I didn’t really see the irony in that blog title until I actually typed it.
I guess there are two ways of looking at having the ‘travel bug’ these days. Fortunately, so far, I only have the traditional travel bug. That is, a strong desire to travel. I do not have COVID-19, the other ‘travel bug’.
I’d go on here about how it seems like once you no longer have the opportunity to do something, that’s when you really want to do it. That doesn’t really fit though, because I always really want to travel and that hasn’t changed as a result of COVID-19. Although now that I can’t go anywhere, not even to my favorite thrift stores, I have been daydreaming more about traveling and all of the places we would like to go.
Mr. Q and I actually have already booked our next trip. I still remember when we decided on it way back last summer. We were dining on the deck and Mr. Q was perusing the latest Princess cruises brochure.
At the time we weren’t even really thinking about another cruise, but he came across one that really looked intriguing. As we studied the ports of call I realized that we could check out several places I’ve always wanted to see; Bruges, Giverny (to see Monet’s gardens) and Madurodam (seriously, check this place out, especially if you’re into miniature things like I am).
The itinerary is called European Capitals, which is a little bit of a misnomer. It sails round trip from London and the ports of call are:
Hamburg, Germany – theoretically for Berlin, which is a capital, but is really rather far away from the port.
Aarhus, Denmark – not a capital
Copenhagen, Denmark – OK, finally, a real capital
Gothenburg, Sweden – again, not the capital (and in this case, I really wish it went to Stockholm instead)
Oslo, Norway – another real capital
Rotterdam, Netherlands – not a capital
Bruges, Belgium – not a capital
Le Havre, France – also not a capital, but much like Berlin, you can get to Paris from here but it’s a lengthy trip
So technically speaking, only two of the eight ports are actual capitals. Maybe they should have named this itinerary the A Handful of European Capitals, or Close, but No Cigar to European Capitals. But we don’t care, we are just as interested in seeing these non-capital cities.
Only two of them are repeats for both of us, Copenhagen …
and Oslo …
both of which we love and are happy to return to. I’ve also been to Aarhus, but that was 25+ years ago on my very first trip to Europe with my mom (it was also my first ever visit to an open air museum and I loved it). I’m betting it has changed a bit since then.
We got a great deal when we booked. Free tips, a $300 ship board credit and we only had to pay a $200 deposit. We were also given a free upgrade a couple of months ago, from a balcony to a mini-suite. That has never happened to us before!
So we’d been feeling pretty excited about this trip.
And then COVID-19 happened.
And in the early days all of the bad press seemed to be focused on cruise ships … even specifically Princess cruise ships.
Still, we figured our trip was far enough out (it’s in September) that we’d be fine. I’m starting to wonder about that a little bit more now that things have really gone downhill. But, we have almost six months before our trip. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that all will be well by then. Or at least well enough for people to begin traveling again.
In the meantime, all we can do is day dream about travel right now. If you need some help with that, check out all of my travel posts by selecting the travel category under ‘stuff.’ over on the right side of your screen (if you’re using a computer to view the blog, if not, try this link).
So tell me, if this COVID-19 thing wasn’t happening and you could go anywhere right now, where would it be?