Traveling comes naturally for New York native Trieste

John Trieste is always surprised at all the beautiful places around Florida to discover.

photo by marc rhodes

When John Trieste retired and moved to Florida from his native New York in 1998, it was only natural that the Ferdinand Magellan in the Brooklyn native would be invigorated.

“That’s what we did for years when we lived in New York City,’’ said Trieste, who writes a monthly travel piece called “Touring the Town” for Senior Life. “Every weekend, we would travel to places like the Catskills, the Adirondacks or the Jersey Shore. New York State (or nearby New Jersey) has so many places to go. But, you could say that about no matter where you are in the United States. There are places just as attractive. The difference is that in Florida we can go out and about 12 months a year. We don’t have to worry about snow and ice, where you can’t get out of the house.’’

Trieste, who is very active in the local New York State Club in Brevard County, was honored in 2016 by the Museum of Printing in Haverhill, Mass. The museum opened the Typographers Association of New York John A. Trieste Library Room to chronicle the history of the typesetting industry. Trieste, who was a trade printer, and the organization will sponsor a graph-ics communications scholarship this spring for an interested high school graduate. Since so many of the local attractions can be expensive for out-of-town visitors, Trieste’s columns focus on the hidden secrets of Florida.

“I normally don’t go too far — 100 to 150 miles. I want the places to be inexpensive, something that the whole family can enjoy and educational. There are so many places that I want go go back to and visit.’’

The Indian Harbour Beach resident receives compliments each month.

“A number of people will see my column every month and then take the trip,’’ Trieste said. “So often, people will drive by a place that they don’t know about.’’

Three of Trieste’s favorite journeys include:

  • A trip from Brevard to Sebastian and Vero Beach on A1A and a description of what to see on the trek.
  • A visit to the Florida Carriage and Horse Museum in Weirsdale, which is just outside of the Villages.
  • A day trip to St. Augustine.

“I also like the Lake Placid, Sebring and Avon Park area,’’ Trieste said. “A few weeks ago, I went to the Florida Panhandle. What a beautiful area. I ended up in Pensacola. I really want to go back and spend some more time there.’’