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Strategic Planning

As I mentioned at some point: I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I do, however, make plans that force me to do the things I would and should do if I made resolutions.

For example: I plan travel that forces me to keep in reasonable shape. Just being in shape  for its own sake does not motivate me. But taking a trip where I need to be able to walk 10 miles a day does. My son still remembers my going up and down the (not very quiet) stairs with a pack on over and over and over again, to prepare for the walking trip we took to France in 2001. (The weather here is often bad I have to train in the house.)

Since I have known him (we’ve been married for over 31 years now), my husband has mentioned walking Hadrian’s wall. After getting home from China last fall, and finally recovering from the fall I took a few days before I had to travel home; I suggested that we might want to do it this year if we are going to.  I didn’t hurt myself that much, but it was hard to recover (it took over a month for whatever I did to the bones, ligaments and or muscles between my back and front about six inches under my armpit to stop hurting when I twisted in any way…do you know how much you twist?) and I realized how fragile my toughness is.

We are now scheduled to walk the wall this summer. I found a company that arranges accommodation and transports your luggage from one stop to the next so we won’t be roughing it at all (I think those days are well past for me).  In addition to having our luggage transported and scheduling the longest time available (10 days of walking, the wall walk is 84 miles so it comes to an average of 9 or so per day), we added in two rest days so we can dawdle at the Roman Forts along the way. While my spouse is in much better shape than I, and might well relish a more vigorous approach, at least I’m game. I’ve set myself up to succeed and expect to enjoy every mile of it.

Not only that, but now I’m motivated to stay fit. I can do the 11.5 mile maximum day now, so all I have to do is keep at it.

Strategy

Happy, yet well prepared, wanderer

I love to travel, and a lot of the fun for me is doing the research ahead of time. Learning a few words of the language, something about the culture, and what options are available for activities and sights. I carefully create a folder with an itinerary showing where I will be with phone numbers and contact information, vocabulary, transportation schedules , maps, and information about sights. However, once all the research is done I am ready to play it by ear.

I do this regardless of how I travel: bicycle (only once), walk, cruise, automobile, train…Just thinking about it makes me want to start planning to head off somewhere far away from the craziness of my life right now.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Happy Wanderer.”