Blogging is like a Diary for Adults

DiaryUltimate Blog Challenge Day 21 — I have always loved to write and like most little girls, it was in a pink little diary with a lock that only I had a key for. Little did it matter that my mom probably knew where the key was and would have been able to read anytime she wanted. I don’t know if she did or not, but at the time I felt safe writing down all my secrets, thoughts, dreams, frustrations, excitements, etc.  Continue reading Blogging is like a Diary for Adults

Fear of Flying? Justified or Just Plain Silly?

Fear of FlyingMany people have a fear of flying and I feel some are justified and some are just silly. There are people who are afraid of heights, claustrophobic, have panic attacks, stomach issues (or other medical issue), or merely had a traumatic issue on a previous flight which can make them nervous of flying again.  These are all understandable and legitimate reasons to have a fear of flying. However, there is another who group of people who are afraid to fly based on hearing about other people’s bad flights. Heck, it might not even be the actual flight that was the issue on their trip. It could be that they got stuck overnight like we did in Dallas without even a change of clothes during a Horrible 24 Hour Experience on American Airlines.  Yes, it’s annoying and inconvenient, but to be afraid of might happen to me seems like a senseless reason to not fly. Sorry, but that is just my opinion. If something happens, you just deal with it.  It’s part of the experience of flying and a risk you take. Just try to be as well prepared as you can.



The other thing I hear a lot is “What is the plane crashes?”  Well, I can understand that fear but in actuality, plane crashes are extremely rare, and so they usually get an enormous amount of media coverage. Many people developed a fear of flying, at least temporarily, in response to the terrorism of September, 2001. We are safer in a plane than we are in a car driving to and from work every day.Again I feel that you can’t live your life in fear of what might happen. I know 9/11 was horrible and it instilled a fear of flying in many people, but I guess I had a different take on it. The way I see it is, if we were to crash mid-flight as we were off heading to some fun destination or returning from a great vacation, we were doing something fun. Either way, it also means it was our time, and it just happened to come with a few hundred other people.I am not trying to make light of the situation, I just don’t want to let fear of flying stop me from seeing some of the amazing places I want to see. I don’t want it to keep me from doing things I want to do. We are not here forever, and I want to see and do as much as I can before we “Kick the Bucket”.  Don’t let fear hold you back. Sorry if this offends you, but these are just my opinions.  However you get from point A – B,  Happy Travels.


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Top Four Places Currently on our Bucket List

Bucket List Writing my post My Childhood Dream of Being a Flight Attendant reminded me of my bucket list I created when I was a young child. Happily I have been able to mark a few of these off my list. However, as I have gotten older and Gene and I have traveled more, it has only made my bucket list pages and pages. Seems like a never ending list, lol.  Every time we travel, we speak to someone else and learn of another place that we want to visit. Of course there are a few places which are on the top of our bucket list. I’d like to share 4 of them today, and why they are high on our list.  They are not in any particular order. Thailand has its appeal for many reasons. Not only is it beautiful and have some of the most amazing beaches, I also have a good friend, Wanda, who lives in Koh Sa-Mui. I would love to go and visit her one day.  When I do visit, I don’t want it to be for more than just a week or two.  I want to really go and spend some time there. It’s a bigger item on our to-do list but we are working on it 🙂 We both are also interested in seeing some of the unique animals found in Thailand. Animals native to Thailand include the Asian elephant, Bengal monitor, Malayan tiger, cicada, chubby frog, giant gourami, humpback dolphin, King cobra, Indian python and the walking catfish. These would be cool to see.  Another country on our ever growing list was one that was on my original bucket list, Germany. I have done a lot of genealogy, and found I have a lot of German ancestors, but that is not the only reason I want to visit Germany. Having German roots makes me quite interested in attending Oktoberfest. People from all over the world travel to Munich in droves to be a part of this festival, why shouldn’t we, lol However fun that might be, the main reasons we both want to visit Germany thought is to see all the amazing castles and landscape of the country. It looks so beautiful and seems to call to me, “come visit!” lol. Seriously though, the architecture of the buildings is something we are quite interested in seeing. We hope to make it there soon. Currently the highest destination on our bucket list is the land or fire and ice, Reykjavík, Iceland. One of the highest to-do things on my list in Iceland is hitting some of the natural hot springs. The mixture of geothermal activity, ice and fire, means that there are numerous hot springs and geysers all over the country. I can’t wait to soak in the warm hot springs, even if it’s freezing outside. Icelandic cuisine is on the top of Gene’s list to do while in Iceland. The mainstays include: lamb, skyr, potatoes, fish, and other seafood. Apparently there is a lot of seafood. And how could they not being surrounded by bountiful Arctic waters of cod, haddock, monkfish, herring, skate, lobster, and salmon. The last place on our list is Italy. It is a place we have visited, but only briefly and only to see the Museo de Egizie in Turin. The area was beautiful, but we both really want to explore more of Northern Italy. Of course, I have to say the biggest thing we want to enjoy in Italy is the food. Italian food is my favorite and I can’t wait to try some more authentic food. I had some of the best Gnocchi I have ever had in Italy, and look forward to some more the next time we are in Italy. Touring the Ferrari Factory near Bologna is also high on both of our bucket lists when we visit Italy again. I have always like Ferrari’s and would love to see that plant where they are built. They have what they call a factory and track sightseeing shuttle bus tour. It sounds very interesting and definitely on our to-do list. As you can see, we have quite a few places we want to see and things to do before we “kick the bucket”. Hopefully we can get to these, as well as many more on our ever growing list. Please comment or share your experiences or suggestions in the comments below. Yes I know I am asking you to add to my list, but I will survive, lol.


