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India for us was a constant barrage of information, colour and differing cultures – with the unbelievably ancient rubbing elbows with the very modern. Always fascinating.
Outside Jodhpur we were fortunate to visit a tiny commune of people – Dinesh called them ‘travellers’ in that they did not stay in any place very long – maybe a few weeks. Their protection from the elements was a few ratty tarps strung between poles or a very large tree with low branches. A very hard life. I wasn’t keen on walking into someone’s home uninvited no matter how open it appeared to the world – however, by now Dinesh was aware that I was fascinated with varying cultures and very willing to join in as best I could ….. so he walked onto the compound and explained my interest to the matriarch. We were again facing another dialect as she didn’t speak Hindi nor Urdu. Her face and chest were tatto... more »
The boys ‘slept off’ their flight for about 15 hours the first night. We did actually go to the Prado Art Museum on the first afternoon---they said they were up for it, but they, of course, kind of faded, but did enjoy the El Grecos and the Goyas. We had preceded that with a full dinner at a lovely place—four courses, which I see they can put away handily!
The hostel experience is working out fine. The first night when I was alone it wasn’t too crowded, but the second night when the boys arrived—so did a whole bunch of Polish kids who filled up every bed. Still, in spite of the multitudes, all went surprisingly smoothly with the bathrooms and breakfast.
We set out for the Plaza del Sol, where we saw the Bear, the symbol of Madrid. From there we walked on to the Plaza Major, that beautiful square that is the center of Madrid life. However, they had put a temporary exhibi... more »
I'm sure this has been discussed but I could not find answer. I have seen two conflicting issues.
1) I am 69 and understand that those over 60 should not be vaccinated for Yellow Fever.
2) I understand that many countries do not allow entry from YF-infected countries (ex: Kenya and most of northern Africa as well as the Amazon regions of South America) without proof of YF vaccination.
Do I understand this right? Does this mean that travellers over 60 are not able to travel to these YF countries/regions?
Thanks for any insight on this issue.
The truth is there all along but until now, I refused to recognise that I am just not cut out to be a 'good' travel companion.
I value my own independence too much. Prefer to do my own thing, enjoy my own company thus finding it too confining to travel with someone for long. I think I can manage one week, perhaps more but only if it is possible for us to go our separate ways for awhile.
Does this mean that I have the making of a solo traveller? Perhaps time will tell. Any ideas about how to say to a travel companion that it is not meant to be, that it is best for me to go off on my own?
Would love to hear your thoughts. :)
Rudi was an Older Traveller who lived in Joburg and in recent years mostly posted on the Africa branch. But he was a regular on this branch when I first started coming here about ten years ago so some of you may have known him. We made several trips to Africa and he was so generous in providing information and contacts in the planning process. Then he went one step further and took us into his home and his life and his family. Steve and I miss him so much already.
I thought I'd post this here (its already on the Africa branch where he has so many fans) because some of you may know him. He was a tough old bird. Already in his seventies at the time, Rudi and his wife spent months travelling throughout North America a few years ago (using a car and tentj) and quite a few of the BC-based OTers met him and Brenda, either in Victoria or in Vancouver at that time. When we visited them j... more »
I trained from Barletta to Bari, then had a bit of trouble finding the onward connection to Alberobello. It turned out it was a regional train that had its own little station at track 11 in the main station. The train was standing there as I bought my ticket and the doors closed just as I approached it. I pressed the green button, the doors opened again and I got on; they closed and we pulled out! On the Barletta-Bari train, the conductor punched tickets, looking like an executive. On the Bari-Alberobello, a young man got on with his bicycle, tipped up the seat next to me and racked his bike. It turned out those four seats, when tipped up, became a bicycle rack.
I lived & worked in Spain, Morocco, Egypt, Canada, South of France. I have traveled in most European countries, Morocco, Dubai, Oman, South Africa, Thailand (Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui), Singapore, Indonesia (Bali, Jakarta & Yogyakarta). Since my divorce 13 years agao, I travel on a strict budget (around 50€ / day). I don't need luxury, I want adventure. I'm 47 now, and the travel bug is getting worse... August my teenagers are gone. Another month of pottery in Joburg came to my mind, with some charity work on the side. But then I thought: mmm, I'd rather wait for warm weather, and seek adventure elsewhere. I have no travel companion. So safety traveling alone is an important issue. I use common sense of course, and dress appropriately also.
