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Old 09-27-2017, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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I was fortunate to travel the world on business and pleasure thus I no longer have the urge. I do take a few day car trips like to golf resorts, casinos, two night city trips with my lady friend, etc. but I dread getting on an airplane for longer than 3 hours. At 75, my lengthy trip days are over.
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Old 09-27-2017, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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I have an aunt and uncle who were both CPAs and retired in their mid-40's - they did very EXTENSIVE international travel through their late 80's.

I am hopeful that I'll be able to keep traveling late in life as well - hopefully by making adjustments in terms of maybe longer layovers on long flights, less hurried travel in general (fewer cities crammed into a trip), etc.

Not to hijack your thread, but it would be great to get specific tips here on what older travelers have done so they can keep traveling!
Please do not worry about this question hijacking the thread. Honestly it goes right along with the question and should have been asked with the initial post. I would like to hear what people do as well. If I do then a I am sure others do as well.

I traveled often due to work. Most of my travel were to specific locations for work but we did the occasional trip as a family as well. I think I can safely claim that I have traveled to all but about 8 states. I will not claim to have seen the entire state but if I can be allowed to say that 3 days or more constitutes a "been to the area" then that 8 is pretty damned close.

Now that I am retired and my better half is going to walk out the door from her employer this Friday we will be able to travel to those places I promised my wife that I would bring her because she was working. You see many of my trips would have been wonderful if my wife could have traveled with me. I had work trips to Las Vegas 5 times. I went to New Orleans for a week. I also went to Palm Springs, Helena Montana Seattle Washington, Jacksonville FL, Louisville KY, Alexandrea VA, Charleston WV, Philadelphia PA, Atlantic City NJ, Chicago IL, Oklahoma City OK, Des Moines IA and a couple I would need to think on a bit more. All of those trips were of a few days for work related classes or conferences. All of them I could have had my wife tag along with me at low travel expenses. All of them were fun but would have been more fun with her there.

So that being said now that we are in that next part of our adventurous life we will start to travel more. The place we would go to more often thought has a crazy fat man that is just north of there lobbing rockets and tweeting that he plans to hit the US mainland. Should that happen the area where we have family could become difficult to travel to. My wife is from Seoul Korea and that fat man is crazy and should be put down. Our plan was to use Incheon South Korea as a base to travel around Asia with shorter and less expensive flights, but we would need to have a stable place from which to plan for our next trips.

We still haven't made it to all of those stateside places I rattled off but we will inject them over the next few summers. The idea though of plopping down in a central location to travel a region is not new but it isn't used enough. Let's say you want to visit places in New England. Where would you set up? Boston MA? Nope! Knowing the area here in New England I would probably set up in say Manchester NH, Portland ME or Hartford CT. Even better I would use each of those cities to travel around in a 100 mile circle. Each of those locations offer decent resources for logistics and are not overly large. You could even add in Boston as there are a crap load of things here to see.

Thanks atlguy44 for a fun thread. I hope others will chime in.
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Old 09-27-2017, 12:00 PM
 
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We were just talking about this today.

I told my siblings that if I had a good travel partner, no responsibilities back home - we would be gone all the time!

One sibling just got back from a very short trip. She couldn't wait to come home. Her hubby is a pain to travel with - always whining and complaining even though he loves to travel. But he is the type that has to have things his way - and he doesn't even realize what he is doing. Others were supposed to go with them, but all found excuses not to go. My sibling couldn't say no. I think she wanted the others along to drown out the whining.

Anyway a good travel partner is important. to me anyway.

Oh and we've done group trips and for the older traveler, I think those are good. For example you never touch your luggage -all carried to your room by the group coordinator. I enjoyed those tours.

But then as long as I have potty breaks and don't have to eat at some roadside park - i'm good to go. Oh and a good hotel - no Motel 6!
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Old 09-27-2017, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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We have always been travelers. High priority in our budget for the past 40+ years of marriage.

