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I travel perpetually, I am away from home more often than I am home. 7 2.92%
I plan at least 3-4 big trips per year and take smaller trips away from home every chance I get. 40 16.67%
I plan 1-2 big trips per year and take several smaller trips throughout the year. 109 45.42%
I try to take 1 big trip every year or two and some smaller trips when I can. 53 22.08%
I rarely if ever travel, I like to stay home. 31 12.92%
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Old 05-14-2019, 11:51 AM   #41
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My wife and a girlfriend usually go on a cruise out of Florida, however.
Man, your lucky, my wife won't let me have a girlfriend!
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OldShooter...our carry on was never weighed in Vietnam either.

But..they were the most thorough bag inspectors. There was a nail file in the lining of my carry on. From when my spouse used the bag 8 years ago. We have been on countless flights and through dozens of security checks all over the world. This was the first time it was found in xray and we had a job just finding it.
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I think the people that donít like to travel probably flew so much for work that they now hate it.
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Part of me wanted to travel ALOT when retired. I've determined that I actually LOVE being home. Maybe that is because I am a professional volunteer and have at least one committment outside the house per day. But I'm sort of afraid to travel ... silly on some level ... I am hoping that virtual reality becomes exceptionally good soon and will use that for any travel that does not have specific "smell or touch" highlights.
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We love to travel. My DH works independently and can travel whenever. I'm still working but get a lot of vacation time. We do 1 big trip and a lot of smaller trips each year (in part for my DH's "independent" work and our main hobby/volunteer work).


We went to Ireland last June, New Zealand in January, and are going to the Galapagos in May 2020 with my sister and brother-in-law.


The "non-vacation" travel this year included or will include Tempe, Chicago, Florida, NY, Albuquerque, Minneapolis, and probably a few other cities. That doesn't include trips to NH to help my ailing parents or MA to visit my sister.....we are actually out of town a lot considering I still have a full time job.


Once I retire in a few years, I'm hoping for 1 or 2 more big trips a year....
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I love visiting interesting new places, although I don't always enjoy the logistics and hassles of the process of traveling to those places.
Agreed. If Scotty could beam me there instantly (ignoring the recent thread discussing whether I would die each time) and beam me back home to sleep in my own bed each night, I'd be up for going almost anywhere.

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For those who voted "rarely if ever, I like to stay home", I am curious what (if anything) it would take to motivate you to travel somewhere far from home. For example, would you travel 200 miles to witness a total solar eclipse? Or travel 500 miles to a high school reunion where you knew that your 3 or 4 best friends that you hadn't seen in, say, 40 years would be? What, if any, possible experiences would (at least temporarily) change your mind about traveling?
I hate being mistreated by the transport industry, and I never sleep well unless it's in my own bed. I would be thrilled to hop into shark-infested waters (taking suitable precautions), but I dread the trip to get there more than the jaws.

I (I, I, I... it's all about me, you know) should also mention that I am going through considerable effort and expense to prepare a comfortable and comforting residence in which to spend my retirement. Like Dorothy Gale, everything I really want will be in my own backyard. No need to travel over the rainbow if I already know that lesson.

Of course, my vote isn't the only one to be cast. I know that once I clock out of Megacorp for the final time, DW will insist we roam half the planet. Ireland, Russia, Germany, Italy, Israel, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan... we will likely voyage to all of them. I may not love traveling, but I love DW.
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For those who voted "rarely if ever, I like to stay home", I am curious what (if anything) it would take to motivate you to travel somewhere far from home. For example, would you travel 200 miles to witness a total solar eclipse? Or travel 500 miles to a high school reunion where you knew that your 3 or 4 best friends that you hadn't seen in, say, 40 years would be? What, if any, possible experiences would (at least temporarily) change your mind about traveling?
I travel when I have to but mostly I'm just really happy being at home. I've been to the Denver area more times than I can keep track, because DHs family lives there. It used to be different and exciting but it got to be a long, hassle filled ordeal to get there and once there it seems like it was just a bigger version of many other overgrown suburbs. Ok, the mountains, parks and outdoor areas are stunning away from the traffic filled areas.

Flying is no longer a fun adventure, it's a dread. I'll do it if I have to but it's not worth it unless there is a beach at the other end.

My sister and brother-in-law make up for my lack of travel. They do 3 or 4 major cruises every year. They also do other travel to see their kids and grandkids, but most of their travel for fun is the cruises. While on a cruise they will talk to other cruisers, compare experiences and before their cruise ends they have put a deposit on another one.
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I think the people that donít like to travel probably flew so much for work that they now hate it.
Nailed it +1. Have friends that like to travel and more power to them. I do like to hear the stories of bad hotels, loss of sleep, tourist rip off joints, crummy airline service and food poisoning.

Traveling, nope BTDT.
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We thought we would travel more in retirement, but now it seems more relaxing to stay local and not be treated like cattle by the airlines and TSA. We've also stopped going to see plays and concerts in the venues where they pack people in like sardines. Instead we're going to more local and college productions that are less commercial and not focused on trying to squeeze every dollar out of the audience. We still travel to visit family.

We do day trips pretty often and usually have some event to get out of the house every day. The weather is pleasant most of the year where we live and there's always a lot to do so I never really think much about traveling. We can go places like wine country, Yosemite or Carmel and not have to pack or board the dog. Those kinds of day trips seem like just as much fun as most traveling vacations we've had without the airport hassle and lost travel time.
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We thought we would travel more in retirement, but now it seems more relaxing to stay local and not be treated like cattle by the airlines and TSA.

Become a Local, not a Tourist...........



The key is to travel for 3 months to minimize the airlines and TSA...... Immerse yourself in another culture.....


