“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

― Mark Twain

The ideas behind the Granny Travels site are many actually. Well, a few, anyway.

The impetus was my niece Jenni, who decided that she is buying me a ticket to New Zealand for Christmas as a surprise present for Zoze, my sister, who turns 70 this year! And we have to keep it a secret, at least until her birthday in April.

For me, the anticipation and planning around a trip like that is a huge part of the fun and as I can’t blog about it on GrayHairedLady, (Zoze reads it) I thought, why not another blog, just for older people who want to get out and about.

Then it dawned on me that trips don’t have to be big, they can be day trips, or overnights, or as I am doing, making each day an adventure; every foray out of the house will encompass something new, whether it’s a road I haven’t taken before on the way to the grocery store or trying out a new bar a friend discovered. Maybe it will mean stopping at that Indian Heritage Museum I have passed numerous times but never visited.

I am putting on my tourist hat, and visiting my local area to see it through the eyes of a visitor.

And then with my involvement with Harbors Magazine as the editor, the trips I do can add an expanded view of local.

Of course, the planning and preparation for my big New Zealand trip will play a part in this…and once I get there, watch out! Lots of photos and mini trips planned.

So this will evolve, as blogs do and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, creating it.