Travel Q & A: Alice

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  1. What was your favorite travel experience? Taking an educational cruise with Voyages to Antiquity – comfort, class, professional people, fabulous scenery AND learning.
  2. What is the best piece of advice you ever received as a traveler? Pack 2 weeks in advance and keep removing stuff.
  3. How do you stay fabulous while you travel? Get up early every morning and get centered for the day’s adventures with a few cups of coffee and my daily journal. I also enjoy traveling by myself and having a single room so I can have some quiet time to myself.
  4. What’s your greatest extravagance when traveling?  I like to buy one piece of really good jewelry during each trip. When I wear the piece at home, I get to relive a portion of my great trip.
  5. On what items do you prefer to save money rather than spend money when traveling? If some meals are included I participate, including packing a snack of cheese and crusty bread off the breakfast buffet for later…I can get crabby mid-morning or mid-afternoon, and the snacks help keep my attitude adjusted.
  6. What’s your most important travel item?  My simple but reliable alarm clock.
  7. What characteristics do you dislike about yourself when you travel? Can get impatient with tour guide if he/she gets derailed answering a lot of inane questions from one or two participants. Also, I can be a loner and withdraw and miss out on getting to know others who might have insights to share.
  8. What characteristics do you dislike about others when you travel? Fellow travelers who “suffer” over the accommodations and food, the schedule, the weather, real or imagined “breakdowns”, and the occasional long wait at the regional airport.
  9. What do you most value in a travel buddy? Easy going, flexible, encouraging when I’m tired or hesitant to do or try something, full of common sense, self-assured.
  10. What do you absolutely have to know before you go? Flights and transfer options from airport.
  11. What travel experiences are still on your bucket list? Changes frequently, but as of this moment: Panama Canal, Corsica and Sardinia, Christmas at Assisi, Bhutan, India, Iceland, Norway/Denmark/Sweden and Finland, Ireland, Patagonia, a few barge and riverboat cruises, Tahiti, Hawaii. I update my wish list frequently.
  12. How do you plan for travel, especially paying for it? I decide where I am going, enroll with a company like Road Scholar, and pay monthly. I sign up for the adventure enough in advance so I can pay for my trip before I go. Nothing is more of a drag than charging a credit card and still be paying for a trip months afterwards.
ALICE HAS THE “CURIOSITY BUG”, AND HER FAVORITE PHRASE OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM IS “LET’S GO!” IN THE LATE 60S SHE VISITED MANY COUNTRIES IN WESTERN EUROPE AS PART OF THE TYPICAL COLLEGE TOUR, LANDING IN PARIS FOR A 6-MONTH STAY AND COOKING SCHOOL. HER OFTEN SOLO TRAVELS RESUMED IN 2006 AS VACATIONS FROM MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES IN HEALTHCARE AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS WITH TRIPS TO ASIA – CHINA, HONG KONG, MACAU AND TAIWAN, THEN THE MEDITERRANEAN – TURKEY, MALTA, SICILY, GREECE, AND THE DALMATIAN COAST, AND RECENTLY EASTER ISLAND IN THE PACIFIC. WHEN NOT PLANNING FOR A NEW LEARNING ADVENTURE, SHE ENJOYS GARDENING, READING, AND PLAYING BRIDGE.

 

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