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Welcome to our RetiredAndTravelling blog!


Linda and David are RetiredAndTravelling!  But please don’t let the “Retired” label make you think we are boring old travellers.  Not yet anyways!  We travel far and wide for about 6 months of the year in multiple trips.  And many of the spots on your travel wish list are probably covered in our blog posts!

Linda and David are travel bloggers and photographers – semi retired and travelling everywhere!  Linda is a semi-retired executive consultant with an MBA and Civil Engineering degree.  Referred to in the past as the “Lara Croft of consulting”, Linda has both piloted planes (IFR rating) and jumped out of perfectly good planes (150+jumps).  And she continues to enjoy scuba diving with her retired navy diver husband David.  While both Linda and David contribute photos to this blog, David is the pro and the main editor of the pics.

RetiredAndTravelling gives us the opportunities for scuba diving, luxury cruising, indulging our chocoholic needs and appeasing our sea and sunshine addictions.  This means we are camera attached and just generally curious!  Join us on our adventures!


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Are We Paid For Our Opinions?

We pay for pretty much all of our travel.  But if we have received any discount or perks from being travel bloggers, we will note that in the post.  We are finally getting much better at consolidating our travel choices (airlines, hotels, cruising).  And have finally started to have some loyalty status with some brands.  So a lot of the perks or upgrades we get are from this loyalty status.

We like to share our experiences about places we visit and how we are travelling.  Regardless of freebies, discounts or loyalty rewards, we want to give you our true opinion on things that we experience.  And tips to get more from your travel.  If we don’t call out a hotel or airline or other travel brand in a travel post, it is generally because we have nothing much to say.  But if you are curious, you can always email and we will give you more information.


Where Are We Now?

Back in Toronto after an amazing pampering long weekend at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal.  And preparing for our 3 week trip to California – San Diego to San Francisco!


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Recent Posts

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    6 Tips For Visiting Dubai

    A Few Tips For Visiting Dubai We had two different visits to Dubai in a month. The first stop was part of our 51 day amazing cruise to the Middle East and Africa. We splurged on two Emirates First Class trips home from Christmas in Cape Town. This let us […]

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    Executive Lounge Etiquette – NOT Your Living Room

    The Executive Lounge Is Not Your Private Lounge! We are sometimes thrifty when we travel. It is great to shop in the market and go to a park for a picnic when we travel. We book our travel at days and times of the year that are cheaper. But we […]

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    Take A Cruise To Cuba For The Holidays

    Heading Back To Cuba As Canadians, we have no restrictions on to travel to Cuba. We visited Cuba for 3 different beach vacations in the past. On our previous visits, we have had mixed success. But when we saw Oceania Cruises had a cruise to Cuba for the holidays, we […]

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    Cruise Stops In Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos Cuba

    Two New Stops In Cuba We enjoyed a day trip in Havana on our holiday cruise to Cuba. The two other cruise port stops in Cuba were both overnight stays. And new places in Cuba for us too. Cruise stops in Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos provided us with opportunities […]

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    Our First Visit To Colourful Havana

    Arriving In Havana After a day visit to Key West, our Oceania Cruises cruise ship headed to Cuba for the Christmas holidays. The sun came up as we approached the port in Havana. Everything was cast in a glow. The port was right in the downtown. Onboard policies and processes […]

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    So Many Great Things To Discover In Xian China

    Heading North From Chengdu We had a great visit to Chengdu but left early in the day to visit the panda bears. After lunch, we were taken to the train station for a 3 hour high speed train trip to Xian. We arrived late in the day to see what […]

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    We Ate And Drank Our Way Through 2018

    Food and Drink Were Plentiful in 2018 We were away for about 6 months of the year in 2018. So it is fair to say that we ate out – a lot – in 2018! And we had lots of opportunities to try different food experiences. Luxury travel experiences brought […]

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    A Look Back At Travel In 2018

    We entered 2018 with several big trips planned. These big trips added new travel brand experiences and ticked off so many bucket list items. Between the big trips we used every opportunity we could find to take smaller trips. When it was cold in Toronto, we headed to warm spots. […]

  • We Found Christmas Holiday Spirit In Vancouver

    Heading To Vancouver Before Christmas We sailed away for Christmas on an Oceania Cruises trip to Cuba. But before we headed to the hot south, we flew to Vancouver to visit family. We have spent a lot of time in Vancouver over the years. But this time when we visited, […]

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    Walk The Great Wall Of China At Badaling

    Heading To The Mountains We hated to leave our great spot at the Ritz-Carlton Financial Street Beijing. But on our visit to Beijing, we did not want to miss a chance to walk the Great Wall of China at Badaling! It was yet one more of the iconic Chinese sites […]

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    See The Terra Cotta Warriors In Xian China

    An Amazing Discovery On our month long visit to China, we checked off so many travel wish list items. On this stop to stay in Xian, we got one more. It was so amazing to see the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian China. The Terra Cotta Warriors are a massive […]

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    A Variety Of Things To Do In Chengdu China

    A Long Transit Day It was a very short stop in Chongqing. Made even shorter when we were out of the hotel again at 7:30am. The very early morning starts must have been hell on those who were not morning people. But there was a great advantage to early starts […]

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    We Found Ancient Art When We Visited The Dazu Stone Carvings

    A Step Back In Time We had the most interesting stop on our travel day from our short stop in Chongqing to our visit to Chengdu. On this day we saw yet one more of the amazing ancient sites we found on our visit to China. We had the chance […]

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    Such Cute Panda Bears In Chengdu China

    A Special Treat We looked forward to seeing panda bears since we booked our month long visit to China. At several stops along the trip we were teased with photos and souvenirs of panda bears. When we enjoyed our luxury stay at the St Regis Chengdu, we even got a […]

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    Cruise The Yangtze River In China With Viking Cruises

    We Headed To The Yangtze River We started our month long visit to China with a week in Shanghai. It was a great introduction to the dichotomy of modern and ancient China. The next part of our trip was to cruise the Yangtze River with Viking Cruises in China. We […]


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