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Old 02-16-2015, 07:15 PM
 
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Absolutely REGRET not traveling enough. I discovered horse treks much too late in life. And although I traveled a lot, charged up my credit cards to do so when I was young with no regrets, I wish I had traveled even more. Now I have tons of money to travel but cannot do difficult horse treks due to spinal surgery. The last thing I want is to go on grey-haired tours and cruises. How depressing. I say travel as much as you can, however you can borrowing what ever money you can, while you are young, vigorous, adventurous and not afraid of anything.
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Old 02-16-2015, 07:27 PM
 
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Enjoying the comments...now I see this...Hmmm....what do you think...especially about the senior travelers.

https://www.yahoo.com/travel/youre-t...093508527.html
I think what you should take from that article is never, I repeat: never, take a motorcoach (i.e. bus) tour with a large group of people. I refuse to even take a day trip in a van with 8-10 other people, each of whom have their own ideas of what they want to see and for how long they want to visit a site. My wife and I either travel alone or we book a guide for a private tour. On rare occasions, we'll get together with another couple or two for an excursion. We did that when we chartered a sailboat for a day in New Zealand's Bay of Islands.

But again, for the most part, we're on our own. As I noted in my earlier post, we spent last week in a rental car just tooling along country roads and deciding on the fly when we wanted to stop, what we wanted to see, and what we wanted to spend our time doing (hiking, sightseeing, etc ).
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Old 02-16-2015, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Florida
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This is pretty rotten. I have had bad tour guides and some really good ones and some average. They were tipped accordingly. I wish I had not read that.
Yes, I feel the same way, these seniors obviously cannot drive (or drive a long distance) and yet they still want to travel.

I am not a bus/organized trip taker, the only one I did take was to a local casino, it was in July, 90 degrees, and, the bus had flat tire...ended up standing outside waiting for a replacement one...an hour later one appeared...that ended that, done with the bus thing.

As far as the people who talk too much...they are everywhere...happens a lot here in Florida, lots of lonely people, so, when they nab someone to talk to, they don't shut up.
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Old 02-16-2015, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I think this is a regret many people have. People have historically "paid their dues" and "sucked it up" until retirement, with the caveat they will make it all up "later," but if "later" does come, it often doesn't come in the fashion they imagined.

People get sick, people die, and life pops up and interrupts plans. My grandparents were Silents and never traveled outside of what was compulsory when he was drafted back in the Korean War. Once his term expired, he moved back to his hometown in TN, and as far as I know, never ventured further north than Virginia the remaining fifty years he lived. To the best of my recollection, I don't remember him going anywhere but VA, NC, TN, and SC. I've hit all of those states in a day before.

I'm only 28 but have been to 30 states, none further west than Nebraska. The only state I haven't been to east of the Mississippi is Delaware. I haven't been to Wisconsin, but will make it there this spring on a Chicago trip.

I've learned some of my most valuable life lessons and experiences while on the road. I wouldn't trade the traveling for anything. It may not be the most prudent choice financially, but I enjoy it, and don't know how many days I have left, so I try to cram enjoyment into each one.
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Old 02-17-2015, 04:12 AM
 
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We traveled a lot when working and now enjoy a couple of long trips per year. Our favorite, when we dont want to do the work of planning ahead, is to check out Road Scholar: Educational Travel and Learning Vacations for Adults from Alaska to Italy (formerly elderhostel). They are for people interested in education not shopping. We have met some of the most interesting people on these trips and bonded with a lot of them.

This year we are doing an indepth study of Oxford, England with them and a Northern California Valley wine tour. We have already done Napa and Sonoma with them. I have not regretted any of the 9 trips that they planned.
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Old 02-17-2015, 07:01 AM
 
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My husband and I are in our fifties and traveling is still fun, but seems a bit more tiring. We can't travel that much yet, do to limited time off from work. But we have our bucket list of travel plans, and hopefully the first few years of retirement will allow us to see more of the world. We took our first bus tour last year in Central America and surprisingly, we loved it! But we set the bar kind of low, because we assumed we wouldn't really like it. Our tour guide was excellent, our belongings were always safe, we both could actually view the landscape because we didn't do the driving, and, best of all, we made friends for life with another couple. I totally think a lot of travel is the attitude you have..roll with the punches and try to laugh as much as you can. It's vacation, after all!!
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Old 02-17-2015, 07:29 AM
 
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Travel has been an important part of our family life for years now. We started taking at least one pretty cool family vacation each year and then DH and I would take an annual couples vacation. We live in the south, so loved traveling out west to AZ, CO, MT, CA to experience the mountains and just a little different cultural atmosphere. Our kids are in college now and tell us how glad they are we took these vacations together and that they got to experience life outside of MS. I guess travel is somewhat of a priority for us and we do budget for it. We drive 8 &10 year old cars though and we live a somewhat modest lifestyle so that as long as we're able, travel will remain a big part of our lives.
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Old 02-17-2015, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Enjoying the comments...now I see this...Hmmm....what do you think...especially about the senior travelers.

https://www.yahoo.com/travel/youre-t...093508527.html
Wow. Talk about a negative article! Those people should NOT be tour directors, that's for sure. Sounds like they don't like Seniors at all. I've never cottoned to the idea of tour busses and have no desire to join a tour like that. Same thing when it comes to cruises. It just isn't my ideal vacation to spend it with 2,000 other people cooped up on a ship!
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Old 02-17-2015, 08:20 AM
 
Location: SW Corner of CT
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My Wife wants me to go on a Cruise, but I'd rather hook up the camper and do weekend trips instead.....much more affordable. She's done some traveling growing up, and I have not had the same opportunities due to family financials. I told her when we retire, I'll go....but for now, save and invest till then....and if something should happen and I pass, then I'll never know, and it won't make a difference. She is always free to grab a friend and go, and she has....I wish she would go again.....I'll stay home and take care of the pup, and we'll save a few $$, and she can lay on the beach all she wants
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Old 02-17-2015, 08:29 AM
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Location: Cody, WY
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Wow. Talk about a negative article! Those people should NOT be tour directors, that's for sure. Sounds like they don't like Seniors at all. I've never cottoned to the idea of tour busses and have no desire to join a tour like that. Same thing when it comes to cruises. It just isn't my ideal vacation to spend it with 2,000 other people cooped up on a ship!
The people quoted in the article obviously hate their work. I suspect they're earning very low wages and hate tourists because those people can afford the tour and rightfully expect what they've paid for.

I've never been on a tour or cruise which is nothing but a tour on water and would never go on either one. There are all sorts of better services available. For example, light planes and helicopters fly over my place all summer taking people on air tours of Yellowstone. The people who charter the aircraft decide what they wish to see and how long the trip will be.

When I was a boy we took a decent vacation every year from the time I was two so travel just has never been that big a deal to me. At this point in my life I've been to all the distant places I wished to see and enjoy really learning more about my local area. I've had pets my entire life and don't like to leave them. For three years I only spent nights away from home for hip surgery because my older dog was having serious health problems. I have one dog now who will be 11 in about a month (first puppy I had in years) and a cat who will be 10+.

Some years ago my late wife and I had planned a trip to New Orleans and environs. A few days before we planned to leave a catalog arrived from a coin dealer in Chicago. There was a coin I had always wanted, a very scarce and expensive coin. It would have been irresponsible to have both taken the trip and bought the coin. Thankfully, I had married the right woman. She told me to buy the coin; we could go to New Orleans another time. Almost all of the time I've found better ways than traveling to spend money.

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