Places I want to see: Laos, India (rape seems to be an issue these days...) Myanmar (politically fine?) Malaysia,.... I'm going to Peru next Ea... more »
I was wondering if somebody could link me to a page that has Train Ticket Prices for India...Would like to be able to go from the north down the western side and end up down in Kerala Thanks in advance Rolef
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I guess I am officially older now cause World Nomad will no longer insure me. I plan to travel with some trekking/climbing in a few months and I am wondering if any older Canadians can give me recommendations for insurance companies who will insure older Canadian trekker-climbers?
Looking for fit travel companions to join a party of two males plus guides etc to do a 25 day trek in the Dolpo region of Nepal.
One guide book has described this area as "Remote wild and considered by many to be one of the most magical and mysterious of places in the Himalaya....This region lies among high peaks, on top of the roof of the world" "Dolpo is one of the last genuine examples of traditional Tibetan culture"
We are planning to travel there in October with a possible start date of 4 or 6th of October. This walk involves walking at high altitude with a max of 5500m, terrain is described as moderate with some inclines up to 45%. No special skills required other than being a confident walker with good fitness. This is a camping trip with tents supplied by the trekking company. I can email an itinerary and further details if required.
If you are interested in joining us I ... more »
Hi guys & girls. Am looking for somewhere different for my next vacation. Have travelled far & wide - becoming a bit jaded. But I know there are still loads of places still out there, & unique experiences to be had. Just need a few tips......
Am open to all suggestions. Love the outdoors, & sometimes old cities, places that are not expensive, not touristy, relatively safe, & don't even mind a bit of shake, rattle & roll. Volunteering would also be fun......especially with animals. Anyone found any other sites similar to this one, which might have some good feed back on? So what have you got for me guys? Dish it up.
A funny thing happened on the way back from the market yesterday ... I tripped over a huge metal slab on the sidewalk right outside the grog shop. My head smashed the ground, big time, my big toe got wrenched under the metal sheet, I landed on the side of my right hand and then scraped the left knee and bruised the left hand. My groceries, purse and sun glasses went flying (glasses now no longer fit properly). I couldn't move for a few seconds then felt like a right pratt when what seemed like half Nadi town came running up to help. Two men managed to haul me to my feet, and when I asked one of the if my head was okay he sort of paled and just asked I could walk. So I probed my temple and felt a goose egg size goose egg; luckily no skin was broken. Ended up not being able to move my right hand, got a tension bandage and spent the rest of the day feeling somewhat wobbly and blo... more »
I first landed in Central Europe in 1964. I was in the USAF at Hq. Europe in Wiesbaden, Germany. I had an old VW that I drove to every country in Europe except Portugal and Finland (some trips were by train, and necessarily by air to Berlin). I would venture a long weekend trip to Paris if I had $45 in cash. That included petrol, hotel, food and not a lot of any of them. Hotels were $3 for a 3 star and $5 for a 4 star (altho somewhat higher in Paris & lower in small towns). It really was only 20 years after the end of the war. We could stand then in front of the Mona Lisa or any great painting in any great museum for minutes without being bothered by a person nearby. How things have changed.
In the years between, I travelled on business constantly throughout the U.S. and Canada and later Latin America. Then I spent almost 20 years in nearly every country and region of Asia. ... more »
I am 76 and have Diabetes 2 (non insulin).
I have found an insurance company who will insure me but only for a maximum of 94 days. Can anyone recommend an insurance company that offers insurance for approximately 180 days (not going to USA).
Hi I used to post sporadically on TT a long time ago and tonight tried to answer a question on the South America board only to find I forgot my password. I couldn't regain my old identity since my email had also changed. My question is, is this still the best forum to get that quirky, different and sometimes totally stupid answer to a travel question or has it stagnated? Are older travellers of whatever age still a hardy independent breed or is the forum dominated by package tourists and cruise ship passengers?
To avoid doubt I love to travel independently, solo with a backpack, staying in small local hotels rather than hostels but have also enjoyed cruises, but its been a long time since I went on a package holiday.
After a quick scan of the forum, and I mean a quick scan, it seems to me that it may be a sort of virtual club where people post travel blogs rather than a feist... more »
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