“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. 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 retire”, 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 my two month trip in 2009, where I bought plane tickets, the visa situation, etc. I also moved my packing and leaving home lists over from my website – although my “Seven Steps to Happy Squatting” is still there.
That trip was to the Caucasus and Middle East, 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 the Baltics and the Balkans.
My next trip was closer to home (currently North Carolina although I grew up in England), featuring travel by rail across the USA and back through Canada. Then in the fall of 2012 I flew to Rio for my first visit to South America, where I marveled at the scenery.
Unfortunately, 2013 was pretty much a dead loss when it came to travel, as I spent money on renovating my house instead. I’m not sure how things will work out for 2014. Right now I’m planning a few days in Washington on the way to Detroit, where my nephew is getting married. After that it may be back to South America – I still have a lot to see there. Meanwhile I am blogging some trips from before 2009: my “Sore Foot” tour of Budapest, Austria and Venice from 2007 is up, and South Italy and Sicily from 2008 is underway.