach trips in the winter, ski areas or Montana, Utah in the early summer. Forget about seeing the leaves change in the fall, two many couples to be able to find a room.


There is an art to solo travel and I am still exploring all the possibilities.


how do you handle the cost of solo travel during the "best" travel times

2 comments:

  1. Hi Lee:
    Just found your blog and I'm really enjoying it. I also travel to Italy every year and at the moment planning my 2013 trip. I'm a landscape designer in NYC and can only travel in January, February & part of March; got to get back to work in the spring. I have been doing apartment exchanges and these work wonderfully for me. I love Rome in winter, the lines are manageable and last year, except for that freak snowstorm where everything closed down, the weather was in the 50s, 60s and 70s, by the time I left on March 22nd. The day of the snowstorm I walked to the Pantheon and actually was able to take a photo of it without ANYONE standing outside in front of it. My grandparents are from Naples abd Foggia - on my father's side; and on my mother's side, a small town on the Amalfi coast called Minori (just down the mountain from Ravello). I went there last year and found ancestors dating back to the 1700s. Unlike you, I can't get dual citizenship because the cutoff date is 1948...and I was born in 1945. Oh well. I have signed up for email notification of your future posts. I will be so happy to see these.

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  2. sorry for the delay. i just returned from a trip Home to Italy and saw your post on my way home from NJ. Glad you found the blog and hope you will supscribe and possibly send me a post on one of your winter trips. It was VERY cold in Italy this nov/dec or perhaps I did not prepare for it.... started in N. Italy and went all the way to lecce in Puglia for several great interviews. I know both of the areas your family is from. Wonder if there is any alternataive for you on dual citizenship..... i am working with the Philadelphia office but i find each office has 'different' information.

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