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Old Today, 09:11 AM
Status: "Loving our retirement" (set 1 day ago)
 
Location: Asheville NC
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I’m still fine on long flights- though I don’t enjoy them. I drink a lot of water, never alcohol on flight, and get up to walk to the restroom fairly often. I use noise blocking headphones. And I also am careful to eat lightly on travel days - low carb so no sugar lows. I will spend more for first class if over 8 hours. I’m 69.

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Old Today, 09:11 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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DH and I did that on the way to Scotland years ago. We were going on to the Orkneys, so a few more stops beyond Heathrow and it was a good break. I thought I wouldn't be able to sleep because my body would still be on East Coast US time. I was wrong.

DH and I flew to Rio nonstop from Newark in 2000. Continental was initiating their service and they offered us round trips for 17,500 OnePass miles each. We jumped on it. Good thing- never saw that offer again. DH, who was 62 at the time, said that was the longest he'd ever want to be in Coach.

My longest flight has been Newark to Delhi nonstop. That was 15 hours but it was Business Class, so it was manageable. My department head offered us the option of flying to India in Coach with an overnight somewhere; I did that once and chose London. The overnight really helped and I got in a little sightseeing.

Now, at 66, I won't do long-hauls in Coach. If I can't do it with miles or for a manageable price, I go elsewhere.
I can do business class easily for two, much cheaper using frequent flyer on credit cards. . Except my husband and I want to go more frequently to Europe.
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Old Today, 11:44 AM
 
Location: equator
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Our flight was 14 hours across the Atlantic and while it was not "fun", it was not terrible. I can stand some discomfort in economy for the vast savings. We got free wine on Lufthansa and though I can't sleep on a plane, I watched 3 movies and read my Kindle. I never got up, though I should have, probably...

It's worth the trade-off to experience Europe.

I will say, crossing the Atlantic by cruise ship is vastly preferable. But that was a one-way deal. Talk about a luxurious, relaxing way to travel! (we are 64)
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Old Today, 11:50 AM
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Location: Scotland
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Just a tip and a lot of you probably already know this: Google Maps Street View has covered most of the WORLD. It's extremely satisfying to see the back streets of world famous cities and countryside, farms, etc. Not just the tourist spots (the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of David, the Coliseum, Buckingham Palace, etc)..we've seen those 69 hundred times. Wouldn't you be more interested in seeing how the typical Japanese or German or Korea or Venezuelan or Australian, etc live..the folks like you and me? What his driveway, school, 7-11s, cars, garbage cans, telephone poles, street scenes, buses, front lawn, traffic, window coverings, advertisements, clothes, litter, community zoning, graffiti, theaters, grocery stores, auto repair buildings, restaurants, etc looked like?
For example, I've heard Japan is one of the most peaceful countries in the world so I googled something like "Japan's most dangerous neighborhoods" and did a street view on them. And sure enough, nothing...maybe a teeny bit of graffiti, no bars on the windows. Similarly, find majority Muslim neighborhoods in Sweden or Germany. Interesting. These are things you'd NEVER see traveling there unless you spent weeks there and rented a car. More likely you're on a bus, driving for six hours, getting out, taking a picture, getting back on a bus, driving six hours, taking a picture, getting back on the bus....
One other thing, if you live in a super multicultural city like Los Angeles, you don't need to travel to see how other people live, work, eat, etc....they came to you. In Los Angeles there isn't one group of people in the world not living here. I can hear their language, see their customs, eat their food, etc. any time I want. These further lessens the desire to travel to another country.
Yes, I believe you've posted this before. Living in a multicultural city is hardly the same as traveling the world. You seem to assume everybody goes on bus tours. I don't.

Others can watch a bunch of travel shows, but it isn't and never will be the same and being there yourself.
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Old Today, 11:54 AM
Status: "Traveller " (set 13 days ago)
 
Location: Scotland
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Any flights are always worth it to me. I read my kindle, watch movies, play the computer games, drink gin and tonics, eat, get up often and I do drink a lot of water. I always have an aisle seat to get up easily.

Long flights are always broken up with a stay in a hotel at the transfer airport.
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Old Today, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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At this point in my life I'm very content at home, did the planes, trains, etc etc all my life and NO DESIRE anymore. They would have to carry me on and carry me off a plane today.
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Old Today, 12:12 PM
 
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I think I'd rather, sit in.

But seriously, one needs to get up and move about, whatever age one is.
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Old Today, 12:24 PM
 
Location: planet earth
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Our flight was 14 hours across the Atlantic and while it was not "fun", it was not terrible. I can stand some discomfort in economy for the vast savings. We got free wine on Lufthansa and though I can't sleep on a plane, I watched 3 movies and read my Kindle. I never got up, though I should have, probably...

It's worth the trade-off to experience Europe.

I will say, crossing the Atlantic by cruise ship is vastly preferable. But that was a one-way deal. Talk about a luxurious, relaxing way to travel! (we are 64)
Can you say more about what you enjoyed about a cruise ship over the ocean? For some reason (dirty carpets, claustrophobia) cruise ships sound horrible to me.
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Old Today, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Can you say more about what you enjoyed about a cruise ship over the ocean? For some reason (dirty carpets, claustrophobia) cruise ships sound horrible to me.
I have had no desire to cruise and have a friend who bragged about the 40 some cruises she did in her life...I have not missed a thing.
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Old Today, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Middle of the ocean
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I find it easier now than when I was young, but that's due to technology. As long as I have a variety of books, magazines, movies and games I can entertain myself. I've done some 14 hour flights and it sucks no matter what.
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