The travel bug
new horizons kept calling me.
So while I was working as a medical transcriptionist at the local hospital, on day, after being a little peeved at my husband for buying a speedboat (especially since he knew I wasn’t going in it with him, as I had a great fear of the water) and having just received a nice cheque with retroactive pay on it, I decided I was going to use it to take a coach tour of Europe myself.
I had always wanted to go to Europe and my hubby had no interest whatsoever in going ‘across the pond’. I came up with all kinds of arguments as to why I should take this trip.
This was going to be a once in a lifetime trip, I’d said. Why who knew where we’d be posted next? And I might not have the money to do it another time and so on.
It has nothing to do with the tit-for-tat - really! But that once in a lifetime trip turned into me taking three motor coach tours of Europe in 2 1/2 years. Well now, I was definitely hooked.
After the third trip I had a brilliant idea of taking a course in Travel and Tourism, hoping that after it was finished maybe I could work part-time as a travel agent or as a customer service agent for one of the airlines - after all, they got good travel deals didn’t they?
As fate would happen, by then I had been working for an orthopedic surgeon for almost two years, and one day shortly after I had finished the course, he announced he was retiring and moving to St. John’s, which meant I would be out of a job, unless I went back to Medical Records and started back down the ladder as a file clerk - not likely!
That idea didn’t sit well with me at all. Then lo and behold a few days later a local travel agency owner called and asked me to come work for him. A year later we brought the travel agency from him, and I became the owner/operator and enjoyed travelling for both business and pleasure for the next 10 years, until selling the business so I could devote myself to teaching the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality course at a private college.
While I’ve travelled to Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central American, all but one province of Canada and throughout much of the USA, as well as having been on six cruises, and having enjoyed world-famous museums and cathedrals, seeing breathtaking vistas and learning about other cultures and histories, in my opinion there is no place like home.
And I must admit the travel bug is a little dormant these days. However, I am still game for some adventure - I am determined to do zip-lining sometime soon, even if it kills me!
And it might not take much to persuade me to join some friends on another cruise in February.
Watch out for my next article in which I will describe some of my misadventures and incidents, some of them quite scary, some of them very amusing, that I encountered on my journeys.