Never, never, EVER , did I think that I would have the chance to travel. It had just never even occurred to me. I guess , maybe , the fact that I was scared to death of flying had something to do with it! Prayer took on a new meaning for me when I flew. "Just get me back to my family", I would pray, over and over and over! It must have been all those thoughts of my children being left motherless. Things did change once the children left the nest, and now I just choose not to think about it.
Also the fact that there just wasn't much extra money laying around. I thought that maybe my hubby and I might take a trip once after we retired, but, I never thought beyond that.
My big chance to travel came when a friend from Texas divorced. No, she didn't get rich , and become my sugar momma , but , almost......
She worked for an airline company , the bonus was she and her husband had free flying privileges....you catching on?? So.....since she was divorced she could name anyone to be her flying partner. For some fantastic reason she choose little ole' me!! I asked her why and she said she just felt like she should. What a wonderful blessing that was for me.
Anywhere that airline flew, I could fly. You can imagine where my mind was going..EVERYWHERE! Now that I knew I could travel I started dreaming of all the things I'd love to see. Money was still a problem, but , it helped me become creative with my trips. I spent HOURS on the Internet as I planned my trips, believe me the planning is as fun as the trips.(and not so tiring)
My first trip was going to be to Germany, I wanted to see castles also wanted to visit our exchange students family. It was hard to include another person because I would always be flying standby, so I planned to go by myself. At the last minute my Fairy god Mother asked if she could tag along. This trip I had planned completely from Rick Steves Travel Guide. Rick's main office is actually just a half hour away from us in Edmonds Washington. I highly recommend his books. So, I had my trip all planned out and my friend said she'd just follow whatever I did. Relieved ,I made it out of Seattle with no problems. I was headed for Newark, New Jersey where we had planned to meet. There she was when I got off the plane, we raced to our gate to leave for Germany. As we got to the gate she started talking to the concierge, actually it wasn't really talking it was more like brown nosing big time. I wasn't impressed until she told me she got us in 1st class!!! Can you believe that! We flew 1st class to Germany, which is a vacation in itself.