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Meet the Gypsies : Daidri of Thee Getaway Gal
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1. Who are you? Where are you from? Where are you now?
Hi everyone! I’m Daidri, (pronounced day-dree) I’ve had the travel bug pretty much my whole life with most of my travels being smaller getaways in the US and a couple trips to Mexico. Then my travel bug only increased with an unforgettable trip to Italy in 2012. It was perfect timing in my life, my boys were now grown and out of the house and it was time for me to focus on the things I’m most passionate about, travel and photography. So, I decided to leave my management position in the corporate world and embark on a new path. About a year ago I decided to start Thee Getaway Gal travel blog as a way to share my travels and photography with friends and family. I also hope to inspire others to experience getaways even when traveling afar isn’t possible.
I was born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I’ve lived most of my life in Washington State but have moved a few times due to my husband’s work. He’s in commercial construction which has afforded us the opportunity to also live in Oregon, Utah and currently San Francisco, CA. It’s been great to have lived in a few different states, moving has made me realize how much we don’t see or experience near our home town. Right now I’m discovering all that northern California has to offer and find myself planning trips back to the other states I’ve lived in to see the things I’ve missed.
2. What’s your packing strategy? Heavy or light packer? Suitcase or backpacker?
I’d say I’m consistently a light packer, I’m not a fan of carting around a heavy suitcase or backpack. I traveled with a backpack in Italy but otherwise have always used a carry-on size suitcase and am a huge fan of packing cubes. For the majority of my trips I pack both light weight clothes that you can layer with as well as ones that mix and match, creating twice as many outfits with less pieces. Before heading to Europe for a couple weeks a great friend told me to pack for half the time you are travelling for. If leaving for four weeks, pack for two and if leaving for two weeks, pack for one, etc. It was great advice and I’ve packed that way ever since.
3. How do you afford your travels? Budget traveler or lean more towards luxury?
I’m blessed because my travels are made possible by my very supportive husband who works hard for us. I’m fortunate that he supports me and loves to travel as much as I do. That being said we make it a priority to set aside money specifically for travel in our monthly budget. Out of that budget we plan one to two large trips a year with a lot of smaller weekend getaways as well. I like to be on the go discovering things close to home as well as afar so we balance out the two. I’m quite diverse in my travel style and consider myself both a budget traveler and a luxury traveler. I tend to lean more toward luxury travel however, that’s not always possible for each trip. It all depends on what we have planned in a month or for the year. Often times I’ll balance out each trip with a little of both. For example, if there is a luxury hotel I’m dying to stay at we’ll chose to do free or inexpensive activities such as hiking, which I love, and eat at less expensive restaurants. I’m an easy going person who can appreciate everything from camping to the Four Seasons!
4. If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?
This is a hard one, there’s so many places I want to see but I’d most likely chose Santorini Greece. The vibrant contrast in colors and those picturesque views that take my breath away are calling my name! I guess I’m in the mood for some tropical European relaxation. This isn’t in our plans for this year but hopefully it will be soon!
6. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve eaten?
Oh boy, I’m afraid I don’t have anything fun to share on this topic. I’m adventurous with travel but not with food! I’m quite certain you’ll never see me on any reality TV show where there’s the slightest possibility that I’d have to eat things like cow tongue or fried cockroaches. That just won’t happen! I do love food though and often times write about good restaurants and food experiences I’ve had, they just aren’t bizarre as of yet. I have become more open to trying new foods over the years however, still not things that I’d consider “adventurous”. At a restaurant in Italy, it was a big deal for me to eat fish with the head still attached, I had to cover it’s eyes. Sad, I know!
7. You have an impressive bucket list. Any ideas what will be the next thing you’ll cross off?
It is rather large but it works for me and this year we’ll get to cross off a few places which is very exciting. The very next thing is Paso Robles, CA in April for a girlfriend getaway! I love being so close to fantastic wine regions here in northern California. I have spent some time in the Napa and Sonoma wine country and wrote a very popular post about 5 Great Places to Check Out when Visiting Sonoma, CA . Now I can’t wait to learn more about this specific region, eat great food and sit outside in the sunshine tasting wines. Dreamy!
8. Your blog somewhat focuses on travel inspiration even when travel isn’t possible? What are some of the best ways you stay inspired?
I hope the message of my blog conveys the passion I feel about the importance of a getaway! I’ve watched my Dad battle Parkinson’s Disease for over 20 years now and his situation inspires me to live with passion each day and not only plan for the future because we don’t always know what that future holds. Don’t get me wrong, planning for the future is imperative, I just don’t think it should be all consuming and yet for so many it is. If traveling afar isn’t an option then plan small getaways close to home, maybe even one per month to recharge. There are other ways to enjoy a getaway when you can’t travel at all for whatever reason. Reading a book, fiction or non fiction, that teaches you about another country. Watching a movie that leaves you forgetting your sitting at home. Head to a restaurant where you can explore another countries cuisine. These are just a few ideas and all that consistently inspire me. Even researching about another country or state and helping someone else plan their travels keeps me inspired to travel.
9. I also lived in the PNW. What are some things in the area you haven’t done, but want to make a point to see or do?
The PNW holds a special place in my heart, there’s so much to do there. We visit frequently, thank goodness, as we still have family and friends. Huge on my list is to kayak and spend more time exploring the San Juan Islands. I have visited and hiked Orcas Island before but have not been to the other islands. I also want to do the Waterfall Tour in the Olympic Mountain Range a food tour in Seattle and the Ben Ail Trail Beer Tour in Bend, OR. This micro brew tour has been on my to do list for far too long, I need to make it happen.
10. You have two sons with your husband. How often do you get to include them in on your travels?
Not as much as I’d like, my boys are amazing and constantly inspire me to be more adventurous. They are now in their early twenties finishing college and enjoying their own travels. One will be heading to Austria this year and the other to Thailand. As much as I wish I were going with them, for selfish reasons and because they are fun to travel with, I know they are both ready and excited to travel on their own. My husband and I have always maintained a good balance between traveling with our boys, traveling with just each other and traveling with our friends. Even though they are on their own we still plan our travels to include that balance each year.
11. Most importantly, where to next?
Next I’m off to sip wine and relax in Paso Robles CA for my girls weekend getaway. Then to Bali which is that farthest I will have traveled to date. I’ve wanted to visit for quite some time and am looking forward to being immersed in their culture, hiking, photographing the temples… oh my list could go on and on. I can’t wait! After that we head to the Florida Keys to ride bikes, fish and put our toes in the sand. It’s not Europe, but I think it will fill my need for some tropical relaxation. Well, for this year at least!
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