After I graduated from college, I regretted not spending a semester abroad, so before I began my job search, I backpacked across Europe on my own. I was quickly introduced to new languages, new foods and new modes of travel (my only previous experience on a train was taking the Amtrak from St. Paul to Milwaukee).
As my horizons broadened, I explored parts of Central and South America with groups of friends, rode a mini-bus through the south of India, and ventured into eastern Europe and Russia in the dead of winter, staying primarily in budget accommodations.
Little did I know that just a few years later, I’d be introduced to the much more “glamorous” world of cruising. And much to the surprise of this hostelling enthusiast, I found I could love both types of travel equally!
Unfortunately, cruising sometimes has the stereotype that it appeals only to older people or those who are only interested in scratching the surface of a new destination. These are both myths. I have met some fantastic friends while cruising, and heck, some of today’s hottest bands charter entire ships just to rock out with their fans for a week! And the bright side of making one, albeit sometimes brief stop in a port, is that it gives you a chance to learn a little about a place so you can then go back for a few days, a week, or even longer. Plus, there’s no doubt about it: a cruise is relaxing.
I am excited to be writing for CruiseSource to bring my perspective from both of my “travel personalities” to the public’s attention. Most of my posts will be centered on various aspects of the cruise industry, but keep in mind the independent traveler in me is the one who is really steering this ship!
Here’s a quick sample of some recent expertise I was able to lend to The New York Times, answering a reader’s question about experiencing luxury aboard a cruise ship while paying mid-range pricing.
You may be surprised by all the cruise options out there, which is why I always recommend working with a travel agent who specializes in cruising when you are booking a cruise.