Vacation Envy? Not Quite. Adventure Envy? For sure!

The other day my sister called me to say goodbye.

Goodbye?” I asked, puzzled. “Where are you going?” I asked.

I’m leaving today for Germany. First I’m flying into Austria. Then going to Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, Budapest and Germany.  Afterwards I’m meeting up with my annual travel group and we’re taking a cruise in the Netherlands.”

“I thought you were going to Ireland in September to see the castles?” I recalled.

That was last year. We’re doing Germany this year.” And with that we said our farewells and off my sister went on yet another travel adventure. She does go on adventure cruises each and every year with a group of friends from her community. Each year they ask me and my husband to join them but once I see the price tag (plus my husband despises cruises) we always decline. I just don’t have as much money as my sister does and truthfully, DH would be miserable on a cruise ship.

I seriously asked myself if I was jealous of my sister’s travel adventures. I’m not sure if what I feel is jealousy or envy. My sister is more than ready to travel with me alone (without spouses) and that would cost me half of what was originally stated. So, realistically I can travel and go to all the exotic places she is going to. I’d rather, however, be with my husband and go to the places he is more comfortable with. DH did say he would consider a cruise to the Greek Isles (especially Mykonos). The prices for cruises are just too cost prohibitive for us BUT if I watch the airline vacation sales, I could snag a week’s vacation (air and hotel) in Greece for under $800 each. Now, that’s something we can do! (and yes, now I am on the lookout for a travel deal! If I spot one for next year,  April/May 2019, I’m booking!)

August is typically vacation time for a lot of working people. I have friends posting photos of themselves in Barcelona, zip lining up in the Alps, sun bathing on the shores of the Adriatic Sea and schmoozing with some Italian celebrities in Venice. I guess some sort of vacation envy might be natural. But what I’m really jealous of is the adventure!

At the end of August, hubby and I will be traipsing up to New England in our RV for a few weeks of dipping our toes into the cold ocean waters of Maine and beyond. Come this winter, for the first time, we will be spending three months in Arizona discovering our own personal adventures. And next summer we’ve booked two whole months at an Atlantic Ocean shoreline resort. So, DH and I are not travel slouches! We just find our own adventures for a less expensive price tag.

Last year, my sister was on a small, picturesque seaside town in North Cornwall, England, called Bude. She saw a film crew setting up and preparing for a movie. She didn’t recognize any of the actors but took several photos of the occurrence anyway (she and I are both photographers). Last week on Netflix, there was a release of a new movie, The Guernsey Literary And Potato Pie Society, a true story about a book club that survived a Nazi takeover of their hometown. As my sister and I were watching it, she started recognizing some of the landscape scenes. Turns out it was where she was last year taking photos of that unknown crew! Here are her fabulous photos:


Here’s a trailer of the movie:

So, you just might never know where your vacation adventures will take you. The secret is to just get out there and do it. Go where you can afford to go. Enjoy and share your journey with your friend’s own adventures. Try not to be jealous or envious. There’s a whole lotta world out there. Summer is still here. A lovely fall season is right around the corner. Don’t let anything hold you back. Make it happen.

Live well and prosper, my friend. Live well and prosper.

PS: Please see the movie if you can. It’s a delighful, romantic love story AND you just might see some of the scenes my sister took pictures of, in the movie. Enjoy!


  1. Yes, yes, yes, almost everyone can afford SOME kind of adventure. When we were raising kids we could only afford camping vacations. And not with a lot of nice equipment either. We built beds in the back of the truck. 😀 But we went somewhere almost every summer.

    In the last ten years we have traveled our backsides off. We’re tired of Europe and definitely tired of flying there from the west coast, so now we do Hawaii every year and usually a road trip to a part of the U.S. we have never been before. All of this brought to you through a lifetime of frugality.


    • Hi Anne. When I was growing up, my dad modified a VW bus so that my sister and I could sleep in the very back and my mom & dad in the middle. It had a foldable table. My dad must have been the original camping beatnick! LOL! Thinking back, we had a lot of fun and a lot of adventure. Go figure!
      I don’t think I could endure too much more Europe, so I agree with you on that one. I still would like to see Barcelona and Mykonos looks amazing. We’ll see.
      Next year our RVing will be limited to the places we just love. And that’s it.
      Thanks for your comment.


  2. Those are fantastic photos and I would take New England in an RV any day! Didn’t click on your video clip from the Netflix movie because I am going to begin reading that book and don’t want any spoilers. Have proposed to my virtual book club that we read it several times now and not everyone is on board so we have chosen other things. Have decided to take matters into my own hands.

    We can’t afford extravagant vacations, although, we have been to France, Germany (different trips), Cancun and the Dominican. But someday I hope we can enjoy a cruise. Sometimes just taking a jaunt 90 miles up the road and into the mountains of New Mexico is all we do but it’s the company and the scenery that matters most!


    • Hi MommyHon. I heard the book is fantastic! Enjoy! And then watch the movie. It’s a delightful, very relaxing movie. The scenery is amazing.
      We’ve been taking day trips. Very affordable. 🙂 It’s nice to be able to go out to a movie or a show AND a delish lunch or dinner. We can only afford to do so because it’s on a staycation! Glad you were able to visit France & Germany et al. I bet they were fabulous trips!
      Thanks for your comment.


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