I guess you can say I was bitten by the bug in July of 2007. Up until then I had gone on plenty of family ski trips, beach trips and spent most of my Christmases in Puerto Rico, but I hadn’t done any real travel on my own – planned by me on any kind of grand scale. I had driven from NY to CA for a move and been in various states in the US, to Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada and Bermuda but I wouldn’t have classified myself as a traveler or tourist more of a passenger along for the ride.
I was living in Gainesville in 2007 and had been for 7 years. I wasn’t thrilled about it; don’t get me wrong its a nice town but it is best for young families or young people (a typical college town) and I was a single mother of a teenager. There wasn’t much to do in Gainesville for me and I was bored and getting depressed. My uncle Mike took me to lunch one day and told me that I needed to go on a singles cruise. I had no clue what that was but he said he’d pay for it and gave me a very large check.
Being the technology driven girl that I am, I went straight to Google and typed in singles cruises and up popped Singlescruise.com. I looked over their website and found that in less than 2 months from that time there was a singles cruise sailing from Rome Italy for 12 days going to ports in Italy, Turkey and a few Greek Islands. Now travel was never all that important to me but I have always wanted to go to Greece. The trip (cruise and airfare) would be covered by the check my wonderful uncle supplied and I figured I could foot the rest of the bill myself. The rest would include transportation to and from the airports, a hotel in Rome for 1 night, excursions, incidentals, food and drinks, and souvenirs.
I called their office to ask a few questions, was connected with Nancy, and booked my first trip – roommate to be assigned. I have to say that was the best trip of my life. Almost all the people (there were 120 in the group) that I met and became close to from that trip I still consider to be my best friends in the world, especially (and totally unexpectedly) the single man I met and fell for.