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RUTH MCBRIDE & RICHARD HOTTE'S TRAVEL BLOG

We have always believed in the old saying that we must 'live life to the fullest' and we are here to do just that. Our retirement blog:  "Check this off our Bucket List" serves as a vessel to share our vast interests, and clue our readers into what inspires us in this ever-changing world.

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GO BIG OR GO HOME!

The 'GO-GO' Years!

We have been told that the 60's are the 'GO-GO' years, the 70's are the 'GO SLOW' years and the 80's are the 'NO GO' years...so while we're in our 60's we are going! Going big, or going home, on a bucket-list, adventures!  Having finished our 4.5 month world cruise in May of 2023, we are embarking on new adventures which will take us to many places we have always wanted to visit.  Some will be local, others International, but we will be going and knocking things off our bucket list while we’re still young and able!

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NEW CRUISE ADVENTURES!

Alaska and Christmas markets in Europe

After returning from our 2022/2023 World Cruise in May and spending the summer at home in Fort Erie, we now have  more fantastic adventures planned before we settle into 'snowbird' life in Plant City, Florida for the winter.  
Our first adventure is on the Norwegian Encore for a 7 night Alaskan cruise!  Christmas will bring even more adventures in Europe on the Viking Bragi longship from Budapest to Amsterdam enjoying the Christmas markets along the way.  We are in the planning stages for more exciting destinations in 2024 so stay tuned to see what we are doing!

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Day 92/138 2022/2023 Viking Neptune World Cruise. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Day 1/3 This blog you are about to read started on my iphone and...

Let me just grab my camera….

Day 91/138 2022/2023 Viking Neptune World Cruise. Third sea day before Sri Lanka. The Indian Ocean was absolutely stunning today! The...

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Day 88/138 2022/2023 Viking Neptune World Cruise, Phuket, Thailand Day 89-90/138 at sea I’ve been having trouble getting the blog up, to...

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Day 87/138 2022/2023 Viking Neptune World Cruise. Malaysia. A special day today! My birthday! Where oh where in the world are we? ...

Oh no….not again!

Day 86/138 2022/2023 Viking Neptune World Cruise. Langkawi, Malaysia. Today we were going to a place I had never, ever heard of before. ...

What stinks?

Day 85/138 2022/2023 Viking Neptune World Cruise. Port Klang, (Kuala Lumpur) Malaysia Port Klang sunrise. This is what stinks! An oil...

Speed dating Singapore….!

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Day 83/138 2022/2023 Viking Neptune World Cruise We had an early start this morning because we had a tee time! We had a few loose ends...

Lion city…

Day 82/138 2022/2023 Viking Neptune World Cruise. Singapore. We knew we were getting close to Singapore when we saw ships and ships as...

Artsy and Crafty…

Day 81/138 2022/2023 Viking Neptune World Cruise. A sea day before Singapore. We lost an hour of sleep last night! Since we boarded the...

Playful….

Day 80/138 2022/2023 Viking Neptune World Cruise. Koh Samui (Nathon), Thailand. A beautiful island paradise awaited us today! Koh Samui...

That’s ambitious….

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Living with the past….

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76/138 2022/2023 Viking Neptune World Cruise. Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This morning we had to be in the Star Theatre at 9:30am...

Living in history….

Day 75/138 2022/2023 Viking Neptune World Cruise This morning about 8:45am we saw the pilot ship come aside us and the pilot, 3...

Chopping and cutting…

Day 74/138 2022/2023 Viking Neptune World Cruise. A sea day..last before Vietnam. What a fun day! Wow! It is amazing how busy a sea...

Making offerings….

Day 73/138 2022/2023 Viking World Cruise. A sea day on the South China Sea. The internet is not good again so I’m not sure about photos...

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Day 72/138 2022/2023 Viking Neptune World Cruise. Semarang, Java, Indonesia. After staying up way too late last evening finishing up my...

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