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Old 04-21-2017, 11:04 AM   #21
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I've read several posts on this site from folks who previously enjoyed traveling the globe but now prefer to stay home or have drastically reduced their travels.

DH and I really enjoy traveling and have dozens of destinations we haven't yet explored. I'm guessing our health or energy level will eventually drive us to travel less, but right now (we are 56 & 58) it's hard to imagine we will ever not want to travel.

If you are a person who used to enjoy travel and now prefer to avoid it, when did this change occur for you? Was it driven by health issues, the desire to spend more time on local activities, or
I really never did enjoy traveling as an adult, because I got that out of my system as a kid. My parents were complete, utter, extreme travel nuts and always took me along.

Being two months late for first grade due to travel and then having to leave again in early spring pretty much made up my mind, although I hated travel long before then.
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Old 04-21-2017, 11:25 AM   #22
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Our love to travel is increasing as well at 58 and 62. WE have been really loving cruises. We go on RC and many people are around our age. I have heard that Holland has a really old crowd so we have stayed away from them. I did not get to travel much when younger so really enjoying it now. We spent 2 weeks in Rome because there was so much to see and do. My brother has been there 6 times and says he still has not seen everything.
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As the Army ruined my early enthusiasm for backpacking and camping, the constant business to mediocre locations really spoiled my travel lust (not sure of any particular age).

I suppose Road Scholar in the future may redeem me.

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there was a post about camping, Uncle Sam cured me of this,
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Old 04-21-2017, 11:58 AM   #24
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the last time i took a plane was december 2001, for one of my nieces weddings, they made my at the time 76 year old mother take off her shoes to see if she was a bomber, back then no chairs so good thing we were travelling with her to hold her up, the lady 2 seats away from me decided to diaper her child , and the guy next to me opened up a tuna fish sandwich, i decided bus travel was far superior to what plane travel has been lowered to, the days of wearing a sport coat on a plane are dead, and so is my desire to travel especially by plane. real low class in my opinion, restaurants are going to be next on my list, people throwing out the EFF bomb ,talking on their phones making the dining experience lousy,
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Old 04-21-2017, 02:14 PM   #27
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My wife and I married 10 years ago, when I was 68 and she was 63. She had wanted to travel, but could not because of he husband's business.
We were both widowed, met and married
She got her first passport and we traveled with a vengeance. To date we have taken 47 trips including 16 cruises. However, as time has gone by, and our bucket lists were filled, we have slowed down. My DW has a knee problem that now limits her mobility.
We have given up on escorted tours and prefer to do things on our own at our won pace. In many cases we will use a tour itinerary as a guide, and do things we want.
Case in point, we had just finished a great lunch at Rancho de Chimayo in New Mexico. As we were leaving a tour bus pulled up and disgorged its 40 passengers. All of whom would wait for all the orders to be taken before they got their lunch.
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Old 04-21-2017, 02:32 PM   #28
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I suppose it depends on the individual. Neither one of us has much interest in travel. DW loathes the idea of going on a cruise although I'd be willing to try it. My ex loved travel, and I've never been on so many trips in so short a time in my life, most of them driving because we were living paycheck-to-paycheck and I hated that. I don't remember hating the travel though. But after the divorce I just didn't have much interest in travel and for years later didn't have the money for it anyway. One thing I think the ex misinterpreted was my interest in aviation, and at the time we were dating I owned an airplane and we went on local day trips with that.

The thing was, I didn't have an interest in travel. I just enjoyed flying the airplane and didn't much care where I went with it.

About ten years later I did some work-related travel once or twice a year for training and later teaching. I was okay with it but enjoyed the classes better. These were fairly short trips, never flying farther than from MD to FL and most within driving distance.

Now, with what we hear of the airlines and the TSA we have about zero interest in flying anywhere unless I could wrangle a ride on a private airplane. Private flying, if done from a smaller airport where the airlines don't go or have very limited service, is an entirely different experience. Drive through the airport gate and within 15 minutes you're climbing out. That's the way flying should be.
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At some point, I will be cured of the travel lust. When it happens, I will know.

Until then, I will continue to surf the Web, either for places in Europe to visit, or some interesting corners of the US to take my RV.
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At birth. Never in my blood. As I have mentioned before, I travel to my condo on the AL coast once a month. It's a little less than 200 miles so I consider that just a longish drive.
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At some point, I will be cured of the travel lust. When it happens, I will know.

