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Old 08-05-2011, 07:33 AM
 
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I keep a bag packed at all times. Hopefully, this year we will complete our mission to be in all 50 states. We just have North and South Dakota to go.

We went on a 17 day cruise to western Med this past May and absolutely loved it. Went to 9 different countries.

There's still a lot of places I want to see, so unless something very tragic happens we will continue to travel until we are just too darn old.
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Old 08-05-2011, 07:56 AM
 
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DW and I decided to do our traveling now (before retirement) and if we still have the desire when we finally get there, we'll keep going. We've done pretty well so far. This is a sampling of some of our destinations: Australia; New Zealand; China; Tahiti; Ireland; United Kingdom; France; Netherlands; Mexico; Canada; and the Caribbean Islands. We've been to 46 out of 50 states and the four major Hawaiian Islands.

Here are a few places on our list we haven't made it to yet: Spain; Portugal; Singapore; Egypt; and the Fiji Islands.

The more I contemplate retirement, the opportunity to travel more is one of the few positive things I can find about it.
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Old 08-05-2011, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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Just returned from a two month, 13,000 mile cross country road trip in our VetteVert. 33 states, 4 provinces of Canada, 15 National Parks, an Alaska cruise in the middle...fabulous time.

I travelled much of the planet, for 25+ years while working, so we go at it differently, in our retiredbum years, but...

I rec'd getting off the couch and seeing stuff!
GL, mD
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Old 08-05-2011, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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I retired at 53 and got a good ten years of travelling and moving in. Now my health just isn't up to it anymore. My advice is do the travelling first before you are too old
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Old 08-05-2011, 09:57 AM
 
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I retired at 53 and got a good ten years of travelling and moving in. Now my health just isn't up to it anymore. My advice is do the travelling first before you are too old
Great advice! Seeing the world is very exciting and I wish I'd done more of it when it was easier to travel. Glad I did my rough horse pack trips when I was a bit younger and before spinal fusion surgery. Now it's only "wimp" trips - easy rides over easier terrain. Also a bit tough carrying backpacks when one is old.
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Old 08-05-2011, 10:13 AM
 
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I love reading about the travel experiences of others. I LOVE seeing and experiencing new places, it's just getting there that is problematic for me but like many people, I may just put up with it . . . I spent time in Asia a long time ago and want to see more of it . . . that would be first on my list . . . and I want to explore parts of the U.S. I have not seen (New York and New England . . . I have been to New England but only for work, so that does not count) . . .I would love to see Canada and experience Europe (in the winter - not a fan of the heat) . . .

Can someone give some details about cruising . . .what you like about it? In my imagination it seems awful . . .it seems dark and closed in . . . I am imagining dirty carpets, an old lounge-y feel or hotel conference feel . . . and a bunch of old people! Tell me how it is different from that . . .
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Old 08-05-2011, 10:20 AM
 
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Whatever you're thinking bad about cruising it's just the opposite. They are like 5 star hotels, super clean, great variety of food and the service is 5 star. The ships are so big most of the time you think you're in a small city and don't even realize you're on one. You have so many amenities and things to keep you occupied that the time seems to go by too fast.
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Old 08-05-2011, 10:29 AM
 
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I guess I had pictured a cruise ship as a nursing home on wheels (so-to-speak).
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Old 08-05-2011, 10:54 AM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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I like to travel, have been to some of Europe and some of Asia and most of the US and Canada, but I find air travel increasingly stressful, unenjoyable and inflexible. As coach becomes more and more uncomfortable (I am tall for a woman, nearly 6', and have very long legs) and the price disconnect between coach and even business class goes back to what it used to be in the 60s and 70s, I have less and less wish to fly anywhere. I don't fly often enough (anymore) to have frequent flyer miles and between the cost and the hassle - it's just increasingly not worth it.

We're headed to England in October and we're really regarding this as our make-or-break overseas trip. How well will we cope with it? As airlines cut back flights and cut service to smaller airports, our trip to London, which involves 14 hours in the air total, involves 28 hours of travel (2 hour layover, 3 hour layover, 9 hour layover), not including driving time to and from our home and Heathrow to destination.

Cruising has very little appeal to me, especially after watching cruise ships arrive in port (in Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean) and the circus involved with getting people on and off. Las Vegas is one of my least favorite places on earth, and cruising seems like a mobile Las Vegas.

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Old 08-05-2011, 12:00 PM
 
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Cruising has very little appeal to me, especially after watching cruise ships arrive in port (in Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean) and the circus involved with getting people on and off. Las Vegas is one of my least favorite places on earth, and cruising seems like a mobile Las Vegas.
Getting on and off a cruise ship is not difficult. Somewhat time consuming, but not difficult. Quicker than getting on a plane. I much prefer it to getting on and off a plane.

We go to Vegas every few years and enjoy it. A cruise ship has no relation to Vegas at all. Totally different experience. About the only thing I'd relate to Vegas is that there is a small casino (Princess). Bets are capped at $200.

We have traveled less than we wanted to over the years and are planning on making up for it in retirement. Mrs. Teks next vehicle is going to be an interstate cruiser. Might as well be comfortable while driving all over the country.
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