Let’s face it, we all have at least one place we really want to visit. I have a few but my list changes ALL OF THE TIME!!!
Every time one of my guests contacts me with a new destination, I always ask them if I can come along. Of course, they always say YES!!! When someone asks me about a destination I’ve never been to, or booked – my research hat goes on!! I am finding out everything I can about that place – I ask my fellow travel agents- have you ever been? What did you like? More importantly, what didn’t you like and why?
Let’s face it, everyone has their own travel style – some are happy to go to the same place every year and have the same experience over and over again (sounds a little boring to me, not my travel style). I want to go experience something new and something different. I try every trip I go on, to do at least one thing that is out of my comfort zone. I have a fear of heights – so I went parasailing – scared the beeges out of me – but it was amazing!!! I also have a fear of the water – well, not really the water – my fear is of water over my head!!! So, I went to the Blue Hole in Jamaica and jumped off the cliff into rapidly moving water that was way way way over my head. This was so funny, everyone goes to Dunns Falls in Jamaica, a bit crowded and very much a tourist area. So, after doing lots of research we settled on going to the Blue Hole – it was a bit of ride from the cruise port – we finally arrive and get started to go – we had a tour guide who accompanied us on the small hike to the water. Seriously, when I tell you he was a young teenager and weighed about 90 lbs soaking wet. They have two jump spots – the low one and the high one – of course I was jumping off the low one – this skinny little kid grabs my hand and says okay JUMP!!! In my head, I’m thinking – are you kidding me – there is absolutely no way this kid is going to be able to save my life – I weigh three times as much as he does – we are both going to sink!!! Obviously I survived!!! So you jump into the first hole and then you climb up on rocks (with water rushing over them) and you grab a hold of this rope and swing out over the second hole. No turning back, it’s the only way out!!! It was way cool and I enjoyed every scary moment of it.
So, back to my bucket list – do I really have one? I don’t think so, there are so many places that I want to visit and then there are some that I simply have no desire to. Such as, an Alaskan Cruise – everyone I have sent and everyone I know tells me how absolutely magnificent it is – just not on my list. Not saying I will never go, who knows, but for now – other places I would rather go first.
Italy is high on my list – I want to see the Vatican (my great grandfather was a brick layer and he worked at the Vatican before he came to the United States), Ireland is another place high on my list, my roots are in Ireland (I even have the address of my great grandmothers childhood home, wonder if it’s still there).