If you’re at all like me, the thought of possible travel opportunities is ever present on your mind. Therefore, when an opportunity presents itself, I often really enjoy just being spontaneous and saying “YES!!!”
One such opportunity presented itself to me in just the last few days and I said “Yes!” to a 6-day trip to Hawaii no less! My son asked if I would come to visit him and his girlfriend on the north shore of Oahu for about a week!
Fantastic! I didn’t see that one coming at all. What a great surprise it was to receive that spontaneous invitation.
In just about 10 days I’ll be flying over the Pacific and will soon be smelling the sweet aroma of one of my favorite flowers – Plumeria! If I’m lucky (and I often am) I will also get another opportunity – skydive with Will at Skydive Hawaii! I will be celebrating wonderful events in life with him; making memories! That, my friend, is what traveling is all about.
While I was being “in the moment” and saying “Yes,” another thought came back to my mind via my ‘travel angel’ perched upon my shoulder near my left ear. She tapped me on the shoulder and said “Psst!”
Her urging brought to mind my desires to return yet again to Scotland and Northern Ireland this year. Had my previous plans to return in June and July of this year not changed and been cancelled, I would have actually been there right now – as I write this. Instead, I am at home, wishing I was there like so many times. I love that place.
“So, what’s stopping you now?” the travel angel inquired.
“Well I’m buying a new house for one thing, and will get back from Hawaii just in time to sign papers in escrow, pack, move and unpack again; that’s what!” I replied and resisted.
“Yes, this is true,” she admitted, “however, that will be done by the first week or so in August. There’s still a lot of summer left after that, isn’t there?” she insisted.
“As a matter of fact there is…” I weakened
Before I knew it, I found myself online looking for available award miles flights! There they were – just waiting for me! I now have in hand one round-trip ticket leaving on Aug 24th and returning October 3rd; 7 glorious weeks to explore and experience Scotland and Ireland again. Be still my traveling heart!
The map below shows the main proposed route I will take and what I hope to visit and enjoy.
As you can see I’ll be all over the place visiting friends, gardens, ancient Abbeys where early Celtic Kings are laid to rest, attending the Lonach Highland Gathering & Games, volunteering with the Moray Burial Ground Research Group to help find and restore ancient gravestones in churchyards, and visiting my new Frew friends again who I met in Ahoghill, Ireland last year.
A least a couple of the “Frew Girls” will even do a bit of ancestry research at PRONI (Public Records of Northern Ireland) in Belfast to see if I can find out anything more regarding my 4th great grandfather, Sergeant John Frew 1781-1832 who died in Belfast during an outbreak of cholera. The trip is jammed packed with a whole lot of fun and exploration!
Some might call me impulsive, I like to think I’m spontaneous. I feel most comfortable and joyful when I’m being in the present moment, paying attention to what opportunities pass by my range of senses especially when it comes to travel. I have found by being in the moment and “open” to what comes my way that quite often these wonderful spontaneous offerings present themselves and are brought to my attention by a tap on the shoulder and a “Psst!” in my ear! Being spontaneous is invigorating and keeps me young at heart!
Stay tuned for photos to follow in just a few short days! Aloha!