#YQrtw recap: Apr 20 – May 3 Cruising

I’m recapping my round-the-world trip from 2013 with a photo and memory from each day of the trip. I’m lumping my cruise travel days in one post, though I will have separate posts for the port calls in Jordan and Egypt.

When I was planning for my round-the-world (RTW) trip, travelling by ship was in my list of To-Do.

The idea of it is romantic: slow travel for days; on the sea; chance of a Titanic romance (without the sinking ship or murderous fiance) and an unusual way of travelling.

I researched on cargo ships which take on passengers but found it too pricey. Cruises weren’t cheap too.

Just was I was about to give up, I stumbled upon an article about repositioning cruises and it was exactly like what I was looking for: affordable. (Even cheaper if you’re sharing a room.)

 

Eventually I booked a 15-night cruise taking me from Dubai to Italy. The most brilliant part was that the cruise stops in Jordan and Egypt. I had wanted to visit Egypt but solely flying in for a week was too expensive.

I did have doubts about how I’d survive 15-nights on a cruise. Most of the cruise stories I’ve heard are horror stories: terrible food, lousy entertainment and tiny rooms.

But cruise travel turned out to be one of the best things about my RTW because I have bad taste buds and the soul of a retired old lady. I had lots of free time, access to food, access to exercise equipment that I didn’t use at all, arts and crafts, and as little human contact as I need. I had found my calling in being a retiree.

I did meet other interesting people. Most of them are retirees from the United States who are taking their time to enjoy life. I was the odd one out taking time to enjoy life before retirement period. Only time will tell if this works out in the end or not.

 

 

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More about Liau Yun Qing

Yun Qing is a writer, improviser and curious person. She loves finding little adventures in life. In 2013, she went on a 130-day round-the-world trip. She wrote a book to help those who also want to go on a career break.

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