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  • Writer's pictureSusan Lute

Affordable Travel: 3 of My Favorite Places to Visit — Blogging and the Romance of Travel

Updated: Feb 24, 2023

I love to travel. I wish I could take more trips than I do. Just to be transparent, I'm not a travel blogger. I'm more of a casual traveler who would like to tell others about the places I've been. There are some really good travel bloggers out there (read better than I am). And to be honest, what I really want to do is travel to places that have spas and write about that. So about once a month, if I'm on time with the novel I'm currently writing, I'll talk about the places I've been, places I want to go to, and as my mom would say, how to bloom right where I am (in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains).

Places I've been and plan to visit again—

In Oregon: Cannon Beach

I absolutely love the Oregon coast, but especially Cannon Beach. The coastline is rugged. The crashing waves are awe-inspiring. People are friendly. Cute, walkable town with lots to see and lovely places to eat. I took these pictures in 2016. Mr. L. took me here for my birthday. Next time I'll do better on the picture front.

In a nearby state: Durango, Colorado

I love to take pictures. I wish I could say I took these, but my pictures of Durango are filed somewhere out of reach. Typical, of course, but no matter. Mr. L. and I stayed in the Strater Hotel. It was August. The hotel was stunning. Our room was cozy with an old-time flare. We loved it. We took the train from Durango to Silverton (spectacular views all the way there and back), got a tour of the historical train depot, and took a fun ride around Durango in a horse-drawn carriage. We had good food and wonderful, live entertainment. Not far away, on our way home to Oregon, we passed through Ouray, the cutest little mountain town. It would be a sweet place to get snowed in during the winter (it's called the Switzerland of America after all), and they have natural hot springs where locals and visitors come to soak in the therapeutic waters. We were passing through, so we didn't visit the pools, but next time...

And my favorite place in the whole world: Bath, England

When we lived in Wantage, England (as a young couple) I used to take the bus to Bath so I could wander around the parks and shops. It's a lovely little town with lots of personality, though it's probably grown a lot since then. With the Roman baths, it has a ton of history. If you get a chance to travel should. Especially if you're a lover of centuries-old architecture. Unfortunately, it's not as easy to get there as jumping in the car and driving to get there, but going back is definitely on my bucket list.

Book update:

I finished reading Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood. This is a fun, excellent story and a great way to spend weekend afternoons.

Currently, I'm reading Lost Luggage by Samantha Tonge.

Happy traveling (and reading). See you next week when we'll be talking about gardens—most specifically mine.


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