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Old 02-08-2018, 12:05 PM
 
Location: United States
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Unfortunately, I am not a polyglot. English is my only language.


I am single and will be traveling alone.

60 years old in relatively good shape other than the Diabetes that was recently diagnosed. [I have gotten my 2hr numbers down to an average of 150.]

Walking 10 miles a day is no issue.

I am not a nightlife person. I prefer daylight tourism and a nice meal in the evening. Spending much of the remainder of the night in a casino looking at and talking to beautiful women is a good evening topper.

I prefer taking tour buses that give you a taste/flavor of a city the first time I am in a foreign place. [The second time I visit I will rent a car and go to places I want to see in more detail.]

A personal guide who can tell me about a place and it's history would be the next best thing if there is no all inclusive tour available.

I like meeting other people who are also on the same tour/vacation.

Other than viewing their beauty, sitting or laying on a beach does not interest me in the least; I prefer seeing mountainous areas.

I have never been outside the US - other than Canada.

I am thinking a vacation budget of about $5K sounds about right.

I have no time constraints other than how long my money will last.

I enjoy train trips more than air.

My sister has recommended a cruise, but being trapped on a boat if I end up not liking it does not appeal. And then there is that thing about beaches. I plan to look to determine if Trump has pulled the plug on Cuba. It appeals on some levels. Had I decided to do this two years ago I could easily have seen myself at the Brazil Olympics or the Chinese before that. [If I could have afforded to see any games ]


Given the above, for those of you who travel often, is there any place you would recommend?
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Old 02-08-2018, 12:09 PM
 
Location: North State (California)
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As far as cruises go, I prefer River cruises, You see a lot while you are sailing down the river, & they offer included walking tours at every stop. It is a good way to see parts of Europe, such as the Rhine cruise or Southern France. But the real question is, where do you want to go, Europe, Asia, down under?
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Old 02-08-2018, 12:43 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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If you like train trips...

Start in Western Europe and then branch out as your desires / comfort level lead you. (Orient / India / South America)

Spain and Italy are quite accessible via train (and not too expensive)

Single adult travelers I have sent with 'guest home directories' LOVE their experiences. ($ Free to $20 / night WW) (those who like to learn about regions, and meet people... very safe!)
https://wikitravel.org/en/Hospitality_exchange
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Old 02-08-2018, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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On my first few European trips, I traveled with a tour company like Go Ahead, Collette or Globus. I'm also single and found this was a great way to travel with congenial people with a tour guide who could answer all of my questions and take care of accommodations and transportation. The companies I mentioned generally give you the "lay of the land" city tour on the first day and will arrange side trips if you wish. What I liked about them was that they don't over-schedule you and allow you plenty of time to do things that particularly interest you. I love art galleries and live theatre which is usually what I pursued on my own. My favorite tours so far:

Budapest, Vienna, Prague (12 days).
London, Edinburgh, Dublin (and most of western Ireland) (12 days).
Rome, Florence, Siena/Assisi, Venice, Milan (14 days).
Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg (12 days)

I've done Paris and Lisbon with family and no tour company.

Best of luck.
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Old 02-08-2018, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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There are plenty of active/adventure tours that require different levels of physical fitness. VBT is reasonably priced for that kind of thing, has both walking and biking tours, and says their single supplement prices are 'low'

https://www.vbt.com/

And VBT has plenty of peers in the active vacation tours area- it's not all tour buses out there.
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Old 02-08-2018, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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Easy enough to do a self-train tour in England if you are worried about language issues. Very good rail service.
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Old 02-08-2018, 04:19 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Easy enough to do a self-train tour in England if you are worried about language issues. Very good rail service.
Wales was very nice (and a variety of places and terrain and transportation (friends did a 14 day horseback tour / along coast)
England and Scotland too!

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Book SOON for late spring (their best weather + blooms + Canola fields and trees!)
Flowering trees in England

$5k ought to be enough to last a solo traveler 4-8 weeks

BTW: brush up on the UK 'reversing' Diabetes study just released...
That diet is helping us! (consider your Dr's orders 1st) (800 cal / day (broths and veggies) + fasting 6PM until noon (18hrs / day) Lots of water, exercise BEFORE noon)

Walking... LOTS of walking!!! (very ez / common to do in UK!) Trekking
https://www.buzzfeed.com/chelseypipp...KB7#.pudNNpY6b
https://www.walkopedia.net/walks/ful...asp?country=UK

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Old 02-08-2018, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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If you're interested in Europe, Rick Steves tours are excellent (although a bit pricey - but you get what you pay for: a small group, and an emphasis on sightseeing rather than shopping).
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Old 02-08-2018, 04:59 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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In the USA for hikers, you can't beat Yellowstone.

Scotland is a beautiful place to tour and you get to see a lot more of it if you will do a little hiking.

I didn't have too many language issues in Germany or Holland. Everyone speaks a little English, so I managed to get by. Both Holland and Belgium are beautiful with lots to do.

Denmark is beautiful and everyone speaks really good English. If you have any interest in vikings, there is a really good viking village and museum. The train service is excellent.
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Old 02-08-2018, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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I've been to 30 countries since my 75tth birthday, so if you are in fair shape, traveling is not a problem at all. Outside the USA, young girls think old men are cute, so at least, you won't be made to feel like a creep. Just don't act in a way that might seem threatening, nor expect any more than a smile and polite conversation..

You've never been outside the US, so I'm not going to say third world travel, is right for you, but really, the rest of the world is pretty civilized and respectful to travelers., including old codgers. Don't be afraid to hop on a bus and go somewhere alone. You don't always have to go on package tours.

My recommendation for Europe wold be Venice, Vienna and the Dalmatian coast. It's a small circle that will give you a sample of all three cultures of Europe -- Latin. Germanic and Slavic. There was something about Rijeka that I really loved, but maybe it was just the light that day.
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