We get to retirement, or close, and the siren song of travel beckons. But to travel solo?
Finally, the planets are aligned: time, treasure (ok, budget treasure), and a talent for discovery. We want to go, and yet lingering doubt perceived roadblocks. No one wants to go where you want to go.
A travel partner becomes unable to go.A recent loss alters the course of your life, not to mention travel plans.
It doesn’t take much to upend rickety self-confidence.
“Travel solo at my age? I don’t think so.” So goes the refrain in your head.
Try this refrain instead:”Travel solo at my age? Why the hell not?!”
Need some reasons to pack those bags? Read on.
You set the budget
If you want to go luxury, then go luxury. Some of the best travel I’ve done has been on a more restrained budget, allowing me to see more of the “real” destination, not just a fancy hotel.
Perhaps counter-intuitive, but true in my experience.
Tour companies and travel agents are happy to accommodate you and mix and match to meet your budget. Often, they will cite a “base price,” and you can tweak from there.
A firm I’ve used, and heartily recommend for their customization, is Yampu Tours. They offer a wealth of travel experiences, at every price point.
The best part? A travel consultant pop-up window will greet you on their website. Honestly, it’s a chance to talk to a real human about what you might want to do, where you might like go. Even if you have no real idea.
Another tour company that specializes in solo women travelers is Overseas Adventure Travel. And the dreaded single supplement? Nope, gone.
You set the destination
Think about it — there are probably 3–4 (ok, maybe more) places you’ve secretly wanted to go. For a variety of reasons it didn’t work: no interest from spouse, friend, family. No time. You put it off.
That’s what I’m here to say: in your 60’s the “putting it off” is no longer a valid excuse.
Now, my friend is your time. So think about that place you’ve always wanted to go because the help is there to make it happen.
You set the itinerary
Maybe the best part of travel at 60+, and particularly a solo journey, is that you needn’t answer to anyone. If you want to spa, go for it. Tours, soaking up the local culture, language classes.
Introduce yourself to the world. It is waiting to meet you.
If you want an immersive activity, it’s there, too. I like Yampu’s approach to immersive travel and their volunteer opportunities in particular.
It needn’t be the entire trip, but if the opportunity to interact with the local population — and with children, especially — resonates with you, there are ample opportunities to fold that into your experience.
It’s just one of the many advantages of solo travel. Your trip, your terms.
Is solo travel the ultimate self-indulgence?
Some would say so. I’d say that by the time you’ve reached your early 60’s you’ve earned the right to make your own decisions. Chart your course.
This doesn’t mean you are abandoning your family or your commitment to those things important to your life.
It does mean that you are answering to your self, to your wishes, and perhaps to the fulfillment of a life’s dream.It’s not selfishness, it’s self-affirmation.
It does mean that you are bold enough, confident enough to strike out on your own.
Good for you!
Take that kernel of self-truth, listen to your inner voice that says, “I’d like to see Hawaii” and book it. Rarely, if ever, does your intuition lie.
It comes down to this:
If the choice is between going solo and not going at all, there is only one answer: book the trip.
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