Now I want some hot chocolate
I am also super jealous of how much some of you have traveled! I would love to get out and see the world. I have seen quite a bit of the United States, and a small part of Mexico, but that's about it.
A few years back my parents went on a European escapade
They visited France, Germany, Holland, the Netherlands, and I believe a few others. They lived in Germany when my dad was in the Army back in the 80s, and I am so jealous.
My husband is a big WW2 geek and he wants to go to Europe and visit Normandy especially, and Germany. I personally would love to see all the old architecture and learn more about the culture. And try all the yummy food I've heard about! I want to go to Italy, and possibly visit Sicily, which is where my husband's family comes from.
As far as giving your horse time off. Haha how about 6 months? I made the choice not to ride while pregnant, and now I'm almost 7 months. Surprisingly it has done a world of good for my gelding. He is calmer, easier to work with, and has enjoyed his time off. One of my friends tossed a saddle on him the other day, mostly just to show her colt its nothing to be afraid of, and he stood there. He was out in pasture, and could have easily run off. But he looked confused when she took it off like "Aren't you going to ride me?" haha poor dude.