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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!


Want to know a little more about us?

Why did I start blogging?

Why am I still blogging? 


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?

At home in Toronto.  Planning for our next trip to Grand Cayman!


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Recent Posts

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    World Class Service Sets A High Bar

    What Does World Class Service Look Like So many service experiences these days just don’t cut it. Being “of service” does not seem to be a valued role today. But when we have received exemplary customer service, we felt the difference. World class service set a high bar. And it […]

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    Visit Miyajima Island When In Hiroshima

    We Went To Take The Ferry After we docked in Hiroshima, David and I went off in different directions. David visited the Hiroshima A-bomb memorial and museum. I was so glad I chose to visit Miyajima Island when in Hiroshima. But 2 hours on the island was definintely not enough […]

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    The Gateway To Mt Fuji In Shimizu

    Our First Port Was In Shimizu, Japan We went up in the Tokyo Tower on our week in Tokyo. But were disappointed we did not get to see Mt Fuji off in the distance. We considered a day trip to get closer. But we knew the first stop on our […]

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    Some Great Travel Destinations For 2019

    Slow Planning Travel For 2019 When we entered 2018, a lot of our travel plans for 2018 were locked down. But for 2019, we started the year with virtually no firm travel booked. We were a bit exhausted when we realized we travelled for about 6 months in 2018. And […]

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    Travel To See The Beautiful Sights Of Kyoto

    See The Beautiful Sights Of Kyoto From The Port In Osaka There were two days in Osaka on our cruise in Japan. We had a very long tour day planned from Osaka to see the beautiful sights of Kyoto. We got to see three very distinctive places. Lunch was a traditional […]

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    Find Whale Sharks at the Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium

    So Many Things To Do When You Visit Osaka For Two Days We stopped in Osaka for two days on our Windstar cruise of Japan. The ship arrived late in the afternoon on our first day. But this meant we had a lovely sail in. And we got to see […]

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    Tips For Greater Reward Points And Status

    We Learned A Lot This Year About How To Increase Reward Points And Status Early in 2018, we confessed to being novices in the whole reward points and status game. But through 2018, we made a concerted effort to consolidate our brand choices. And we did a lot of travel […]

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    6 Great Reasons To Visit St Lucia

    6 Great Reasons To Visit St Lucia There are many great reasons to visit St Lucia. That must be why we visited four times. The first visit was by cruise ship with Oceania Cruises. A great day on a jeep tour of the island convinced us we needed to return […]

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    Get A Panoramic View From The Tokyo Tower

    Another High Tower On Our Travels We like to head high for a panoramic view when we visit a new town. In Hong Kong, we enjoyed the views from the Victoria Peak. When we visited Prague, we made sure to visit the Petrin Tower. It was called their mini Eiffel […]

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    A New Discovery – Sake Tasting At Sea

    A Fun Afternoon With A Sake Tasting At Sea We had a busy schedule when we cruised in Japan with Windstar Cruises. We finished our visit to Hiroshima and had some time at sea. And there is always a lot to do on a cruise ship when you are at […]

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    Our First Viking Cruises Experience Exceeded Expectations

    Exploring China With Viking Cruises We heard great things about the Viking Cruises excursion to China. It was on our travel wish list for a long time. When we finally checked it out, we were amazed to find it was a very different Viking Cruises itinerary. The main part of […]

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    Do You Need 6 Reasons To Visit Cuba?

    You Will Want To Visit Cuba Has Cuba always been on your travel wish list? As Canadians, we are able to visit Cuba when we want with little restriction. It is a great packaged beach vacation destination for many. But there are also many interesting cities and towns that show […]

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    Favourite Travel Blog Posts For RetiredAndTravelling 2018

    What Makes Favourite Travel Blog Posts It is that time of year where people look back at their blog post traffic. It was a busy travel year in 2018. By the end of year, we had published 445 blog posts. 88 of them were new in 2018. We were excited […]

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    Splurge On A Luxury Getaway At Ritz-Carlton Montreal

    Ritz-Carlton Montreal For A Luxurious Birthday Weekend When you have a birthday right after Christmas, you may sometimes feel short-changed. But this year, David got a birthday splurge we will remember for a long time! We headed away on a long 5 day weekend for a luxury getaway at Ritz-Carlton […]

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    Afternoon Tea At The First Ritz-Carlton In Montreal

    We Learned That The Ritz-Carlton Montreal Was The First Ritz-Carlton We booked an extra long weekend to travel to Montreal for David’s birthday. For 5 days we splurged in the Ritz-Carlton Montreal. It was a weekend filled with treats. But we could not leave before we enjoyed afternoon tea at […]


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