Travels Gone by, Wanderlusting & Musings

Monday Musings of Travels Past, Present, and Future

Been awhile since I posted last but as I sit here during a rather dreary and gloomy weather period in Atlanta my mind is on a constant tour of travels past.  I’d say “Calgon, take me away” but I know good and darn well I’d rather “Delta” take me away lol to somewhere resembling something like this…….

It’s been a busy few months full of new and exciting things but nothing involving my passport, a cocktail, and a 2-piece together.  In the words of one the lyrics from one of my favorite songs, “A change is gonna come…..” and soon and very soon.  For now though I can and WILL revel in the warm and fuzzies of my travels past.

Whilst some people dream of fame and fortune but I dream of new destinations to explore; new adventures to partake in.  Right now, at this moment, I have several in mind and if you know like I know then you know it’s just a a matter of time before I pop up somewhere…..as long as somewhere resembles this…….

Oh the beauty of this world.  I’ll never understand the mind that questions WHY anyone would want to travel to foreign lands,  notso distant worlds…..with all the beauty around us why NOT?

I’m not sure WHERE my next adventure will take me but wheresonever it may be it will be nothing if it doesn’t make me warm and fuzzy inside.

So until next time, next journey, next inspiration, I will let my mind wander to the far corners of the world until the rest of me follows.

Travel on!!

 

 

 

Godivaworld Travels, The Caribbean, Travels Gone by

Travel (back) Thursday – Independence Day 2014 | Dominican Republic

As I sit here watching all the 2015 Independence Day events and commercials, my mind wanders back to last year when I had the pleasure of spending the 4th of July in the Dominican Republic *big sigh*! Continue reading “Travel (back) Thursday – Independence Day 2014 | Dominican Republic”

Travel Inspirations, Travels Gone by, Wanderlusting & Musings

Questions for a Wanderluster

Social media has made sharing so easy that oftentimes we I forget that people are watching and actually paying attention (to me and my lil ol life). As if it isn’t enough to hear about my past, present, or future adventures but seeing them live and in living color, often while I am embarking on a journey/adventure, has piqued the curiosity of many.

This is my attempt to answer the Who, What’s, How’s and “Myths” that have landed in my lap over time.

  • Do you use a travel agent?
    • No, I don’t use travel agents of any kind as I prefer to do my own planning, scheduling and executing.  I find that there are plenty resources available that allow me to structure my travel according to my purpose or desired outcome.  Besides I prefer the flexibility and control (don’t judge).  The best thing is I can map out a journey, approx. price tag, flights, accommodations, etc all from the comforts of anywhere without making a commitment.
  • How do you choose your journeys?
    • I’m always dreaming / daydreaming and thinking of new adventures so my destinations/journeys come from either my personal wishlist of must-see/must-visit places collected over time; a really good deal caught my eye that is just too good to resist; a friend decides to celebrate abroad (will travel and revisit places for a special event or occasion); and/or something piqued my curiosity the stars aligned.  I have a mental list of places I want to see before I die (if you will) and I just make travel so much of a priority that it is important to me to check things off my personal travel list (see My Wanderlust).  I think it’s great to dream but even better to live out those dreams. here’s no rhyme or reason to my destination choices, they kinda just happen.  Some have truly been right place – right time (a friend of a friend going away for a birthday, a destination wedding, etc.).  Other times I’ve had visions of some random destination (see my Magic Monday) that starts from a dream and manifests itself into reality.   For me I guess you can say it’s less a matter of how and more about “where will I go now” that drives my selection process.
  • How do you know what accommodations to pick?
    • This is like anything these days – Craig’s List, Ebay, etc. in that you’re often taking a chance but for me it’s a chance or risk I’m more than happy to make.  Often times, as I’ve used Booking.com or TripAdvisor to research ideas on destinations and accommodations, I will peruse reviews to get a feel for what others are saying.  Typically though I just check for things such as proximity to certain things, availability of public transportation, costs of transportation as necessary, and the one or 2 key things I want to accomplish at the end of my adventure.
  • Aren’t you scared flying / traveling / walking around by yourself?
    • No more frightened than when I’m walking/driving around Atlanta.  You have to be aware and alert most anywhere you are these days and the same holds true for traveling abroad.  Listen to your intuition, trust your gut, and use common sense.  Walking around at night, alone, is probably less than smart anywhere.  Honestly, being sort of a momma-bear/caretaker type traveling solo enables me to opportunity to create my own experience because I’m only focused on what I wanna do, where I wanna go, etc.
  • Packing – I am often asked far in advance of an upcoming trip if I’ve already packed or will be packing (weeks in advance).
    • I prefer to pack the night before if it’s an early flight and often the day of if my departure time is later in the day.  I’m a warm weather gal so for me I typically know the types of clothing I will be taking along with me which makes it quite easy to pack.  I understand my creature comforts as well (i.e. I often take my satin pillow case so I already know where it is which makes for an easy grab and go).  Much like anything, the more you travel the more you understand the MUST-HAVES to take with you and/or are comfortable enough to know that whatever you happen to forget you can often find wherever you’re going.
  • Why would you go to/what made you wanna visit ___________________(fill in the blank)?
    • Why not? Well that’s usually what I’m thinking while trying to come up with a more friendly response.  There travel to seearen’t too many places I’m not interested in exploring (with the exception of Antarctica which is NOT on my immediate list, however for a special event, challenge or sponsored trip, guess I’ll be getting a parka lol). Often though I’m simply inspired by the journeys of another traveler, or an event in a ‘strange’ land, or a myriad of other things that lead me to certain destinations.  My philosophy is truly that “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list” so I will just continue to plot and plan until I have come close enough to checking “everything” off my list.