We retired at ages 50 and 51. In our late 50s we agreed to spend up for business class to Europe. Now at ages 64/65 we only fly business class, unless it's a puddle jumper of 90 minutes or less.

We have not decreased our travels, but we have increased our travel expenses.

Also, we do not stay in hotel rooms or even B&B's. With VRBO, HomeStay, FlipKey, etc. we find houses (sometimes apartments in large Euro cities) that have more bells and whistles (patios/pools/killer views/location) and a minimum of 2 bathrooms. We've had separate bathrooms at home for over 30 years, so we don't see any reason to 'rough it' on the road.
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Old 09-27-2017, 01:39 PM
 
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We were just talking about this today.

I told my siblings that if I had a good travel partner, no responsibilities back home - we would be gone all the time!
But it doesn't matter what a person says, it only matters what a person actually does!!!

(pertaining to intent and action)

You made your choice with your 5 or 8 dogs. (And maybe the house you say that needs tending to)
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Old 09-27-2017, 01:50 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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We are trying to put our "road-time" in as early as possible. While living in Thailand the 'really elderly and often sickly' Europeans who venture there for Healthcare looked feeble and painful. Hope to avoid that, but tomorrow is not assured to be in good health, or able to travel ($$ or health). If we have to stay home, it will be fine (We have a nice view, that helps).

I applaud those who don't get 'sequestered by age.'

Last week DS took 94 YO dad on a 6 hr flight to see his older siblings. He fell the first day and broke his shoulder, but hung in there and completed the trip. (His 4th this yr)

94 yr old Gal friend from Colorado met us in Ireland last yr, we had a great time.

Many in their 90's still herd their RV's south for the winter.

Do what makes sense, and have a ball enjoying it!

The bigger challenge for us... living rural into old age and maintaining the farm + managing the drive (near town but steep, VERY windy, very ICY. ) Fortunately we have 'accessory living space' for a future caregiver / driver.
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Old 09-27-2017, 01:53 PM
 
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But it doesn't matter what a person says, it only matters what a person actually does!!!

(pertaining to intent and action)

You made your choice with your 5 or 8 dogs. (And maybe the house you say that needs tending to)
well duh - of course - that is why I have my Plan60 - when I reach that age in 4 years.

Thank goodness I have been able to see the Arctic Circle to the Panama Canal here in this hemisphere and a lot of Europe. Asia has never held any interest for me. Neither has Australia. Maybe Antarctica?
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Old 09-27-2017, 02:05 PM
 
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I'm still active, in my early 70s, travel all over the US for part-time work that I do but people are always telling me to travel before I get too old to do it or enjoy the experience. I also find among my peers that even before their physical strength fails and prevents them traveling, they seem to lose interest in straying too far from home or just are apathetic about the whole travel experience, seeing new things etc. Are others finding the same thing as well? What do you think some of the reasons for this may be?
For me, it's been there, done that.

I travelled a lot while working, lived abroad for awhile, and generally had no roots until I moved to California. I knew my traveling days were over when I flew into Phoenix for a consulting gig that paid insane money, but turned around in the airport and got the next flight back to California.

Done.
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Old 09-27-2017, 02:24 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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In my younger days I loved to travel and wanted to see any place that I hadn't been before. If I won a trip to Hoboken, NJ I would have gone just because I hadn't been there. My desire to travel waned as I got older and now I have no desire to go anywhere. I hate dealing with airports and airlines so if a drive is 12 hours or less I will take my car, but I actually prefer to just stay home.
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Old 09-27-2017, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Traveling for me means schlepping along a Bi-Pap machine and a compressor for my nebulizer. It's a pain in the neck lugging these through airports so I don't do it all that often.

I do some traveling though. I just got back from visiting family in Toronto and I sometimes take the bus to visit a friend in WVA. But extensive travel with the medical equipment is just too exhausting.

That being said for me, for others if they want to travel and are up to doing so, age is not a restriction.
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