We spent day 152 of the Nowhere To Be Project in the charming seaside town of Dover, England. Our first stop upon arrival was to Dover Castle which was rebuilt by my 20th Great Grandfather, King Henry II, during his reign. Henry is widely regarded as one of the most successful rulers in England’s history and the sprawling castle is surely evidence of this. Walking in the actual footsteps of my ancestors is one of the reasons why travel is so important to me. The view I enjoyed from a window in the tower of the castle today probably wasn’t all that different from the one my grandparents, Henry and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, had in the 12th century (well, except for the fact that mine included my current home away from home, the Viking Sky). It just proves that we all leave a legacy for those who follow us whether we intend to or not. I’d like mine to include the importance of wanderlust.
Day 21 of the Nowhere To Be Project was focused on organizing my upcoming travels. If you’ve read my blog before, you know that I absolutely live to travel. So, tomorrow I’m going to Denver for an overnight. The following week I’ll be in Florida for a wedding. At the end of April I’m heading to Sydney, Australia. From there it will be a month long RV trip across the country. August brings a journey by sea to Norway, Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales. I’ll close the year out in California, Oregon and Washington state. You never know though, I could sprinkle a few more in there if the opportunity (and a great deal) arises. After all, that is the whole point of the Nowhere To Be Project, taking advantage of all that an obligation-free life offers.
My point in organizing is to set personal goals for my travels to ensure I get the most out of my time in each spot. My husband’s primary travel goal for the past few years has been to hit every Major League Baseball park. He has just two to go and they will be knocked off in May. He suggested that I select something of interest to me to conquer on our adventures. I usually just focus on enjoying the local culture, but agreed to take on his challenge. I briefly considered haunted sights, cemeteries (for genealogy, of course) and museums. I’m super interested in all of those, but they just didn’t feel right for right now. After a bit of thought, I’ve decided to visit as many local farmer’s markets as possible. With a plant-based diet, I’m always searching for the freshest fruits and vegetables anyway, so this makes total sense. Above the practicality of my choice though, I’ve learned that farmer’s markets go way beyond produce. Many offer local delicacies, homemade delights and handmade treasures. In short, they are fascinating gathering places for passionate and talented locals. What touristy attraction could top that?
For me, the best part of traveling is getting to know the people who call each place “home” and I have a strong feeling that I’ll find them hanging out at farmer’s markets. With that, I’d like to ask (beg:-) each of you to reach out with the names of your favorite farmer’s markets. I promise to share a comprehensive list of each one I visit in an effort to spread the good news I find.