40th Birthday European Trip Up in Smoke?

I usually consider myself a realistic-optimist. I like to believe in the best but take facts and “what if” scenarios into consideration. Such as the case with my opens in a new windowupcoming trip to Amsterdam and Belgium. Counting down to less than a week ’til departure but the stupid Icelandic volcano may change things.

Yes, I realize I’m being selfish. I could be one of those Icelandic residents who lost their house or could be one of those European travelers stuck in the U.S. without any money praying to get home. But I’m not and this is a landmark birthday celebration and I wanted to be in a blooming tulip field on my birthday (or there about).

So Tuesday is the day to decide whether to roll the dice and head to Europe on Friday (if the flights a go) or plan a Plan B itinerary – to the Pacific Northwest. Yes, I’ve visited that opens in a new windowpart of the country in 2007 but nothing like celebrating in a place you love. This go around – if we go – it’s Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle and Portland with hopes of seeing Oregon’s coast this time.


Author: Jenn

Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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