ode to travel


From east to west, and from north to south
My travels have taken me seven continents about.
To places of interest, distant lands, islands shore to shore
Countries I had often heard spoken of or read about before.

The quest to travel started early in my teens
And up to this age I am not yet weaned.
The longing to see the world and explore
Could not be quenched with one destination, I needed more.

First, I journeyed from Barbados to England the mother land
Thereafter to commonwealth nations, all part of the plan.
So, I would travel to two sometimes four
Places that piqued my interest, that held a special lure.

Obviously bitten by a persistent travel bug
I have learned how to navigate, pack, and lug.
Tromping with bags thru Europe, the Americas North, Central and South
Travel was my destiny, my passion, my love.

From Africa to Asia, the Middle East to Down Under
Careful planning and bespoke itineraries made each trip a wonder.
Jetting off to those horizons offered a unique thrill
Before starting the holiday, I had not paid the entire bill.

Reservations were set, and I was in store
To traverse like a pirate while going solo.
Tours, dinners, adventures galore
Are the experiences I now talk of ore and ore.

Every time I would make the trek of two weeks or four
I would come back tired, weary, and sore.
Options to travel by plane, train, bus, or car
But more often than naught my two legs took me far.

It is more than a year, maybe two, since my last trip
To Indonesia, Malaysia, Southeast Asia, hence this writ.
It is high time to pack bags and be on my way
Instead of watching YouTube travel sites every day.

Because of Covid-19 my travel plans have been shelved
Lockdown at home and abroad has blown it all to hell.
My patience is running out I am hoping to choose
A trip in the near future so have me excused.

Borders are closed, commercial flights still grounded
I hate to say it, but for now, nowhere I am bounded.
Viewing travel videos does make me weep
To see other tourists enjoying treat after treat.

The world is my oyster and all I want to see
Are exotic places not just on TV.
To satisfy my longings, fulfil my destiny
God willing, I want a vacation before January.

Community Peeps I often reminisce and ponder
Of my times perusing places of natural beauty and splendor.
Taj Mahal, Sidney Opera House, Vatican, Grand Canyon
Spelunking, zip lining, hot air balloon flying, and camel riding.
Too many places to list and too many adventures to tell
But if you like this ode to travel, I pray thee well.
Leave a comment in the box that will help me feel
Your love as always, encouraged, surreal.

As usual I will beg my readers, for whom I care
To leave a comment, like, follow or share.
It would be a treasured gift of pleasure I seek
And I will sign off as always with a promise to speak.

Of more times,

Itinerary Planner

6 Comments on “ode to travel

  1. I know how you feel. I love to travel but have been grounded by COVID. I had a cruise planed that was canceled. I am itching to travel again. I pray that this virus gets under control so we may travel again. Until then we will all stay safe and healthy and keep watching those travel YouTube videos.

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    • Covid-19 has turned everything on it head. I can’t wait to travel again too. Glad to hear from you. Hope you will be able to travel soon too. in the meantime , stay safe and well.

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  2. I know how you feel. I don’t travel all that much in normal life, but more than now. My “getaway” are travel books. I’ve been to dozens of countries in the last few months vicariously, mostly with daring young men–and once with a Japanese cat. It truly takes the sting off isolation.

    Hang in there with us all. Surely this will be over soon.

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    • Thanks for showing solidarity with me. Virtual travel is alright but actual travel is the best. I can’t wait to be out their again. Thanks for your comment. It is appreciated.

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  3. Beautifully said….like most travelers I’m on hold too. It will be nice to visit some of those places too, but who knows.

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