Imagine Going There Travel - October 2022


Susan, president of the Travel Club at Del Webb Lake Providence in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, is a world-class solo traveler! To this date, she’s been on a total of 36 cruises and is still counting — she’s a collector of cruise experiences! Susan thrives on adventure and has been traveling ever since a young age.

As a single traveler, Susan relishes the experience. “Traveling by myself isn’t at all intimidating to me! From the airport on the way to the ship, you can start meeting and interacting with other

Having worked in the travel industry, Susan was extremely impressed with her first Viking experience last year, sailing the Western Mediterranean Escape, which got her hooked on Viking as the way to cruise. “I was so impressed with the size of the ship and all they offer while you’re on board,” Susan tells us. “Along with the amazing attention

passengers,” she remarks. “There are so many opportunities to meet people once on board: while dining,

during activities, or in the common areas. Many couples even include me in their activities, and I’ve made some of the best friends!” The Viking guests are super-friendly and many have made lifelong relationships during their travels.

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For Susan, solo travel is invigorating. There’s a big world out there, just waiting to be explored, and the key is to not be afraid to set out on an adventure. “There’s so much to see with culture, history, and architecture,” Susan says. “When you travel by yourself, you’re never alone, and I’d love to see more people traveling by themselves instead of shying away from it. When I travel, I find such peace and joy, and I wish for everyone to have the opportunity to experience that!”

from planning your cruise to following up on return, sailing on Viking cruises is enjoyable and real treat.” Susan recently returned from a Viking river cruise, the Danube Waltz, where she celebrated her 75th birthday.


Exploring a corn maze is a great way to get outside and enjoy the fall season with friends and family — but who came up with the idea of wandering around a corn field for fun? As it turns out, outdoor mazes are an ancient tradition, and the American corn maze of the ‘90s sprouted from the mazes of 17th-century European gardens. Don’t believe it? Here’s a quick tour of corn maze history. THE MINOTAUR AND THE MAZE Have you heard of Theseus and the Minotaur? This ancient Greek legend tells the story of the hero Theseus, who ventured into an elaborate maze to kill the half-man, half-bull imprisoned there. The monstrous Minotaur was known to

solving. One famous example is the half- mile-long Hampton Maze, which was planted in 1690 and still stands today. THE CORN MAZE: AN AMERICAN INVENTION Garden mazes eventually hopped the pond to America but didn’t become interactive puzzles until Don Frantz, Creative Director of the American Maze Company, came on the scene. In 1993, Frantz created the “first ever cornfield maze for private and public entertainment” to attract college kids in Pennsylvania. Today, every small- town corn maze is a descendant of his “Amazing Maize Maze.” To learn more about that wacky history, visit

eat heroes, and the labyrinth was known to trap them, but Theseus managed to slay the Minotaur and find his way home with the help of a string he unspooled as he walked. GARDEN ART TO GET LOST IN Mazes formed from bushes began popping up European gardens in the 17th century. They were a popular artistic feature of upper-class gardens in England, more for looking at than

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