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One more sleep to go before departing for London. :)
Really excited but at the same time feeling a bit scared. Today's news doesn't make it better with the headline "Terror in London". Hope those low life x2 gets their just deserts. Pity they were not shot dead instead of just being wounded which meant more GBP spend on healing their injuries, to be follow by prosecution and then imprisonment. Better to deport them to where ever they came from. Just deserts.
Anyway, where was I??? Oh yes, almost packed but may have to go through the luggage again as it is getting full and more stuff to be added. lol
Daughter has ordered the Zurich hand luggage for me. Thanks go_2 for the recommendation. Daughter asked me if I wanted two, and I said "only one will do me unless she wants the other one". Tricky business when they give you a discount if you take two but this time sanity prevails.... more »
I met my three friends, Jeanne Johnson, Carol Freeman, and Alyce Rodda, in the Rome airport after I had stayed overnight in Rome. Actually it wasn’t quite that simple---we were a couple of hours looking for each other, due to a mixup in plans. Anyway, all’s well that ends well, and we moved on to pick up our rental car. Well, that was a nasty surprise! The company had a policy that nobody could rent and drive the car if they were over 75 years of age. It certainly would have been nice to know this before we rented the car. We carried on to another rental company, and were able to rent a car and soon we were on our way.
We drove north to Partina in steady drizzle. Tuscany looks beautiful even in the rain! It feels really nice to be in my ‘Italian home’ again. We spent the next two days getting organized—grocery shopping, visiting, and cooking roast rabbit. The rain final... more »
Just a reminder that we chose a basic travel route of Rajasthan that millions of visitors travel. I cannot repeat enough just how hard it was to choose which places to visit – and which places to note in my journal - and when I did visit a certain place, I knew I was seeing only a very small portion. So this simple journal is for those many ‘older’ travellers wondering if they should visit.
In the larger cities and trying to get to the highway, always there were multi small children peering into our car – tapping their fingers on the windows - entertaining us with acrobatic manoeuvres – many almost nose to nose begging through the glass with pain in their eyes (unfortunately I had to close the window). It was hard – for just who could I help, and was I, really helping ? Dinesh’s vast local knowledge again was endlessly helpful.
And always in the big cities we had to manoe... more »
Oh wow! I just read about how couchsurfing has gradually become sexsurfing for some couch surfers and hosts.
Although, I have registered as a member way back in 2010, I haven't personally host or have had the opportunity to become a couch surfer. In 2010, I did try contacting a few members in a couple of Asian cities but because I am of Asian appearance, these people did not bother to reply and I sort of gave up on the idea.
Have offered accommodation to a couple of mature aged couch surfers but after letting them know of my whereabout, I did not hear from them so, that was that. I refused to host a couple of couch surfers because one asked to stay for a week and the other group was for a family of four. I felt quite overwhelmed by that many people. :)
Now, after hearing this and many other stories, I am beginning to question the wisdom of couch surfing. more »
Here’s a link to a newspaper article written by a daughter about her 67-year-old mother’s post-retirement travel adventures. The article brought a smile to my face as I read it. I’ve been trying to do the same thing . . . “ to see the whole world before I die.”
Although the writer didn’t address the issue, I bet she had some sleepless nights wondering and worrying about her mom.
A work in progress
LeeGil asked how I'm going to make the donkey I'll be taking with me to carry my baggage on my Camino walk next spring. I thought she deserved a posting of her own, as there will be much more news about her in the coming weeks/months. So here goes:
Jamilla, my donkey (the name means 'perfection' in Arabic) will be about the size of a miniature Mediterranean donkey.
Her framework has been cannibalised from an old ironing board, which I've dismantled and cut down to size/shape. Oh, my poor hands! On top of the (now smaller) ironing surface goes Jamilla's body, which also doubles as my bag. This has been configured to hold 45+ litres, as I carry about 40 litres, summer or winter and, along with my research on donkeys, has determined her over-all size.
