This month’s Travel Link-Up topic asks what kind of traveller you are. Well, I can tell you I am an organised, planned-in-advance traveller. Travelling with kids I find that you have to be, or you’ll wind up in a dodgy hotel without a swimming pool. Or, worse, a restaurant that doesn’t serve pasta. And, someone under the age of 10 will have a hissy fit.
This summer has challenged my Type A personality. The best laid plans of mice and men … and all that. I get the concept but it’s much harder when unforeseen change happens to your summer.
My husband was informed last week that he will have to work this summer. Our holidays plans have gone askew at the last minute.
We are still really looking forward to spending a week in Iceland together at the beginning of June. We are taking advantage of the free stopover in Iceland offered for flights between London and the USA. My husband will return to London after the Iceland road trip.
I’ll be spending the summer in the United States doing our usual East Coast summer thing. We will spend July and August between our house on Martha’s Vineyard and my parents in Pennsylvania. I feel like I know that strip of the I-95 between Boston and Washington D.C. really well having driven it countless times every summer.
With the kids going to summer camp in West Virginia for two weeks in August, I am going to visit a friend who I’ve not seen for a long time in Sao Paulo in Brazil.
I had intended to go on a photography tour to Cuba during this two week period but that has been cancelled by the tour operator. I think I would prefer to go to Cuba from London with the family anyway.
On my US passport, I would not be able to visit any of the beaches because tourism isn’t included in the ‘allowed reasons’ for visiting Cuba. Beaches are considered ‘tourist reasons’ and not cultural enough. British people and others visiting Cuba, however, have no such restrictions.
To use another trite expression: when one door closes, another one opens.
Not only have I have never been to Brazil but I’ll get to catch up with old friends. My friend, Anne, and her family have been in Sao Paulo for 3 years. They have another year left on their expatriate contract before they head back to California. We’ve got some tickets to go to the Olympics next year in Rio de Janeiro but she’ll have left Brazil by that time. I think of this visit as a reconnaissance mission 🙂
We had been planning on spending a couple of weeks at the end of August in Russia. My son has created a model of St. Basil’s Cathedral out of Lego and wanted to see the real thing. Luckily, our British Airways tickets can be refunded and I had been dilly-dallying on doing our visas for Russia. I’m telling you – Russian visitor visas are a complete pain!! You have to fill out a lot of paperwork (including every country you have visited in the last 10 years), get biometric identification, send off your passports etc. I’m glad I don’t have to deal with that after all!
Instead, we will return from the USA through Iceland again. You can get a free stopover on Icelandair in Iceland both ways. Hopefully my husband can meet us there for the long bank holiday weekend at the end of August.
What are your summer plans and your travel personality? Are you an organised holiday planner or a last minute person?