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Nothing puts me more in a mood to plan a trip than rain. As the water pours down in the UK on these early days of summer, I’d love nothing more than to relax in the sun somewhere. Luckily, the rest of Europe is easily accessible; it won’t take long at all to head south to calmer skies. What better way to take a break than a cruise? I know tons of family and friends who just can’t get enough of cruising as it can offer the best perks of traveling without all the work. After hearing all the great adventurous stories, I’m so ready for my own cruising adventure – possibly this summer!

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It’s time to turn my brain off

My mode of travel is slightly unorthodox, as it’s often for work and includes jam-packed itineraries. When it’s actually time to take a real vacation, all I desire is some time to unwind and simply relax. Sure, I love road trips with my husband and the thrill of leaving hotels until the last minute, but when push comes to shove I think it’s time to just take a breather. I can’t imagine a real getaway where I simply board a luxury ship, have food and fun at my fingertips and see some exciting port destinations. Where else can I have a massage, workout, fresh meal and perfect night’s sleep than on a cruise? A holiday without a care in the world on the sea sounds divine.

I want to see it all

How can you even pick between Italy and France? Greece and Croatia? It’s like choosing between apples and oranges. I think getting a taste of each place via cruise is the best option. Then you can float through several cities and ports, decide on your favorites, and plan holidays back for more.

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Saving money, obviously

Sometimes, all those flights and time off work can be daunting to imagine when you want to travel. But if I take a cruise to see several destinations at once, I can simply save both my costs and precious holiday allowance. This doesn’t even cover the actual cruise either – having a cabin eliminates other pricey accommodations and meals on board can help alleviate expensive meals out every evening. Many cruise lines will have amazing deals during the summer months for special itineraries, beverage packages and more.

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Unexpected perks

My style of travel is usually chaotic and spontaneous. But sometimes I love to just be in the moment and let someone else do the heavy lifting. The idea of being on a floating oasis full of food, activities and style seems wonderful. Unwind with a climb up a rock wall or putting through mini golf, then grab a coffee and a spa treatment all within steps of where you sleep. What better way to get great tips on port perks as well then asking staff about the preferred attractions and points of interests they enjoy.

Have you taken a cruise before? Do you have any tips for me before I make official plans? How do you save money while cruising?


Author EileenCotterWright

Eileen Cotter Wright is a Boston, MA local and a former London, UK expat. Despite losing her passport the first day she left her home country, she's continued to roam the earth with gusto for more than 16 years. You can keep up with her hot mess adventures on Instagram @CrookedFlight.

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  • Cruising has never been on my bucket list, Eileen but you’ve written an interesting piece. I’m the kind of person who is more comfortable in a pair of waking boots than an evening gown. I prefer to sample local food and dine with the locals in a relaxed but vibrant atmosphere. But you sell it well and I’d be curoius to see how I got on – from wild camping to luxury cabins. Thanks for posting.

    • EileenC says:

      It really wasn’t on mine for a long time too. But the bigger my post-backpacking budget grows and the extra time I have makes cruising seem much more appealing to get a taste of evrything – only to return some other time! Hopefully soon I can give a better idea of how it is!

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