This bucket list trip promises to be a life changing journey. Here is a brief overview of what’s to come.
After a Christmas road trip through Queensland, the first stop is Chiang Mai, Thailand. True to the Cool Footing philosophy, the plan is to spend a few months there to explore it as a cheap, but salubrious retirement spot.
If it is, in the coming years we’ll live there for half the year and Australia the other half as part of the ‘you can’t afford to retire’ plan. If not, then we’ll have to road test other places. It’s a tough gig, but it has to be done.
After Thailand we’re off on a cruise for three weeks from Singapore to Rome. We’re on the Costa Fortuna. You may remember the Costa line for that unfortunate sinking incident a few years back. I’ve decided to forgive them, and hope they learned from their mistake.
The cruise stops in:
Colombo, Sri Lanka,
New Mangalore, India,
Crete, Greece and
Once in Italy we head to Pistoia, Tuscany, where we will live like a local for about a month.
I’ve always wanted to live to a European rhythm of life. To make it all the more authentic, we’re avoiding hotels. We’ve found fabulous AirBnB places with great facilities, locations and prices. You can check out our places in Chiang Mai, Rome and Pistoia
The last leg of the trip is to England, where I grew up. A bit of a pilgrimage back to ol’ blightey. This section of the journey is not Cool Footing, mostly due to the UK being just about the most expensive place on the planet.
This is not the last bucket list trip though, planning is already underway to New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and America.
“Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” -Roy M. Goodman