Travel is Good for My Health

Do not tell me how educated you are,  just tell me how much you have travelled.  ~  Mohamed

The apartment I live in is called ‘The Garret’ and I feel very much at home here.  However, some recent thoughts, emotions, and events have convinced me that I’ve been spending far too much time in the garret.  Ergo, I’ve decided to get out of the garret more, travel more, take more vacations, and relax in the sunshine a lot more.

Travel and change of pace impart new vigour to the mind.  ~  Seneca

I have very few responsibilities, a hell of a lot of time on my hands, and more than a little money in the bank ~ so there is no earthly reason why I shouldn’t be taking 4 or 5 vacations a year, or even a round half-dozen should the mood strike me.

And, it’s not as though I want to travel to far-away and strange-sounding places.  The camel route to Iraq holds no attraction for me.  Neither do the madchen and the gay muchachas.  And as for Paris, London, and Rome, I’ve spent so long in those cities that they’re like a second home.

There’s a hell of a lot of the world I just do not want to go to, not ever again.  And you can include in that list all of Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, Australia and New Zealand.  As for the America’s, I’d never cross the US border going South again.  I caught malaria in Mexico.

The places I really like are the nicer parts of the USA, some of the Caribbean, and most of the Mediterranean.  I also really like Tuscany and the South of France.  Scandinavia isn’t bad either, (at the right time of year).  None of which destinations are so very exotic, or so very dangerous.  If I’m honest I like going to places where most of the locals can speak some English, and they serve really good food.

In a couple of weeks’ time I’m going to Crete, and after that probably back to California.  Next year Malta, Cyprus, and Turkey are on my list.  Who knows after that?  But a Caribbean Cruise is looking attractive.

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.  ~  Helen Keller

The one downside for me is that I will mostly be a solitary traveller.  But, who knows who I may meet along the way.  And, one never knows, I may even find an attractive travelling companion to take along with me.  On road trips, in a Mustang convertible, a guy needs an attractive and intelligent Girl Riding Shotgun anyway.  A road trip without The Girl Riding Shotgun just isn’t a proper road trip.

Some say that travel is good for the soul.  And, that a good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.  All I know is that I hate dull routine disrupting my life.

So, from now on, if you can’t find me, it’s because I’m on vacation.

Jack Collier


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  16. Croatia(specifically Plitvice) and Greece are on my up coming itinerary.

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    1. I like Greece. ❤ ❤ ❤
      It would be fun to take you to the Greek Islands.
      And there's a strange reason for it, but I'm not planning to go to Croatia ~ ever.

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      1. Now, I’m curious as to why. 🤔

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        1. Yep, well, you’re a woman….. ❤ ❤ ❤
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          1. And you’re a man, dangling something out there, but not sharing. 😘
            I really want to go to Plitvice because it looks stunningly beautiful.

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  17. […] I walk everywhere, I’ve changed my diet, and I’m getting better rest and sleep.  I am going to travel more, I’ve just got back from Turkey, and in a little while I’m going to Crete.  After […]

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  18. Ah u’ll love Crete & especially Malta 🇲🇹 (I hope, cuz I lived there, it’s very relaxing place ) 😉✌️🕺🕺🕺🕺🕺🕺

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    1. I’ve been to both Islands before, but long ago, when I was a lad…. ❤ ❤ ❤


  19. Ah Jack, this sounds like your mood is lifting again. And yes, travel has a way of filling the troubled mind with new experiences.

    Why not try out Thailand as a destination? It has all sorts of experiences for the discerning traveller, from bohemian and hedonistic to quiet and serene. The south is full of sand, sea and surf with all sorts of different lifestyle beaches. The North is rural, more wildlife ( my favourite visit is to the Elephant Nature Park – a sanctuary rescuing abused trekking elephants and rehabilitating them).
    Malaria is unlikely there, unless you go to live with one of the hill tribes on the border with Burma, or the fishing villages on the border with Cambodia. The cities are modern. If you don’t like Thai food (which is delicious and cheap) there are plenty of Western alternatives. And most Thai people speak a bit of English.

    As you can tell, it is one of my favourite destinations. I am not fussed on Africa, though the scenery is beautiful, nor any of the other destinations you mention, but for winter sunshine guaranteed (Dec-Feb), you can’t really beat Thailand and you can get flights (usually 2-stage) for as little as £400 with Ethihad, Oman Air, and sometimes with Air France. I wouldn’t recommend Jet Airways or Air India. More expensive direct flights usually cost £600+ . These prices, of course are return fares. You can visit Thailand for up to 30 days without a visa… For longer, you will need a 60 day tourist visa from on of the consulates.
    If you want to tour Thailand, but don’t know where is best to go, our first visit many years ago was greatly enhanced by a visit to a TAT office (Tourist Authority of Thailand). They, for about £1,800, organised a six week experience for us. We went all over the place. Of course, now that we know what we like, we can do some of those places for half the price, but we could never have organised that ourselves. Within 24 hrs of visiting the TAT, the agent had booked all transportation (some basic, some posh dependent on location), all accommodation and some trips to see sights. It was like being a backpacker, without the unknowns. We only had one hiccup in the six weeks, and a call to our agent soon sorted it out. It was great having that fallback and having the confidence in what was provided.

    And, provided you are careful not to fall into the clutches of the bar girls, you might find a nice lady or two to talk to. I think you will fall in love with the Thai women. They are usually very attractive. Just be careful that they are not after your money, rather than you.

    Have fun, what ever you do!

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    1. I love Thai food, and I love beaches.
      Perhaps what I need is more quiet serenity rather than anything bohemian and hedonistic ~ although one never knows what the future holds…..
      But, just maybe, I may think of going to Thailand this winter.
      Or maybe not, the bar girls might be my downfall.
      ❤ ❤ ❤

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      1. Try the Island of Koh Chang… It is not hedonistic like Koh Phi Phi or Koh Phan-Gnan (full moon parties) but does have some nice beaches, very quiet resorts, or something a bit livelier on White Sands Beach (although the Russians seem to like that beach).

        Or if you want really quiet…

        I have only been to Koh Mak on this list, and to its sister Island Koh Kood. They are so unbelievably quiet, you are likely to be on your own rather a lot of the time, and there isn’t a great deal else to do other than sit on the beach or by a pool.

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        1. The closest beach to Bangkok is Koh Samet. Easy to get to and has quiet coves. It is popular with Bankokians and Chinese, so can be crowded on weekends. It is on the opposite side of the bay to Pattaya. Lots of single guys go to Pattaya…it is the bed of prostitution and all sorts of vices, and full of Russians, but it does have a nice sandy beach and is rather Americanised.
          Enough… ask me if you are thinking of going somewhere there. 😋

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  20. I love this post! (except for the malaria part! YIKES!!!!!!!!!!!)
    So happy you are going to seek out sunshine instead of wait in the Garret. As nice as it probably is, you need warmth and peace in your life. (next you need to make that little moving house and travel with it!)
    hugs and kisses!!!!!!!!

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    1. I may get around to building that tiny trailer one of these days.
      And, you’re right, I do need warmth and inner peace in my life.
      I’m still looking for that travelling companion….. ❤ ❤ ❤

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      1. xoxooxoxoxoxoxox

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