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Old 09-02-2014, 07:51 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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Unfortunately, my wife and I have both recently sustained mobility issues - neuropathy which does a number on balance - and our long road trips are now a thing of the past as my wife cannot sit in the car for a sustained length of time and can no longer drive. Flying is out. After what seems to have been a lifetime spent on airlines, commuter planes and helicopters thanks to my occupations I abhor airports, the new security measures, cramped seats and thoughtless passengers. I believe I have one good trip left in me and that will be returning to California about a year from now for the first time in six years to pay a visit to three of my children and some grandchildren with the understanding that it will likely be the last time I see them as I doubt they'll be coming to where we are. If nothing else they can't afford to. Thankfully they all live within a hour and a half of one another

I'll take Amtrak as it's only a day and a half or so trip on which I can move around and stretch my legs to keep the circulation going. I'll stay probably five or so days, see everyone, see some former work friends who have stayed in touch visit some old haunts and favorite restaurants and then will head back home. Of course, this very much depends on how my wife is doing then and whether or not she can fend for herself while I'm gone. If not, all bets are off! If I can pull it off it should be a pleasant diversion. If I can't do it, oh well. I'll still have here.
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:29 AM
 
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Where do you get these compression hose? From a doctor? I'll have to learn more about how to avoid deep vein thrombosis, the idea of it horrifies me and I don't want that worry to interfere with my love of travel. Thank you to all who provided suggestions for how to deal with this potential problem.
I get the prescription from my physician. Most insurance plans pay a portion of the cost if prescribed by the physician. You can find the hose at many medical supply houses or on-line. Generally, insurance companies have "preferred providers" which I prefer as it makes the billing a lot easier.
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:14 AM
 
Location: middle tennessee
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Where do you get these compression hose? From a doctor? I'll have to learn more about how to avoid deep vein thrombosis, the idea of it horrifies me and I don't want that worry to interfere with my love of travel. Thank you to all who provided suggestions for how to deal with this potential problem.
You can buy them online or in a drug store, depending on how hard you are to fit and whether or not you have a pre existing condition that is driving your fear. I think my daughter wears the tights. She is a youngster but noticed after her first trip that her legs were swollen enough to affect the fit of her clothing for a couple of days (best I remember) when she reached her destination. Now she always wears the hose.


I am not the least bit timid. Sometime in the nineties, I got detained in the airport for being a frequent flyer with no luggage and no id. I had my backpack and my pocket knife in my pocket. They didn't let me fly. Those were the days when we could meet the kids as soon as they got off the plane and nobody had to take their shoes off.

My daughter would watch for cheap flights and I would go out for a few days whenever I could. I didn't take my license because I knew I wouldn't be driving. It was fun while it lasted.

I flew to Portland with one of my daughters a couple of years ago and I knew that would be the last time for me. I wouldn't have made it without her. It was great being with her and I'm glad I went.

But I'm done. I'm glad I traveled when I was young and life was easy. I think I would enjoy the train, but its a long car ride to get to the train from where I live.

and just to clarify, (lol this may not even be the right thread) "homebody" is not a synonym for "recluse".
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Old 09-02-2014, 11:48 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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The issues re luggage is interesting.

Should we take a trip and are driving, we pack and do have luggage but it isn't that much of a problem.

If flying, it is almost always on vacation. In which case we don't carry luggage. None. When we get to our destination (London the last half dozen times), we check in the hotel, then go to the dept store (usually Harrows), buy whatever (casual clothes don't cost much). The last day, we pack it up, mail it home (or throw it away if we don't like some particular item), so no luggage on the return trip either.

After a lot of travel over the years, I've found this to be the best way to solve the luggage problem.
That's one way to take care of the luggage problems, LOL. My sister and her husband said they used to do the same thing when they visited their timeshare in Hawaii, only they hit the local Goodwill store for their clothing and other stuff, and donated the clothing back when it was time to go home.

I've seen snowbirds here mail their clothing back and forth when they traveled, to avoid having to carry luggage on their flights.

All sound like good plans to me. I just always wondered if y'all have been subject to extra scrutiny by the TSA security folks for not having luggage when you fly?

I ask this because on one flight I took a number of years ago ( Baltimore-Charlotte-Miami), the plane from Baltimore-Charlotte had electrical and hydraulic problems so we had to return to BWI. They prepared us for a possible crash landing, but it returned without incident other than the foam and fire trucks that met us at at the end of the runway at the airport. We were re-booked on a direct flight to Miami on another airline, and our luggage was transferred directly to that flight. But we had to go through body and carry-on luggage searches for the new flight, they told us that it was because we had gotten new tickets without checking luggage. Even though they all knew exactly why that was.

