Bucket List: Travel Plans

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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.

One of many Buddhist Temples in Chiang Mai

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.

Possibly a great retirement spot.

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.

costa fortuna
I could get used to life on board.

The cruise stops in:

Langkawi, Malaysia,

Colombo, Sri Lanka,

New Mangalore, India,

Salalah, Oman,

Crete, Greece and

Rome, Italy.

Heraklion, Crete

Once in Italy we head to Pistoia, Tuscany, where we will live like a local for about a month.

The view from our apartment in Pistoia.  That bell is a slight concern.

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

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  1. What an amazing trip you have planned. I’m very jealous right now but it’s inspiring me as I try to figure out my own travel plans for the year. If you have time in Italy, head out to the Prosecco region. Cheaper than Venice and oh so stunning. Great blog!

    1. Thanks Jo. I know what you mean, there’s just so much to see. Thanks for the Prosecco tip, l’ve put it on the ‘to do’ list. 😁

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