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 retiredinthehills
Joined: 2/18/2013
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I have read a lot of the threads about traveling alone, but most stories were of trips made when they were under 40.
I'm ready to go but I don't know places where seniors hangout while traveling.
Can seniors post their stories. I want to travel California mostly.
 import_from_UK
Joined: 3/20/2013
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Posted: 4/2/2013 11:15:04 AM
Are you thinking of traveling in a group so you have other seniors to socialize with during the trip or are you planning on traveling alone and seeking out other seniors when you reach your destination?

I can't comment for everywhere but here, seniors hang out where their friends are - that might be a coffee shop or a supper event at the Lions club or where ever their other friends gather. If you are planning on traveling alone and hoping to find these groups, that might be harder unless you know specifically where they are for that locale. Sometimes that requires insider knowledge.

Do you perhaps have a friend in you destination place who could include you in these gatherings?

Or alternatively, try searching in Google for seniors groups/community pages in the area you are heading and try and make contact with them before your trip, so you can plan to attend on the appropriate days.
 Just___Jim
Joined: 10/21/2012
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Posted: 4/3/2013 5:54:37 AM

Do you perhaps have a friend in you destination place who could include you in these gatherings?

Or alternatively, try searching in Google for seniors groups/community pages in the area you are heading and try and make contact with them before your trip, so you can plan to attend on the appropriate days.


Good pointers as when I travel locally or abroad, 8 out of 10 times its first a desire to see and experience the location and it's people.
And whatever your interest are in,thats a very good place to seek out those events which are scattered locally and all across the country. Your with like minded people as your self and enjoy each others comradely. And much of the time you will be invited to sit and chat with them as well.
As it always blows me away when invited whether it be by a couple or total strangers, to sit with them at dinner time,etc.

When people are on holiday and relaxed, we all speak the same language......

good luck
 RERE1026
Joined: 4/4/2009
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Posted: 5/26/2013 8:10:41 AM
Try Caravan tours. They will mail brochures or check them out online. They were recommended to me as they have tours for singles as well. I haven't had the opportunity to try them yet but I understand how you feel about travelling alone...nice to share the experience with someone. Happy Trails!
 Thatguy67
Joined: 9/20/2006
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Posted: 7/2/2013 5:17:59 PM

Can seniors post their stories.



So, once you're over 50, you're a senior?!? Yikes!
 wholovestocruise
Joined: 3/20/2009
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Posted: 11/17/2013 8:51:10 AM
This is the first time I have used this forum. I believe it is through the POF website. While I can share what I have experienced traveling solo on cruises, I have an off-topic question that maybe someone can help with.\

Are these forums specified to geographical areas. For instance, I am from Toronto area and I was wondering if other people posting, in this forum, for instance, are also from Ontario. Or is it open to people worldwide?
 ladymercury
Joined: 5/25/2011
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Posted: 11/20/2013 8:50:28 PM
I don't have a story to tell and am not over 50, but do have a dream to do exactly what you describe. I'll probably be close to 50 myself, looking at the age of my dog and all. My plan is to sell my home if I haven't done so yet and then just travel. From place to place until there is no money left. Every corner of the world; San Francisco is one my destinations.

By that time I'll be ready, I say. Ready to embrace it all.

I say go for it and enjoy.
 moraima
Joined: 6/26/2005
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Posted: 11/25/2013 8:55:21 PM
Been travelling alone for the last 15 years, and I love in. Found my perfect foreign destination and now have a home there. No more winters for me.
 Friend2000
Joined: 4/3/2013
Msg: 10
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Posted: 11/28/2013 8:17:06 AM
Hi
From Barrie.
I am from Barrie near (Toronto )
 Molly Maude
Joined: 9/11/2008
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Posted: 2/3/2014 6:24:56 PM
I tried twice to message you, OP, just to see if you're still interested in
traveling in California as I'm over 50 and enjoy traveling in and beyond
California ... but, sadly, I'm too old or too skinny or too fat or too far away
or didn't use enough words in my message or SOMETHING to contact you
... good luck with your search ...
 2014Kazam
Joined: 12/5/2013
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Posted: 3/21/2014 3:34:23 PM
The best suggestion yet for seniors traveling alone, or even as a couple, is to find the Meetup dot com groups in that area! In the Phoenix area, our over 50 groups are VERY active and swell in size during the winter with "snowbirds" visiting for a short time to the whole winter season. We do a large variety of activities and it's a great way to get to know people with the same interests, and forge new friendships...or simply enjoy an outing at a restaurant, the Botanical Gardens, Scottsdale Artwalk, happy hours, a movie, etc. Works GREAT for everyone!

