There is something extraordinary about traveling alone. I completed my first solo trip to Europe when I was still a teenager, and I try to book a different solo adventure trip every couple of years. It can get lonely, but the feeling of truly being in control of your itinerary and being left with your thoughts is indescribable. I find it also forces you to be sociable and meet new people. I have had some amazing experiences in bars and cafés and even on the backs of motorbikes with other travelers that I have never met before and will likely never meet again.
The beauty of retirement is freedom even if the pockets are low on cash. Simple things don’t require a lot of money. Hiking only requires resourcefulness. And the beauty of hiking is that it doesn’t have to wait for Coronavirus to “disappear.” But to enjoy the city life along the way as I prefer to, it will be best to wait for things to get back to the old normal. Maybe by then it won’t require a mask for public places.
The Wine and Waves Tour came about when I closed my Pilates studio in 2015. It was a painful experience and I needed an outlet or a plan for the next phase of my life. I poured 12 years of blood, sweat and tears into my Pilates studio. I needed to do something different.
Yes! This is my treat, to treat myself! Let us just pretend the virus is gone. Let us just pretend, we can travel again without doubt, without fear, without worries.
“History doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes” – Mark Twain
It's embarrassing to say, considering this challenge is about backpacking to a relaxing dream destination, but in 2021, I will be visiting Auschwitz. Yes, the Auschwitz. Final destination of every Holocaust movie. A nightmare for survivors. Perhaps the literal definition of hell on earth.
I book the flight a few days before it takes off because that is my style - to leave room for the unknown, to be with impulse anchored in long term dreams.
In India, there is a temple somewhere in the north which is swarmed by hundreds and hundreds of monkeys. Aptly it’s called the Monkey Temple. Locals and tourists flock there to pay respects to the monkey, a symbol of the Hindu god Hanuman, or to simply take pictures and marvel at the sight. In the dry, scrubby hills just before the temple, local farmers keep goats. Tied to each female goat, around their midriff, is a kind of cloth bra. It circles the lady goats back and cups each udder tenderly. The farmers do this to stop the monkeys from the temple suckling on the teat of the goats, thus ruining the balance of things for goat keepers.
hello I don’t really do solo traveling so this challenge was harder for but in 2019 just around Christmas time I did go to Denmark for 3 months by myself it was a little boring but the attractions were fun.
I know this could be construed as a controversial topic. What? You’re traveling during COVID-19?
I decided to write this article after a recent visit to St Thomas. In November, 2020, My husband and I took the risk and went away to the Caribbean for 5 nights and 6 days. On this journey we found out….people are traveling. So, why not put together some tips for the would be travelers? The ones that are willing to get back out there and travel again.