WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THAT 30 PLUS  TEAMS  TOUR IS OVER?

Let’s  say you’ve  gone on that fabulous  vacation  to somewhere exotic like Bangkok  or Bali, or you’re  going  to  visit  your family  in Korea or Nigeria . 

You spent a whole  year living or working in Europe  or Asia or went backpacking  in Australia  or New Zealand . 

Of course you did that 30 Plus  Teams  Tour  of Atlanta just to see the Atlanta  Falcons  Football  team’s  new stadium . 

All these trips have ended and you’re  getting ready to  come back home.

You’re  going to miss the friends you’ve made and you’re  happy to be going home.

Or are you?

Something  just doesn’t  seem  right.

You’re going to  sleep  in your own bed that you haven’t  seen  in a long time.

You might even  be  sleeping  in the same room that you’ve  had for years because  you’re  living  with your folks . 

Something  still isn’t  making you happy ,  in fact you’re  doing everything  you can to keep  from thinking  about  the fact that you’re  leaving.

You can’t  stop thinking  about  the wonderful  time you had and the  things that  you  saw.

Worse for everyone  else, you CAN’T stop talking  about your trip overseas or cross country  to anyone  who  will listen . 

You want to go away again so badly and oh so very  soon.

Okay, what’s  going on  here?

What’s  wrong  with  you?

Might it be that you’re  suffering  from  Post Travel  Depression ? 

Now before you poo poo and think that  this  is  another  one  of  those “fake  ailments  “, think about  it  for a minute . 

Your trip or sabbatical  is almost over   .

Do you think  to yourself ,  ”  I  REALLY don’t  want to  go back. Maybe I can  stay one more day if I have the money and I can change my ticket . ”

Or are you  like me and buy two one way tickets because  you’re  not  sure when  you’re  going to  come back?

Sometimes I  wait until the last minute  to buy a return  ticket . 

Not very practical  and  kinda expensive ,  but it works for me.

I guess it’s a  blessing  to  live in  a big city where transportation  is plentiful . 

Since most of  my  travel consists  of  bus travel  in the  United States  and Canada ,  it’s  relatively  easy tto  buy tickets  or change  my ticket to leave on another day.

Greyhound  charges $20 to change your ticket.

Megabus  charges $  20 for a standby ticket, no matter what  day it is.

You just have  to  wait until  everyone  is seated and the driver counts the empty seats.

If you happen to  be  flying  or taking  Amtrak ,  it’s  a  little  harder  and more expensive  to change  your  ticket . 

Another question . 

Do you dread every minute that you get closer and closer to your home?

Do you look  forward  to  that next trip, only  to  realize  that your  next trip  isn’t  coming  anytime soon?

Why do you feel  this way and just what  can be done about  it ? 

I  honestly  don’t  know . 

But rather than dwell on the fact that  your next trip  isn’t  for a long time, work with what you’ve  got.

You can’t  tell me that you’ve  seen  everything  in your hometown . 

I  live in  New York  City  and I’m not going to lie and tell you that  I’ve  seen  everything  because  I  haven’t .

Get together  with friends and be a tourist in your own city.

It will take your mind off the urge to  tell everyone  about how great the night markets are in Saigon  or Jakarta . 
What about you?

How do you feel  after you’ve  come back from a trip and just what do you  do about it?

Let me know  in the comments  section  or if you have my email  address ,  sportsdiva63@gmail.com ,  give me a shout out . 

Thanks  again  for  reading my posts . 

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YOU TRAVEL  FOR  WHAT  REASON  AGAIN ?  

I don’t  think  that  I  need  to  tell  you  how  I  feel  about  people  who  have  no  desire  to  travel  ANYWHERE ,  or  discover  ANYTHING  whether  it  be  in their  own  city , state  or  country . 

I’ll  just  let  that  train  leave  the  station  and  talk  to  those  of  you  who  are  like  me .  

You  can’t  wait  for  your  next  trip  no matter  where  it is . 

So  many  people  ask  the  question ,  ‘  so  why  do  you  travel ?  ‘ . 

It’s  just  not  travel  bloggers  that  get  asked  this  question  by  other  bloggers ,  but  especially  by  people  who  don’t  travel  that  often . 

I  just  have  to  ask  one  question  though . 

So just  why  do  you  travel ?  

Is  it  to  visit  friends  and  relatives  that  you  haven’t  seen  in awhile  or  at  all?

Do you  travel  because  you’re  getting  older  and  you  might  not  have  the  chance  to  visit  many places ? 

