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Old 02-09-2018, 04:39 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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I was also going to suggest Roads Scholar.
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Old 02-09-2018, 04:42 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Zurich, Switzerland! I am 60, I traveled there alone in December. Loved it! Easy to get around. Everyone spoke English, people where friendly. Very walkable city and they have great transportation.
This sounds like a great destination!
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Old 02-09-2018, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Here's another approach. Go to a place that is cheap but not third world. Former Soviet Republics would be a good choice -- Chisinau, or Bishkek, or Tbilisi or Kiev or Kaunas. Lovely , safe old cities that have very, very nice hostel accommodations for about $10-15 a night for a dorm bed, and very affordable dining. Hang out with the other hostelers, you'll be invited to go on day trips with them. Learn independent travel tricks from them, they're experts.

Three weeks, with plane fare, less than $1,500. Plenty of change for your next trip, once you've gotten your feet wet and you know how traveling suits you.
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Old 02-10-2018, 12:05 AM
 
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Everybody speaks English in India (often better than many US citizen), there are plenty of mountains there, women have no idea that it's not politically incorrect to be openly appreciated for their looks, and Sherpas to carry your luggage are cheap. Your $5K will get you a lot of fun. Un Europe, maybe 3 weeks. If you like India, you can live there. No USCIS to decide whether you are a valuable thing to let you just be.
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Old 02-10-2018, 02:30 AM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Here's another approach. Go to a place that is cheap but not third world. Former Soviet Republics would be a good choice -- Chisinau, or Bishkek, or Tbilisi or Kiev or Kaunas. Lovely , safe old cities that have very, very nice hostel accommodations for about $10-15 a night for a dorm bed, and very affordable dining. Hang out with the other hostelers, you'll be invited to go on day trips with them. Learn independent travel tricks from them, they're experts.

Three weeks, with plane fare, less than $1,500. Plenty of change for your next trip, once you've gotten your feet wet and you know how traveling suits you.

I second Eastern Europe. Kiev, Ukraine, Poland, Albania, Bulgaria, The Czech Republic. Air Fairs are low.Most people speak English. Fantastic food at a very low price and a variety of climates, architecture and terrain.

Eastern Europe is very diverse. Kiev and Poland (Warsaw) have a Northern Central European feeling, as does the Czech Republic.

Albania and Bulgaria are a mix of Mediterranean and Slavic. Both are beautiful.

I've heard good things about Moldova - the Napa Valley of Eastern Europe. And I have friends who enjoyed Romania. Transylvania and the Carpathians are rich in history and mystique.

Do not discount the former Soviet Bloc countries.
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Old 02-10-2018, 02:50 AM
 
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Scotland for mountains, history, walking. They're known for walking holidays. Anything north UK would do as well.
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Old 02-10-2018, 04:53 AM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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Zurich, Switzerland! I am 60, I traveled there alone in December. Loved it! Easy to get around. Everyone spoke English, people were friendly. Very walkable city and they have great transportation. Easy to take a day trip to The Alps (which I did).
From there, he could also go to Lucerne, which is fantastic. I really liked both of them. Plus a trip up Mount Pilatus.
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Old 02-10-2018, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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A dear friend just returned from Machu Picchu and loved it. He did climb to the top. There are tours available but he was with a group whose "guide" was a coworker who was from there and he gave them the cooks tour.
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Old 02-10-2018, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Central Illinois -
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You mentioned Cuba as a place you'd like to go. How about Belize or Costa Rica?
Both are beach-centric, especially Belize. I cannot say enough good things about Cost Rica, though, what a beautiful country. I felt (and was) totally safe there when myself and a friend walked, hiked, and took a bus all across the country. The kicker was everything is so cheap. (anywhere in San Jose, for example, cost us $1.50 for cab fare in 2009) But Americans are invading and buying up property and I fear those things will be changing.
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