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2019 Roundup: your favorite posts

Top Post from TravelingTulls in 2019

The excitement of the holidays is winding down and we’re in a reflective mood. 2019 has been a amazing year for us, though, like everyone, not without some painful losses. As we consider our highs (for me – East Africa, for Dave – rafting the Grand Canyon) it’s fun to see what resonated with our readers.

The top 10 favorite posts of the year according to YOU!

An Ethical Wildlife Experience: visiting the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

Not surprising you liked this post, as it was a major highlight for us. We’ve been supporting the Sheldrick Family Trust for many years- adopting orphan elephants and participating in fundraising events in the U.S. So when we had the opportunity to add a stop in Nairobi to my birthday trip to Africa, we jumped at the chance!

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A Day on the Colorado: rafting the Grand Canyon

Dave’s bucket list trip was on the back burner until a group of friends spurred us on by deciding to come along! Rafting the river, hiking the canyon walls, and camping under the stars made for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure! We traveled on the 7 day trip with Western River Expeditions. They provided the tents, the guides and delicious meals. Nature provided the entertainment!

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How to Plan the Perfect Luxury Safari in Africa

I guess my enthusiasm for our trips to Africa came through in this post. We spent years planning our trips and encourage others to take this ultimate bucket list trip. It is at once a wilderness adventure and a luxury retreat. If you have ever considered going on an African safari, now is the time!

But Africa is a large continent, with endless choices for travel. And a luxury safari is one of the most expensive trips you may take. For that reason, planning is essential. This post gives you somewhere to start.

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An Older Adult’s Guide to Staying Healthy While Traveling

This post came about after several trips where one or the other of us became ill. Though we’ve been fortunate to not have any serious health problems while traveling, a nasty cold can definitely put a damper on a trip. The tips in this post are hard earned, but we hope they prevent you from falling sick while traveling.

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Best of Barcelona

Though we visited Barcelona twice before, it wasn’t until we booked a weeks stay that we really got the flavor of this historic and intriguing city. There’s something for everyone in Barcelona – UNESCO world heritage sites, inspiring architecture, great food, music, and art!

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Photo Diary: a Safari in Southern Africa

What can I say? We loved sharing our experience as first timers on safari. Our trip to South Africa, Botwana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe will remain our best trip ever. We’re hoping our photos and stories will inspire you to book your own trip!

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How to Visit Antelope Canyon

If you’ve never heard of Antelope Canyon, I guarantee you’ll recognize it from images. A photographers dream, the canyon (actually two canyons – upper and lower Antelope) is on Navajo land in Arizona. We’d visited Arizona many time in the past, but never made this trip a priority. Our mistake – but it doesn’t have to be yours!

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Venice, Off the Beaten Path

Our third trip to Venice was our favorite. We’d seen the touristy sites, so were able to wander and discover an uncrowded part of the city. Beautiful canals, cathedrals, and out-of-the-way cafes made for a wonderful experience! With all that’s been written about overcrowding in Venice, it’s great to know there’s still some quiet spots to enjoy.

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Image by Jan Vašek from Pixabay

How to Stay Organized on a Long Trip

I love to organize, and plan, so this post was a natural for me. We’ve taken a few long trips, 14+ hour flights, and multi-destination adventures. Knowing where everything is makes travel much less stressful. We share tips that work for us and keep us from scrambling when we’re looking for things on the road. We’re still learning, so feel free to leave us your organizing suggesitons!

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2019 Wrap Up and Plans for 2020

This has been a big year for us, not only did we check off some prime bucket list items, but this was the first year we began taking this website seriously.

What started as a way to keep family informed of our safety while traveling has grown into a rewarding project. As a lifelong researcher and reader, it’s enjoyable for me to share what we’ve learned during these empty nest travel years.

But it’s not been easy to narrow my focus, establish a niche, and differentiate this website from the many other excellent sites out there. For that reason, defining our niche is our goal for 2020. Defining our niche, and discovering our voice. Any suggestions welcome!!!

Oh yes, and 2020 is a big year in our state – we are celebrating 400 years since the Pilgrims landed in what is now America. The commemoration this year will include four nations – the U.S., Great Britain, the Netherlands, and the Wampanoag nation. Stay tuned as we highlight events in our hometown. #plymouth400 !

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