What questions do you have?

~ Travel Well ~

 

 

 

Travel Inspirations, Travels Gone by, Worldly Treats & Eats

Where I’ve Stayed, Played, and Layed

*PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT*

Read this post at your own risk as insane envy may arise although it is NOT the intended purpose :-).

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The joy (for me) is in the journey but I admit a small part of me marvels at the places I’ve stayed over the course of my travels (both business and pleasure).  So in the spirit of “lists” and in no particular order might I add, here are some of my favorite accommodations of which I’ve had the pleasure experiencing…..

  • The Mandarin Oriental Tokyo
  • Hotel Sofitel Munich Bayerpost (during my trip to Oktoberfest – see My European Adventure)
  • Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam
  • Four Seasons in San Francisco (it was for business but still….it was AMAZING)
  • Maya Villa/Condos in Playa del Carmen, Mexico (2 story 3 bdrm, 3 bath, living/dining room/kitchen and balcony.  I still have to write the post so more to come)
  • Mahagiri Villas & Spa Dreamland, Bali (3 bedroom, 3 bath, living/dining room/kitchen, private pool/cabana all approx 3000 sq ft – stayed during my birthday celebration in 2014)
  • Barcelo Bavaro Adults Only Resorts Punta Cana DR
  • Ritz Carlton, Charlotte NC
  • The Adolphus, Dallas TX
  • The Fairmont, Seattle WA
  • Sutton Place, Chicago IL
  • The Millenium Hilton – World Trade Center, NYC (before the Twin Towers were constructed, actually during the rebuilding)
  • Protea Hotel Victoria Junction Waterfront, Capetown South Africa
  • The Venetian, Las Vegas NV
  • Dreams Cancun (my balcony overlooked the dolphin school.  This is now a different property now I believe)
  • Hyatt Regency Curacao Old Quarry Golf Course (I think it has changed its name since my stay in 2011)

My memory is giving me a run for my money at the moment so I will stop there while you salivate lol!

Where have you stayed that either gave you excellent service or accommodations that blew you away?

~ Travel Well ~

Travel Inspirations, Travels Gone by, Wanderlusting & Musings

I haven’t been everywhere, but……

i havent been everywhere

True.  I haven’t been everywhere, however I must admit EVERYWHERE is pretty much on my list.  Now my friends and family love to joke and say “well where haven’t you been” lol!

It’s funny (to me) how some people upon hearing my adventures will sometimes make a ‘negative’ comment such as “why would you wanna go there” or “I wouldn’t go there” which always signals (to me) someone who is misinformed, closed-minded, or otherwise not a “traveler” in the true sense of the word.

With the exception of Antarctica, (1 of the 7 continents of which 5 I have stepped foot on…..see my “A Wanderlust Past“) there aren’t too many places that I would just turn my nose up to.  For me, nearly every destination is an opportunity to explore new territory and hopefully learn something new about the world and in the process myself.

If I was granted one wish, besides winning the largest Mega Millions lottery EVER and world peace, I would use my wish to give folks a more open mind to travel and exploring the world so they could see just how much it expands your entire being (and ultimately your perspective on the world and the people in it).  It’s like an awakening when you explore, not just ‘vacation’ but really explore and wander about in a foreign land (foreign as in – unfamiliar territory).

Go forth and explore or atleast start by dreaming of places to explore and you never know, the universe may just clear the path so that you can make it happen!!

~ Travel Well ~

Travels Gone by, Wanderlusting & Musings

A Wanderlust Past

Did you know that by convention there are seven continents: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Australia, and Antarctica. Some geographers list only six continents, combining Europe and Asia into Eurasia. In parts of the world, students learn that there are just five continents: Eurasia, Australia, Africa, Antarctica, and the Americas.

So where exactly have I been you ask?

FK20 Fort Taylor Signs Plenty o’ places!

Born in Jacksonville, FL but moved out of state after kindergarten as my dad was in the Army and whisked us away. So you pretty much know how my life went from there (as a military brat that is).  Before I graduated high school I called the following locales home (for a year or 2, and a couples times for 3 years i.e. Hawaii and Mannheim):

Columbus, GA (2x); Honolulu, HI; Charlotte, NC; Colorado Springs, CO; Mannheim, Germany 

After graduating High School I went straight into the Air Force…..but before you say “ahhhh that’s how she traveled to all these places” let me say I was only unlucky enough to see Texas the 3.5 years I served before separating and moving to Atlanta lol!

So I guess you can say my adult “exploration” dates back to the early 2000s and since then my travel stats have continuously evolved to include:

  • Continents – 5 of the 7 Continents
  • World Heritage Sites – 8
  • Cities – 152
  • Countries – 14 (some twice or more)
  • A mere 9% of the world traveled
  • 181,284 total miles traveled (not my flier miles as that is actually much more)

So again you ask, where has Godivaworld Travels been?  Well according to my passport, flight history, and car miles my wanderlust past looks like this:

  • Asia – Tokyo (Japan), Taiwan, Bali (Indonesia)
  • Africa – Johannesburg, Pretoria, Capetown (South Africa)
  • Europe – Mannheim (lived 3 yrs, returned in 2010), Berlin, Heidelberg, Frankfurt, Munich (Germany); Paris (2x France); Amsterdam (2x Holland)
  • The Americas (North & South America, the Caribbean Islands and Mexico (I’ve covered 37 of the 50 states)

I am always but a Google, TripAdvisor, Booking.com search away from my next adventure.

Now that you’ve seen my wanderlust past…..check out my Wanderlust Future and perhaps it will give you some ideas about where YOUR next adventure should be.

~ Travel Well ~