Do you  travel  because  you  have  a bucket  list ? 

Is  it  because  you want  to  see the  sights  that  you  haven’t  seen  before  or  maybe  you’ve  seen  it  fifty  million  times  before  and just  can’t  get  enough  of  it ? 

What  about  travel  in  your  own  hometown ?

Do  you  travel  to places in your  hometown  because  you  hated  going  to  these  places  when  you  were  younger ?  

Of  course  now  that  you’re  older ,  you  appreciate  them  more . 

Do  you  travel  because  your  job  requires  you  to ?  

Do  you  travel  to  remember  a place  that  was  special  to you  and your  family ? 

Do you  travel  because  your  children  and  grandchildren  have  seen  all  those  television  commercials  about  Disneyland  and  Disney  World  and they  want  to  go  oh  so  badly ? 

Admit  it  though ,  you  want  to  see Mickey  and  Minnie  Mouse  just  as  badly  as  they  do . 

Do  you  travel  because  all  those  ”  travel  experts  ”  keep  telling  you  about  the  hottest  new  city  or country  to see  and you don’t  want  to  feel  left  out . 

You know ,  suffer  from  F.O.M.O ,  the fear of  missing  out  on  the  new  “hottest  in  spot  ”  that  travellers  say that you should  visit  now . 

Or maybe  you’re  like  me . 

Are you  doing  your  own  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  to  watch  some  sporting  event  and you just can’t  wait ? 

Are you  traveling  to  a  place  because  the  last  time  you  saw  it was during  World  War  I I ,  the Vietnam  War  or  the  Korean  War ?  

So  just  what  is  the  reason  why  you  travel ? 

Let  me  know  in the  comments  section  and  please  share  this ! Thanks . 

HELLO  CHARM  CITY  –  BALTIMORE ,  MARYLAND .  CHINATOWN  BUS OR GREYHOUND  BUS TO AND FROM  BALTIMORE ? 

It was  Labor  Day  here in the  States  and that meant  that  it was time  for  my annual  30 Plus  Teams  Tour  of  one  of  my  favorite  cities ,  Baltimore ,  Maryland . 

Normally ,  I take  Greyhound  at Port Authority  Bus Terminal  to and from  the city on the Chesapeake  Bay . 

Not  this  time . 

As Megabus  unfortunately  doesn’t  go into  Downtown  Baltimore ,  this  was not  an option . 

Megabus  goes into  an area known  as  White Marsh.

I would have taken that bus, but instead  I  went on the  internet and checked  for an inexpensive  bus ride.

No, let me keep  it real.

I  was looking  for  a  really  cheap last  minute  ride to  Baltimore . 

I noticed one of  the  “Chinese” buses , which are very popular  here on the East  Coast . 

They cater mostly  to Asian passengers and they pick you up in the Chinatown  neighborhoods  of most cities . 

Some of  them had  a  bad reputation ,  so I  never thought  of  taking  one of  them.

I had heard  all sorts of  horror  stories  about  them . 

It was my first  time  taking one and I really  wasn’t  that impressed ,  especially  since I had to  show my online ticket and identification  at the office  on 31st Street and Fifth Avenue ,  but then walk to  32nd Street  and Broadway   to get the bus.

It’s  not that  long a walk, really ,  but my backpack  was heavy.

Once I got on the  bus, my opinion  changed.

It’s  not that  the buses are cleaner than Greyhound ,  they really  aren’t . 

However ,  I felt safer riding one of  these buses as compared  to  the  sometimes  roller  coaster  ride that is riding  on the  Greyhound  buses.

The seats were just as comfortable  as the seats on Greyhound . 

They even showed movies.

Ok, they were in Chinese with English  subtitles ,  but Greyhound  doesn’t  show  movies  of any kind on their buses.

Seeing  that this is  a  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  that I’m  on, they had a movie about traveling  to  Korea and Japan and the baseball  scene there, which is  quite huge.

The ride to Baltimore  wasn’t  an express  bus though, as we stopped  in Wilmington ,  Delaware . 

When we arrived  in  Baltimore ,  it wasn’t  at a terminal  in Downtown  Baltimore ,  it was the  O’Donnell  Street  Transit  Park  in the Canton  neighborhood  of  the  city . 

From there ,  it was easy to  get  a  city bus into  Downtown  Baltimore  where my hotel  was.

You can’t   beat across  the  street  from  the  transit center  and for the fare of $1.80.

