If someone had told me I’d be singing the praises of a Porsche driving adventure, I might just have called them crazy. The sexy, masculine brand does not exactly convey the image of a tree hugging eco-friendly vehicle. But that’s just the point: don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Under the sleek hood of the hybrid Panamera is an efficient, high performance vehicle. I somehow found myself behind the wheel on a trip to Atlanta celebrating JetBlue’s inaugural flight of a direct route from Boston.
Ask a room full of people the destinations they’d like to visit and you’ll get a wide variety of answers. One country most have in common however is a bucket list adventure to Peru. While Machu Picchu, the Unesco World Heritage site, will top the list, once you begin researching, you’ll find there is so much more to this country than just the Sacred Valley.
Peru is a destination where you can go from downtown Lima to the Amazon River in a few short hours. Add in the Andes and you’ve got a landscape as colorful and vibrant as the people and animals that inhabit the former Inca Empire. Blending all of this diversity together can get a little overwhelming when planning a trip, and that is one of the reasons I was thrilled when AdventureSmith Explorations invited me on this incredible bucket list adventure to Peru.
Did you know I now have a video channel? It in the early stages, but you can find me sharing Baby Boomer Adventures on YouTube as Alison Abbott. I’d love for you to take a peek and let me know your thoughts. Learning the ins and outs for this baby boomer filled with wanderlust is always a challenge, but one that I love. Video is another outlet for my creativity. Sharing travel experiences in as many ways as possible allows me to give you a deeper look into a destination.
As empty nesters, my husband and I like to take advantage of short getaways in New England as often as possible. Recharge with a quick romantic overnight and then back to reality. In Massachusetts, there are plenty of destinations for these timely escapes. One of the prettiest stretches of coastline nearby is Cape Ann where a getaway leads to the historic Emerson Inn.
Little more than an hour from our home, the area is a world apart and steeped in all things maritime. Seaside, in an area founded by the Pilgrims in 1623 and named after England’s Queen Ann, one quickly forgets city life. Cape Anne’s beautiful rocky shores include four communities: Gloucester, Essex, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and our escape: Rockport and the historic Emerson Inn.
Given the choice, do you prefer the aisle or window seat? The answer’s an easy one for me. Coming in through the clouds to a new destination makes my heart race. Seeing the outline of an island from the air is one of my favorite views. Predictable? Not usually, except perhaps with my seat selection. I love flying, and when given the chance to go parasailing Grand Cayman Style, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. This adventure would feel like taking to the skies outside of the plane!