A friend of mine went on some cruises this winter and found herself in Hong Kong for a month - she promptly joined some local Meetup groups and had a FABULOUS time going to great restaurants, seeing the sights, meeting world travelers, all while being escorted by knowledgeable locals. She had the time of her life, and the Meetup groups are mostly free! Meetup.com is an International group, so once you join (for free) and create your profile, you can go anywhere in the world someone hosts groups and join their local groups!

Last night I hosted/led 20 people to the Scottsdale Spring Artwalk - it was gorgeous weather as we leisurely walked down the Main St galleries viewing world-class art while eating cheese and crackers, finger sandwiches, desserts galore, nibbling on fruit, and drinking wine, beer, and hot apple cider, while chatting with folks and forging new friendships! Cost? FREEEEEEE!!!

It has completely changed my social life, as there is a meetup group for just about any interest imaginable...at least here in the Valley of the Sun! And from the friends who I've met through meetup, I've formed my inner circle of close friends in very short time.

Give it a go!
 acads
Joined: 6/11/2012
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Posted: 3/24/2014 4:21:45 PM
Spent a few weeks walking the beach, biking, etc.. alone, participated in Miami Beaches ESSkate(rollerblading event) one weekend, I've always traveled alone though, spent 8 or 9 months in Europe, etc. after college. You tend to do the things and visit the things you want to see.
 tribalfusion1953
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Posted: 3/28/2014 7:08:19 AM
I've traveled alone for at least 30 years, and love it. Of course, I'd love a companion, but not having one does not keep me from enjoying life and visiting the places I want to when I can. I seek out activities that appeal to me; not because they are targeted to 'seniors,' which I never realized 50 makes you a senior ... At 60, I still did not realize that ... silly me ... ;) .. My point is, don't hesitate to go where you desire; don't live with regrets - you'll be all the richer in life for the experiences. All the Best!
 DragonBits
Joined: 1/6/2012
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Posted: 3/28/2014 7:42:14 AM
There are different definitions of traveling alone, which makes it hard to see what people in the thread are really saying. It does make a big difference.

1) There are those who travel with strangers in a group. Kind of like traveling alone but not exactly. Mean taking tours in a group.

2) There are those who travel alone to favorite destinations where they have long vacationed. So they know the people there, know the place they will stay, maybe have a second home there.

3) There are those to travel alone but have a meet up group or familiar event they are attending.

4) There are those who travel alone to a new country or within the USA without knowing anybody in the new country nor having any planned event.

I have never done #1) a tour nor #3), traveled to a meet up or group. The closest I have come to a tour was taking a tour for 2 days once I was at a location that could only be accessed by a tour. Halong Bay in Vietnam is an example of a place you can only get to by joining a small tour group. I didn't plan on seeing Halong Bay, but once I was in Hanoi it was obvious that the Bay was worth seeing.

I recently in 2009 traveled to Bali by myself, I was totally new to Bali and had no idea what I would be doing.

And in 2010 to Thailand where I had already been once before and kind of knew what I was going to do and stay. Though I didn't know the people I was going to do it with. Often I won't make a reservation even in a foreign country ahead of time if I know that won't be a problem Knowing I can find other places to stay, like it's not spring break in Orlando. If I know the destination will be booked up, naturally I plan ahead.