Six days  later, I decided  to  take  Greyhound ,  even though it was more expensive  than  the   $20  that  I  paid  for  the  Chinese bus.

The terminal  on Haines  Street ,  in the shadow of  Downtown  Baltimore , has been  remodeled  since I  was  last in town ,  which was a year ago . 

Compared to  the  way  it used to  look, it looks very modern and spacious  now.

I would  love to  show  you  pictures of  the  new and improved  Baltimore  Greyhound  Terminal ,  but they don’t  allow  pictures  for some  reason ,  which I found odd.

The Greyhound  bus from Baltimore  to the  Big  Apple  was an express  bus.

It didn’t  even  stop for a rest stop.

Greyhound  buses even got  a  new  makeover.

But having  said  that ,  it’s  not just about the look ,  but more about the price and service  that will make me decide  what bus I’ll  take.

Lots of  times, I don’t  get that from riding  Greyhound . 

If any of these  buses go to  the  city where my next 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  is, and once again ,  Megabus  isn’t  an option ,  guess who else won’t  be  an option ? 

That’s  right, Greyhound . 

WHAT ‘ S THE STORY WITH THAT TITLE?

wp-image-58456174130 Plus  Teams  30 Plus  Dreams ?

What is  she talking  about?

What kind of title  is that for a blog ?

If you read my About  page, you know  the answer ,  sort of .

You might  know  that  besides  shopping ,  I LOVE  watching  and talking  about  sports .

I  also  love  to  travel  to  anywhere, any chance  that I  get.

The tagline of the  blog is, “What to  do  in a city after you’ve  gone  to  that  hockey ,  football ,  baseball ,  and basketball  game.”

So just how did I come  up with  that  title  of  30 Plus  Teams ,  30  Plus  Dreams ?

For a lot of us sports fans, and not just me, going to  a  sporting  event  for the first time  in an arena that you’ve  only seen  on television  is a dream .

If you get to  see YOUR team playing  in that arena, that is a DREAM, plus, if you catch my  drift .

As for the 30 Plus  Teams  Teams part, what’s  that all about ?

In case you  didn’t  know  or weren’t  aware  of ,  hockey has 31 teams, baseball  has 30 teams and so does  football  and basketball .

You get the picture

All of the major professional  sports  teams in  the United States  and Canada have 30 or more teams, or you could  say, 30 Plus Teams .

Now instead  of  calling  this  30 Plus  Teams ,  30  Plus  Dreams ,  I could  have  gotten  really  “clever” and named this blog, “Have A Team, Will Travel . ”

That doesn’t  make much sense, right ?

30 Plus  Teams ,  30  Plus  Dreams  says it all ,  don’t  you think ?

REVOLUTIONARY TALES – BOSTON ,MASSACHUSETTS. THE CITY I LOVE IN PICTURES .

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Boston ,  Massachusetts  will always  be  my home and my getaway  from  all the  craziness  that  is New York  City .

I love the monuments ,  memorials ,  the cobblestone  streets ,  and riding  the Swan  Boat’s  and yes, even going  to  Fenway  Park ,  because  this  is  a  30  Plus  Teams  Tour .

I can’t  say enough  about  my home , so  I’ll  just  let my pictures  do the  talking  for me.

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30 PLUS TEAMS 30 PLUS DREAMS TRAVEL QUOTES

This is  going  to  be  a  new feature  to 30 Plus  Teams ,  30  Plus  Dreams   called  travel  quotes .

A few days  ago ,  I  had a post with travel  quotes because  after the  events  of  Charlottesville ,  Virginia ,  I felt  we needed  to  see them.

(See sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com  /  2017/08/14/-Travel  -quotes  -from  -30  -plus  -Teams  -tour  -because  -we – need  -them-right-about-now  )d54dacadc5ab0a006afc9270a192833866725a526c2b478eb595e6db04d7012b42d8fafe41bccdf74d87e16b77d941483efee546945ac6d3019dc410e5c3a013d6f8127a4ea0cbf6b58ea9b657bd1e09178527ff04fe685b83f8d07c4916b59ff482342c60629ce7e0c8fd6b757a8af2dcaebb7d492f46265a7ad254555c4be7

Now, today ,  there’s  another  incident  in Barcelona ,  Spain, a place  where  I  know  a lot  of  bloggers  go to  and love .

I  don’t  understand  why  this  is  happening  but I  pray for the  people  of  Barcelona ,  Spain .

In the  meantime ,  enjoy  the  travel  quotes .

I  hope  the quotes  make   all of  us think  what travel  should  be  for.