Almost that Time! #Blogging Break Approaching and a Tip!

Just a short note to let you know this will be my last post here until mid-March. As our winter escape to Mexico draws nearer, there are so many loose ends to tie up, not to mention – packing! As some of you who have read my little travel book, Have Bags, Will Travel, you can appreciate that getting ready to travel for me is a temporary full-time job, lol. First I pick all the things I want to take (just about everything except the kitchen sink) then I get out the old scales and start purging backwards what won’t fit in the weight allowance. It’s a science and an art I tell ya!

 

Don’t even get me started with the new Coronavirus .

There isn’t a mask left for sale in the city! We always wear masks when we travel without this new global threat, after contracting Influenza on the plane ride home from Arizona 4 years ago. I had one left in my carryon from last year’s trip and went on a mad hunt to no avail – until I tried my local independent pharmacy nearby where I have a good rapport with the owner, after scouting out several big pharmacies and Walmart. My friendly pharmacist told me he held back one box of surgical masks to sell them individually to those who were in desperate need of a mask – the sick and those traveling on airplanes. He generously sold me 4! No doubts I’ll have lots of travel stories to share upon my return!

This vacation is going to be a luxurious, well-needed busy getaway. We have lots of visitors coming and going to stay with us and many regular snowbird friends who rent in the same complex to socialize with. Plus, I’ve been checking out the real estate market in beautiful Puerto Vallarta where we are contemplating purchasing a condo for ourselves to possibly rent out and possibly even move to in the future, so I will undoubtedly be a busy bee having some look and sees and the lay of the land.

So for those of you who are used to seeing my gravatar around the blogosphere and social media, I won’t be doing my regular visits, but may pop by occasionally when time permits. I also won’t be posting here till I’m back settled because I don’t like to leave comments unanswered. So don’t forget me!

Before signing off here I’m going to leave you all with an important tip when taking out travel health insurance – Do your homework!!! If you’re traveling, never go away without travel health coverage, and never take the first quote!

If your country isn’t offering a good price, check into global travel health insurance companies, where you can search for your best rate. I learned this year how much the insurance company we’ve been using for years ‘exclusive’ members only from our bank was ripping us off – well my husband’s insurance for sure! It’s a fact once seniors turn 80 rates are considerably higher for travel insurance – especially with pre-existing conditions. I trusted my bank for too long. I went on a 2 day comparison search before insuring my husband and much to my delight, I found that our Canadian Blue Cross  gave a fair and just rate in my comparisons. How much of a difference? Are you sitting down? My bank wanted $2500.00 to insure my husband. Thank you Blue Cross. I have never been happier to fork over $720 FOR THE EXACT SAME COVERAGE!!! One third of the price!!! So don’t be fooled for ‘exclusively for you’ bullshit!

So take care everyone. Keep writing and stay safe as I plan on doing both. Adios!

 

©DGKaye

 

 

Believe You Can and You Will – Yes! A Well Anticipated #Blogging Break!

Did I Say Blogging Break?

 

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Sunshine, sea and sand. I hear the ocean calling.

 

After a veryyyyyy long 2018 and much of 2017, I am ecstatic to share that we are heading off to Mexico!

We had planned our 2 month getaway last year – supposed to have spent February and March in sunny Puerto Vallarta, but my husband’s health had taken a turn for the worse in January, which had me cancelling our trip. I’m wondering if my angels were at work when I phoned to cancel the beautiful beach condo we rented, the lovely woman told me they would still hold the March reservation until later in February until my husband’s followup scope took place and we’d find out the results of his surgery and if he could fly.

We went back to the hospital for followup 2 weeks ago and we received a good report from the doctor. In an instant my husband piped up and asked Dr. B if we could go to Mexico.  Dr. B said he didn’t want to say yes or no because of my hub’s ongoing condition and he pretty much left the ball in our court. I’m a worry wart every second of every day and had already resolved myself to the fact that this would be the first winter since we’ve been together that we weren’t getting away for a dose of sunshine. But within 2 days later my husband declared that he was sick and tired of sitting on a couch all day looking at darkness, snow and cold and said he’s got to live his life instead of sitting around waiting and wondering what might lie down the road. We both need a boost from winter and illness. So he asked me to call the condo lady and tell her we’re coming.

So I was busy last week re-booking our flights, with a minor penalty we had to pay, which I was more than happy to, and confirmed with Mexico that we will be coming. Of course, there was a lot of work involved to put this trip together, getting everything ready here, ample medications, travel insurance, and checking out the medical availabilities in Mexico should we need them, and HOUSE SITTING IN PLACE. Hubby can no longer walk for long distances, such as the good mile walk between airport checkin to the gates so I told him I’ll put him in a wheelchair and push him to the gate along with carting our carryon baggage. I’ve been sharpening my packing skills for sure, as carrying and lifting luggage is now all on me. I suppose going to the gym a few times a week will be paying off soon!

So, now that I’ve updated you all, I just want to add that I’ve never taken a vacation and stayed away from the computer, maintaining blogging while away. I can honestly say I am burnt out from the last year and particularly these past 2 months and want to inform you all that I have no set plans to post blogs for the month of March . . . maybe. We are leaving this weekend to spend the month down in Mexico.  All I want is to be in sunshine and do nothing but walk the beach, read books and write. There will be no big adventures other than looking at the ocean (from the front view of our condo) and the mountains (from our bedroom). My brother and sister-in-law are already there staying in the building next to ours so it will be lovely to spend some time together.

Don’t be surprised if you see my ‘mug’ show up to read the odd blog if I should get ambitious.I just don’t intend on spending my precious vacation time reading 4 hours of blogs nightly, but I’m sure I’ll catch a few posts as I will be checking social media and may be tempted to click on a  few posts via Facebook. Come on, I can’t stay away completely!

Most likely I’ll put up a few posts while I’m gone – after all, I may have to share a few photos of spectacular sunsets and such, so stay tuned!

Bon Voyage