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1. Posted by OverTheHill (Budding Member 11 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Hello everyone.

I’m old but inexperienced at travelling .

Have people begun travelling again? I have lost track of what is going on in the world of CoVid.

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3037 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

>Have people begun travelling again?

It all depends on where people live and what you mean by 'travelling'. UK , US and Australian are travelling within their own countries, some EU/Schengen friends are visiting EU/Schengen countries and a Ukrainian friend has just spent a fortnight in Turkey.

As you probably know, at the moment UK citizens only have a tiny number of countries they can visit without having to quarantine on return for 10 days. For me, travelling outside the UK simply isn't feasible or practical at the moment but as soon as it is, I'll be making plans......

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2372 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

For the most part we're having to sit tight. :( Hopefully the world will be closer to normal by the end of the year, but no-one really knows.

"Old" is relative. We get kids in their late 20s worrying they're too old for the backpacker scene. Then we have people in their 80s here.

Where's on your wishlist?

4. Posted by OverTheHill (Budding Member 11 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

>Have people begun travelling again?

It all depends on where people live and what you mean by 'travelling'. UK , US and Australian are travelling within their own countries, some EU/Schengen friends are visiting EU/Schengen countries and a Ukrainian friend has just spent a fortnight in Turkey.

As you probably know, at the moment UK citizens only have a tiny number of countries they can visit without having to quarantine on return for 10 days. For me, travelling outside the UK simply isn't feasible or practical at the moment but as soon as it is, I'll be making plans......

I’m Irish.

Signed up here in the hopes of forming a group or club. From the little experience I have I know I prefer to travel with people but I’m a ways off making any trips.

Need to get a new job and save up a bit more.

5. Posted by OverTheHill (Budding Member 11 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

For the most part we're having to sit tight. :( Hopefully the world will be closer to normal by the end of the year, but no-one really knows.

"Old" is relative. We get kids in their late 20s worrying they're too old for the backpacker scene. Then we have people in their 80s here.

Where's on your wishlist?

To be honest, the whole planet is on my wish list.

Top of my list is no particular order :-

Scandinavia in winter although fro. All the Nordic Noir I have seen the place seems to be a wonder all year round.

Japan.

Korea.

Siberia and and the TransSiberian railway.

Alaska.

Route 66 in the US - which is mostly gone apparently.

6. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2372 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Ah, a proper traveller who sees beyond the hot and sunny places! :)

Put Lofoten on your Scandi winter possibles list; it's spectacular.

I've been around Bergen and Stavanger in winter and it was all rain and no visibility, so there's an element of luck needed.

Re Japan and Korea, Taiwan is a good one to look at too that can be a bit easier on the budget.

Good luck trying to drag a group together. What age range are we talking here?

7. Posted by OverTheHill (Budding Member 11 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

Ah, a proper traveller who sees beyond the hot and sunny places! :)

Put Lofoten on your Scandi winter possibles list; it's spectacular.

I've been around Bergen and Stavanger in winter and it was all rain and no visibility, so there's an element of luck needed.

Re Japan and Korea, Taiwan is a good one to look at too that can be a bit easier on the budget.

Good luck trying to drag a group together. What age range are we talking here?

Thank you for the Nordic tips.

I don’t expect a group to come together quick but hopefully it will easier than dragging in people like a press gang :)

Any ages at all. People of kinds with a lot of travel under their belt, moderate amount or none. Adventurous types and the cautious sort. Anyone at all :)

8. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2372 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

I asked because, broadly, that often sets the pace. 50s will likely do things differently to 20s. It was a hint that you need to specify the shape of this in order to convince people it's for them.

Setting out to mix adventurous with cautious sounds like inbuilt conflict. I find as I travel more I get more picky about travelling companions in order to lessen conflict.

[ Edit: Edited on 19 Jun 2021, 06:07 GMT by AndyF ]

9. Posted by OverTheHill (Budding Member 11 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

I asked because, broadly, that often sets the pace. 50s will likely do things differently to 20s. It was a hint that you need to specify the shape of this in order to convince people it's for them.

Setting out to mix adventurous with cautious sounds like inbuilt conflict. I find as I travel more I get more picky about travelling companions in order to lessen conflict.

very sound advice.

I was trying to explain that I have no preference to age or personality, etc.

And what I meant by cautious was that not everyone needs to be an adventurous type. People like myself previously inhibited by too much caution who want to try something new are also welcome.

10. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3037 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

>Scandinavia in winter

Just a note that, as well as the weather issue, large parts of Scandanavia have minimal daylight during the winter months. In the north (e.g. Tromso) you only get a sort of 'twilight' for 3 hours or so .... and not even that if it's cloudy.

I agree with Andy that a more specification really is a good thing, especially when it comes to what you might want to see/do during on a trip e.g. history, art, landscapes, hiking, food & drink etc etc.

Re age range:

A bit of context, VT was travel website rather like this one. It existed for almost 20 years and, like this site, members largely 'knew' each other through online contact. Those who met in real life did so perhaps once or twice a year at the most, either for large meetings or smaller ones when e.g. member X was visiting the place where member Y lived.

I haven't travelled much in a group but I have attended many very large (80+ people) VT meetings which always include an element of group travel, whether daytrips or small groups travelling together to the meeting from a 'pre-meet' organised in another country or to a 'post-meet' organised in another country. Ages always range from 20s to 70s but the 'itineraries' are always very flexible (and never compulsory) because, quite simply, what people in their 20s/30s want to do during a day/night is rarely the same as what older people want to do. Age also affects available budget. Over the years many, many VT-ers made small group trips together but those groups always ended up with members of roughly the same age range. Age is just a number but when it comes to travelling together for a period of time it is relevant.

So it will be worth thinking more about what sort of group would suit you: max number of people on a trip, what sort of budget level you'd feel comfortable with (e.g. hostels or hotels, fast food or restaurants, hire cars or public transport?), what would be 'must-see'/must-do' for you. Maybe it would be worth organising a meeting or a *very* short trip for people who are/might be interested? No-one wants to be stuck for weeks with people they simply don't get along with!

[ Edit: Edited on 19 Jun 2021, 07:50 GMT by leics2 ]