For me, any trip lasts much longer than the period of the time
when I leave my house in Florida and come back
To know more about the destination I chose, I go on the Internet. Also, I always borrow several travel books from the local library. I enjoy finding out interesting facts about the country I plan to visit. I try to learn as much as possible about history, culture, customs, food, architecture, and nature before I hit the road.
In the beginning, I traveled with my husband independently. But after we went on an organized group tour, we were hooked. It is so much easier to travel when all the essentials are taken care of by someone else: transportation, hotels, sightseeing, food. Besides, I realized that the organized tours are less expensive than going on my own if I want better hotels, better food, and better service.
Memories (they last forever)
I return home, unpack, take care of everything that got accumulated during my absence, and resume my regular life. And then, from time to time I start getting these flashes in my head: a St Mark’s Square in Italy, or Danube River in Vienna, or ancient ruins in Greece covered with spring flowers. Sometimes it takes me awhile to figure out in what country or city I saw that square or that river, but I think it does not matter if I recall it correctly or not.
The most important part of those memories is: I DID see that river, I DID smell these flowers, I DID eat that food.
So, how long are my trips? In actual time, they may last from seven to fifteen days. In my memory, they live for many years.