I not long ago obtained an envelope stuffed with 255 euros and an inspirational letter from a Rick Steves traveler who missing his spouse to breast most cancers — and needed me to have their piggy bank for foreseeable future outings. This is a vivid illustration of the many heartwarming notes we receive from the excellent individuals we get to vacation with by our perform, and I thought you may well love looking at it. (To maintain it nameless, I’m employing pseudonyms.)
So, you may be thinking, “Why in the world am I keeping this letter and an envelope crammed with euros?”
Well…as a family members, my spouse Nancy, our daughter Aggie, and I relished wondrous ventures on 6 Rick Steves excursions between 2005 – 2010! We experienced a fun custom of tucking a several euros aside with the assure that they would lead to our following tour! In excess of these a long time, we experienced some relatives who generally laughed at our budgeting wisdom of splurging on so several journeys although our daughter was however in university. They imagined us ridiculous! They often stated, “Save it for retirement, and for your daughter’s college or university fund.”
It all worked out just great. You make priorities, and you see them by way of. We cherished our Europe adventures collectively, and we bought our daughter through 8 decades of college and grad college, as perfectly.
In late 2018, Nancy died soon after a struggle with breast most cancers. If we experienced waited for retirement…these priceless ordeals shared and family members time together would By no means have took place! Whilst I nonetheless have the vacation lust and observe your demonstrates religiously, with no my vacation associate, Nancy, and with the years heading by, we never have programs to return to Europe. But we seriously like the concept of by some means viewing these leftover euros in our potential trip kitty return and be enjoyed. So, we are joyful to mail them to you.
I am self-assured you will be returning to Europe in 2021, and the assumed that we purchased you a consume in a Paris cafe, or a Greek taverna, or a floodlit square in Rome definitely presents me a smile! This is just a little present for the excellent recollections and visuals with Nancy that I’ll delight in for the relaxation of my days. Indeed, I know I could have basically exchanged the euros by my bank… and why ship the income by way of the mail…but what pleasurable is that? Thanks for the reminiscences Rick, appreciate this minor present, and satisfied travels to you.
I’m so encouraged by this touching gift from Nancy’s family members. And here’s how I’ll set that envelope of 255 euros to excellent use: When in Switzerland, one particular of my preferred points to do is to stop by the youth hostel in Gimmelwald, my most loved alpine village, and purchase all the backpackers a beer. When I return to Gimmelwald in 2021 (God keen!), I will purchase beer for every just one of those people youthful tourists until individuals 255 euros is absent. And with every single spherical, we’ll consume to Nancy and her relatives, being aware of she is smiling down on us from an even a lot more fantastic higher-altitude perch.