Category: Around the World

Why I Keep Planning Vacations (Even Though Travel Is Uncertain)

Why I Keep Planning Vacations (Even Though Travel Is Uncertain)

Posted January 11, 2021 in Around the World // 2 Comments

When I tell my friends or coworkers I have vacation plans for 2021, 85% of the time, they look at me as though I told them I’m a martian.  I can only imagine the thoughts going through their heads, mostly cumulating in, “Doesn’t she know there’s a pandemic on?” Oh yes, loves.  I know. The pandemic is precisely why I keep planning travel.  Well, okay – I would probably be doing this anyway, but I’m talking about it because it’s really important right now to support the things you love and travel is one of those things for me.  In particular, the type of […]

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A Scenic Train Ride & Beautiful New Hampshire

A Scenic Train Ride & Beautiful New Hampshire

Posted November 16, 2020 in Around the World // 7 Comments

Hey y’all, remember when I did my Salem post and I said “this is going to be the only travel post this year”? Surprise! This little excursion came up very last minute, but it was so fun and frankly so scenic, I just had to share it with everyone.  A pair of friends who we hadn’t seen since pre-COVID asked us if we’d interested in scenic train ride in North Conway, NH.  After digging deep to learn about their COVID-awareness and the company’s activity and accommodations, etc., we said a tentative yes and prepared ourselves for a small excursion into […]

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Keeping It Local:  A Day in Salem, MA

Keeping It Local: A Day in Salem, MA

Posted October 2, 2020 in Around the World // 8 Comments

Hi everyone! Welcome to my first post of October!  In keeping with my tradition here on the Literary Phoenix, I’ve got a month of spooky-adjacent posts for y’all.  The reviews will be… just… reviews… but the posts should all be Halloweenesque! Starting out the month, I wanted to bring the only vaguely travel post I’m going to be able to share this year.  A couple months ago, my husband and I took a socially distanced trip over to Salem, MA.  We live fairly close to Salem and have talked about visiting the city for a couple years, but we’re always off […]

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Cancelled Travel Plans & Dealing With Wanderlust While Stuck At Home

Cancelled Travel Plans & Dealing With Wanderlust While Stuck At Home

Posted September 11, 2020 in Around the World // 8 Comments

Hi everyone! Before I dig too deep into this post, I want to take a moment to acknowledge my privilege in even talking about this.  We are still deep in the midst of a pandemic and there are many pivotal things happening right now.  From social justice to politics to COVID-19, there are a lot of more important things going on in the world.  Believe me, I know. This post exists because, well… I really miss travel. It’s funny – four years ago, this would have been normal.  Vacations were a thing we didn’t have the time or funds for.  In […]

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Our Thanksgiving Day at Coco Cay (Bahamas Cruise 4/4)

Our Thanksgiving Day at Coco Cay (Bahamas Cruise 4/4)

Posted January 17, 2020 in Around the World, Real World // 4 Comments

Royal Caribbean advertises their private island in the Bahamas with the very catchy phrase “Perfect Day at Coco Cay”.  It’s almost perfect… except “cay” is pronounced “key” and not “kay”.  So close!  Regardless, Coco Cay is Royal Caribbean’s answer to things like Disney’s Castaway Cay, and if you’re a beach person, a cruise line’s private island is a really cool opportunity to lay back on the beach and just enjoy the day. My husband and I are not beach people, but HEY!  It was Thanksgiving, and a private island was a way better offer than a dramatic family dinner.  Even if […]

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