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Indecision about to travel ot not.

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I'm on the fence about going on a trip or staying at home. 51 years old now.
5 years ago, January 11th 2014 No: 1 Msg: #178563  
Anyone been on the fence about traveling and how did you reach a decision?

I've traveled quite a bit in the past, but I was younger then, now I'm 51 and feeling a change in attitude.

Also unfortunately I've been on a couple of trips that were kind of so so, ones where I was glad to get home.

My mum had just died and I was traveling alone and on a downer, ended up going to the killing fields and S21 in Cambodia, ya know just what I needed 😞
That kind of thing.

So when I kind of feel around in my mind and ask "do I want to go on a trip" part of me remembers the good life changing trips I've had, but part of me is like, no way... stay home, it's a long way, it costs money and it can be a downer.

Also I nearly drowned in the river in Laos and ended up in a Thai boxing fight in the bus station in Surin Thailand another time.

Realistically I think it's anybodies guess if it turns out to be a good trip or not.

I've analyzed what it is that has made the trips I've been on before good, so so or bad.

A good trip for me is people, the ones I meet along the way. Sunshine, culture. A positive attitude and good fortune along the way.
Usually a reasonably good mood before I travel and knowing things are good when I get back home.

A bad trip is to travel alone and just not connect much, or travel with friends and have things not so good... different travel habits etc... bad weather, some thing crap like get in a motorbike accident or something. Sit in bars and get drunk all the time.

Also at home where I live my likes and dislikes have changed as they naturally do as you get older.
If you go to a pub here its around 75% 19 to 35 years old, 15% 35 to 55 maybe 10% 55 up.

Myself I've noticed I don't really like to go to the pubs like I used to, I'm OK with that, but wondering is there a way I should adapt my travel style preferences as I'm not a young dude like before.

I have some ducks lined up for me that say go go go... I work for myself and just finished a big project so I have cash! I have an insurance payout from a car crash coming in a few weeks (around 30,000 $) Also I'm in contact with a lot of people from Asia through my business so I know people in Japan, Korea and Thailand, so I wouldn't be to alone, and it's always fun to visit a place and know people there.

Any thoughts???? Reply to this

5 years ago, January 11th 2014 No: 2 Msg: #178578  
If I lived in Vancouver I would love to stay home. too! Actually, I live in the mountains of Colorado, which isn't too bad. Having traveled all my life, I still get the urge to hit the road...my last tour was with my son...an RTW following the Silk Road in 2013. Anyway, it sound like you have traveled a lot and know what you like and don't. True, you have to change with age...I'm now a flashpacker rather than a backpacker, and I find friends as I go along...not at bars. Visiting friends for a few days each in Japan, Korea and Thailand sounds like a great idea. I love those countries...I was born and raised in Thailand. Reply to this

5 years ago, January 12th 2014 No: 3 Msg: #178579  
Hi Bob, yep Vancouver is a pretty place, but expensive and not particularly friendly. Not unfriendly but not openly friendly.
I'll think I'll hit the road again for a while and see how it goes.
Best of luck! Reply to this

5 years ago, January 15th 2014 No: 4 Msg: #178670  
Go!

I'm a 60 year old woman who travels alone, and I always have a marvelous time. Traveling alone means I get to do what I want, when I want, and not have to worry about anyone else's travel habits.

I like to go without a set plan and just wander around and look and delve into the history as it interests me.

One of my favorite places to visit is Singapore. Lots to see, terrific food, and a safe and clean environment.

I tend to stay out of the more touristy portions of a country. I went to Bali, but stayed in Ubud and Sanur, not Kuta, and I found the people to be very friendly. In Thailand, I went to Chiang Mai, not Phuket or Bangkok.

So go! Have a great time. And if you ever come to San Diego County, I'll show you the beach and buy you a beer. Reply to this

5 years ago, January 28th 2014 No: 5 Msg: #178948  
Hi David, my husband and I are in our mid fifties and we still love travelling, whether it is adventurous or mildly adventurous. But I do agree, the older you get the more your priorities change and what you could or wanted to do 10 or 20 years ago you don't want to do or can't do anymore i.e. we have had many diving holidays where we dived 2 to three dives a day for a full week or two and now we still love diving, but feel it takes a lot out of you so limit it to 1 or 2 dives a day here and there - you get my drift!

My point is, if you enjoy travelling, find something that interests you now and expand on that and visit areas more suitable to what you enjoy now. I think there are still many miles of travelling in you yet! Reply to this

5 years ago, January 29th 2014 No: 6 Msg: #178972  
I'd say Go! I always figure it is better to go and worse case, come home early, than stay at home and regret whatever didn't happen 😞

Have a fabulous time and enjoy the world 😊
tam Reply to this

5 years ago, January 30th 2014 No: 7 Msg: #179010  

In response to: Msg #178563

Someone once said: 'Travel doesn't become adventure until you leave yourself behind'. I agree. So, forget what's gone before, get on a plane, and enjoy the adventure! You have a great opportunity to discover the world and, maybe, you'll also discover a few more things about yourself along the way. Reply to this

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