With Erika Fernbach, 60+.
Age no longer defines who we are. It's not how old we are, but how we are old.
Wanderlust is in my genes. I’ve traveled all my life and continue to do so. I get on a plane and let things happen. When traveling, I indulge my curiosity, am impulsive, connect with people, and laugh a lot.
I've recently published, On the Road, Nepal. I was often asked, “Why do you keep going back?” I thought about my answer. My first trip in 1973 was a short one. Yet, this country with its majestic mountains left an indelible impression on me. In 2012, I returned for a six-week stay. That trip led to another and another. I fell in love - Not with a man, but with a country. I hope to go back soon.
Earlier this year, I was in Thailand and India to collect material for a new book. I loved the trip, but was eager to come home to my family and friends. Also, I was looking forward to the talks and writing workshops on my platter.
Humor is an important ingredient in good health. Actual complaints received by Thomas Cook Vacations, U.K. from dissatisfied customers follow:
"They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax."
"We had to line up outside to catch the boat and there was no air-conditioning."
"It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel."
"I was bitten by a mosquito. The brochure did not mention mosquitoes."
"We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish."
"We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed they were included in the price.”
"We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white, but it was more yellow."
"It's lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during 'siesta' time - this should be banned."
"Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers."
"I compared the size of our one-bedroom suite to our friends three-bedroom and ours was significantly smaller."
"When we were in Spain, there were too many Spanish people there. The receptionist spoke Spanish; the food was Spanish. No one told us that there would be so many foreigners."
"My fiancée and I requested twin-beds when we booked, but we were given a room with a king bed. We hold you responsible and want to be re-reimbursed for the fact that I became pregnant. This would not have happened if you had given us the room we had booked.”
Because I want to change this section often, please e-mail me humorous material.