“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven”
Many people my age traveled when they were young. Many young people are traveling now – gap year, anyone? But I’m traveling even though I’m older (mid-sixties), and I’m traveling solo. This blog is for anyone who loves to travel, but especially for people who think they can’t travel solo, or can’t travel because they’re getting too old. I heard too many stories about people who were “going to go to Europe when we retired”, but then someone died, or got sick, and they didn’t make it.
I’m a former software engineer who took early retirement in order to get some travel in before I got too decrepit. In the past when I’ve been traveling I’ve kept in touch using an email list, and posted my trip reports either on my website, or, lately, at Fodors. But I figured it was time to get a bit more up to date, with more opportunity for feedback, so now I’m blogging. BTW, my travel pictures are at Smugmug.
I thought people might be interested in the set-up for a somewhat longer trip so I started with posts about how I decided on the itinerary for the upcoming, two month, trip, where I bought plane tickets, the visa situation, etc. I’ve also moved my packing and leaving home lists over here from my website – although my “Seven Steps to Happy Squatting” is still there.
That trip was to the Caucasus and Middle East in 2009, and I followed it with a six and a half month RTW in 2010-11, featuring East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and a month in Europe. After resting up for the summer, I spent the autumn of 2011 in Eastern Europe.
My next trip will be closer to home (currently North Carolina although I grew up in England), as I travel by rail across the USA and Canada.