Been there, done that


It’s a race against time.  How much time do we have left to see the world, places where we have never been?  It’s a race, because we are both cognizant of the fact that David has severe arthritis and that it could worsen to such a state that he is unable to travel, i.e., walk or hike for long periods.

We have been mulling over where to go next year.  Earlier, we considered going on a cruise, either in the Baltic Sea or around New Zealand and Australia.  The idea of not having to check into hotels all over the place and just staying on board a ship sounded appealing.  However, Aunty M told us that she found cruising off the coast of Alaska very BORING.  Besides, it was freezing cold on deck even in June.  She said she prefers land tours.  On the other hand, blogger Hank Chapin loves to go on cruises, sitting on the deck either reading or gazing at the water.

We considered traveling to Seattle and driving up to Bellingham and on to Vancouver, Canada, visiting with friends along the way.  We also thought of flying to Washington, DC, to see friends and my youngest sister there.  But, David has already been to the Pacific Northwest, and we both have been to the DC area, so we don’t want to duplicate our efforts.  Both of us have stayed on the east and west coasts as well as in Vegas, so it seems we won’t be seeing the good ole USA anytime soon.

The lure of being in a foreign country with a foreign language and foreign customs is proving to be irresistible.  As a married couple, we spent 2 weeks in Croatia (1990), 5 nights in Seoul, Korea (2002), 3 nights in Tokyo, Japan (2008), 5 nights in Hong Kong and Macau (2010), and now 2 weeks in India (2012).  As single people, we individually have seen parts of western Europe.  I also lived in Thailand for 10 months and visited Laos 3 times.

Where should we go next year?  Canada?  Been there, done that.  Oh, the ennui.  Lol.

31 Responses to “Been there, done that”

  1. Denise Says:

    You have been to so many amazing places Gigi. I think that is marvelous to experience all those countries. Great memories and now we will be able to experience India right along with you.

  2. Jeanie Says:

    I think cruises are great, especially if a person has a hard time getting around. Have you been to the Mediterranean?

  3. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    I can’t imagine a long trip anywhere these days. I would like to get David on a cruise, but time is marching on. Good luck in getting your David to move after arthritis sets in. I fear our days of traveling as a couple are behind us. Getting him to my daughter’s farm for Thanksgiving will take a huge effort on my part (driving for 2.5 hours each way)

    • gigihawaii Says:

      I hope your car is comfortable and there is lots of leg room. When we drove from San Francisco to Monterey, I thought David was going to die, because the Toyota Tercel we rented was too cramped for his long legs.

  4. Arti Says:

    You both have been to so many exotic places already!! For now, atleast till your India journey is over, I think you should only think about INDIA 🙂
    We can always plan the next destination afterwards. Maybe you both will want to return to India once again 🙂
    As it is India is so big, that even we Indians can barely touch the surface though we have 3-4 trips every year!!!

  5. L. from W. Says:

    The good thing is you have already done that! I guess when you have travelled a lot outside the US, the next trip is not a big hurdle. I don’t know what I’m missing so let it be that way for now.

  6. Beatrice Says:

    Think a cruise will be fine! Go with Hurtigruten along the Norwegian coast or travel the Baltic or the Carribean or along Greenland and Iceland, what I would prefer, or even do the Northwest Passage; best to do with Hapag Lloyd Ships as they are very comfortable and safe and you get qualified information and learn a lot while travelling.

  7. Christine Says:

    what about a European river cruise? It sounds perfect for you both. Apparently very scenic and your luggage stays on the ship!

  8. R.Ramakrishnan Says:

    Hi Gigi: I have a question. How much of Hawaii have you actually seen and explored? Is there a lot of places you have not been to yet? If so you can plan a 10-15 day trip to see the rest of Hawaii. Many times in the race to see the world we miss out on places so near us.

    As Arti said India is a huge country with amazing diversity in history,culture,art,architecture,traditions,language,caste,race,religion,food etc. You can plan a separate trip to South India.
    Best Wishes – Ram

  9. Henry Hank Chapin Says:

    I have a friend who has traveled everywhere, and I do mean everywhere. Funny you should bring up the subject, but the other night he was asked what is his very favorite place. His answer? LAOS. Now I don’t have a clue about Laos, but I feel I must now look it up and see what it’s like, as my friend is very reliable.

    Ram’s idea of SOUTHERN India is a good one. Some people have said India is like a continent and the North and South are as different from each other as Sweden is from Italy.

    • gigihawaii Says:

      If you still have my first book, “Like a Joyful Bird,” do look at the chapter on Laos, which I visited three times to have my passport stamped and re-enter Thailand with a new tourist visa. There are photos of what I saw in Vientiane in that book.

  10. NRIGirl Says:

    Nice to know you have traveled far and wide. You have made lasting memories together to cherish during staycations if you have to.

  11. baegucb Says:

    Montreal, for a different language and culture? Toronto for a cleaned up NYC? My brother was just in South Africa last week, but I’d worry about crime if going there myself.
    I have a better idea! Dollywood! 😉

  12. DrumMajor Says:

    Well gosh, Gigi — Okay, hopefully David’s treatments will help with his knees. Don’t strap him on top of the car or the plane, though. Let’s see — try that innertube ride in the old sugar cane ditches on Kauai, then a copter ride over Kauai’s waterfalls. THEN you can claim to have been all over Hawaii. If you’re braver than I am, there’s several ziplines in Hawaii.
    Keep the Land of Oz last on your list….it’s really landlocked and even the “waving wheat” of Kansas doesn’t exist after this year’s drought!

    • gigihawaii Says:

      We did the copter ride over Na Pali. That was fun. Don’t feel like doing the zip line after the death last year. Pau with Hawaii. I am hungry for NEW sights! Don’t worry. Kansas doesn’t interest us. Lol.

  13. Linda Reeder Says:

    European river cruises are very good, combining a floating hotel with guided land excursions.

  14. Musings Says:

    We’ve been to Canada several times and LOVED each visit. They have the nicest people there and there’s so much to see. It’s a HUGE country.

    We weren’t sure if we would enjoy a cruise because our daughter said we are not cruise people. She felt Art could feel claustrophobic not being able to control his trip and being aboard a ship so much. Well, we loved the Alaska trip. We wouldn’t do that again, but… Art is saying he’d really like to do a cruise of Russia, etc.

  15. Grannymar Says:

    Enjoy the trip to India and come home to the planning of the next trip. Remember you will be meeting ‘new’ people on this tour and maybe they will have ideas for you to consider.

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