In this episode of the Sixty and Me Show, I share a conversation with Evelyn Hannon, a fascinating woman who is a celebrated and internationally recognized globetrotter and writer. She is also the creator of Journeywoman.com, a website for women travelers of all ages.
Many women over 60 love to travel, but don’t want to travel alone. If you’re looking for alternatives to traveling solo, perhaps you would do well to find a good travel partner.
I remember the time that I stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Dubai on a business trip. The room must have cost as much as I now pay per month in rent. Of course, taking a bath in rose petals is amazing (when someone else is paying), but, for personal travel I prefer simplicity and value for money.
Many women over 60 are looking for new adventures and exciting new vacation destinations. If you want fun in the sun, a spirit of discovery, and the romance of the high seas, going on a cruise might be the ideal dream vacation.
By the time we reach our sixties, most women who love to travel have a pattern of planning that works for them. We follow rituals of packing, planning and preparation, remembering from past experience and anticipating things that just might go wrong. However, personally, I always forget something!
Finally, you have a little time, hopefully some money, a healthy body and most importantly, a curious mind. One of the most exciting things about life after 60 is that many of us women often get a chance to travel for the first time to places we’ve always wanted to visit.
A sense of adventure does not diminish with age. As older women, we have a greater sense of self, are more confident and appreciate those things that are most important in life. We are inspired by natural and authentic beauty, have a dedication to lifelong learning and a curiosity to explore new experiences.
Now that you’re over sixty, you’ve probably travelled to many wonderful places around the world, alone or with family and friends. Perhaps you chose places for the children, or followed your cultural and heart connections. Now you find yourself an older woman with a slightly different set of criteria. You want to be safe, demand good value and have a desire to explore new and unique places for the independent individual you have become. I for one don’t particularly want to see Disneyland ever again – but that’s just me!