I Like to Travel, But It's Not as Easy as Before

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from: Longevity Explorers | Sequoias SF, SF Village

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The San Francisco Longevity Explorers respond to the question "How many of you like to travel; How many don't like to travel, and How many like it, but don't travel anymore"?

One member answers that she has a busy life and if her friends and family want to see her, let them come here. Without elaboration, she is suggesting that this is a nice enough area of the world that she is not motivated to travel elsewhere. Another intimates that air travel used to be less hassle, but at her age it is too much trouble. However, she will still visit elsewhere via ground transportation if not too far away.

For some, familiar travel partners are gone. Some suggested solutions:

  • Find a Senior Travel companion website - such as Servas, Road Scholar, or Club related travel. 
  • Home exchange (because I've been there, done that and don't need commercial hotel accommodations anymore). 
  • Stay with local people and explore the culture - I seek a different type of travel than before. 

Fear of incompatibility with a newly found travel companion is a concern. Possible solutions:

  • Interview in advance
  • Application form
  • Have a trial run locally
  • Screen like a dating site: Stitch.com or TripTogether.com

All agree that if a companion becomes annoying, it might be wise to branch out separately during the day as an option.

 

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travel, reduced travel, active travel, travel companion

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