My travel experiences have never really matched those of my peers. While my college friends were traveling through Europe, in the 1970s, I was busy working full-time to finance a university degree. Then, at age 25, just as my friends were settling down to married life, I took a 3-month trip to India, travelling from Delhi to Jaipur and Calcutta to Chennai by train.
I’m probably a bit crazy! After all, what kind of 60+ year old women packs her backs to travel solo by train for a month? Me! That’s who! Starting this week, I will be traveling to 6 cities in Northern Europe. Then, I will journey down south for a week in Italy.
One of the best things about turning 60 is that you finally have a bit more time to travel. Perhaps more importantly, with your kids out of the house and building their own lives, you once again have the flexibility to choose where you go and with whom. You can decide to jet off around the world by yourself or you can find a travel partner to explore the world with. The choice is completely yours!
Are you a solo traveler or group explorer? Do you enjoy the independence and freedom of touring without a schedule, free of other people slowing you down? Or do you thrive in a group, where everything is organized for you? As I discovered on my latest Road Scholar adventure, it’s possible to have the best of both worlds.
At Sixty and Me, we’re on a mission to help women over 60 to make new friends, learn new things and find happiness. Few activities can help you do all three of these more than travel.
“She thought I was crazy.” That was Peggy Johnston’s daughter’s reaction when she learned that her mother was selling her home, putting all of her worldly possessions into storage and going on an African safari with Road Scholar.
When I was eight years old, my family boarded the Queen Elizabeth and we emigrated from England to Canada. It was 1956, so sea travel was not that sophisticated. But for me, it sparked a lifelong passion for travel and exploration.