When I got divorced, there were only two things I wanted to do – dye my hair blonde and travel the world. The first was easy and my new look sent a clear signal that I was changing, inside and out. So, I dyed my hair right away and got myself some new clothes, a gym membership and fridge full of healthy food.
My travel plans took longer to formulate. There was a deeper transformation going on inside me that needed more personal reflection. All I knew was that travel would be a big part of it.
One of my favorite quotes of all time is by T.S. Elliott, who said, “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” This is exactly how I feel about travel.
As a young woman, I traveled solo. I was fearless and visited so many amazing parts of the world. I wandered alone in India. I saw most of the United States and Europe. I loved every minute of it.
Then, when I became a mother, my family became my travel tribe. Fortunately, we were all adventurous, so, travel was always fun and exciting. Over the years, I revisited many of my favorite destinations from my own solo journeys. This time, however, I saw each city, hill and beautiful face through my children’s eyes.
As a women in her 50s, I had the opportunity to try a completely different type of travel adventure. I signed up for a trip called the Global Scavenger Hunt. Over the course of 3 weeks, I, and 20 other travelers, covered 22,000 miles. It was my first real experience with group travel. I loved it!
Since the Global Scavenger Hunt, I split my trips fairly evenly between solo travel and group travel. When it comes to the latter, I can honestly say that Road Scholar adventures have been my favorites.
To put it simply, Road Scholar’s adventures are perfect for what I call “milestone” trips. There are times in our lives when we feel vulnerable, exposed, and even a little afraid. Perhaps we are going through a divorce. Or maybe we lost someone close to us. Perhaps we just left our career and entered retirement? Or maybe we are moving to a new location. Regardless of the specifics, these powerful transition times invite us to close the book on one aspect of our lives and open a new one.
When we are going through a major transition, it’s normal to be apprehensive. At the same time we want to demonstrate our independence and individual strength. We want to find people who share our interests – men and women who see travel as a wonderful learning adventure.
Road Scholar understands that everyone is different and they offer a broad spectrum of programs. For my first Road Scholar trip, I went to Prague, but, there are so many options.
They also offer physical adventure programs like the “Discovery Hikes and Adventures in Utah’s Grand Circle of Parks and Monuments” or the “Majesty and Mystery, the Ancient Civilizations of Peru.”
Then, they have cultural programs, like the one I attended in Prague, called “Independent Prague, Architecture and Art.” This trip was a mixture of structured lectures and independent free time in one of the most enchanting cities in Europe. Road Scholar also offers independent programs in Paris, Quebec City, Barcelona, Edinburgh and London. They are in pretty much every city that you could ever want to visit.
If you want to give your feet a rest, why not consider one of their complete getaways, like the “Adventures Afloat,” program, where you can cruise by riverboat or ocean liner to exotic places around the world?
By the way, Road Scholar has been generous enough to create a special offer, just for our Sixty and Me members. For a limited time, you can enter to win $500 off of your next Road Scholar adventure. There is no obligation to buy anything, so, you have nothing to lose. We are also so lucky that Road Scholar is a sponsor of Sixty and Me.
“Transition travel” is perfect for reinventing your life after 60. As your circumstances shift, you have an opportunity to build your strength and confidence.
Trips to celebrate milestones take you to wonderful places, physically and mentally. They renew your faith in humanity and yourself. They show you that you are stronger than you think you are. Along the way, they help you to make friends with people who can help you to write the next chapter of your life. I hope that you will consider Road Scholar for your next big adventure!
Have you ever taken a trip to celebrate, or recover from, a major transition in your life? How did your travel adventure help you to cope? Where did you go and what was your experience? Have you ever been on a Road Scholar trip? What did you think? Please join the conversation.
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