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Old 01-18-2017, 10:18 PM
Location: New Mexico
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Sorry for your loss. My wife passed 10 years ago when I was 58 but we had a happy retirement together for about 7 years. I do rail and road trips solo and enjoy the freedom of going where and when I want. I enjoy architecture and stay in historic hotels when I can. I moved to the place that offers much of what I want so I can go on day trips or short trips. I like long distance rail trips because I meet some very interesting people...might be a little like a cruise in some respects. I haven't travelled abroad on my own but went to Peru with my daughter and Italy with some other friends for a wedding. I'm planning on taking a specialized trip to Central America (archaeology focus) and If I like that I might do more. You will enjoy travelling solo if you are open to new things and meeting new people.
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Old 01-18-2017, 10:34 PM
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Originally Posted by Eric1026 View Post
WOW. I am inspired, to say the least. Thanks to everyone for the encouragement. I can either do it alone or try to be a part of some club. The Photography and Hiking clubs sound good.
Just to clarify: the small group activity/interest tours I am referring to do not require you to join a club. You just sign up with the tour company.

The Sierra Club (Sierra Club Outings | wilderness adventures since 1901), Backroads (https://www.backroads.com/tours/walk...kwMRoCebfw_wcB), and REI (https://www.rei.com/adventures?s_kwc...kVLxoCdyjw_wcB) offer small group outdoor adventures (as do many other companies). There are lots of photo tour offerings, but I've heard good things about Muench Workshops (https://muenchworkshops.com). If birding's your thing, check out Wings Birding Tours (WINGS Birding Tours... more than 40 years of worldwide experience). Voyages to Antiquity (https://us.voyagestoantiquity.com/cr...KRdBoCRtDw_wcB) and Insight Cruises (Insight Cruises: Educational Travel — For Those Who Thrive on Life-Long Learning) offer cruises with an educational focus. And upthread someone already mentioned Road Scholar (https://www.roadscholar.org) (look for their more active small group options).

And my list barely scratches the surface of what's out there! There are lots of choices!
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Old 01-19-2017, 06:56 PM
Location: On the road
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Originally Posted by Eric1026 View Post
I must admit that I am a bit scared on my future life journey! My plans were to retire before hitting the 50-year mark and in most aspects, I over achieved on the plans. Right as this came to fruition, my wife suddenly passed away. We got along so well and she was my travel partner for the last 15 years and was going to be my lifelong travel companion.
At risk of great understatement, that really sucks. I'm really sorry to hear it Eric.

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So, I have never had the opportunity to travel solo. I think I can do it? I would love to hear any feedback from anyone who has had the pleasure of traveling solo. Any tips and tricks and things to be mindful of.
I'd suggest you put a foot in both worlds. Instead of joining a travel group and having a long itinerary with them go travel solo at your own pace and itinerary, but along the way join up with some local tours. My wife and I are mostly independent travelers but sometimes for convenience or out of necessity we sign up for short tours, anywhere from a day trip to several days. We meet a lot of nice people including solo travelers and have had some good times.

Forget the rhetoric from people breaking their arms trying to pat themselves on the back for not traveling as a tourist, sometimes that is the only way to do whatever interesting thing you are there to do/see unless you have packed a boat or 4x4 in your luggage.

Good luck, and have fun.
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