Her body and legs, etc. will be made from a pvc-covered fabric, which will keep her waterproof. Shape ... more »
How old is an older traveller? Are we talking 40 plus?
As usual I spent this past winter traveling in warm climes (I live in the drizzle/drear of the Pacific Northwest of the US). This trip was largely in familiar territory; but due to serious foot pain I didn’t want to stress, so the trip ended up being more ad hoc, more invent-it-as-you-go than usual.
Accordingly, this travel report is more scattered, and the product of a camera that manifested less inspiration than usual.
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I recently heard that on a flight out of the UK, the pilot made an announcement.
"Ladies and gentlemen, this is the captain speaking. We are currently at, Oh my God".., a pause of several seconds, then he continued, "Sorry, one of the flight attendants accidentally spilled a very hot cup on coffee on my lap; you should see the front of my pants".
A passenger at the rear of the plane shouted, "You should see the BACK of mine".
My bad karma is at it again! I really don't think I'm that evil to warrant all this nonsense.
I'm leaving for five weeks in Fiji in a couple of days and wanted to take 350 pds stlg I've had lying around since my last trip to London, as backup funds. Yesterday I separated the stlg bills from the coins, stored the coins in a wallet along with spare Euros and put the coins back in the drawer where all my left-over foreign currency bits and pieces are kept. This morning I decided to pack up my travel handbag, looked for the stlg bills only to find they had completely disappeared from the face of the earth. I am SO SURE I left them on the bureau along with all the other things that have to go into the handbag.
This is a shameless plug for the bag I carried - or wheeled, rather - around Spain for three weeks.
Because, unlike some past trips, not once did I ever find myself complaining about distance to walk finding hostels, how many times I'd have to lug it between hostel, bus -plane home, even.
It was small enough to carry on the plane and easy to sling into luggage compartments, didn't impede anyone's progress on city buses, held up through rain, didn't skew sideways on cambered roads or pavements, etc. etc. etc.
No matter how tightly packed it was easy to pull along.
The zips and seams are strong, as is the fabric. And it has a five-year guarantee, which means the manufacturers expect it to last much longer. I think they're probably right.
I don't treat my bags like flowers; I expect them to be like me - a bit rugged and up for the odd spot of mountain walking if the urge takes ... more »
well i am mahendra 54 from india. i am looking for travelling companion to travel in my country. any one of similar age who is keen to do budget travelling in next 2 months are welcomed. plan and dates are flexible.
love to hear soon
I am considering doing a 96 day Central Asia overland trip with someone like Dragonman or Intrepid. The trip starts in Beijing and ends at Istanbul. I have done an overland trip before when I was 48...I am now 62 years old physically fit and mentally young.
Has anyone out there done an overland trip as a "senior" and if so what was their experience. Many thanks
Recently, I had dinner with a friend who is into photography. She stated that the last time we went on a day outing, I stopped at various times to wait for her to take photographs of various sights that was of interest her which made her uncomfortable and therefore she would not invite someone out with her again unless that person has an interest in photography. So, I said, "fair enough" for I don't think I could travel with someone who takes 6000 photos during a three weeks trip. She looked astounded as if I had said something sacrilegious. lol
In a recent Journeywoman article, I read that someone travelled with a matched tc from hell. This woman actually bullied her and made her trip miserable. Perhaps it is better to bear the cost of paying a single supplement then allowing someone to ruin your trip.
So, what are the worst traits that you came across when you venture out with... more »
I need to master the art of packing light so for this trip, my check luggage must not exceed 15 kilos but once I hit Europe, it has to be 10 kilos as I will only use carry on luggage.
Sometimes, I think I am crazy not to pay for a check luggage in Europe but what the heck! It is time to be self discipline.
So, I need a few tips. The 10kilos must include the ipad. Prepare to sacrifice the camera, phone but will not compromise on the ipad.
Any tips, advise and funny stories will be gratefully read.
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