Linda and David are RetiredAndTravelling! They are young at heart and travel about six months a year. They share their experiences, travel tips, and photography as they go.
Linda and David were kind enough to answer our questions below.
TA: How many years have you been traveling and what got you hooked?
Linda and David: We have been travelling together for 10 years. But we both have travelled extensively all of our life. Each new destination adds so many new places to our very long travel wish list.
TA: Do you specialize in a particular type of travel?
Linda and David: We like to experience new and favourite spots with an adventurous spirit while enjoying a pampered luxurious stay. We often take tours or cruises to taste test destinations. And then plan long self-guided trips to return and explore new parts of cities and countries.
TA: What is the best vacation you've ever taken?
Linda and David: We did a 51 day cruise from Athens down through the Middle East, India, through the Indian Ocean and down the coast of Africa to Cape Town. We saw such a great variety of sights and ticked off many bucket list items.
TA: What's one place you've always wanted to visit?
Linda and David: We have visited so many places on our bucket list. But Antarctica and Galapagos are moving high on the list.
TA: What's one thing you ALWAYS pack when you travel?
Linda and David: We never travel without a camera. Want to record every memory.
TA: If you could only give a traveler one piece of advice, what would it be?
Linda and David: Travel as often as you can -- far and near. Every time you leave home you get out of your comfort zone. You discover things about yourself, those you travel with, and the places you visit. Travel when you are healthy enough to do everything you want to.
TA: Where was the most unusual place you've ever stayed?
Linda and David: We stayed in a Palace Pousada in the Algarve in Portugal. The public areas of the hotel showcased the restored palace and gardens. It was like being a princess. But the rooms had every modern convenience we needed. In Portugal you can stay in Pousadas that are restored castles and forts as well. A great way to learn about the history in an area.
TA: What's the strangest thing you've ever eaten overseas?
Linda and David: David will try almost any new food when we travel. He has eaten both buffalo and horse tartar when we travelled in Italy. Both were delicious!
TA: Is there something you think most travelers worry too much about?
Linda and David: We think it is important to learn key words and phrases in foreign languages in countries you visit. But you don't need to be paralyzed or silent if you don't know the language and thus only stick to English speaking countries. Trying with the little you know always works to break down the barriers. Hand gestures, pointing, and sometimes pictures can do most of what you need to communicate basic needs.
TA: Which country has surprisingly good food? (And what are some good things to eat there?)
Linda and David: We loved the food in Portugal. Everywhere we went we found fresh and plentiful seafood. Each region had their own specialty dishes, and the Portuguese people loved when you tried their suggestions.
TA: What was the most romantic place you ever visited with a partner?
Linda and David: We visited Verona in Italy. It is the city where Romeo and Juliette was set. We saw Romeo and Juliette performed in the ancient stone amphitheater under a full moon. We also saw Aida performed there. It was a stunning performance but not quite as romantic.
TA: What's one way people can get the most out of their cruise experience?
Linda and David: Enjoy your time aboard the cruise ship. Take advantage of courses and demonstrations to learn more and meet other people on the ship. We love to do cooking and wine tasting when we are cruising. Use the time at sea to relax as well so that you are ready for busy port days. The ship is more than just transportation!
TA: Have you ever met someone while traveling who changed your life? Who were they?
Linda and David: On our first cruise, we saw so many very old people towing oxygen tanks with them. While it was great to see them still travelling, we vowed to semi-retire earlier and enjoy travel while we still had energy and good health.
TA: Have you ever taken a class while visiting a foreign city? If so, can you tell us a bit about the experience? And would you recommend people take that class?
Linda and David: We loved the chance to take an Italian cooking class when we were in Lecce in Puglia, Italy. It was a full day course. We shopped in the market for food and wine. We learned how to make homemade pasta and a series of local dishes for lunch and dinner. A great way to discover the culture and history of an area through how they cook and eat.