Do you ever come back from one adventure and feel like you’ve come off a high? You’re back home and everything seems dull? You need to plan another trip and ASAP?!
It always feels that way for me when I come home from one of my vacations. Especially one that lasted a month! You become accustomed to a new ‘normal’ while travelling. I’m not sure if any of you feel that way or not, but I do. Living out of a suitcase and be-boppin’ around a country you’ve never been to, experiencing new things and seeing all the sights is an incredible feeling. Then you come home and it’s just….bleh.
After Australia I felt that way. It was hard coming back to my normal life as opposed to the new normal I had just accustomed myself to across the globe. Aside from my usual trips to WDW or long weekends away, I didn’t have any upcoming adventures planned. Not yet anyway…
It wasn’t until the following year my parents had a fantastic idea for their 40th wedding anniversary. They wanted to make it a big family vacation not to our usual destination, but something none of us had experienced. They wanted to do a river cruise along the Danube over the Christmas holidays. Their anniversary falls two days before Christmas, and in 2 years it would be their 40th! They were giving the family a full two years notice to save up for such an epic adventure!
Obviously I was all in on this upcoming trip! I immediately said yes before I knew details. The rest of my siblings felt less enthused. All of them turned it down almost immediately. Most of them worried about cost, some of them were in the middle of some big life events and none of them at all excited about travelling Europe. It was mind boggling to me. But then again, I’ve always been intrigued by those who do not wish to travel or show little to no interest in travel. That will be a rant for another day though.
So it was just myself and my parents for their big anniversary trip! I was more than ok with that. Now for the details…
River cruises are notoriously meant for an older crowd. When I was travelling Europe, I saw groups from various river cruises and was shocked. I know my dad had dreamed of doing a cruise like this, but after I saw the number of silver haired people in these groups I didn’t think it would be the right fit for them. It wasn’t until my parents had travelled with Adventures by Disney that they learned of their upcoming river cruise dates.
If you haven’t heard of Adventures by Disney, I do highly recommend you check them out. But before you think it’s all Mickey Mouse and Disney themed, you’ll be sorely mistaken. It just so happens that Disney creates adventures for groups wanting to see places and things otherwise unattainable to the general tourist. You can literally travel anywhere in the world with Disney. Their itineraries are both adult and kid friendly, but you can also do adult exclusive trips and leave the kids behind. The itineraries are catered to the local area and are meant to submerse you in the local cultures and flavours. They open doors to new experiences you would not be able to do on your own. Disney does hospitality right, so you’ll be in good hands. Anyway, check out their website here to see what amazing experiences they provide. You won’t be disappointed!
Ok so back to our adventure. Disney exclusively paired up with AmaWaterways to create river cruises along the Rhine and Danube. They had a few dates throughout the year, but we were keen on the Holiday River Cruise. Yes, it was a bit more expensive than the other travel dates, but I can’t help that my parents married on December 23rd. With a whole two years ahead of us, it would be more than enough time to save for this trip.
We chose the Danube River cruise from December 18th to December 27th. Disney sets everything up for you, so all you have to do is arrive the day before you embark on the cruise. They offer to put you up in a hotel of their choosing the night before so you don’t feel rushed arriving the day of the cruise. We opted for that because it allowed us to adjust to the time change and we had a day in Munich to explore before leaving on our cruise.
It was thrilling to have something to look forward to again, albeit two years away, it was still nice to have something on the calendar. For all you fellow travellers you know the feeling of excitement about an upcoming trip to be planned. I got straight to work on how to maximize our time overseas. The itinerary for the cruise was already laid out for us, but since we were over there I convinced my parents to extend their trip another week and a bit to travel on our own. I lured them in with cities like Krakow and Prague to sway their decision. It wasn’t hard really, they pretty well said yes immediately. It was on me to plan that extension of our trip since my parents don’t usually travel without some sort of agent doing all the planning and booking for them. I wouldn’t let them down!
And so there it was. Another new adventure on the docket. Something to look forward to again. It was almost a calming feeling that came over me knowing I had such a big trip being planned. Although planning such a trip doesn’t feel that way sometimes, does it? Travel fuels my soul. I guess that’s why I felt the way I did, and still do, knowing I have something like this to look forward to.
Stay tuned for a Christmas spent abroad and all the joy that comes with it.
Until next time…