Top 5 Places I’d Like to Visit Once I Stop Striving to be a Hermit

Welcome to this week’s edition of #MFRW 52-week Blog Challenge. The top 5 Places I’d like to visit. I assume we’re talking physically traveling? Not just mentally? That might seem like an odd, unnecessary clarification, but as an author, I often feel as if I’ve explored much more intricate details of the world and the countryside than I have. Because I’ve visited them in my mind.

Where’s My Portkey?

There are plenty of places I’d like to visit. That is, if they invented a tele-portal, or a portkey, or a floo network, like they have in Harry Potter. I don’t like packing and I don’t like traveling, much. I like the destination. It’s the whole traveling to get there thing.

Trouble is, as each year goes by, the amount of stuff I want to bring increases, while the size and weight of the suitcase I can take decreases. It’s true that I’ve been known to boast that I require only the essentials of Blistex, a scrunchie, an eye-lash curler, and water, but somehow, they seem to weigh much more than the 40 lb. requirement.

Traveling the Lovely, not-so-lonely Road to Hermit-dom

Then there’s the riding in an airplane thing with sinuses that can’t accept elevation which gets my ears snapping, crackling and popping more than the three dudes on the cereal box. Therefore, in my imagination, I magically arrive at the destination with all my stuff already there. There’s none of that what should I bring, or I forgot something.

traveling to a cabin for a wood fire
We didn’t have to travel far to relax at a cabin

More and more I find I like being home. I know where all my stuff is and you don’t have to deal with making sure your clothes match—or socialization. All these years I’ve made comments about my father’s habits, and here I am on the road to hermit-dom. I hadn’t realized that was an inherited trait.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go

But, back to the topic at hand, because there are many places I would love to see and experience. These aren’t in order of preference. Just in order of pretending to address the topic and then digressing off on my own weird road. I’m a writer. That’s what I do.

  1. IrelandWhy? I’m a mostly Irish gal and a lover of potatoes and gorgeous countryside. Plus I wear a lot of green, even when it’s not March.
  2. Italytwo words. Wine and pasta. Sure, there’s a lot more I’d like to see besides sitting in a little vineyard sipping a delicious red with my pasta and then curling up to take naps from carb overload. Don’t worry, I’ll fit it into my schedule.

Down the Rabbit Hole

Now I warned you. I’m going to digress a bit, because the next ones are not specific places. It’s obvious that I don’t do well with directions when it comes to writing. I tend to veer off on tangents and digress down delirious pathways.

  1. Road Trip! Cross country USA- I’d love to have the time to see the states up close and personal. Time being the key word. When there aren’t work, and children, and money commitments. I’d love to find those hole-in-the-wall restaurants and secret spots that aren’t high on the radar as tourist destination spots. They make the best stories.
  2. Quality Family Time – I’d like to go to a beautiful, quiet, beach destination with all my family. As the years go by, we all get busier with our own families and work. It would be nice to have loads of time to catch up while throwing back a fruity, frozen drink or two.
  3. This isn’t a Specific Place. It’s a feeling. (I know, I pick odd times to be a rule breaker.) I don’t know where this place is until I get there. You know how you plan a nice, relaxing vacation and you get there and you end up rushing more than you do at home and your stress
    Scruff mentally Traveling to his zen place
    Scruff finding his Zen

    level is spiking from the plane ride and other surprises you hadn’t anticipated despite all your careful planning? Then, suddenly you can’t wait to get home to just…relax?

An ideal trip to me is one where there is no set schedule, no crowds, no rushing and you get that Zen feeling inside. 

Do You Have any Recommendations for Me for That Elusive Zen Place I’m Seeking?

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18 thoughts on “Top 5 Places I’d Like to Visit Once I Stop Striving to be a Hermit”

  1. peggy jaegerpeggy jaeger

    Maureen – we are definitely related somewhere down the evolutionary track! When I travel alone I always pay the extra $$$ for the second bag filled with my essentials. When I travel with Hubby, he won’t allow me that second bag unless it’s a carryon ( which it never is!) he simply can’t understand that it will cost more to buy all the stuff I need anywhere we go than to just simply pay the $25 or whatever the fee to bring the extra bag! Plus, I like my bed. i really like MY bed. No hotel bed will ever be as wonderful. Le Sigh. It’s no wonder he calls me The Ugly American!!

  2. Sherry LewisSherry Lewis

    A road trip across the country is definitely on my life list, although it didn’t make it onto today’s blog post. I much prefer a good road trip to flying with all the space limitations, and having to conform to someone else’s schedule. and the sinus issues… Give me a road trip any day!

  3. Alicia PearceAlicia Pearce

    There are two places I’ve always wanted to go, both very different from each other in some ways and similar in some ways. I’ve wanted to see both of them for their vast beauty, the death of their culture, and the meanings that they brought to my life. The first is India and the second is Scotland!

  4. Helen HendersonHelen Henderson

    What we need is an organized trip for hermits. I think the first destinations should be Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. With maybe a daytrip below Hadrian’s Wall. Teleportation included. Just please walk through the iris the porters will bring your luggage.

    Anyone want to join me?

  5. Alina K. FieldAlina K. Field

    I love your number 5! Maybe the rush and inconvenience are what have put me off traveling lately. Great post!

  6. Alicia ColemanAlicia Coleman

    There’s something so comforting about being a hermit. Not always having to be on your best behavior.

  7. Linda McLaughlinLinda McLaughlin

    I love road trips, too. You don’t have to worry about luggage limits and you can buy as many souvenirs as you like! You can also change the journey or just meander to wherever strikes your fancy.

    Not knowing where you live, I can’t help on the zen place, but I think a beach setting off season would be one idea. The ocean can be so relaxing, even mesmerizing. The mountains can also be peaceful and relaxing, with beautiful views.

  8. Meka JamesMeka James

    I completely agree with you on the traveling part! The idea of going is nice, but there’s so much work involved. Add to the fact that most of the trips we do take involve the kids, that’s extra packing and a nightmare.

    The Hubs has talked about renting a RV and doing a drive, but not sure that will ever happen.

  9. Ed HoornaertEd Hoornaert

    I agree with your number 5. I like BEING other places, but I kinda hate GETTING there. Travel is, to me, rather unpleasant to extremely unpleasant.

  10. Raine BalkeraRaine Balkera

    Road Trips are always a lot of fun, and you never fail to discover something you didn’t know was always there. A really interesting list, so thanks for sharing!

  11. Robin MichaelaRobin Michaela

    LOVE to see the destination, HATE the traveling to get there. I’m with you – I wish Scotty could beam me there already! Maybe Scruff has the best idea, lol.

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