When young I traveled extensively alone while on business, often staying a month in different cities in the USA. I kind of liked it.

So I don't find it challenging or exotic to travel by myself, but it lacks an element of pleasure. When I stay at resort that has a hanging garden over a pool, I think how nice it would be to be there with a romantic partner. When I have a king sized bed, I wonder why bother if I am alone?

So now I would always plan to either travel with a woman, or meet dates at the location I was traveling to. Or meet up with my brother. I am not really good at hooking up with strange women at various locations. But I found it not hard to arrange dates ahead of time, and now that I am married it's all a moot point.

As long as one remains healthy, I see no reason that being over 60 should be any different than traveling when you are 30.
 or_current_resident
Joined: 6/3/2013
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Posted: 3/28/2014 3:54:39 PM

It has completely changed my social life, as there is a meetup group for just about any interest imaginable...at least here in the Valley of the Sun! And from the friends who I've met through meetup, I've formed my inner circle of close friends in very short time.


Great info Kazam.... as those who are single need not feel they travel alone.....especially those who are introverted..but if you also travel to Just see & enjoy other cultures & history its like your never really alone.....good post 2014 !

Maybe we will check you guys out even thought we enjoy Tucson in the winter time....
 Rocket-ship
Joined: 4/9/2013
Msg: 17
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Posted: 4/26/2014 3:07:41 AM
I like the idea of travelling solo as well. I haven't done it, just mainly with other people. But definitely want to be able to go by myself and not feel lost and enjoy the experience and opportunities..
 or_current_resident
Joined: 6/3/2013
Msg: 18
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Posted: 4/26/2014 5:23:31 AM
I just read two wonderful articles in the Tribune,travel section....dated 04/20/2014 on going it solo.
First article from Terry Gardner was about the top 10 stops to go alone. As the 2nd article was the beauty of solo travel by Josh Noel.

As I have traveled alone & the first question from others is, don't you get lonely traveling alone?"
Honestly, no.....^^^^ imo, traveling alone exposed you to new perspectives, new experiences and new people.

And oddly enough new camaraderie of travel in its self & this big beautiful world we all live in.

And it also blows my lady away as when we travel together in sharing all these wonderful destinations....

Happy travels, to all roads that seek you out....
 or_current_resident
Joined: 6/3/2013
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Posted: 4/27/2014 10:15:38 AM

Interesting, yes the camaraderie can be really inspiring but there must be a communion of values and ideals otherwise conflicts would arise inevitably.


Here is a small excerpt from Josh Noel article from the Tribune Newspapers on April 20,2014, as he says it so much better then me: On traveling alone:
[But I find the inevitability of the question interesting and suspect it betrays a certain cultural bias that says constant stimulation, activity and companionship are necessary for rich living. When it comes to travel, I argue the opposite: quiet and solitude can teach us about the world and ourselves.
I relish the comfort and camaraderie of travel with friends, family or a significant other. But we spend so much time insulated in the familiar- people,places, routines, even the same route to work every day - that solo travel can force us to act and think with refreshing clarity. Not only do we find excitement and adventure when traveling alone, we discover what excitement and adventure means to us.
Whether it is a road trip across the state or wandering around an unfamiliar continent,solo travel jars us in a way that isn't always comfortable but can e growth, knowledge and bravery that last much longer then a refrigerator magnet.
Traveling alone is a beautiful monarchy; we do what we want when we want. No negotiation,no explanation.
Compromise is inherently necessary in a civil society, bit a little selfishness can be liberating; there is no better time when being inundated with new experiences.
But my favorite part of traveling alone isn't solitude[although will forever tout its merits],its being exposed to the new: new perspectives, new experiences, and new people.
Because we are largely social creatures, traveling alone inevitably leads us to form new relationships.
We pass a delightful couple of hours with some of the people and never see them again [even if they won't be forgotten]. Others we know forever... ] I suspect the bias against-or more accurately, fear of-solo travel is so ingrained in many of us.
Lets hope that its is ok, to go it alone.... too. cheers
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