Hello people of the world.
In 4yrs time (aged 55) i plan to retire and then wish to travel the world with my partner but without flying maybe i'm too old but hey why not?
I've started a plan using goggle map and will look on here for advice from time to time (not sure how people can acess my map on goggle to offer advice, any ideas?)
How absolutely wonderful! You are never too old to travel though and you are comparatively young compared to some travellers ( I met an 80 year old man from China at a youth hostel in Moscow and another 60 year old Canadian woman who had sold everything and took the Trans Siberian for starters).
No planes, so why plans? Why not get on the next bus and go wherever your nose takes you? That is the big secret in travelling - flexibility. Many a time my plans have gone completely out the window, either changing direction or staying a lot longer in places that I love.
I envy you
Welcome to TP by the way, you will find it very addictive and I am sure you will get plenty of ideas!
[ Edit: Edited on 25-Jan-2009, at 15:02 by baluba ]
sounds fantastic, good on you! no-one is ever too old to travel. Recently I met a 75 year-old who was travelling round NZ -he was staying in dorms in youth hostels and was having a great time.
Hello Robbiec and welcome along. I think everything I've wanted to say about travel has been said by the poet Cavafy.
Have a read of it and see if it inspires.
Ithaka by C.P. Cavafy
As you set out for Ithaka
hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
angry Poseidon-don't be afraid of them:
you'll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
wild Poseidon-you won't encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.
Hope your road is a long one.
May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you enter harbors you're seeing for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind-
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to learn and go on learning from their scholars.
Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you're destined for.
But don't hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you're old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you've gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.
Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you wouldn't have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.
And if you find her poor, Ithaka won't have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you'll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.
Thats a fabulous poem Brendon, I shall have to keep that one..it says it all. Thanks for sharing it with us.