Welcome to another blog hop. Today’s topic is:

What are your favorite vacation spots and do they ever show up in your books?

By 2006 both our sons had left home and we had a little more disposable income. From 2006 to 2017 October/November was the time that Sam and I would book a foreign holiday for the following summer. For the majority of those years we would go abroad. We sailed on cruises to the Caribbean, to Rio and to New Orleans. We also visited Jersey, Menorca, Alcudia, Ibiza, Zante and Chania. I was happy to travel to these places, but was also glad to come home as I found them all too hot for my liking.

However, after the last and final cruise to New Orleans in 2017 we both decided that home was indeed the best place to be. We bought a caravan on the Isle of Wight and never looked back. The climate there is just right for us, there’s lots of places to visit and things to do, and we found that both of us prefer going to somewhere that is familiar, having visited there many times in the past.

When it came to writing my novels, not surprisingly the Isle of Wight features a few times in my stories, especially in ‘Revenge‘, when teachers Alaistair and Carly take a group of schoolchildren on a trip there. I dredged up some memories of our cruises in order to write ‘Cruising Danger‘, and a holiday in Menorca features in ‘Repent at Leisure‘. The lovely island of Jersey features in my thriller Examining Kitchen Cupboards‘, where we had a holiday with our youngest son after the eldest had left home.

I’m glad I had the chance to travel abroad and gain some experience of foreign places. However, my favourite place to visit is up on the Tennyson Trail, Freshwater, Isle of Wight. It’s my happy place. Sam travels all over the world on business and he endures it because it’s his job, but I don’t think either of us will ever have any notion to travel abroad for a holiday again.

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