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My Childhood Dream of Being a Flight Attendant One Day

Flight Attendant When I was little I had made a list of all the things I wanted to do by the time I was a certain age and what I wanted to be when I grew up. On the top of my list was to visit places like France, England, Greece, Germany and Italy. I thought that being a flight attendant and seeing the world had to be the best job ever! They got to see everything I wanted to see and get paid to do it. Little did I know than that most flight attendants don’t ever see much more than the airport and the hotel where they get shuttled off to for a few hours’ sleep. Continue reading My Childhood Dream of Being a Flight Attendant One Day

Trials And Tribulations While Visiting Beautiful France

Today I have been thinking about our travels and some of the amazing places we have been since we have been married. It also made we start thinking back to our first international trip we took across the pond to France. It was a dream of mine that I had since I was a little kid, and I can still remember having butterflies in my stomach the night before we left. Continue reading Trials And Tribulations While Visiting Beautiful France

My 8 Favorite Beach Pictures from Stunning Oahu

Oahu Beach PicturesWe are officially past the halfway mark in the January Ultimate Blog Challenge. Today was a day to just share a favorite picture or two with our readers. With that said, I decided to share 8 of my favorite beach pictures from our recent trip to Oahu. I picked 8 in honor of the 8 Hawaiian Islands. We were all over the island, so these are random shots from all over the place. Continue reading My 8 Favorite Beach Pictures from Stunning Oahu

Ala Moana Center – Largest Open Air Center in the World

Ala Moana Shopping CenterI am not a huge shopper or shopaholic as many people call them, but I do enjoy strolling around malls that are new to me, especially one as grand as Ala Moana Center. Gene had gone to see the USS Missouri, and I decided to hang back in Waikiki and check out this amazing center.  Continue reading Ala Moana Center – Largest Open Air Center in the World

Travel Magazines That Bring us Closer to Our Dreams

Travel MagazinesAs you may have seen on my previous post this month, I am participating in the Ultimate Blog Challenge for the month of January. Each morning participants receive an email with ideas and suggestions for daily posts. The latest post was to review a book or movie we’ve read or seen recently, preferably in our niche. Well I haven’t read any books or seen any movies recently about travel, but I have read many travel magazines. Thus I decided to share some of my favorite travel magazines and a little about them. They are listed alphabetically. Hope you enjoy. Continue reading Travel Magazines That Bring us Closer to Our Dreams

Hawaii State Capitol Building – Aloha State

Hawaii State Capitol BuildingOur continual pursuit of visiting all 50 state capitol buildings led us to the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu. We have been to more than half of the capitols, and this one had some of the most friendly workers and tour guides. We could definitely feel the aloha spirit here. Before we even started the tour, we were let into one of the offices to take a picture of their Bronze State Seal. I love the seals, and this was so nice of them to let us do this.  Continue reading Hawaii State Capitol Building – Aloha State

Travel Quote – “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”

Travel Quote Post Map I was happy when I saw the Ultimate Blog Challenge email this morning, because I get to share my favorite travel quote – “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” Anonymous. I have seen this travel quote many times and have always agreed with it. However, since I have been blogging, and reading more blogs, it has even more meaning. Continue reading Travel Quote – “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”