Winding down in 2018

As 2018 comes close to an end, I'm mindful of our past couple of traveling years. We went to New Zealand, Italy, Quebec, Germany, and Virginia (US) in 2018 (and I squeezed in a trip to Texas for the Garden Bloggers Fling and visiting family).  Most of these were long visits - a month or more.

In 2017, we were in Cuba, Sweden, Kauai, British Columbia, Quebec, and Charleston, SC. We've traveled a lot over the last 15 years, stepping it up as we passed that milestone decade of 50.

You can't pretend you're young anymore when you're fifty -- we're solidly in midlife, now in our mid-60's, and if you want to travel, now's the time.  But the last couple of years have been, perhaps, a bit too much, encouraged by wonderful HomeExchanges, with the addition of buying a small historic place in Quebec.  Amazing.

So, 2019 looks like a winter visit to Quebec, a April/May HomeExchange in Ireland, then back to Quebec for summer and early fall.

I'm so grateful that we have the opportunity to do this traveling and live in different places in the world.  Such remarkable experiences are there.  I'm equally grateful that we have the resources to do so - these are difficult times for so many. 

I was remembering a trip over Healy Pass, on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland, earlier today.  This was a photo taken by my gardening companion.

Healy Pass, October 2015
And here's a link to my post about it at the time.