Snow and a “wintry mix” were predicted for our area starting around 4 PM today. The snow part doesn’t scare folks around here that much, it’s the phrase “wintry mix” that sends everyone into a panic.
I really didn’t want to do it, but I knew I had to make a trip to the grocery store. I never like shopping for groceries, snow or no snow, so shopping when the store is packed is something I avoid like the plague. I was kicking myself for not going last night until the cashier told me it was just as bad yesterday as it was today.
The shelves were empty in places, I bought the last bag of potatoes and it was ripped open with a few potatoes rolling around nearby. I stuffed the escapees back into the torn bag and placed it into my cart, counting myself lucky to have found them at all. I ended up getting everything I needed, although not always the brand or kind I wanted. Let’s just say I’ll be getting a chance to try unsalted butter real soon. lol
I think I’m going to order one of these shirts from HERE and wear it every time one of these crazy winter storms hits Georgia. It really depicts what snow and ice means when you live in the south. lol
I have no idea how it looks outside right now. Whatever happened today started right when it was beginning to get dark and I know it involved a lot of ice because I could hear it clinking into the windows all evening. My poor magnolia, hope it doesn’t lose its top for the third time. That’s happened twice before during ice storms over the last 25 years, but it always manages to grow a new one.
Time for a Trip
It’s time for a trip! A little over a year ago, I set a goal to travel more. It wasn’t a New Year’s resolution or anything like that, just a realization that I was not getting any younger and if I was going to see more of this wonderful planet, I needed to get going. I had never traveled outside the United States, so it was definitely time to do something about that.
In the last year and a half, I’ve made up for lost time, visiting Kenya, Italy, Key West, Cozumel, Holland and Belgium. (See posts about those trips here: Travel). I’d love to take two trips a year, one in the spring and one in the fall. I may not always be able to do that, but that’s what I would like to do.
Since I’ve made travel and having more adventures a priority, I’ve been regularly stalking the travel sites looking for the best deals for the many places on my bucket list. One of those places popped up recently for a price I couldn’t pass up.
When I visited Italy back in October 2015, I traveled with a company called Grand Circle Travel. GCT has been around for a long time and has a great reputation. They have a sister site called, Overseas Adventure Travel. I’ve been itching to take a trip with OAT because they go to more of the “off the beaten path” places AND they limit their group size to no more than 10-16 travelers. I’ve been really hoping to go on a small group tour, so I was thrilled to find one going to one of my bucket list destinations.
So, where am I headed? This song is a big, big clue! 🙂 I’ve always loved this song and I think it’s partially responsible for my desire to travel to the place it mentions. lol
(Pssst: If you’re interested in what prompted Graham Nash to write the song below, check out this interesting article: The Story Behind The Song.)
Did you listen to the song? If so, you know I’m headed to Morocco. My trip is scheduled for March and I’ll be visiting Casablanca, Rabat, Fez, Middle Atlas Mountains, Erfoud, Rissani, Sahara Desert, Khamlia, Ouarzazate, Marrakesh, ending back in Casablanca. The trip will take place over a period of 16 days.
I think the part I’m most looking forward to is our time in the Sahara Desert. We’ll be hiking the dunes, riding camels and camping out in tents for two nights under the stars. I hear it can get chilly at night in the desert and sand storms sometimes pop up. So this should be quite the adventure!
Something tells me I probably won’t have a Wi-fi connection in the Sahara, but I hope to write some posts during other parts of the trip when I’m staying in larger cities. I’ll be shooting video and taking photos to share this experience with you as much as possible. I’ll also be sharing pictures daily on Instagram as I’ve done during my previous trips, so if you’re interested in seeing photos in real time, be sure to follow on Instagram here: Between Naps On The Porch on Instagram.
If you’ve always wanted to see Morocco or experience riding a camel in the Sahara Desert, this trip is a pretty amazing deal. It’s around $3,400 for 16 days, including international airfare! Depending on what time of year you go, it can be a little more or less! My trip came out to around $3,100, including airfare. Not bad for 16 days!
Update: Just noticed this on the OAT website.
There are no Visas or vaccines required and there’s no single supplement fee with OAT trips, unless it’s a cruise. I think they may charge a small single supplement on their cruises, but not sure about that. I definitely didn’t have to pay one for this trip.
The trip costs includes international airfare, all transfers and land transportation, including off-road vehicles and camels. 🙂 All gratuities for the local guides, the drivers, the camp staff and luggage porters are included, as well. Of course, you can book your own airfare to save even more if you have points, etc… but so far I’ve let GCT/OAT handle the airfare so I don’t have to worry about transfers getting to the hotel and back to the airport at the end of the trip.
The cost of the trip also includes 34 meals: breakfast every day, 9 lunches and 11 dinners, including 2 home-hosted meals. This is a guided trip so all the tours are included, too. They always include time for exploring on your own, as well.
Save an Additional $100 On Your Trip with Overseas Adventure Travel or Grand Circle Travel
Both Grand Circle Travel and Overseas Adventure Travel offer a discount off your trip if you say you were referred by someone. So feel free to give them my customer number, 2634289, and they’ll give you $100 off any trip you book. They’ll also give me $100 off any trip I schedule in the future, so thanks in advance for giving my referral number if you decide to schedule a trip. By the way, this isn’t a sponsored post, that’s a discount GCT and OAT offers to anyone who books a trip when referred by a previous traveler.
Where Else Does OAT Go?
If you’re not interested is traveling to Morocco, OAT goes almost everywhere, including Asia, Central America, South America, Europe, Middle East and the South Pacific. They are always adding new adventures and I think they’ve just added one to Cuba.
I’ve never taken a small group tour, so I’m super excited about this trip. Usually small group tours are so much more expensive than the prices I’ve seen on trips at OAT, so I may be taking more trips with them in the future.
You can read more about the trip I’m taking and see available travel dates, the itinerary and reviews here: Morocco Sahara Odyssey.
See Overseas Adventure Travel’s Last Minute Travel Deals here: Travel Deals.
See Grand Circle Travel’s last minute travel deals here: Travel Deals.
High on my bucket list is a trip to Machu Picchu & the Galapagos. OAT has a trip there and one of these days I hope to take it. You have to dream it before it can happen, right? Where’s your dream destination? Where do you want to travel next?