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Old 01-23-2017, 09:41 PM
 
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Would you do this.pros /cons/can't decide
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Old 01-23-2017, 09:46 PM
 
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I do. I have seen plenty of people over 90 traveling alone, including RV travel. What is your concern?
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Old 01-23-2017, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I'm 60, and like traveling alone. Doubt that would change.

The reasons I like to travel alone, is that for one, I want my own room. Not that that can't be worked out if you travel with someone, but I want my own space to retreat to where I can watch what I want on TV, go to sleep when I want, not worry about snoring, etc.

Also, I don't want to have to negotiate every single bleeping thing, like when to eat and where to go when...that's tiring to me.

What I really like to do, is go on a trip with an organized group. The last time I did this for an overnight trip, it was with a wine tasting tour group. It was fantastic. I paid extra to have my own room. I was assigned a seat next to another single woman. We chatted on the bus. When the group went to wineries, I would just chat up whoever was around me. When we checked into the motel, I had the choice to join the group at dinner or hang out by the pool, or whatever. I tried a little of this and that, drunk with different groups, had fun, and went to bed when I felt like it.

I was safe, had company if I wanted it, but was free to do what I wanted, when I wanted to, without having to worry about what anyone else wanted to do, or hurting anyone's feelings, or listening to anyone talk about whatever if I didn't want to.

I will also go on trips with just me and my dog. I'll drive to a town about 5 hours away to see a show I want to see. I enjoy my drive with my dog, while listening to a book on tape or music, etc. Check into the hotel, take my dog for a walk, usually buy something to eat that I can just eat in my room while watching TV, go to my show, get up and take the dog for a walk somewhere pretty, and drive back home.

For me, I like being in complete control of my time and choices, and not having to worry about anyone else's needs. To me, that's true freedom.

But, that's me, and why I actually normally prefer traveling alone - or with just my dog, who lets me boss her around or put her in her crate when I don't want to deal with her LOL.
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Old 01-24-2017, 12:42 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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At age 71, a year and a half ago, I took a road trip alone starting and ending in the Los Angeles area. The stops at which I visited people and/or musuems (as opposed to just spending the night) were, in order: Las Cruces, New Mexico; Fredricksburg, Texas; Austin, TX; College Station, Texas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Nashville, Tennessee; Chatenooga, Tennessee; Blue Ridge, Georgia; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Then not too long after I got home an aunt died and I flew to Houston alone, rented a car at the airport and drove to Beaumont (Texas) for the funeral.

The weekend before Thanksgiving, 2016, I drove solo to the California wine country to visit a cousin and an old high school friend, spending two nights up there. It's about a seven-hour drive, including two stops for fuel/food/bathroom.

This coming summer I'll probably take another road trip east similar to the one I took at age 71. I'll be 73 by then.

Indeed, what is the concern?
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Old 01-24-2017, 06:08 AM
 
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Wondering if I will feel odd man out on an esccorted tour and feeling lonely.

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Old 01-24-2017, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Wondering if I will feel odd man out on an esccorted tour and feeling lonely.
There's only one way to know, and that's to try it. For what it's worth, I've never felt lonely or left out on any of the tours I've taken.
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Old 01-24-2017, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Wondering if I will feel odd man out on an esccorted tour and feeling lonely.
Ah, now I understand what you mean by the thread title question. It wasn't at all clear; my previous response did not address the true question you were attempting to ask.
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Old 01-24-2017, 07:32 AM
 
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Wondering if I will feel odd man out on an esccorted tour and feeling lonely.
I don't think you will. I've been on a couple, not alone, but there were single travelers along, and they were quickly included with others in after hours activities. There was one girl that liked to do her own thing at night, so she just did that.

Have fun
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Old 01-24-2017, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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I've taken many domestic and overseas trips alone. For most of my European jaunts, I join a group at the first stop on the tour. I've never felt left out and have never been bored. I think it might be harder if you're a shy person, but I've had no problems or uncomfortable moments.
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Old 01-24-2017, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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I have advised several of my older male friends that my cruising experience says there are plenty of available woman on cruises. Two of them took my advice and booked the cheapest room they could share. They had a ball and still do it. Book when children are in school.
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