What Do You Do?
This may not seem like a very important question for many of you right now but when your life is literally laid out on a calendar based on where you plan to be each week (and in what time zone) coming to a screeching halt is a bit unsettling.

Normally our ‘big’ trips are laid out at least six months in advance and our VRBO’s and long stays a minimum of three. None of that is possible right now. It is not that we have no where to stay. We have a home right now at ‘home’, have offers from friends and have a VRBO in Kelowna booked on May 1. The unsettling part is that the Kelowna VRBO ends on June 19… then what. At this point it doesn’t make much sense to plan.

When You Can’t Plan
The planning of an epic trip is half the fun. Our fall was going to consist of Amsterdam, Octoberfest in Germany, Northern Italy by train, a cruise from Venice to Rome and the Amalfi Coast. We have not cancelled our cruise yet, but it is inevitable. (We are actually waiting for the cruise line to cancel for us so that we get a better credit).

So what fills that 30 minutes a day that is normally ‘trip planning’ time?

Well reading about travel of course! We can keep our love of travel alive by dreaming about the next adventure and planning BIG!

Coffee Table BookYes we have coffee table book, even though we do not have a coffee table. It’s one of those big books you can pick up, read a few pages and put down again. Any guesses?

1,000 Places to See Before You Die

There are newer editions available than the one we have, but this one has so many folded pages of places we want to go and dates noted in the margins of places that we have been, that we are keeping it. We are also currently traveling with an Eyewitness Travel book on Germany and Rick Steves’ Naples & The Amalfi Coast. (Travel books are the only books that we still have in hard cover). But these will be packed in the back of the car for a while now.

A News+ subscription (formerly Next Issue) is a constant source of both travel inspiration and tips for planning. You can still plan a trip even if you don’t know when you will be able to take it. Favourite magazine reads include AFAR, Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler. All of the current issues are focused on planning and how to support the tourism industry when it can return. It will need lots of support, and we will be happy to oblige.

The Athletic is our other paid subscription service. Great writers and an abundance of really good, deep content. Some of the stories about athletes and teams themselves can be found nowhere else. Jeff reads it everyday!

My iPad iBooks Library is also full of books I have been meaning to read so this week I started Mark Twain’s ‘Roughing It’ in which in the preface he writes ‘It is a record of several years of variegated vagabondizing’. As soon as I read that line I was hooked!

Up next will be big book #5 in The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. While the books are tagged as Historical Fiction they are also about travel  – through both time and space – through Scotland, England, France, Jamaica and North Carolina (so far).

The Time Will ComeTravel is on pause for now, HOWEVER the dreaming and planning does not have to stop.

Tell us what you are reading…even if it’s not travel related. 😉

You can read Part 2 of When You Can’t Plan – What to Watch.


We, Jeff and Tara Ciecko of CK Golf write two blogs, one is our 19th Hole Blog where we share personal experiences and the other an Industry Blog where we comment on general business and internet marketing best practices, sales strategies and give golf industry related opinions. We have owned CK Golf  for 12 years and provide business services to the golf and other industries. As of July 31, 2016 our life and our business became ‘location independent’. Our 19th Hole Blog is about the places we visit and the things we do. If you have any questions or comments, or happen to be in the same location as us please reach out and contact us anytime.