Until then, I will continue to surf the Web, either for places in Europe to visit, or some interesting corners of the US to take my RV.
I've got a gift from heaven. Free first class ticket on Singapore Airlines. Japan is on my horizon now, but I need to do more research on where to go. Maybe in 2019. I've already booked for 2017 and 2018.
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I'm almost 67. No waning yet. Have been laying off cruising for the last few years in favour of more active trips (mostly biking related). I figure "there will be plenty of time for cruising when the biking's done." Kenny Rogers.
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Walt, you are right, small aircraft are great. We used to be able to fly the corporate jet between our major cities. Maybe 12 seats. You parked your car in the hangar (a luxury in MN). Left on time, flew at around 40,000 ft so no turbulence, landed at another small airport with a car waiting. Those were great days, but alas that ended.
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Our love to travel is increasing as well at 58 and 62. WE have been really loving cruises. We go on RC and many people are around our age. I have heard that Holland has a really old crowd so we have stayed away from them. I did not get to travel much when younger so really enjoying it now. We spent 2 weeks in Rome because there was so much to see and do. My brother has been there 6 times and says he still has not seen everything.
We took a couple of cruises on RC ships some years ago. Recently took a cruise with Celebrity, and the crowd is older. No problem for us, though we are only 60. We are private and reserved, and never join any group activity anyway.

As long as I do not see too many old people in wheelchairs, I am OK. I know that I will get there eventually, but when traveling I do not want to be reminded of that fateful end.

Same as Danmar, I think I will spend more time with active trips while I still can, and to save more cruises for later. Still, have to do that once every other year to please the missus. Or she may like European trips enough to tolerate my RV treks without demanding a cruise every so often. Will see.
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We are travelling fairly often and still have bucket lists. Reduced the cruises over the past three years but have greatly increased independent land travel. Usually twice a year, anywhere from 9-14 weeks. Why stay home?

What we really like about travel now is that we do not have to meet a schedule. Often our time is only planned two-three days ahead. We have a general idea of an itinerary outline but it is very much subject to change-even at the last minute. Sometimes we book end with a return or open jaw flight home, other times we do one way air and figure out how to get home when it is time. Huge change from previous business and leisure travel routines.

We tend to cruise now as a bit of a break from independent land travel. It can be hard work. As an OP mentioned, I have no doubt that we will cruise more frequently at a later date.
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3 million air miler here (90% business travel all over the globe). I'm done with air travel in any class, going anywhere.

Now that DW's medical conditions are worsening, even driving trips are a challenge. She's 71 and I'm 73. We've seen enough of it anyway, even if she improves and travel is not a risk.
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3 million air miler here (90% business travel all over the globe). I'm done with air travel in any class, going anywhere.

Now that DW's medical conditions are worsening, even driving trips are a challenge. She's 71 and I'm 73. We've seen enough of it anyway, even if she improves and travel is not a risk.
I hope she does improve just for her quality of life not travel.
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Are we talking travel with or without the wife?
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Travel is not a priority for me or DH. I like an occasional beach vacation every once in a while. I don't like flying but I will do it if it gets me where I want to go. DHs Mom (88) is in Denver so he goes every year, I go sometimes. I prefer a driving trip but sometimes that just doesn't make sense so we will fly.

My sister and BIL love to travel. They take major cruises 2 or 3 times a year. They also take Road Scholar trips and trips to alternative destinations as trades on their timeshare system. They own timeshares in Kauai and Cancun. And then they travel to visit family.

The Cleveland airport CLE lost it's status as being a United hub a few years ago and Southwest is leaving the Akron Canton CAK airport so to get almost anywhere involves 2 flights. Sister and BIL are now 65 and 70 and still want to travel all the time so they are now combining their longer trips to make the getting there and getting home easier. This summer they are going on a Greek Islands cruise and then joining up with a group touring Hungary, Austria and Germany. Then in Dec and January they are flying to Australia for a 2 week cruise. They will stay on the same ship and continue onto a 2 week cruise of New Zealand.

Good for them, they love all their travel and the cost is not an issue so they are enjoying it all while they can.

A biannual trip to the beach and an occasional trip to Denver is plenty for me. I expect to be needing to go to Beijing in the next year or two to meet my son's new in-laws. I am not looking forward to that at all.
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If you are a person who used to enjoy travel and now prefer to avoid it, when did this change occur for you? Was it driven by health issues, the desire to spend more time on local activities, or
Probably sometime in my 30s. Health issues did it. The amount of medication that I'm on has somehow messed up dopamine. Muted enjoyment (if any) - high feeling of stress with any change. The idea of staying overnight somewhere in a hotel, plus the trouble involved gives a sense of dread.
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