Each Tuesday from now on I'll be hosting interviews with other travel bloggers, to help you discover more blogs and even more inspiration to travel. If you want to be part of this series please contact me.
1. For those who don’t know you, introduce yourself and your blog
Hi, I’m Barb and my blog is TimeshareTraveling.com. Although 95% travel and very little about timeshares, the name really goes to the style of travelling that my husband and I love. I will NOT try to sell you a timeshare, so remove your finger from that back button right now! I am a baby boomer who has loved to travel since childhood, and some say that love has become an obsession. I created this blog to share my travels and photos in hopes of inspiring others to travel, with the tagline “Live vicariously through my travels, while you’re in-between yours.”
Although we will still never even get close to travelling as much as a lot of bloggers out there, my husband and I are nearing that golden age when we plan to see as much as we can while we’re able. We like the comforts of home and prefer our timeshare, bed and breakfasts, hotels or cabins rather than tent camping and living off the land for months at a time. I admire people who can do that, but that’s just not me. Some may find us boring, but others may think we’re just right.
2. Are you a light packer or an over packer, what one thing won’t you leave the house without?
I tend to over pack. A girl’s got to have options, right? We tend to travel during “off” season to avoid crowds, so the weather is sometimes all over the board. Along with my various electronics, I won’t leave the house without my camera. It’s nice to have a slideshow of everything we saw to watch when we’re back to the grind and jonesing for another vacation.
3. Do you plan trips or just go with the flow?
I am a major planner. I love the research and the planning almost as much as the trip (ok, that may be an overstatement). I ran my family ragged the first couple of trips with too many events to participate in each day. I still have the pictures of our daughters lying on the floor outside the Lion King show at Disney World. In my defence, it was a rookie mistake to go to Disney World during the busiest time of the year. The perfect balance of planning and spontaneity makes for the perfect vacation. Over the years I’ve toned it down a bit, so our vacations can be relaxing AND exciting.
4. Where has been your favourite place to visit to date?
I am almost finished with my blog about our cruise to the Mediterranean. That was probably the best so far. With so much history and beauty to see, the days were filled with exploration – from the foods and wine, to the cathedrals, historical buildings and venues. That was 12 days of “pinch me” moments. I couldn’t believe we were on the Grand Canal in Venice, standing in the middle of the Sistine Chapel or exploring the uniqueness of Guell Park in Barcelona.
5. Is there anywhere you don’t want to go?
I would rather be safe than sorry. I haven’t gotten to this age without being a little bit careful. I would rather avoid countries with a history of unrest. I don’t have an urge to climb the highest mountain or dive far into the oceans. I’m fine seeing it from the bottom or the top. I like the natural beauty and the history of places. I’m kind of an optimist, so I can find beauty almost everywhere.
6. What is the most important item on your “Bucket List”, or if you don’t have one what one place or thing don’t you want to miss out?
I have an Alaska Land and Sea adventure all planned out in my head. We just have to come up with the cash, and my husband will have to be retired because that is no one-week and done trip! I would also like to explore more of Europe, and Australia would be amazing!
7. What is the best experience you’ve had whilst traveling?
I remember sitting in a helicopter while flying over the Na Pali coast in Kauai. Some beautiful music was playing in my headphones they provided. I was so moved by Kauai’s beauty, I could feel tears rolling down my face. Granted, I am a crier – but that was awesome!
8. What tip would you give other traveller’s?
See this and more at Timeshare Traveling.
More than 20 years ago, while trapped by a parade at a very popular theme park, we wandered into one of the last original animatronics exhibits of the park. I felt sorry for the little birds perched high, who were clearly past their prime, as they clammered and clanked their dusty metal beaks and sang their silly tunes. We still laugh about that to this day. Now we expect at least one “Tiki Bird” on all of our trips, because hardly any trip goes perfectly. Don’t ruin your vacation by complaining. Remember a bad day on vacation is still better than a good day at work! Plus, your kids (and your spouse) will learn from (and judge you by) the way you react to adversity. Have a great time!
9. If you had to choose one place to live forever, where would it be and why?
I would be happy living in my home in Wisconsin with extensive trips to avoid the cold weather. We have daughters and grandkids, so I’d hate to be too far away. With that said, Wisconsin sucks in the winter, since we are not skiers, snow mobilers or ice fishermen. And spring takes forever to get here because of that extremely cold body of water just offshore. I’m thinking extended trips to the south, maybe Arizona, the Bible belt or the Carolinas.
10. What’s next for you?
I have a lot going on right now. Since a poor economy and outsourcing and downsizing has left my thriving business a mere shadow of itself, I have set my sights on getting my blog looking good and making a little money, while writing travel books with my husband. My first book “The Natural Beauty of Arizona” is in the editing stages and hopefully soon it will be on a bookshelf near you. Here is a link to my Arizona blog, which will soon be updated with more info that’s in the book: Happy Trails,Life is Short. Take Time to Travel.
Barb can be found at Timeshare Traveling and on Facebook.