We booked a Trip to China!

Thank you for the votes on our previous post, we took your advice and we are headed to Shanghai, China. We really looked into just traveling ourselves, and found out from many traveling for the first time to China you should really use a tour company. My brother has been to China for work a dozen times – he strongly recommended this advice. So our search for the best tour group started with TripAdvisor reviews, Groupon getaways, and Travelzoo deals. After weeks of research we settled on Stunning Tours. The 16 Day Panoramic China trip includes all our hot spot visits – Beijing 4 nites with the Great Wall, Xian with the Terra Cotta Warriors, a Small Cruise ship down the Yangtze River, (bonus of Suzhou and Hangzhou) then 3 nights in Shanghai for my ultimate – Disney Shanghai

Published by David & Laura Speer

Were a Metro Detroit, Michigan, couple – second marriages for both of us – and we dream of retiring early to Travel the World. Follow us while we try and figure out to raise our kids, and save to retire. David is a Robot Programmer, Laura is a Medical Physicist. We put our kids before ourselves for years, saved and ate at home and now after years of all this sacrifice and raising our kids - we are closing in on empty nesting, and we realized we have the opportunity to retire earlier than most and follow our dreams to travel the world. How are we going to do this? Well we have a lot of ideas, but lets see how it works out. Our original retirement date was January 1, 2021. We are reviewing the option of working another 3 years but prefer to keep the 2021 date, either way we will be retired by 55 years old - still trying to figure out how, but working toward our goal everyday, while enjoying each other and our blended family. Follow us to see what happens. All images on this blog are copyright (c)

53 thoughts on “We booked a Trip to China!

  1. Long ago I wanted to read Jules Verne’s book “Tribulations of a Chinaman in China”. A Chinese comedy film was based on this book, and I’ve seen the film (because my country was in the Eastern Bloc then, and a special friend of China), but I couldn’t find the book. Now the book is easy to find, but I can’t find that movie.

    Have a nice trip! China is a “must see” for everyone on this planet, and for the aliens too.

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    1. Ok first Nautilus, we have never heard of that book, and Jules Verne how can you go wrong. So we really quickly looked it up and going to try get this book for Christmas to read. So thanks for that tip. Second – yes we really have been wanting to go to China, David went back in the 80’s to Hong Kong with his Mom, and he always wanted to see the Great wall, so here we go, and adventure!

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      1. I’m very glad to hear your answer. Now maybe I was too familiar, and -to be honest- this happened because I have confused you with another American blogger couple.
        Well, that happened. And after all I’m happy it did happen. 🙂

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  2. At this stage in the game I think it is probably wise to use a tour to visit China. We went on our own in 2004 and we were fine but now, with all the unrest, you’ll be safer on a tour.

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  3. I don’t have a desire to go to China, but if I did I would do it exactly how you are doing it (minus Disney 😜).

    Good for you – a great adventure (and the Great Wall) await you 👏

    Susan Grace

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      1. New Zealand ! Enjoying the diverse beauty of nature and fabulous outdoor adventures and hikes! My friend just spent two months there and I just drooled over their photos. I don’t mind flying but don’t relish long plane flights. Just yesterday I spent almost 4 hours sitting off and on watching my hubby and his friends play softball and my sciatica started flaring up. Darn this aging thing🤪

        Susan Grace

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      2. Yeah, we get it our list is soooo huge we could not even start listing, because everywhere we want to go, but our list includes Machu Pichu, Peru and Australia, and Fiji and Bali too, and of course Vietnam and that is the super short list.

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      3. Oh wait! I haven’t been to Monument Valley, Sedona, Yellowstone or Glacier Park and only passed through Zion once.

        And here, you thought you were rid of me, ha ha!

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      1. It sounds perfect too me —these are the places that I would like to see too. And to have someone from China who can give you some meaningful information about the country will be useful. Looking forward to seeing all your beautiful pics!

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