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Bitten by the travel bug

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April 27th, 2010

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel s sake. The great affair is to move. Robert Louis Stevenson  Bob Luebbe has always been a get-up-and-go kind of guy. During his professional life, he traveled for business. In charge of corporate purchasing for a major chemical company, he was on the road again and again. That translated to his personal life, where his wife, Ruth, was able to share in the many adventures. It was only natural that when he retired, the travel bug continued to bite. Living at Ann s Choice has made spontaneous trips even easier.

The world is your oyster

As soon as the Luebbes had seen the United States from one end to the other, they ventured out to see what the rest of the world had to offer. They ve been all over: Germany, Russia, Turkey, Greece, Scandinavia, the Ukraine, even Australia. We ve been very fortunate we ve seen a fair amount of the world but not all of it, he says. On one of their favorite trips, they flew to Finland and from there, went on to Russia, where they were taken aback by the massive beauty of St. Petersburg and the Kremlin. Three albums alone are of their trip to Israel, which they count among their top picks.

Opening travel to others

Mrs. Luebbe has organized more than 100 photo albums as a way to preserve their adventures. We like to be on the go, her husband laughs. The Luebbes found they were in good company after moving to Ann s Choice in 2003. As a member of the planning committee for the community s trips and travel department, Mr. Luebbe helps brainstorm trips his neighbors would enjoy. Last winter, 68 residents participated in a Caribbean cruise. Through Ann s Choice, the Luebbes have taken a cruise to Panama and paid a visit to the CIA no, not the intelligence agency, the Culinary Institute of America during a trip to Hyde Park, N.Y. They ve also been to Myrtle Beach several times, to Florida on an auto train, and to Arizona, New Mexico, and Washington, D.C. They also recently returned to Alaska for a third time. Travelers have a taste for adventure that s not limited to sightseeing, says Mr. Leubbe. Travel opens people, he explains, to the thoughts of other people and to how they live. There s no doubt about it: You learn an awful lot when you travel. And he s still got a lot to learn.