Carin has asked why I restrict my travels to the UK.
There are a number of reasons, some good, some bad, some stupid.
I'd like to see Western Europe, to see the cathedrals of France, the great cities of Italy and of course the birds. I'm put off by the language barrier I guess. Yes I know that a large numbers of continental Europeans speak English very well. Which is highly embarrassing for us Brits who are RUBBISH at languages.
But the "fear" of not understanding worries me. Its ok if you are in a group but I like my own company and the idea of two weeks with other people with no escape is a scary scenario. I don't do people well, I'm awful at small talk and honestly I do enjoy being by myself.
And before OC comments that everyone speaks English in Canada!
Then there is the travel, I like the fact that in a car I'm in control. You seldom get the "well Mr quacksoflife we've lost your luggage" or "your flight has been delayed two days." "Please enjoy two days of your holiday looking at concrete". Its off-putting. I know MILLIONS of people do it every year but it unnerves me. I get up of a morning and I'm there and I'm relaxing. I don't have to check in, hang around, mix with other people, I just get away.
And of course if I do find I've failed to pack my underwear (as I did on one famous occasion), its considerably less embarassing if you feel in control of the situation. HA HA
It may happen one day. Diane and Keith have asked me a few times to go abroad but I have a fear that additional members of the party will be these manic birders who want to see everything. Unlike me who may decide that this is a lovely little harbour and that seat looks a nice place to watch the world eat an Ice cream and read a book.
And I am not sharing a room !! I want privacy - have I mentioned this before :D
But I think those of you wanting something more exotic from this blog may be disappointed although you'll get North Wales in 2009 !!