Seniors Who Love To Travel

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  1. Cody Fousnaugh

    Cody Fousnaugh Very Well-Known Member
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    Well, I guess if a Senior has a nice retirement income, they can do that. I have some high school classmates who are retired teachers and some that retired from major companies and they spend a lot of time traveling with their spouse. They post pictures on Facebook. One guy has a Bachelor's Degree and retired from Northrop Aircraft. He has posted photos of him and his wife having cocktails at a very expensive hotel in Hawaii. Another classmate, and her husband, just returned from a trip to Ireland. He is part Irish. And yet another classmate, whose husband passed away a number of years ago, flies down to Florida (Gulf side) and spends a month with retired friends there, during the winter in Indiana. And, on top of this nice retirement income, these classmates seem to stay healthy as can be.

    The way I see it, some Seniors were lucky to, one........get a major college degree and two...... stay at one job for years and get a nice retirement income. And, for some, add that nice retirement income onto a monthly SS payment........that equals a nice juicy income.

    Then there are those, like wife and I, that, along with some savings, will have to survive off of SS during our retirement years.

    We are so jealous of the others, though.
     
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    And then there are those like me who invested in their kids and now it's paying off, lol. I'm just teasing but I only have widows benefits and I travel and live comfortably.

    You reap what you sow...

    This is not a serious reply so I don't want to debate it.

    If I didnt have my kids I still wouldn't be jealous of others.

    My trip to Maui 2 years ago didn't cost me a dime. Son paid for airfare, room and all my meals and it's not cheap to eat in Maui.
     
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  3. Cody Fousnaugh

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    I think all of the forum members know that your kids help you financially. Not a bad thing, when a person has kids that can, and more importantly, will, do it.
     
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    Ha!! trip to Ireland, that's nothing ...I could be there in an hour, and it would cost me 50 bucks ( and tbh I wouldn't waste 50 bucks) .... you Cody, .are already in Florida.. where so many of your old friends and classmates and half the western world have to pay a fortune to visit.... so think just for a second how many of those people would give their eye teeth to be living in or close to Florida or an hour from Ireland ..like us....


    I think we're the winners... :D
     
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    But, remember Holly, in a year or so we are leaving here. Since Mathew last year and Irma this year, there are people here that don’t think so highly of Florida anymore. There are places in the U.S. that the cost-of-living is much higher than here.

    Actually, there are folks that live in the “snowbelts” of America that would never think of moving to Florida, even if they financially could.

    One thing for sure, we don’t feel fortunate to live here, even when it’s snowing where we plan to move to.
     
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    Same here, except that - so far - we are able to supplement our Social Security online and we have a couple of timeshares, so we can still do some traveling.
     
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    I'm one of those living on social security. I have friends who travel all , well I had friends who travels all over the world, I have out lived them but I was never jealous. As far as I was concerned they earned the right either through more education or more brains and had better jobs which earned them more money. Some had nice investments. I did the best I could, and anyone could/can look back on my life and say, financially, I am a classic failure in life. I have some regrets but bascally I wouldn't do much differently. Under the circumstances I got all the education I was cpable of at the time. I now have no desire to travel and since my retirement I have saved enough to live comfortably the rest of my days, and will leave a small nest to my kids.
     
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    That is a great way to look at things.

    We have friends who love country music and would love to visit Nashville
    during CMA events, and it's all around us.

    Same when we lived in the UK and California.

    Enjoy where you're at till things change.

    We might not go on another vacation, but for us, planning one is half or more of the fun.:)
     
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    Although we're not able to travel, I know of some seniors who travel as much as possible. Some couples have even made significant changes to their lifestyle in order to save for their trips, often to be with family and friends either overseas, at the other end of the country, or to the southern States. Another senior I know would love to continue her annual trek down south but is now unable due to the rising cost of health insurance coverage, etc.
     
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    We have some travelling friends who live (some of the time) in Jupiter FL who love cruising, and return to Blighty regularly. We have given up travelling elsewhere coz we have done all we want to. I have travelled to many European countries for business and some holidays.
     
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    Not to sound too negative about where we live currently, but basically, we just don’t like living here anymore.

    Anyone who lives in Colorado or Wyoming, and wants to move to Florida......we will gladly trade areas with you!
     
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    We love to travel and have driven across the US several times but not able to drive long distances anymore. We could probably make it to the left coast again but would have to spend several nights in motels.
     
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    That’s what we do when we travel by vehicle, spend every night in a nice/descent motel. We never/ever travel at nighttime.
     
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    One thing about owning a power boat, some folks (like us) have to put money into the boat (insurance and maintenance) instead of other enjoyable things, like travel.

    We’d love to go to Niagara Falls and/or Washington DC (Lincoln Monument, etc.), but saving money for moving and retirement is a much higher priority.
     
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    I don't know what happened but as much as I loved to travel for vacations when I was younger...I seem to want to travel more in my mind than body now days. :) Guess for some of us that's part of aging too. :)
     
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    I think you're absolutely right @Babs Hunt ... we travel a lot , even though I've just taken retirement and hubs is still in full time work.. (I'm early 60's he's still in his 50's)... but I have noticed that at airports, probably less than 10 % of travellers tend to be in the senior age bracket..

