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I understand the scheduling problem. We had to cancer one of our trips at the last minute, and even with the travel insurance it was expensive. We now wait until late before confirming reservations. This has a side benefit, many trips and cruises offer last minute discounts of 50 - 75% off. So, before our trips, I'll spend aound 4 months research trips for a couple of places we want to go, then wait for the best last minute deal. Shortly before our trip to East Africa for the safari, I had a blood clot in my juglar vein. My doctor and nurses worked hard to get it taken care of before our trip. I then caught a bacterial infection from the surgery, a month before out trip. As I was laying in the bed at my cancer clinic, my doctor very compassionately told me not to worry. If I couldn't go, he would go with Charlene instead! Needless to say, he had me up and running in no time. I wasn't about to miss out on one of my dream trips.
We found that we're most comfortable travelling in small goups, not large cruise ships. Our favorite is the European river cruises with Viking River Cruises. The boats usually hold 150 passengers. Windstar Cruises is the same size. Both have first class travelling, last minute specials, and are absolutely incredible with their food and service. Viking River Cruises also includes all of the shore excursions in the price, not an expensive add-on like most others. When we went to Macchu Picchu and the Galapagos, we used Odessey Tours. They limit their tour groups to no more than 20 guests. The big advantage of these small tours (all three above) is that instead of being overwhelmed with thousands of passengers, we get to know people more inimately and have made some wonderful friends.
Keep on trying, travel adventures have done so much for us: the excitement of having something to lood forward to during the never-ending chemo, the sights, the people, the food, and all of the new experiences and memories.
Sorry, I tend to get wordy when I write e-mails when I'm recovering from chemo.
God Bless You, and thanks for you comments.
Not wordy at all. I appreciate all of the details. Plus when people take the time to write a message it means a lot to those who read them. I am a detail person and am happy to have the names of the actual cruise/tour companies. What exciting places you have been! And, yes, it is a good feeling to have something to look forward to.
My brother was to drive upstate from NYC to visit me on Wednesday. He has had to re-schedule twice because he is tired from chemo. He is going to try again on Sunday. He had tongue cancer about 3 years ago and now has lung cancer. He has had difficulty with the chemo due to a low white blood cell count. He will not fly since 911 and the train is a real ordeal. So I am just doing the wait and see thing. I'll be here.
Looks like a sunny day today here. Cool but sunny. I am going to relax today and hopefully work on one of my painting craft projects.
peace, love, courage, hope