Some months back, I said that whenever we could see our way clear to take a vacation, our first since The Move, we would explore our home province.
Driving around Ontario is still something I want to do - one day. But my travel bug, forced to lie dormant for several years, is now in a fully frenzied state of discontent. Ontario just doesn't cut it. Even traveling in Canada won't do it. (Although I absolutely plan on seeing as much of this beautiful country as I can.)
This is a year to pluck a place from my "top places I want to go" list, something big and very special.
Newer wmtc readers may not know that I love - positively, fanatically love - to travel. Travel is my number one favourite thing in the world.
Living a very settled life as I do, not exactly a vagabond, I try to take one really good vacation every year. And most years, we do. It doesn't have to be a distant, exotic land - one of our memorable trips was spent driving around New York State, ending in Montreal. As long as we're on the go, seeing new things, having new experiences, I'm happy.
Our last big trip, however, was way back in 2002. We were going to take one year off, to save money for a very special trip in 2004. In the summer of 2003, we didn't travel, instead renting a house upstate New York with our dogs.
Then came the Big Idea.
By the time 2003 ended, we had decided to move to Canada. All plans for any trip were off; saving money became our first priority. Since then, emigration and moving have been our focus.
Which brings us back to the little house in Port Credit, and my itchy travel bug. Now we're settled in, we have time and a little money, and it's time to go somewhere I've wanted to see all my life. And the winner is... Peru.
I've always wanted to see Machu Picchu, since first learning about it in junior-high school Spanish class. The research I did last year for my Ancient Civs book introduced me to other ancient Peruvian cultures, much older than the Incas. (We love seeing ruins, and anything from ancient civilizations.)
So we'll go to Machu Picchu and also travel in Peru, seeing other ruins and natural beauty there. The big question is whether to add on a trip to another of my must-see spots: the Galapagos Islands. I'm thinking, it costs a lot to get there, how many times am I going to be in that part of the world? Maybe we should go while we're relatively (in global terms) near by. But perhaps it's too much for one trip; perhaps the Galapagos are best saved for their own, separate trip.
We have to decide soon - in fact, right away. We want to go in late April and early May; good airfares and Galapagos tours will soon disappear.
I've already emailed an old blog-friend, Doctor Marco, who is Peruvian, and who has traveled extensively in his home country. (I love the internet!) I'm sure wmtc reader "mkk" - my sister-in-law - will have some pointers, as she and her family have been to Machu Picchu several times. (Their travels are forever inspiring me. After we saw photos from their RV trip through Alaska, we booked our own.)
If any of you have been to Peru or to the Galapagos, please speak up! Feel free to email me if you prefer.
Now I'm off to stare at maps and a calendar.