“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list” — Susan Sontag
There is no more perfect way to describe my desire for travel than the quote above. I want to go everywhere, see everything and as soon as I return home, I want to go again.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where most days you find yourself working simply to pay the bills not to go on brilliant adventures around the world, but today is (amazingly!) not that day. Today, (and truthfully for the past several months) we have been planning a big trip for this coming fall.
September 2019 will see Mr. Imzadi and me traveling across the pond. We are planning to stop in Belgium, Ireland, Scotland and finally England and I couldn’t be more excited!
What originally started as a trip planned and organized by one of the firefighters that Mr. Imzadi volunteers with quickly took on a life of its own. The initial plan was to bring together a group of firefighters and their significant others to Ireland for a week. The man organizing it, a Welshman who had lived in Ireland previously, thought it would be a great idea to get a group together and show them the sights.
We were all in!
Unfortunately interest from the remainder of the group dwindled between October of last year and now, but that isn’t stopping us one bit! Instead of going for one week we have decided to extend our stay to nearly 3. It is going to be a trip of a lifetime for us. For once, thanks to a crazy series of events, we will have an opportunity like we’ve never had before, and we plan to take full advantage.
While the plan began as a week in Ireland, thanks to the affordability of travel (once you reach the Europe anyways, flights to get over there are a little on the pricey side!) we thought “when else will we be back?” … hence the extended travel plans.
One thing that I am really excited about is that I have a friend that I met online in 1997 and have never met in person who I am FINALLY going to get to meet. He lives in Belgium, and we have talked off and on over the course of the past 2+ decades, so it is a real treat to be able to add that to our itinerary.
From there, we hop over to Ireland where we do a self-guided driving tour starting in Dublin, traveling south along the Eastern shore, then back up the western side of the country to spend a couple days in the Doolin area. What is in Doolin you might ask? Well, any fans of The Princess Bride? Doolin is a short 10-minute jaunt over to the Cliffs of Moher (Cliffs of Insanity for any fans of the movie) as well as home to several great little pubs and restaurants (or so we’ve been told).
While in Ireland we will even get to spend a night in a real Irish Castle — how cool is that?
Then back to Dublin to catch a flight to Glasgow and another 4 days in Scotland. In Scotland we will again be taking a self-guided driving tour and plan to visit Inverness and the site of the Battle of Culloden (hello Outlanderfans? Where are you?), and of course Loch Ness before seeing Edinburgh and heading off to England.
Once in England we plan to stay put for a few days (of course, this is if we haven’t killed each other yet haha) and remain in London for the duration of our stay. Neither of us has a burning desire to visit Buckinham Palace or Big Ben, so we are still researching things that we can do. We’ve been told that Madame Tussauds wax museum is worth checking out and have been giving several suggestions of must try foods (and some that we have been strongly recommended to stay away from).
While we have basically finalized the dates, we are still looking for suggestions on where to go, what to see and what to do. Have you been? What do you suggest? Maybe you are from there and have a hidden hot spot we just have to check out. We’d love to hear all your suggestions and ideas as we continue to plan the smaller details.
While this isn’t the only trip that we have taken together, it is definitely the most exciting to date.
And hopefully not the last. Because remember, I want to see it all!
Maybe one day I will win that lottery that I never play and we can do everything and go everywhere. But for now I can’t wait for September (there may even be a countdown started around here). And all those suggestions? Pop them into the comments and we will be sure to include some on our travels!