Exciting Travel Plans Are On The Horizon! An Update On A Cruising Couple

This post was last updated on July 27th, 2016

Hello, all! It’s been a while since we took a moment on the blog to share what we’re up to and where we’re headed. But since we’re hopping on a plane this weekend, we decided now would be the perfect time to update you on what you can expect from A Cruising Couple in the upcoming months! If this doesn’t interest you, then come back next week when we’ll be featuring a fantastic guest post on Leon, Nicaragua. :)

If you’re following along on Facebook or Instagram, then you know that we’re currently housesitting outside San Jose, Costa Rica. We’re here taking care of eleven dogs and one cat, so it’s been a bit of a zoo…in a good way.

 

House sitting Costa Rica

Imperial in Costa Rica

 

This will likely be our last house sitting gig for a while, though. After talking about it for the past many, many months, we’ve decided to commit to having one single home base for at least a year. We’ll likely be writing a whole post that dives into the why of it, but we are trying to find a better balance in our life. While we love traveling, it turns out we miss having time and stability to grow our business, invest in hobbies and build relationships. Costa Rica seems to have a way with us. We already have the pup, and now we’ve purchased a jeep to better explore the country, so for the time being, it looks like San Isidro is where we’ll be calling “home” come September. More on this to come :)

 

Jack perro

A Cruising Couple Jeep

 

In the meantime, we promised exciting travel plans, and exciting travel plans we have! For the next six weeks, we’re going to be busy island hopping in Greece and then road tripping through Turkey!

 

Greece

 

Santorini
Photo by Maggie Meng via Flickr CC

 

We try to use frequent flier miles as often as we can when we travel, but unfortunately, that means sometimes we have to split up on flights to take advantage of miles with different airlines. That’s the case with this trip, so I leave on Saturday evening and Dan jets off Sunday morning. The good news is I found a crazy awesome deal on a Business Class flight (which Dan generously didn’t fight me over), so I’ll be sipping on champagne the whole way to Athens!

With the economic crisis going on, we’ve received a lot of warranted comments questioning if now is the best time to travel to Greece. From what we’ve heard from travelers actually on the ground, tourists haven’t been affected yet. We have heard to bring plenty of cash, and we’ll be keeping you updated on what it’s like from our perspective on social media. No matter what, this is our first trip to Greece, and we’re crazy excited to finally explore this beautiful country :)

We’ll be spending a few day in Athens, a week in Santorini (Dan’s photographing a yoga teacher training while we’re there), and then island hopping around the Dodecanese. If you’ve been to any of these regions, let us know your top tips and tricks!

Turkey

 

Istanbul !
Photo by Emanuele UbOldi via Flickr CC

 

After we’ve had our fill of the Greek sunshine, we’ll be taking a ferry from Samos to Turkey! Our schedule is quite loose, but it looks like it will include a road trip from the Aegean Sea to Cappadocia, sleeping in a castle, hot air ballooning, and of course plenty of time to soak up the highlights of Istanbul.

Again, due concerns at the Turkish border, we weren’t sure if now was the best time to visit Turkey. But many travelers and locals responded to our concerns telling us to COME! We won’t be in Turkey until August, and everything is flexible, but for the time being, that’s where we’re headed.

We’ve been around and around and around trying to finalize which destinations we wanted to visit with our limited timeframe. Initially we hoped to have time to explore even more of Greece, Albania, and Macedonia. While it doesn’t look like that will be possible on this trip, we are already planning a return visit to explore more of the Mediterranean—that means lots of additional juicy travels are coming your way!

In the meantime, we’re still sharing stories from the amazing two weeks we spent exploring Nicaragua. We’re also planning on writing a lot more about Costa Rica since this is very quickly becoming the destination we know the most about! If you have a particular question or topic you’d like us to cover on the blog in the upcoming month, feel free to drop us a line and let us know!

Thanks so much for sticking with us! We’ve been a bit quiet the past few months as we took the much needed time to invest in our other business pursuits, but now we’re back at it and looking forward to sharing in many more adventures together!

Have you been to Greece or Turkey? What travel tips do you have for us? We would be forever grateful if you shared any and all tips in the comments below!

9 Comments

  1. Love and prayers for safe travels and happy visits in some unsettled places.

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  2. greece is heavenly! Be sure to eat ALL the souvlaki :). Have fun!!

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  3. So cool you two!! Excited to see the future post on the “why” of your decision to make a home base for a year… I have a feeling we’ll have similar feelings about it all! In the meantime, Greece and Turkey sound so great!!! Cannot wait to see more. You two are awesome. xx

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  4. I’ve been to Rhodes, Crete and Skiathos in Greece, all lovely. I would say my favorite thing about Greece is just walking the narrow streets, learning about lokal greek mythology (often they have the location to the home of the greek gods etc, and ancient myths). And swimming in the crystal blue water! Santorini doesn’t have beaches (i think?) but most of the other islands do. The greek food is wonderful, I love tzaziki and the lovely vegetables they have, some how it tastes better over there. :-D pepperonata, stuffed tomatoes, motstand and gyros are some of the very nice dishes I’ve had over there. And they produce their own extra virgin olive oil that I take home with me! Greece is every bit as nice as the photos. You’ll have a wonderful time!

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    • Motstand should be moussaka.. Thanks autokorrect!

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  5. looks like you guys are living the dream! I’m sure you’ll love Greece and Turkey, Great part of the world!

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  6. Two of my favourite countries! I would definitely recommend a few days doing a sailing trip on a felucca in Turkey if you can – it was the highlight of nearly three weeks in Turkey for me. Hot air ballooning over Cappadocia was another one. Kas is a cool little town on the coast. I haven’t been to any of the Dodecanese Islands so I don’t have any tips for them :)
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  7. WOW!!! that is very nice to see form a couple. someday i would love to travel the whole world with the one i truly love! :)

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