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Old Yesterday, 06:28 AM
 
Location: In the land beyond Ohare!
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Our international trips are usually 3-4 week minimums so we can enjoy the experience and not be rushed.
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Old Yesterday, 06:42 AM
 
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Three weeks seems to be the max for me- then I get homesick no matter how much I love the destination. When I took the India tour I added Nepal as an extension because it takes so long to get there and adjust to the time zone you may as well stay awhile. I'm likely to spend 3 weeks in a base in Europe next year (most likely Munich) but that will probably be enough.
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Old Yesterday, 07:03 AM
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Location: Scotland
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We spend Dec - Feb in Thailand. By early to mid-Feb I'm getting tired of the heat and ready to go home to Scotland. By mid-March I'm wishing for Thailand's heat!
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Old Yesterday, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Center City
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And instead of doing a 2 week visit to see my family in the US, we stay for a month.
Im glad were not related.

Were not, right?
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Old Yesterday, 11:23 AM
 
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I note that virtually all of the answers to this are "We." Hope to hear from some who are not.
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Old Yesterday, 12:40 PM
 
Location: NYC
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I note that virtually all of the answers to this are "We." Hope to hear from some who are not.
I just spent a month in Portugal solo, my latest infatuation, so I'm trying to introduce myself to the entire country now. I had been to Lisbon previously & really liked it & I've half a notion of retiring abroad or perhaps snowbirding or whatever. Started at the Algarve, the southern coast, visiting Faro & Lagos & then headed up to Lisbon, Cascais & Sintra. I liked all of them but would only consider Lagos, Lisbon & Cascais for extended stays.

This was only half the trip I had planned, still had the northern half of the country's coastline to Porto & Coimbra to go but as mentioned after a month of different hotels & learning new towns week after week it got a bit old after the third week. Having made a point of saving tons of frequent flier miles in years' past I could just get a one way ticket over & then get another when I felt like heading back, no real schedule otherwise.

Going solo forces you to be more outgoing when you want to discover a place & meet folks, sometimes as a couple it's easy to be self sufficient I think. I also planned the month around several local/national festivals for built in activities.

I will return to Portugal later this year or early next & after that settle on the places I prefer the best for future plans.
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Old Yesterday, 03:26 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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2-3 weeks don't cut it for me (I like 'relationship building travel')

Have a wonderful home, but Never homesick (always a vagabond) Parents traveled a lot (truckdrivers + district reps)

Solo ~ 1/2 the time (and more is preferred, by each...) We meet up in destinations but often travel separate (by choice / interests / schedule)

One likes to camp, one doesn't
One like museums, one likes outdoors.
One like cruises, one does not.
Both have eldercare roles (and really needy siblings)
WAY different family / contact styles, especially 'visiting' (Long vs short) fast vs slow.

Both (each) have a great time traveling (solo or together) Together is a LOT more W-o-r-k!!!

Expect to travel through age 80 if possible, then 'retreat' to a favorite retreat (destination).

Many hosts we have stayed with this yr do 100+ days cruising / traveling / yr. currently we (or solo) do 200+.
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Old Yesterday, 09:08 PM
 
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My husband and I spend our winters in Thailand in a rented house and have done so for the past 5 years.

And instead of doing a 2 week visit to see my family in the US, we stay for a month.

Anyone else?
Retired 8 years now, we usually plan trips that last between 10-30 days. Mostly domestic (in USA), never cruises.
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Old Today, 12:15 AM
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Location: Scotland
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Im glad were not related.

Were not, right?


We spend a week at brother's, 2 weeks at sisters, and a week with my son and granddaughters at a lake house. So we don't annoy anyone for tooooo long!
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Old Today, 12:26 AM
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Location: Scotland
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I note that virtually all of the answers to this are "We." Hope to hear from some who are not.
Longest solo trip I've taken was 2 weeks and I've done several for a week or less. I would not give up long trips if widowed unless I didn't have good health and fitness.
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