    ...and also whatever destination we visit, on talking to older people who are there visiting , I find that the vast majority have come from somewhere within about 2 hours travel... often the simplest method.. by coach for example..within the same country, so no driving no flying etc..

    It's a 3 hour flight from London to our house in Southern Spain ...however it can take up to 9 hours travelling time. We have to be at the airport at least 2 hours before the gates close to check in.... so if we have a flight at 8am.. we leave at 5am it takes over an hour to get to the airport, and park then get the shuttle bus... then 2 hours at the airport before we board the plane (if it's on time)... then a 3 hour flight.. then an hour at baggage claim... then an hour to get from the airport to the house... All very exhausting, and we're relatively young... so for older people it must be a real trial
     
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    Except for my daughter who is a 3 hr drive from me, the rest of my family is all more than a 4 hr flight so I have no choice.

    All of my flights take me almost a whole day. Travel to airport, connections, time changes...it's exhausting and that's why I at least try to stay for more than a week. :)
     
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    Same here CC... my daughter is in Spain
     
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    Gosh @Holly Saunders...it seems like it would be easier to just throw your baggage in the trunk of your car and drive to your house in Southern Spain then go through all that airport hazzle. :)
     
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    I would totally LOVE to be able to travel; but it is just not a possibility in my life anymore, except when Robin invites me along on trips to Idaho to visit with my two sons who live out there (and their families, of course).
    It used to be fine with me to just go on cross-country jaunts; but since moving out here from Idaho, we really have not done any traveling to speak of, and Bobby prefers to stay home anyway.
    If I could do it, I would dearly love to go one on of those short cruises, like down the Caribbean and back, or to take a train trip across America, or up through the Canadian Rockies.
    Texas has a museum where there are human footprints inside of dinosaur tracks, and other archeological finds , and I would love to go and look at things like this, and some of the ancient cities and mounds/pyramids that are from pre-AD civilizations here in North and South America.
     
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    Yes to a train trip @Yvonne Smith ....on my bucket list. Just don't want to do it alone. Should have done it with my ex before we split. :(

    Speaking of my ex, Ive been talking to him because he's been really sick. Been in and out of the hospital and rehab for at least 6 weeks now.

    He's home but home bound...meaning he can't go anywhere and nurses come 3 times a week, that was his option because he didn't want to go back to rehab.

    Think it all started with his blood thinner meds...xarelto.
     
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    I am lucky in that my younger daughter and her son live with me in my house and pay for all the outgoings, so my state pension ($8,800 a year) which is similar to your SS I presume @Cody Fousnaugh , pays for all my travel and food. I am no high flyer and stay in Homestays and small B&Bs when travelling and live 6 months of the year in Russia anyway, which costs next to nothing. You have a boat and enjoy other pursuits, so I feel in a way we make choices as to how we spend our money?

    I will add that though I have always travelled on occasion in the past, since meeting Lisa some 15 years ago I have travelled much much more, mainly because that is Lisa's passion, and I enjoy experiencing the pleasure she gets from it.
    If I were on my own, I doubt I would travel at all, like @Babs Hunt I have lost the desire for it, I would be content to armchair travel and sit on my terrace at home drinking a beer or two.
    I don't find airports and travel in general a hassle at all, but I no longer get excited or derive much pleasure from the whole experience of travelling, Lisa doesn't understand this of course, and as long as I am able and can afford it I will continue......................
     
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    I don't want to Cruise in the Ocean but I wouldn't mind doing a Riverboat Cruise along the Mississippi. They are really expensive though and clearly not in our budget so I'd have to win the lottery, etc. to do this.

    As for the train trip I am still considering doing one of those to get as close to Colorado, Oregon, and Utah as possible so we could have one last visit with my Honey's brother and daughter...and my brother before we hang up the long distance traveling for good. I have a sister who has two sons and a granddaughter living in Denver and she likes to drive so I'm talking to her about maybe coming with us and driving through the rough places while I take the smooth places. :) Whether any of it comes together for us remains a mystery at this time.
     
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    @Terry Page Oh Terry so many of us are so glad you do all that traveling with Lisa, etc. as we sure have enjoyed your photos which often make us feel we are right there with y'all. Sharing your adventures with us has brightened up many of our days and we will all be sad when you do decide to just armchair travel and sit on your terrace drinking your beer or two. :)
     
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    Airports didn't stress me out when I traveled with my ex or husband but alone I do stress because it's all on me. Have to be super vigilant and it tires me out.

    Alone Ive missed some connections so would have to go and get my bag from baggage claim, find a hotel near the airport and spend the night and start all over again the next day...these were last flights so no other options.

    Ive had enough of these especially in the winter coming back from my son's to make me dread it.

    Just getting my bags from baggage claim, I position myself next to a young man and hope he'll grab my heavy suitcase off the belt.

    Little things like this add up. :(
     
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