My Next Spinsterlicious Adventure

One of the things I love about being single is that I have the freedom to take off on an Unknownadventure whenever it suits me (after checking in with my bank account, of course). Traveling is one of my passions; I’ve been many places –22 countries—and there are many more I need to get to.

I’m excited about my next adventure, even though it’s a few months away. I’m going with some of my colleagues to trek through the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, finishing up in the fabulous historic city of Marrakech.

Marrakech_montage.I’m a little surprised at myself because I don’t believe I’ve ever said or even thought “Gee, someday I’d like to be on top of a mountain.” But when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped at the offer right away. A few years ago, I took a day trip to Morocco (Tangiers) from Spain and wished I had spent more time there, and now is my chance. I was enticed by the culture, the food, the bright colors everywhere and I knew I wanted to come back for a real visit.

Marrakech sounds amazing, and this trekking thing is an opportunity for me to challenge myself in a way I’ve never done. It’s not exactly mountain climbing, I think it’s more like mountain hiking…but I have to train for 3 months, so it ain’t no joke.  We’ll be doing things like hiking through the mountainside villages of Morocco for 6-8 hours/day hauling “stuff” in our backpacks…sometimes sleeping in hotel-like places, and sometimes outside. (Note to self: ask Kim if you can borrow her sleeping bag). I’ve never done anything like this, but I’m game for a new experience.

 

We are partnering with UNICEF and raising money for kids in Malawi, Bangladesh, and Bolivia as part of their Brighter Futures venture. Each of us is raising $2500.  This is an opportunity for me to do something for others in a pretty big way.  This fundraising is also  as an opportunity to even the score with all the parents I know from whom I’ve bought whatever their kids were selling that I didn’t want. 🙂  Girl Scout cookies, bake sale goodies, wrapping paper, chocolate turtles, raffle tickets…the list is sizable.

If you want to contribute, you can do so here–> http://crowdrise.com/EleanoreWells.  No amount is too small.  If you have any advice for me on hiking, high altitudes, sleeping outdoors, blisters on feet, getting along with people I don’t know well when we’re tired and cranky, and/or how not to succumb to the native charm and buy too much stuff I don’t really need, well, please leave your thoughts in the Comments section.

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10 Responses to My Next Spinsterlicious Adventure

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  2. Q says:

    What a fantastic trip! I understand the “single travel” frustration. I don’t have the easiest schedule so when I think of going somewhere I end up canceling because of what I call “too bad you’re single” fare! I think its a bad deal. I’ve been to Casablanca and Rabat, two very different and interesting places. I would like to visit Marrakech and Fez. I understand they are absolutely beautiful. Enjoy yourself and as I know you will. Can’t wait to hear about your trip. I love the bake goods (I brought a big box home smelled up the plane), the rugs and the unique jewelry designs. The food was great and the people were nice. I give you kudos to climbing the mountain – you go girl. Proud of ya! – continue to be you, always enjoying life…….

  3. Candace says:

    When I went to Peru and Bolivia for 11 days I bought very comfortable, inexpensive men’s steel toe work boots to hike in, and took sweat shirts and pants, blue jeans and tee shirts that were not brand new or expensive that I had worn for a year or two and would not mind leaving behind. During the trip I left clothes in the hotel room for the maids take away. I was told that in a 3rd world country, as long as the clothes were in good condition the maids would take the clothes home and find someone who could use them. The extra room created in my suitcase by leaving clothes behind allowed me to shop for beautiful sweaters, etc., and still only carry one suitcase.

  4. alison says:

    I would love to travel but every time I think about it and start to look at booking a trip I get so frustrated about having to pay as much as a couple, just because I am single I end up not doing it. One travel agency set up a sole travel event, but it was all about meeting other singles so you can room iwth someone.

    It isn’t a vacation if I have to room with someone. I am in my 50’s and have lived alone since I was 17. It isn’t restful or enjoyable to room with someone. Even if it was one of my close friends let alone a stranger.

    Most of my friends are married so if they are going on a trip they are going to take it with their partner, so even if I were to go with them I would end up with a room of my own. And in most cases would end up paying what the two of them would pay for the two of them.

    How is this fair? And how do you get around it?

    • Eleanore says:

      Yeah, I hear and understand our frustration. In fact I share it. I am sharing a room on this trip with someone I don’t yet know…but so is everybody else, if they’re not bringing a mate. I do wish there was a fix, but I don’t know what it is.

  5. i01anda says:

    How exciting for you 🙂 Hope you all have a fantastic time!! 🙂

  6. Jill says:

    For high altitudes, ask your Dr. for a prescription for Diamox. I just got back from a trip to Ecuador, where I visited Quito, and Peru, where I visited Machu Picchu and Cuzco. All of those locations are at high altitudes. I was on a tour, and was one of the few people who did not experience altitude sickness, because I was taking the Diamox. I did not experience any side effects. Ask for the time-release version, which is fairly new. Have a great trip!

  7. Dee says:

    What an adventure! I’ve never done anything like this either, so I don’t have any tips to share other than have a fabulous, Spinsterlicious time! I’ll look forward to your trip report upon your return! (hint, hint)

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