The TSA folks were all congenial though, as we went through the searches. I had developed a splitting headache and kept looking for a sample-size bottle of Tylenol I kept in my purse, but hadn't been successful in finding it. As I handed my purse to the TSA agent for the search, I asked him if he was able to find that bottle of Tylenol in the purse, would he give it to me? He did just that, and chuckled as he gave me the bottle.
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Old 09-02-2014, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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Just a little story!

About 15 years ago, H and I were vacationing on Moorea, Tahiti. The hotel had no phones or TV's so the guests tended to gather on the patio and talk or play cards/games in the evenings. One night we spied a 'new' couple we hadn't seen before so we went over to talk and introduce ourselves.
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Over the years I have thought about this couple many times. They were an inspiration to me. If they can do it, so can I! And so can you. Everyone deserves a great trip now and then.
Since I'll be on Moorea in less than one week, this resonates with me. I will think of this couple while we're sitting on the patio in the evening (our hotel also has no phone or TV, although I'm guessing they have wifi.)

My mother was the opposite of timid. She prowled the world, making friends and lovers as she went. She was an inspiration to me.

Obviously with this trip, we still manage planes, for now. Did a 15 hour flight from Chicago to Hong Kong last winter, plus connecting flights, now that was a kicker, but we were in Premium Economy--we really like this class of seat if we can afford it, more legroom, a bit wider seat. That's how we're flying to Tahiti as well, 8 hours from LAX.
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Old 09-02-2014, 01:17 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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EEK DH won't fly and now four hours in the car with a bad hip kills him. He travels with some of the 'recipe' in his water bottle for the pain.

Go now, folks. Things turn in an instant.
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Old 09-02-2014, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Since I'll be on Moorea in less than one week, this resonates with me. I will think of this couple while we're sitting on the patio in the evening (our hotel also has no phone or TV, although I'm guessing they have wifi.)

My mother was the opposite of timid. She prowled the world, making friends and lovers as she went. She was an inspiration to me.

Obviously with this trip, we still manage planes, for now. Did a 15 hour flight from Chicago to Hong Kong last winter, plus connecting flights, now that was a kicker, but we were in Premium Economy--we really like this class of seat if we can afford it, more legroom, a bit wider seat. That's how we're flying to Tahiti as well, 8 hours from LAX.
I am jealous! Please go to the distillerie and eat the ice cream at the top of Belvedere!
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Old 09-02-2014, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Surf City, NC
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I travel with my 89 year old mother these days. We've done 4 home exchanges, 2 of them to Europe. The latest was three weeks in Ireland this June. We find it a pleasant way to see the country. You are living among the locals and can shop and cook for yourself as much as you like. I plan daytrips from the house, usually we alternate longer and more local destinations with rest days to suit my mom's energy level. This time we also did a two-night stay in Dublin. Mom had some mobility problems this Spring, so we brought along a folding transport chair, so I could push her around Dublin and Galway and places with a lot of walking. The airline shipped it for free. We requested wheelchair assistance at the airports, some were better than others. In Charlotte the wait for carts was terrible and they were crowded and we almost missed our connection despite having 45 minutes to get to it. Philadelphia was better, Shannon and Heathrow were fabulous; we had a personal escort who took us right through the immigration lines. I prefer driving to air travel, but you can't get to many places by car. I will try to book fewer stops the next time we fly; those stops rushing to your next flight really were exhausting and anxiety provoking. I'll pay more for direct flights if I can get them.
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Old 09-03-2014, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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I am getting some valuable travel tips on this thread! I love the diaper bag idea, I usually carry what I call my "Mary Poppins bag" as my personal item (if you saw the movie think of the carpet bag she had in which she carried her parrot and even her coatrack, LOL) and a wheeled carry-on stuffed with my clothes. Things get a little jumbled up in the MP bag, so pockets on the outside would be great. I might also steal the Fed-Ex (or UPS) your clothes to destination thing, that sounds awesome. The goodwill idea sounds fun, but might be tough if you are a difficult to fit size, your selection would be seriously limited.

I recently had a deep vein thrombosis, and I was not on a long trip or anything. They say it was due to my taking HRT for my "power surges". I can no longer take them. I guess my case was mild, and I diagnosed it myself and the ultrasound confirmed it. I spent the night in the hospital and had to take blood thinners for a few months. The tip to take an aspirin before a long flight is spot-on. Also move your feet and legs as much as you can on the flight, doing heel and toe raises and walking the aisle a couple times. I will look into compression stockings for future extended flights.
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