So this year, the Travel Companion and I are still sticking to the African continent, although we've decided to put the safaris on hold for a bit and explore an entirely different kind of Travelife from what we've done so far.
About 18 months ago, we went to South Africa for a safari, a weekend in Johannesburg and a week of driving through the Western Cape's wine country.
TANZANIA LAST YEAR
Then last October, we did three safaris in Tanzania, plus a couple of days in Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam besides.
This time, as usual, the world was our oyster, and we literally had the whole world to choose from, for a destination.
The only things that determined our choice of destination were convenient flights and time constraints.
TIME WON'T GIVE ME TIME
It's always an ongoing debate with the Travel Companion, as to how many days to allot to a country.
He can never stay put in one place for long, you see, and, if he had his way, we'd be cramming three countries instead of three cities into two weeks.
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In fact, at the start of our planning for Morocco, he said to me: "I don't know why you give me a hard time about the number of days for a trip."
If I'm on a private holiday, you see, I'm the type to schedule in spa treatments and very long breakfasts. And to just take a little more time.
So we're always trying to find a compromise on travel time, but so far it's worked out passably enough; in both South Africa and Tanzania, I even got a decent amount of spa time into the picture.
If I remember right, I think I got two spa treatments in when we were in South Africa, and then three spa treatments in during our trip to Tanzania.
I can't remember what he was doing while I was at these spas, but I'll bet good money he was on his Blackberry or his iPad.
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As for the destination, so far we've done places that we both have never been so it's really been a journey of discovery.
NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN
But this time, we picked Morocco, which I visited about 12 years ago, but to which he's never been to.
I was happy to go back again, though, as Morocco is a fascinating country with endless possibilities. I got especially pysched to see Fes again, after reading an article on this intriguing royal city written by Travelife contributing editor David Lim for a recent issue of Travelife Magazine.
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When I visited Fes 12 years ago, there was only one luxury hotel to book (so everyone stayed here), and it was truly like time had stood still. David went back last year, and he said Fes was still pretty much like that.
TWO NEW PLACES FOR A TRAVELIFE
But I did add two places I haven't been to yet, into the itinerary.
They're secondary places compared to the major attractions of Fes and Marrakech, but I've been wanting to see them. I even booked a stay in the desert, in the middle of nowhere.
And when we were going through the itinerary I'd planned, the Travel Companion asked me, about those secondary destinations.
"So those are on your bucket list?" He asked.
Kind of. I didn't have time to visit these places on my first trip to Morocco, you see.
THE FUN PART OF PLANNING A TRAVELIFE
This is the part I like doing best, although it was harder than usual to do this, this time around, as there are just so many wonderful hotels to stay in in Morocco and too little time -- thanks to you-know-who and his never-ending time constraints.
THE BEST OF THE BEST IN MOROCCO
But as always, I've tried to pick the best of the best from a very wide universe.
And so far, I've booked two palace hotels, three exquisite riads and one amazing villa that's supposed to be the best in the world.
This way it's a nice balance of everything -- and, of course, lots of luxury, Travelife style.
A VERY NICE CAR
FOR A TRAVELIFE TO MOROCCO
And today, the Travel Companion reminded me in a very subtle way how he'd just booked the very best car possible, for our trip around Morocco. We fly into Casablanca and a driver will be picking us up there.
I don't want to go into specifics as to what kind of car he'd charged to his credit card; but in not a few countries, presidents use this same car to get them from place to place.
And now Morocco is all booked and done, and only a few weeks away -- but still two trips (and two safaris + 1 spa holiday) away in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.