Where will the Wings or Wheels Take You?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 DRE# ER40011786

 

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.

 

 

**Entry to AR May Contest

 

Comments (30)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy Kelley I thought you both were vaccinated and would be back to your day trips by now.   Our cases are WAY down here, thankfully.

May 30, 2021 10:07 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jeff Dowler, CRS planning a vacation makes for a goal, and something to look forward to.  LOVE planning vacation, and have two working right now, not sure which way I will go.

May 30, 2021 10:08 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP thank you, and it is definitely relaxing to get away and not worry about work.    The islands are always fun, but will always remember fondly the European trip with Ann.   Never laughed so much.

May 30, 2021 10:09 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker it is always fun to get away, but so nice to be back home, you are right!  That trip with Ann to Europe was probably the most I have ever laughed on a vacation, every day!!!

May 30, 2021 10:10 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Joan,  With our lack of travel last year, I am definitely looking forward to getting away.  Our oldest son lives in Colorado - we may drive there to see him.  Some cross state trips planned as well.

May 30, 2021 03:50 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Joan Cox St Marteen was my favorite vacation destination used to go with a guy I dated for seven years. The last time we went was the last he was Bi Bolar. I did love going and the water was the nicest the food was amazing but the company No No No  

May 30, 2021 04:03 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Looks like you will get back to traveling and experience the places you always wanted to now that the world is opening back up Joan. Thank you for the entry to ActiveRain May Contest - Life is a Story.

May 30, 2021 05:33 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I'm a road trip kinda gal.  I've been known to wake up early on Saturday morning while planning to visit our local Farmer's market, and instead ending up in Yosemite 140 miles away.  I usually only fly to get to a central location where I can rent a car and then take off on a planned tour of several surrounding states.  For example, flying into Philadelphia and then driving to Lancaster County to visit the Amish, and then driving to Newark, NJ, and taking the train into NYC, etc.  I've also flown into Charlotte, NC, and visited The Biltmore at Ashville, Hilton Head, Savannah, Georgia, etc.  

If I were to go out of the country right now, it would likely be to visit Italy with its Amalfi Coast.

I have no trips currently planned, but am beginning to think early this autumn would be a good time to take a trip. . .But, have no idea to where!

May 30, 2021 07:38 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Joan, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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May 30, 2021 07:45 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Bob, sure sounds like time to start making plans! 

May 31, 2021 06:10 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Hannah, sorry to hear you had bad company, but you are right, it is beautiful! 

May 31, 2021 06:10 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Thanks Wanda.

May 31, 2021 06:10 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Myrl Jeffcoat I usually am a road girl too, but thinking this year I may not drive every day, but stay and visit one or two locations.   In 2018, I flew into Philly, visited Gita, and we went to the Amish area and to the Jersey shore!   In 2019 I flew into Nashville, visited Debbie Reynolds in Clarksville, went to the Smoky Mtns, Asheville, then Charlotte to visit Nina, and met Gita in Myrtle Beach!    Lots of miles!  

May 31, 2021 06:13 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Myrl Jeffcoat thanks for the feature, and could have added so many more photos!  Will wait to see where you plan to go this year.

May 31, 2021 06:14 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Joan- I loved learning about your previous travels, and I hope that when you are ready you'll be able to make more travel memories. 

May 31, 2021 11:59 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Joan Cox 
Hmmm...
Taking vacations sounds delightful! Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm!
Lynn

May 31, 2021 12:01 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy Streib kind of working on that now, but have yet to decide for sure where to go this year.

Jun 01, 2021 04:19 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lynn, I know I love having something to look forward to! 

Jun 01, 2021 04:20 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

We have traveled to many of the same locations and St Maarten was the very first place my wife and I traveled to when  we started our life journey.  It could have been called the foundation of our relationship

Jun 02, 2021 06:37 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ed Silva that is very cool, some beautiful memories.

Jun 05, 2021 07:35 AM