Merida!

Merida is feeling more and more like a good home base. While Kathy and I want to continue to travel the world we need an affordable comfortable and safe place to rest and rejuvenate between travels. This lovely city in the Yucatan state of Mexico provides that and much more.

There is great community here, we’ve made a wonderful group of people and there are frequent meet ups, gatherings and events.

Merida is close to the beach. Chelem and Progreso are beach cities about 45 minutes away. Cancun and Playa Del Carmen are an enjoyable 4 hour ride away if you want a more resort experience.

There is an international airport here. This is very important to us as women who want to travel a lot.

Merida is close enough to the United States to allow for visiting to and from family and friends.

If you do visit there is lots to see and do. From the vibrant night life, art scene, historical wonders like Chichen Itza and the beautiful cenotes, Merida has more than enough to keep anyone happy and interested. Have questions about Merida? What to pay us a visit? Drop us a line at boltraveling@gmail.com.

I just love all the colors of the houses in my neighborhood (Emiliano Zapata Oriente, Merida, Mexico)

Mérida, in the top ten of the best cities in the world to travel in 2022 – The Yucatan Times

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2021/11/merida-in-the-top-ten-of-the-best-cities-in-the-world-to-travel-in-2022/

Celebrating Apple!

It’s been a year since we ushered Apple into the world (in Vietnam) and my first experience as a doula. Since then we moved to Mexico and I’ve commenced studying for doula certification. Meanwhile Apple and her mommy are thriving in Thailand. You can read about Mama Dani’s experiences as a new mom at https://medium.com/@danimonique ENJOY!

BOLT Reviews: Cancun JazzFest and Hard Rock Riviera Maya

If you are looking for a wonderful time, in a beautiful place, surrounded by positive people Music Getaways Cancun JazzFest is for you. We were gifted this experience and had an amazing time. There was a good lineup of acts with a variety of music styles. Truly something for everyone. Our favorite was the Isley Brothers but I have to say Jeffrey Osborne was wonderful too.

It was announced that next year’s festival will be at a different location but I trust it will be equally great. This is not an event for the budget conscious but we are so glad we went!

I did want to take a moment to share about the Hard Rock Riviera Maya. This was our first time at an all inclusive resort and I have to say our expectations were far exceeded! It’s kind of like a cruise on land and you know how much we love cruising.

The resort is located right on the beach and you can swim in the pristine ocean water or in one of the many pools.

There are lots of activities including water exercise, zip lining and scuba diving.

There are 12 dining options from full menu restaurants to snack and dessert bars. All drinks, including alcohol, are included too. Everything was delicious and fresh!

I enjoyed feeling like I was in a somewhat natural setting with lots of paths for walking. I even got to see my first coatis.

Kathy and I would definitely consider more all inclusive resort trips, especially music festivals. Please let us know at boltraveling@gmail.com if you know of any good ones coming up.

Mexico!

We will probably be in Mexico for a while. There are so many beautiful places to see and so many things to do here. Where have you been? Where do you suggest for BOLT? Please post your comments below.

https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/mexico/articles/10-most-beautiful-towns-in-mexico/

BOLT Top 5: Reasons Why We Like Cruising

Cruising is very special for Kathy and I. We met on a cruise. When we were working cruising was a great way to vacation. We started our lives of retirement and travel with a 30 day cruise. We know that cruising is not for everyone. It’s not the best way to immerse yourself in a locale. You usually spend less than a day in port. It’s not the cheapest way to travel. But for us, it’s one of our favorite ways to go. Here’s our top 5 reasons why.

1. Ease of Travel

Rather then changing hotels several times,check in, check out, lug suitcases around, etc, when you cruise you check in once and are set for the length of the vacation. On our last cruise we visited 3 countries and a total of 9 ports. Cruising made that so much easier.

2. Meals

Cruise ships have amazing food! There is a huge variety of selections and dining options. Unless you choose to dine at the “specialty restaurants” all your meals are included in the price of the cruise.

3. The Ports

Cruising is a great way to see places you might not normally visit. You will visit many exotic places on most cruises. You can choose one of the many shore excursions offered by the cruise lines or just get off the ship and explore on your own.

4. Group Gatherings

Cruises are such an awesome way to get a group together. With a minimum of planning you can have a wonderful family vacation, class reunion or simply a gathering of friends.

5. Value

Cruising is not the least expensive way to travel but when you add up all of the above we think you get very good value for your travel dollar, especially if you put in some effort to research bargains.

How about you? We’d love to hear your thoughts on cruising. Contact us at boltraveling@gmail.com

Photo Dump: BOLT in Europe!

We just got back from 18 magical days in Europe. We took an 11 day Mediterranean cruise to Croatia Greece and Italy. We spent additional days before and after the cruise in Rome. We documented the trip on Instagram and Facebook but wanted to save a record of the trip here as well. So here are our favorite photos and memories of the trip.

Santorini Greece was one of our favorite stops. I loved the cable car ride to the top of the island. We hopped on a local bus a visited the beach.

We had an amazing time in Europe. Kathy threw a coin into the Trevi Fountain so we will definitely return.

Our home for 11 days, the Norwegian Getaway was a beautiful ship. Kathy and I love cruising and I will soon be sharing cruising tips, pros and cons.

Fingers Crossed! Tomorrow we leave for Europe!

Travel during the time of Covid is complicated, stressful and confusing. Regulations and rules seem to change constantly. Kathy and I are all set (we hope) for a trip to Italy and a Mediterranean cruise. We’ve checked and double checked our paperwork, made copies, got our covid tests (negative) and are hopefully on our way to Europe tomorrow morning.

We can’t wait to share this trip with. In gratitude and love, I envision the highest and best outcomes and feel assured that all is in divine order. Trip or no trip all shall be well.

Celebrating 14 Years of Love and Travel!

Whether by plane, cruise ship, RV, train or car Kathy and I love to travel! This month we look back over our 14 years of travel. We hope you enjoy these pictures of some of the places we’ve visited.

Belize
Zanzibar
Whale Watching Baja California Sur, México
Vietnam
Bali
Vietnam
Beijing China
Hawaii
Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Great Wall of China
Family Cruise 2019
South Africa
Merida Mexico
Chichen Itza
Selma to Montgomery Alabama
Yee Ping, Chiang Mai Thailand
Chiang Mai Thailand
Ensenada, Baja California México
Our RV, Winnie
Niagara Falls NY
Canada
Singapore
Tanzania
Malaysia
Malaysia
Ha Long Bay Vietnam
The Mouth of the Mississippi River, Minnesota