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1. Posted by RedMx5 (Budding Member 4 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I find myself with the time and money to travel.
It'll be spring 2015 just after my 65th birthday. 
Not ready to sit here and while away my twilight years.
Problem is so many choices. 

I do have a desire to take off and travel, but on my own scares me.

I think about booking exotic holidays but repeated long haul flights seems expensive and pointless when there's no need to return home here in the uk.

Have been on many holidays, camping along the Rhine, beautiful but 3 weeks of loneliness, cruise on Queen Mary to Canaries, opulent but not enough time ashore and ballroom dancing not my bag, holidays with Solos holiday company, best for me and always had a good time and never alone, but expensive and more expensive if going further afield. 
So, I'm confused. 

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2567 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Lots of people would LOVE to be stuck with your awful problems of too much time... and too much money... and too many choices... haha.

Good luck with your research.


3. Posted by RedMx5 (Budding Member 4 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I'm sure they would, but I know only too well that these things don't necessarily equate to happiness.

Be careful what you wish for, lol.

Thanx Terry for responding.

4. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2567 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

"... but I know only too well that these things don't necessarily equate to happiness... Be careful what you wish for..."


Sorry, but I wholeheartedly disagree, Red. Having too much money/time and not knowing what to to with it is a cop-out.

Come on Red, wake up... get off your ass, do some reading/research and go out into the world and have a gas.

You have no conception how lucky you are, milk every moment!


5. Posted by makolo (Inactive 14 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

let me help you out with some concrete suggestions,try Namibia,the sand dunes there are worth the visit,the place humbles you,you feel like an ant in a big world.Malawi is also cool,especially Salima,a hike in the Thuma forest would definitely do you some good,wouldnt hurt to stop by Cape Maclear too.

good luck

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Nov-2014, at 09:49 by makolo ]

6. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 840 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I usually prefer traveling by myself, but two years ago I tried an "adventure" tour from Cape Town, South Africa, to Nambia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was great. The tour used hotels and lodges (no camping). The small group (most in their 30s, 40s and 50s), were from several countries. All spoke English. If you're interested, check the Internet. Please note that some "adventure" tours cater to the perpetually young at heart; and are given to heavy partying and drinking. Personally, I avoid those. Some "adventure" tours, such as those that cruise the Amazon, may have a slightly older clientele.

Travel grows on you. The more you do it, the more rewarding it will be. Last May, I sent a message to family and friends while in Madagascar. Here’s a snippet: “Sometimes people wonder why I travel so much. My answer is that it is an adventure of discovery … about yourself, about others. It’s more than just scenery. It’s an experience that makes all the rigors of the road worth it.”

I'm currently on the road in India, headed to Bhutan, Togo, Benin and Burkina Faso.

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Nov-2014, at 13:18 by berner256 ]

7. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I am a solo in a bit of the same position to you but unlike you have become addicted to cruises. You can tell from my Blog how addicted. It's a great way to travel. I am just in the process of writing my Blogo here about a history cruise around the Black Sea & the Aegean - not as fancy as Cunard & there was no ballroom dancing but there was a group of about 50 people on board who played a lot of Bridge.

How about a volunteer holiday. Maybe put your past work experience to good use.

Google - 'volunteer holiidays for pensioners' & see what pops up. Maybe something will take your fancy.

Or a safari ( on the way to a cruise ) - I did one in Tanzania during the off season & it was fantastic. Ngorongoro crater & the Serengeti plains. Magical.
Maybe climb Kilamanjaro on the way there or back, not that I did that though.

You are right - too many choices. Just stick a pin in a map & go there. Stay for a few months. SE Asia would be good. Or Italy. Or Cuba. England's very nice I hear.

Happy travels


[ Edit: Edited on 07-Nov-2014, at 15:09 by hasbeen ]

8. Posted by ozbrum (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

You had the courage to share your private thoughts .... well done

why not see f you can get a like minded and similar age group together and as a group i am sure you would come up with some good ideas

I now live in the Philippines, great place for our age group, am in Cebu if you need a guide ...and you don't need to break the bank...

all the best


9. Posted by Peter (Admin 6188 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Sounds like the main problem is the fear of loneliness.

I would suggest using the internet to make some good connections with like-minded people in the places you're going. Sites like have made this kind of thing very easy. You don't need to join travel groups specifically, but say you're big into photography - what you could do if you want to visit Bangkok for example is check if there are any photography meetups in Bangkok. A great chance to meet people from different cultures who are interested in the same kinds of things.

Volunteering also seems like an excellent suggestion to me. Consider though that volunteering also costs money.

10. Posted by jeanie99 (Full Member 155 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hi Red,

Just ignore the negative comments it's not worth reading that rubbish.

If the idea of traveling alone is something you hate I would suggest trying to find a like minded person by using the Internet.

Or travel alone and meet up with local people thru
Have an email relationship first and meet up during the day.
We have stayed and met up with people all over the world.
Don't forget though some people can let you down so always have a 2nd option just in case.

This website as lots of information for independent travel.

We did a 3 month trip to Africa in 2010 there were 6 of us in a 16 seat lorry and my husand and I were the only couple it was called Africa in Focus and is for serious travelers who enjoy photography.
Always check out thoroughly the safari tours as some are strictly party trips for the young and should be avoided like the plague.
Our group were in the same camp site as some of these tours and the older people who booked were so disappointed.

I did actually do some solo hitchhiking round Europe in the 1960s staying in hostels and met loads of people.

Best of Luck