The travel bug keeps biting

Trudi Hertfelder seeks new adventures

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November 19th, 2019
Trudi Hertfelder and daughter Heidi toured Grimsey Island near the Arctic Circle on a recent trip to Iceland. Living maintenance-free at Ann’s Choice frees up her schedule, allowing her to focus on the important things, like fun with the family.

Trudi Hertfelder and daughter Heidi toured Grimsey Island near the Arctic Circle on a recent trip to Iceland. Living maintenance-free at Ann’s Choice frees up her schedule, allowing her to focus on the important things, like fun with the family.

“Go, and do it as long as you can.” That’s the advice Ann’s Choice resident and travel enthusiast Trudi Hertfelder gives when people ask about her frequent trips. 

Each year, the former German teacher sets out on a variety of adventures: a major vacation with her daughter, Heidi; the midwinter Ann’s Choice cruise; a road trip with a friend; two jaunts to the shore; and a number of day trips/overnights, many through Ann’s Choice.

Travel has always been Trudi’s passion. She and her late husband Lucky were constantly on the go until 2003, when his multiple sclerosis made touring too difficult. After he passed, Trudi decided it was time to resume seeing the world, and see it she has.

She and Heidi have visited the Canadian Rockies on the Rocky Mountaineer train; Albuquerque, N.M., for the balloon festival, with side trips to Taos and Santa Fe; Yosemite, Sequoia, and the Muir Woods in California; the gold coast from San Diego to San Francisco; and Pennsylvania’s most-popular and least-known attractions. 

By far, her favorite was the trip they took to Iceland in June 2019. 

They flew into Reykjavík a day early to explore, then boarded a small ship for an eight-day cruise around the country. Highlights included soaking in the world-famous thermal baths at the Blue Lagoon and touring Grimsey Island near the Arctic Circle. 

“The scenery is breathtaking,” says Trudi. “If you appreciate nature, it’s a must. You see mountains with glaciers, geothermal pools, lava rocks. There’s no place on earth like it.”

Even though they went in summer, the temperature never rose above a chilly 55 degrees. Typically, the weather is misty and rainy, so they packed raincoats, windbreakers, and winter coats. “We were lucky, in that we had sun almost every day,” says Trudi. “But we needed every one of those coats at some point during our tour.”

More adventures ahead

Trudi’s travel bucket list covers a variety of locales. She thinks a river cruise in Europe, most likely through Germany, will be next. “I have relatives near Stuttgart on both parents’ sides,” she notes. “We exchange Christmas letters every year, but I’ve met only one cousin in person. It would be a treat to meet the rest of them in Germany.” 

Other voyages on her list include the Scandinavian fjords; Washington, Oregon and Montana; and a return trip to Colorado to see more of the state. “There are so many fantastic destinations out there. As long as I’m healthy enough to go, I’m ready to pack my bags,” says Trudi. 

She acknowledges that health is the primary concern for most senior travelers but says it’s possible to enjoy new experiences closer to home. 

“Even if you can’t take a longer overseas trip, think about short road trips. You can throw everything in the car, so packing isn’t as hard. There are so many attractions within a few hours’ drive,” she says. If accessibility is an issue, check online to see if the venues can accommodate.

Finally, she encourages people to use a reputable travel agent or service. “If you hate planning, let a pro do the legwork for you,” she says. “All you have to do is go and enjoy yourself.” 

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