Wanderlust. Is that one word? Spell check (my dear old friend) hasn’t drawn its jagged red line, so I guess it is one word.
Wanderlust. Why me? That deserves an exclamation point too. Why me?! I have the life. All the comforts of a very nice life; caring husband, healthy happy child, family and friends, nice home in wine country, vacations, etc… Looking at this list, there’s something interesting -would most people list more “things?” I have mentioned my home I guess.
I even have a job now. When I started this blog I didn’t have one – that’s when the writing stopped. It took some time to get adjusted to the new way of life. Even my job is nice. Three flexible days a week at a tech company. The people are wonderful to work with and the environment is fantastic. There’s “beer on deck” on Fridays, where we all hang out. We had a “real” Christmas party this year. No one has an office, not even the CEO -he has an open work space like the rest of us. Mixed drinks on Thursdays. Home-made waffles. I could go on. You get the point.
All of this and I still want to leave. I come home from a trip (the latest was the Big Island), and I’m ok for a week or two. Then the ache starts. I long to go somewhere. I start checking Expedia for flights. That’s when my dear sweet husband tells me we just got home and can’t afford the time or money to go on another one now. I secretly mope and tell him “I know… I just like to look.” Which is true. I don’t mention the ache – the desire I have to explore.
I want to explore. No. I need to explore. But why?
Is it because my job isn’t mentally rewarding enough? During law school I had wanderlust, but not as bad. It’s something to ponder. I’ll think about it and write more. I’d love to hear what other people experience…
Do I get paid for advertising for the Fairmont? No. Back when I made my original posts, it was around our trip to Boston. And as usual, the Fairmont treated us quite well. They upgraded us to a signature suite. On our first evening they gave us a lovely gift – a signed copy of the Catie Copely book for our two-year old, along with a soft stuffed dog. How sweet!
Now keep in mind, we are loyal Fairmont patrons, but we are not the biggest spenders. I can honestly say we have never paid more than the rate for a basic room. What we have done is been loyal guests at the Fairmont. Over the last 5 years we have continued to stay at the fairmont for at least two weeks per year. On various trips (both vacation and last minute business), we seek out Fairmonts are reserve there.
One such time was an emergency trip to Vancouver where we found ourselves standing in the hallway of Vancouver General at 3am with a crying baby, hoping and praying my uncle would live through the night. We had just flown in from San Francisco and had an emergency briefing from the doctors. It was cruise season and all the hospital’s recommended hotels were booked. One call to the Fairmont and they had a room ready for us, and gave us a super-low rate due to the emergency situation. We arrived at the hotel to find a small selection of food in our room as well as a note saying they were happy to have us and sorry it was under such dire circumstances. When my other uncle and father needed to fly in the next day, the Fairmont assured they had rooms next to us and at our same low rate.
Long story short, we just had a wonderful stay at the Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island, Hawaii. It was there that I learned about the Fairmont credit card and its wonderful benefits.
I’m going to apply now. http://www.fairmont.com/promo/card/
Looking forward to more stays…