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Old 08-04-2011, 09:50 PM
 
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I used to have fantasies of being a world traveler . . . that I would travel near and far . . . I am now rethinking this . . .I don't know what I will end up doing because I can't travel yet and by the time I might be able to, I might be way too old . . .

Plus I realize I am a creature of comfort and a little germ-phobic - not a good travel combo - and I hate bugs and freak out when I see them - so that leaves out tropical areas . . .

And also after much thought I have decided I would not like to be in a ship, under water . . . and I am also not crazy about airplanes - from the whole fear of flying thing to being trapped with dirty people coughing and sneezing and no fresh air for hours (to think they used to let you smoke on the plane! and I was one of the ones that was doing it! Unbelievable) . . .

What is your thinking about traveling?


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Old 08-04-2011, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Will go anywhere and do anything. I especially love anyplace everyone else thinks of as a third world toilet. Let me at it!
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:19 PM
 
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Will go anywhere and do anything. I especially love anyplace everyone else thinks of as a third world toilet. Let me at it!
Wow. That is awesome. I wish I was not so neurotic and opinionated!
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:40 PM
 
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We drive or take the train. Granted, being by the Canadian border gives us good access to VIA Rail ( very nice) and lots more places. Hate the idiocy of airports and how much time and garbage needed for flying and will only do it if need by by disastrous necessity [did it for a family funeral -- no time to drive].

Traveling the world now? We'd take a cruise but refuse to buy the dinner wardrobe! Our jeans and tees won't pass dress codes!
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:40 PM
 
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We've been retired for several years now. We travel quite extensively. We've flown 1/2 way around the world to several interesting countries and places of interest. We have been on 9 cruises so far. Dress code is optional as there are several dining options. Formal nights are nice for those that like to dress up, but not required and there are only one or two of them. If you don't want to dress up there are other eating areas you can dine at. And at the 24 hour buffet any type of dress is appropriate including shorts.
If you have the time and the money any type of traveling is fun as you see so many different people, lifestyles and cultures. You can go at your pace and control your destiny.
Life is too short, enjoy it to the max.
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Old 08-05-2011, 04:40 AM
 
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We decided not to wait until retirement. We go anywhere that is not Americanized. India was our favorite and bathrooms are an interesting issue. Once, behind a bush was the safest and cleanest.

In China, we rated all bathrooms. We sent a "scout" and they reported using a 5 star scale. The Xian Warrior Museum got a 5 star Diamond restroom rating. 100% electronic. Woohoo.

I am far more interested in the food and culture. You just have to follow basic rules and all should be fine.

However, travel is physically difficult in some ways. Airline travel is not what it used to be (but our flights to Thailand were pretty fantastic) and jet lag takes us longer to recover from. But now I dont suffer from motion sickness during all flights. So it all balances out.

If you are more worried about the germs than interested in learning about another country, there is a whole lot to see and do in North America. Try Alaska and Hawaii.

Cruises are fun. We went on them to get my corporate husband away from the computer and the car. Very restful. Love meeting so many other people. There are even theme cruises for quilters, knitters, music lovers, etc. All kinds of cruises for all kinds of people and all budgets.
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Old 08-05-2011, 04:57 AM
 
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Compliments of Uncle Sam I've lived in mainland China (pre-communist revolution), Japan and Korea. It would be nice to see the other half of the world (Europe) but not likely in retirement. I've also lived in nine states and been through and to many more, plus a bit of Canada and Mexico. My wife has not traveled as extensively as I have so our retirement goals have been to first see the entirety of our new state and than to see and spend time in as much of our own country as means allow. "See America First" has somewhat been our mantra.
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Old 08-05-2011, 05:51 AM
 
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We have lived in quite a few places around the world being in the military for 20+ years, traveled in Europe and a few asian countries. In retirement we are content to spend time in HI every year and travel in our RV across the good old USA. We have already been in the majority of states.
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Old 08-05-2011, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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I used to have fantasies of being a world traveler . . . that I would travel near and far . . . I am now rethinking this . . .I don't know what I will end up doing because I can't travel yet and by the time I might be able to, I might be way too old . . .

Plus I realize I am a creature of comfort and a little germ-phobic - not a good travel combo - and I hate bugs and freak out when I see them - so that leaves out tropical areas . . .

And also after much thought I have decided I would not like to be in a ship, under water . . . and I am also not crazy about airplanes - from the whole fear of flying thing to being trapped with dirty people coughing and sneezing and no fresh air for hours (to think they used to let you smoke on the plane! and I was one of the ones that was doing it! Unbelievable) . . .

What is your thinking about traveling?

With all your phobias I would concentrate on travelling within North America--places you can drive, take a train or perhaps shorter flights. There are amazing places here to see.

I love to travel, and my husband and I decided not to wait until we were retired, but to do as much as possible while we were working with 2 good incomes, within the constraints of vacation time. Sometimes we managed to get one airfare paid for by our work, attending conferences and such.

We've managed Tahiti several times, Brazil, U.K and diverse parts of Europe several times each, and cruises to the Caribbean. As well as trips to California, Maine, Boston, New York, Virginia, Florida, etc.

Now we're retired, income is fine, but lower. So we'll stick to one major trip a year for a few years, until we either don't have the money or feel that we're past travelling. One of the good things about cruises is that you can do that for a long time--I've met plenty of people well up into their 80's on cruise ships.

We're doing an Alaskan cruise next spring, which will be our splurge for the year--we'll spend time around Vancouver/Seattle during that trip. But all those North American spots await us as well. I haven't seen the South West yet (Arizona, Utah, New Mexico). And we want to see Newfoundland as well.
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Old 08-05-2011, 07:09 AM
 
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What is your thinking about traveling?
The exact opposite of yours.
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