The years since 2020 have been a challenging time for everyone. One of the main things of the ‘lost months’ has been a time for reflection, and a recognition that you never know quite what is round the corner. For me that has involved the realisation that I no longer want to be apart from Jude for weeks at a time. Combine that with the realisation that leading/driving on tours is by no means a holiday for the leader, and the urgent need to try and reduce our climate footprint by cutting down on air miles, now is the time to retire from overseas tours. Overseas travel is now for holidays with Jude, especially by train: once we are safe and able to do so, ‘spreading our wings while staying on track‘.