“So Little Time, So Much To Do” – Dust Off Your Backpack! — 16 Comments

  1. You are so right. I am 60+ and travel solo, often on long trips overseas.

    It is much easier than most imagine. Much easier than going with an incompatible companion.

    I have had so many wonderful chance encounters that would not have happened if I had been with another person.

    I hope some take notice of your great post.

  2. You are so right!
    Those “chance encounters” remain the highlights of my trips. On a recent trip to Sri Lanka, we were invited by a Buddhist Monk to share his breakfast.That simple breakfast, prepared by the village women, changed my life in more ways then one.
    Thank you so much for your kind comments.

  3. Thanks for a great and inspiring article Penny and for your comment Bmpermie.

    I am on the cusp and I’m starting to see a theme, start close. I think I’ll start by taking a couple of trips to neighboring Canada by myself, then I’ll expand to places where I have friends – Sweden, Hong Kong and Japan, my friends can show me around a bit then I jaunt off on my own. What a great way to get my feet wet.

    I think traveling alone may be best, you’re not confined to another person’s schedule and it can open you up to more opportunities, One trip to Hawaii I was able to get a deeply discounted helicopter ride because I was a single.

    I’m going to share your article with my daughter who is thinking it may be time to start a family, maybe she’ll get one or two trips in before she becomes a mom.

    Thank you so much for the encouraging and inspiring words. Great words of wisdom.

  4. Thank you for your lovely comments Lee. I think your intensions of taking your first trip to neighbouring Canada is a good idea and then start to venture a little further afield once you have gained confidence. My friend, Nathan Lake, also from The Travel Writers, has written an excellent article which deals with decision making. I am not going to tell you that making that first decision to travel by yourself is an easy one but when you want something badly, you really have to be prepared to change a few things in your life. Sometimes, “The only person holding you back is yourself.” Best wishes Lee and have a wonderful holiday in Canada.

  5. This is an inspiring article! I have for various reasons waited until my “middle age” to travel. A lot of fear held me back and now that I am traveling, it is really liberating. I have a family and my husband’s job and money hold us back some, but my son and I have gone by ourselves to Disney World which is for me a start and now we have traveled to Great Britain and Hawaii with other trips coming up. I am glad you are brave enough to travel. Great story!

  6. To be quite honest Elaine I was really scared of traveling solo, especially to Vietnam but more scared of the fact that I did not want to die with the music still in me.I am always planning ahead,just like you…one day at a time and one trip at a time!

  7. I think that this is true for men also. I have been travelling solo for many years but whenever i return to England people are always asking me how i am able to travel as i do. I always reply that i choose to. Some people are into luxury cars, big houses etc but i choose to live simply and travel as often as i can.
    Also by travelling solo you meet so many backpackers/travellers of all ages that you are never alone unless you choose to be.

  8. I don’t think of it as so little time. My girls are almost grown, and we will be empty nesters for a year, so we will suddenly have so much time for travel. I am still in my 50s. I wonder if I will feel differently in a few years.

  9. Thanks Rhonda for your thoughts. Within the past 2 years a couple of my very dear friends have developed medical conditions which means they are not able to travel – just when their children were leaving the nest. Most of their time is now taken up with endless medical appointments and hoping they will see next Christmas. I suppose I was thinking of them when I wrote this article.

  10. “…so many things to do and so little time left…” that’s so true Penny! I loved your article and can relate to it. If I look back and see how much I have been able to do and see over the years because I chose to travel alone and do things on my own. It’s very much about a mental and spiritual attitude that help you make things happen; once you achieve it then you will see things clearer, there are no more excuses like family, jobs, kids, husbands and so on to hold you back from travelling and making meaningful life experiences. Thanks for sharing this great article!

  11. I’m not 60 yet, but I feel the pressure of time going by already. About 9 years ago I took the leap to travel on my own and have never looked back. Best thing I’ve ever done for myself. Now, I’m starting to feel a bit tired and wishing for a partner, sometimes. 🙂 That doesn’t mean I’m not going to travel without one!

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