Taking a vacation is the best way to rest, relax and recharge your batteries, and every year you think - what destination will it be THIS YEAR? I have said for years --- I only work so I can travel!
Being in real estate has offered the luxury of being able to go on vacations that would not have been possible in my previous "job". When you choose real estate, it isn't a job, it is a career choice. It is definitely not a 9-5 position, and when you are done, you are off and no obligations. Far from it!
Every year, except 2020, I like to take a vacation, sometimes almost two weeks, but get away, and have someone watch my business. Of course, I always watch my phone to see if I am needed, but don't answer the phone/emails like usual. The email goes out to my current clients and agents on the transactions of who to contact in my absence. Why take a vacation when you are still working?
Having been divorced, usually I travel alone, and have been to quite a few stunning locations! The one that comes to mind was in 2002, one year after the 9/11 catastrophe. A lender friend of mine and I talked about doing a European trip. OH YES! We both made a list of where we would love to go, what to see and planned a two-week trip.
We decided on flying into London, staying for a few days, then the train to Paris, staying a few days, flying to Ireland, renting a car (driving on the wrong side of the road and sitting in the car on the wrong side!) and seeing the countryside, flying into Scotland but only staying for 24 hours. We then took another train from Scotland back to London before flying home. We crammed in every site we could, laughed until we cried every day, and enjoyed several pubs to get to know the culture from the locals every day! It was a wonderful trip! We were at the Eiffel Tower on the one-year anniversary and listened to the presentation in french. Memories for a life-time! This photo was a night we had ordered a limo and went to Moulon Rouge in Paris!
Every year I try to get away to a special destination - some have been Caribbean islands (several) and still my favorite was St. Maarten which is half dutch and half french. What a beautiful island. In fact one trip to St. Thomas I met a man from Florida on my first night, and almost moved to Florida. WHEW, that was close! We are still friends, but he now lives in Belize.
Then there was my dream of going to Costa Rica, which I want to repeat one day! It was just as beautiful as everyone said, AND MORE.
I have done road trips all over the United States, flown to Alaska to finally make the dream come true to deep sea fish for halibut and salmon. I do have to say, had to Google to see what a halibut looked like in the ocean, as I could only picture what it looks like on a plate! LOL The glaciers were stunning too.
Have been to many locations in Canada, and have almost seen every state in the US. Just have a few more on the bucket list.
When you are thinking of someday retiring, Ireland was a place I thought of. When there, I saw a 3 bed/2 bath with a thatched roof for only $80k. BUT, the locals said you need to be there during the gray and gloomy times, so I did not pull the trigger. Probably a good thing as I did not see 2008 coming. Also, thought Costa Rica was beautiful, but very humid, and not used to humidity! It rains there for a solid 6 months. That would not work!
So, for now, I will be happy to stay in Denver, enjoy our 300 days of sunshine, our beautiful mountain views and travel as much as I can to destinations around the world.
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