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My parents turned 60 this year AND it's their 30th wedding anniversary, so I'd like to send them on a tour of Italy in December (as my dad is guaranteed vacation time then). I'm having trouble locating bus type guided tours for Italy however. If anyone knows, please tell me!
Hi there. It is twenty years since I've flown through London so a question for all you experts. We fly into Heathrow at 1:40 pm and back out at 7:10 pm. Is that enough time to catch transport into London for a walkabout? Or do we need to stay put at the airport?
Thought you folks would get a kick out of this... At the moment I am in Jordan, going by camel to a Bedouin camp tomorrow. My big concern was if my hips could take it.. And the deciding to use some ibuprofen ahead, during and after!! Hopefully I will be able to walk around Petra over the following two days.
How young do you have to be to be a backpacker?
I am 70 this year and have decided to rebell against the family holiday in the sun. Don't get me wrong, I love Turkey, where we usually go, but, hell, how many years of being an active senior have I got left?
So, this year, I am leaving my wimminfolk to there beloved poolside and am off to Istanbul, Dalyan, Cappadocia and Ephesus. Travelling by wonderful Turkish coaches and staying in Dorm rooms in backpackers hostels.
Any other late vintage lonely planet dwellers doing a similar trip this autumn, who knows, we may just bump into each other.
Next year, if the body makes it, I hope to visit Vietnam.
I'm planning a trip which will be India (Rajastan and the tiger reserve, can't remember exact name right now is it Ranbanthor?), Cambodia, Myanmar, Borneo, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. These places are chosen specifically becauseI have not been to any of them before except India. This is not in a specific order except India will be the first country.
I was planning on booking the tickets through a RTW agent like Air Trecks or something, can anyone give me any advice on wether this is the best way to do it financially or should I just book the return flight to Delhi and organise the other flights on route.
I did a trip like this previously and bought all the tickets in London but I was on a tighter time schedule than I will be this time.
Thanks for any tips!
Well, finally we are off to Africa again. I celebrated my 50th birthday in Tanzania and said I would be back for my 60th, if not sooner. Well, my 60th birthday was last October and we were booked to be in Botswana for that day, but life intervened. My left knee totally collapsed in Ecuador last winter so the trip to Africa was cancelled/rebooked for this year. We came home and got the knee replaced. It is truly better than new now. Soooooo I WILL be there in my 60th YEAR if not my 60th birthday. Close enough.
We arrive in Joburg on May 21 and will start the trip by meeting up with RudiK and Brenda. Looking forward to that. They came to Canada a few years ago and it was delightful to meet them. He's been a huge help in getting us sorted on this trip.
We've rented a small RV and will be traveling up through Botswana, into Nambia then down and through South Africa, arriving back i... more »
As I have difficulty in finding someone to travel with me to Vietnam, I decided to form a group of people who are interested in socialising and travelling. Much to my surprise and delight, it really takes off. However, this question "what makes a good travel companion?" kept popping up especially when two people who met in this group, went travelling recently for a week and let's put it this way, found it hellish.
Now, I like to think that I am pretty easy going but perhaps my travel companion may view it differently so how should one go about finding a good match?
Hmmmmm! I have some ideas but would love to hear from you.
Hi, I'll be 56 in July.. born in South Africa, currently living in Edinburgh, Scotland, I love travelling & have done quite a lot of it. Then I was offered a bursary to study Arts & Humanties for a year in Edinburgh, so that's what I've been doing, absolutely loving it, studying psychology, sociology, politics, history, english lit, computing, communications, moral philosophy.
It's been absolutely fantastic, I feel so lucky to have this experience, learning all these interesting subjects as a fulltime mature residential student with no worries about bills, bosses or anything like that. I never got the chance to go to University when I was younger, I would've loved to but the money just wasn't there. So I've worked in the corporate world since I left school, as a secretary, Personal Assistant, Executive Assistant, which I've never really enjoyed doing, but it pays the bills..... more »
Heading for Bangkok in April and will be looking for an island to stay on for as long as visas allow.
Much as I do enjoy young people's company, I'd like to spend some time with people closer to my age.
Any suggestions would be most welcome.
Is there anywhere in the world that the ubiquitous, bland and boring Bob Marley is not played?
I had high hopes of Burma, but at the end of the third week, heading back to Yangon and a car radio signal, there the blighter was.
I saw him live at Reggae Sunsplash at Crystal Palace in the mid 70s and he was good. That was nearly 40 years ago!! Sooooooooo last millennium
I can name more than 10 better bands with dead members off the top of my head that aren't played 24/7 in every corner of the planet -
The Beach Boys
The Rolling Stones
The Small Faces
Jimi Hendrix Experience
The Sex Pistols
The Grateful Dead
The Mamas and the Papas
Feel free to add other better bands.
Don't bother to reply if you're an BMW afficionda - you are obviously a very sad bastard and to me your opinion doesn't count, more »
We are a reasonably fit solo travelling couple in mid 60"s planning to leave for China shortly.
Have been to a little of the south-west a few years ago,(by train from Hanoi) but hope now to spend around six weeks,roughly flying into Shanghai train to Beijing the train to Tibet and fly home from Hong Kong (we love train travel preferring to stay on the ground when we arrive somewhere)
We would happy to hear of any suggestions you have re hotels, sites and experiences, modes of transport, food/restaurants/cafes (we once had an amazing noodle soup in Guilin for 75cents) suggested route, tales or experiences etc
This is unrelated to travel but you'al always seem to pick up on these type situations and have some good comments.
I sense that the movies and the tabacco company are in cahoots. Why are there smoking scenes in many of the movies when smoking by the actors/actresses seems totally unrelated to the story and/or plot? Do the tabacco companies pay the movie producers to include (needless & useless) smoking scenes? I saw a re-run of "Bridges of Madison County", and, sure enough, Clint and Meryl light up in two different scenes. This adds nothing to the story and takes away from the characters. It is obvious that in this particular love story these charactors are not the smoking type. So, why are they forced to smoke? I see too many smoking clips that make me wonder what's going on. Comments anyone?
I am Giancarlo,73,Italian,currently in Buenos Aires,leaving next week for El Calafate,then Punta Arenas (Chile)
then a short cruise to Usuhaia,then back to Baires...any traveler on any part of this itinerary willing to share some chat,comments,company...? thank you ( I speak Spanish,French,English)
I have found a most exciting trip, but would like any advice from someone who has been there, done that.
Travelling on the Hurtigruten line from Bergen, Norway up the coast to Honningsvag and then over to Svalbard, possibly seeing Polar Bears. I have been to Honningsvag before, overland from Finland but would enjoy being there again.
Questions are - What would be the best time of year for such a trip? I thought Summer, but you may have a better idea.
Is the North Sea rough at that time of year?
How low would the temperatures be?
Where does the return flight from Longyearbyen land? In Norway? Bergen?
Would be most grateful for any advice at all.
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