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Episode 110 Road trip Part 3 – Lodging
When it came to sleeping, our
host, Joe Pop, the Baboon Man in
This is Retirement Talk. I’m Del Lowery.
Traveling always presents the challenge of finding comfortable and affordable lodging each evening. Possibilities vary from tents, RVs, Interstate motels and then there are the 5 star hotels in major cities. What to do? When you are going for several months the challenge is not to be taken lightly, or else the trip can become one long grind of physical discomfort.
We have decided on spotting major
basis spread out along our route. We first determined the general route and
vague time table. Then we started to schedule bases every five hundred to
thousand miles. Our moving goals were: the
The next phase of our trip
will take us to
We will leave
I should explain this home exchange thing for some of you who are unfamiliar. You can go on line to Homeexchange.com and join this internet based network of people from around the world. I think the fee has now escalated to $100.00 per year to be a member. We have been members for several years and have found it a great way to travel and meet people. You just agree to exchange your place for someone else’s. You can pick from countries around the world.
When you find something you like you just contact them via email and see if they might be interested. Of course, they may not be, but then again, they very well might be. Sometimes the exchanges are simultaneous and sometimes they are not. We have exchanged with several people under both conditions. Some people have second homes they retreat too, or perhaps exchange. We have done six exchanges so far and they have all worked out storybook perfect. There is no money exchanged. You just trade straight-up. A description and pictures of all places are listed on the website. You can browse as if looking through a travel magazine.
It is exciting to get emails from around the world. People make suggestions that may entice you. They live in someplace you perhaps never thought of going but of a sudden you find yourself looking at pictures from their part of the world and reading of points of interest. It brings a bit of serendipity into your life.
Trust is the guiding principle of the Homeexchange.com. It is amazing how quickly one can establish a rather close relationship with people. You trust your house and all of its’ possessions to complete strangers. You just send them a key or leave one under a rock and let them have total access. They do the same for you. Everyone has left our condo in perfect shape – clean and tidy. We have done the same with their places. I have never heard of a bad experience. You may want to try it.
Our next major base will be
with a friend in
We plan on taking a few days
to amble along southern part of the East Coast. Our next base will be in
Lodging for the return home is open. We don’t know if we will want to “hurry” home, or if we will want to wander a bit more casually. It will be winter and we may want to stay south on our return. Or, we may want to brave the north winds and just drive straight across the country seeing a few old friends and relatives as we go.
There are many ways to travel and I am not sure about our chosen method, but there it is. I like the idea of have a base in which to stop and explore the cities or areas. I like the idea of having a real house or condo in which one can relax a bit more than a commercial establishment. We will see. I will be sure to share with you the pluses and minuses.
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