Business travel (Which I did a lot) is putting up with airlines, airports, TSA, rental Car agencies, hotels.....
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I think the people that donít like to travel probably flew so much for work that they now hate it.
Yes, that's me for sure. Since 1981 it was a steady diet of it for about 40 weeks of the year. There was a year I flew 102 flights. I am (was) in all the airline/rental car/hotel programs. I still have a ton of hotel points to burn off.

But we like driving trips now. But not too many of them.
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The key is to travel for 3 months to minimize the airlines and TSA...... Immerse yourself in another culture.....


Business travel (Which I did a lot) is putting up with airlines, airports, TSA, rental Car agencies, hotels.....
And cross the ocean on a cruise ship, arrive without jet-lag rested.
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I think the people that don’t like to travel probably flew so much for work that they now hate it.


That describes how I feel about it. I don't have a problem with flying but it's the travel hassles that get me. In order of the biggest to the least PIA, airport security/lines/crowds, cattle car seating, hotel checkin/checkouts, rental car challenges. It was exciting when I was younger, now it would be pure torture.
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I loved to travel and did a lot of it in my 40's. 50's and 60's . Now that I am 72 traveling is losing it's appeal .I will still travel to my Daughters and probably cruise since we live near cruise ports . We have one more big trip planned and then after that we will play it by year . I renewed my passport for probably the last time today . It is bittersweet .
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I traveled for work. In retirement we travel often.

Air travel is no joy. We know. It takes us 3 flights and 20-24 hours to get to one our preferred winter destinations. We do, however, stay for 8-9 weeks traveling about.

We accept the inconveniences of air travel. Yes, the airlines are not great and security can be a pain. On the other hand, air travel costs have never been lower and the choice of carriers so varied. So we may complain about the seats but we certainly did not complain about our $160USD fare from Thailand to Australia last winter or our $250 USD fare from Sydney to Honolulu at Easter. We understand that at those fare levels we need to pay for the add ons and that is fine with us.

I have no doubt that we will be changing some travel in order to reduce the flying hours and number of connections. But we will still fly. It is either that or stay home. At present our interest in visiting other countries far exceeds the inconvenience of flying.
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I traveled for work. In retirement we travel often.

Air travel is no joy. We know. It takes us 3 flights and 20-24 hours to get to one our preferred winter destinations. We do, however, stay for 8-9 weeks traveling about.

We accept the inconveniences of air travel. Yes, the airlines are not great and security can be a pain. On the other hand, air travel costs have never been lower and the choice of carriers so varied. So we may complain about the seats but we certainly did not complain about our $160USD fare from Thailand to Australia last winter or our $250 USD fare from Sydney to Honolulu at Easter. We understand that at those fare levels we need to pay for the add ons and that is fine with us.

I have no doubt that we will be changing some travel in order to reduce the flying hours and number of connections. But we will still fly. It is either that or stay home. At present our interest in visiting other countries far exceeds the inconvenience of flying.


At some point, the pleasure of travel and the experience of new places and cultures are no longer enough to outweigh the pain and hassle of travel. And both the perceived pain and pleasure are highly subjective.

We got home late last night, after being 28 hours in transit with 3 flights. It's too early to think of another trip like what we have just done (5 weeks of independent travel by car through Spain and Portugal), but I am quite sure I will not be doing this in my 70s.


PS. In CDG, there was a horrendous long line of travelers waiting at the immigration booth to have their passports stamped before exiting the EU. It was anarchy when there were so many people fearful of missing their connection flight homes. People jumped lines and cheated to get ahead.

One elderly American couple told me they were inline for more than 2 hours and still not able to reach 1 of the 2 agents working. There were perhaps 6 or 8 booths, but they were not manned.


PPS. It was a joy to be able to go through US immigration in LAX in less than 10 minutes.
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I think the people that donít like to travel probably flew so much for work that they now hate it.
Iíd hazard itís more being really into what they do in retirement.
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I traveled for work. In retirement we travel often.

Air travel is no joy. We know. It takes us 3 flights and 20-24 hours to get to one our preferred winter destinations. We do, however, stay for 8-9 weeks traveling about.

We accept the inconveniences of air travel. Yes, the airlines are not great and security can be a pain. On the other hand, air travel costs have never been lower and the choice of carriers so varied. So we may complain about the seats but we certainly did not complain about our $160USD fare from Thailand to Australia last winter or our $250 USD fare from Sydney to Honolulu at Easter. We understand that at those fare levels we need to pay for the add ons and that is fine with us.

I have no doubt that we will be changing some travel in order to reduce the flying hours and number of connections. But we will still fly. It is either that or stay home. At present our interest in visiting other countries far exceeds the inconvenience of flying.

I pretty much agree with everything you said, as we do the same.... However about the Costs being cheaper, I don't agree with you on... Maybe it's just where we fly to.... Next winter we fly to Antigua for the Winter and the cheapest airfare in economy MSP to Antigua round trip is $1200 per person, Then add in Premium Economy, Baggage etc.
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For those who voted "rarely if ever, I like to stay home", I am curious what (if anything) it would take to motivate you to travel somewhere far from home. For example, would you travel 200 miles to witness a total solar eclipse? Or travel 500 miles to a high school reunion where you knew that your 3 or 4 best friends that you hadn't seen in, say, 40 years would be? What, if any, possible experiences would (at least temporarily) change your mind about traveling?
Enough $$$ for a private plane. That's what I hate - we live 30+ miles from our airport, and I'm always convinced we'll have a flat tire or car trouble and miss our flight. I hate security, waiting, delays, being crammed in a sardine can with screaming kids and snoring fellow travelers.... Air travel is no longer fun for me and I absolutely dread it. I'm not afraid to fly, I just hate the hassle. We've had some pretty nightmarish cancelled flight experiences which just adds to my disdain. But I do it to appease DH.
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