Life doesn’t take vacations

Life doesn’t stop for travel.

Despite my best efforts, reality has overtaken much of our travel year, which I envisioned as a carefree bubble — a vacation from life and its challenges.

After only a few hours on the road the bubble burst. Sickness, bad weather, mechanical issues, laundry, cleaning, the death of a loved one, finances and jobs were just a few of the realities that continued poking holes in my bubble.

Even now, as we come to the end of our “carefree” year, life creeps in. Dental issues apparently don’t take vacations. Neither do stress, responsibilities or bills.

This is not a complaint, mainly an observation and a life lesson I wanted to share and one I’m hoping will drive what remains of this travel adventure.

Today we booked a flight to what will likely be our final destination before home, Italy. We celebrated our belated honeymoon in Italy about 5 years ago but this is going to look very different. I’m swapping the itinerary from my inaugural trip, which was jam-packed with sites and bucket list items, for one that prioritizes wine, coffee and pastries with a view.

This is my chance to learn from my mistakes, take advantage of this amazing opportunity and make some lifelong memories with the man I love. Salute!

Have you been to the Amalfi Coast? Share your tips (and recommended wines) in the comments below. 




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