Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 64
Why I Travel
Ruth Peters' early barnstorming adventures spurred
a life of exploration. INTERVIEWED BY DAVID HOCHMAN
you could fly anywhere - we
once flew around the faces
on Mount Rushmore.
We flew to Cuba days after Castro took over. The streets were
silent. All the hotels were empty.
Even at the Tropicana club, it was
just us and the band. Really eerie
and scary, but so much fun.
I love cruises. We usually sail
on Seabourn, but in recent
years, we've done the Rhine with
Viking and toured the French
Riviera and Greek isles on a
My daughter and I really appreciate flowers and gardening.
Every year, we go to the Chelsea
Flower Show in London to see the
beautiful displays. It's amazing.
There's always something new to
learn in life.
T 98, RUTH PETERS
still remembers the
she rode in through
Kansas farmland to a one-room
schoolhouse. Times certainly
have changed. Accompanied
by her daughter, Gayle Christie,
Peters now travels first-class
on European adventures twice
a year and on at least as many
cruises, from the Middle East to
New Zealand. Peters says her
secret to a long life of travel is
V I RT U O S O L I F E
"tons of vitamins, a strong faith,
and a grateful attitude." That,
and the in-the-know planning and
experience of her Houston-based
travel advisor, Sandra Ortiz.
I've always loved seeing new
places and meeting new people.
My husband, Kenneth, opened
the first flying school in central
Kansas, and we'd do fly-ins with a
group called International Flying
Farmers. We made friends all
over the country. In those days
at a party hosted
by King Michael
I just say, wow!
With our advisor, Sandra, it's
like she can read our minds. She
knows our taste, what we like
to do, what we don't like, and
how much energy we have. She
knows I don't like wheelchairs,
but she'll have one waiting to get
me quickly through airports. I
can't stand TSA - I just want to
get wherever I'm going!
I really like Germany and seeing
all its little towns. Wartburg
Castle, where Martin Luther
(SWITZERLAND AND THE NETHERLANDS) RUTH PETERS,
(PELES CASTLE) MARCUS LINDSTROM/GETTY IMAGES
Ruth Peters and (left) her
daughter, Gayle, in Switzerland.
Below: Romania's Peles Castle.