exploring the world. one step at a time.
Retirement Travel : Exploring One Destination at a Time
I Always Knew I Had to Travel! As a girl I would watch Wickers World on our old black and white TV and dream of travelling to foreign shores. In the 1960’s exploring the world and gap years were seen as the stuff of dreams and yet I knew that one day I would visit those places.
Now that we’re retired and our children have left home we’re free to explore foreign shores. It’s taken some time to get here and I still have a long list but the world is calling me! But so far retirement travel is pretty darn good!
Retirement Travel! Bring it on!
We have set ourselves a very busy schedule over the next few years. There are some iconic hikes that we’d like to do and our bucket list is long and oh my it’s growing.
The destination here are places that we’ve already visited and I hope over time they’ll grow into a useful encyclapedia of our journeys that can help you plan your own travels.
We like to travel independently; find our own flights and plan our own itineraries and book our own accommodation. We know that not everyone feels the same so alongside the places we’ve visited and the trips we’ve taken we also search for good value ‘all-inclusive’ tours that would allow you to travel but let someone else do the planning.
If you’re looking for information on the Camino de Santiago you can hop over to the Camino Page and find oodles of information there too and don’t forget our Travel Resources section for lots of great tips on planning your independent travel.
Do You Dream of Far Away Places?
I had a list. Africa, Australia, Asia, the Middle East and the United States. There were (and are) just so many places in the world that I had to see. Not everywhere was far way and I managed to tick off a few in my twenties and thirties; Greece and her Islands, Spain and her Islands, France, Turkey, Tunisia, the former Yugoslavia and the USA were all visited during precious weeks of holiday from work.
My childhood list had a few ticks, the Parthenon in Athens, the Empire State Building in New York, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and our jeep drive through the Sahara desert was seen as particularly adventurous in 1982. I had so many more dreams but life came along; marriage and children and work and mortgages.
We travelled when our children were young but mainly through Europe; Spain, France, Norway and Finland and a few weeks in Rhode Island in the US. Now it’s just the two of us an retirement travel is our thing! With our brood having flown the nest we are free to explore so many fabulous destination. Our diaries are pretty full for the next several years and I hope that you come along and share our adventures through these pages!
We like to travel independently where possible but sometimes we choose a tour for the comfort or convenience. We also like to include as much local travel and hiking as possible. I read a lot of blogs and I learn a great deal from them! But I’ve realised that there aren’t so many that talk to folks aged 50+.
We’re certainly not ready for an armchair and slippers but maybe our days of heart stopping wild adventures are behind us! I hope that Then We Walked will fill the gap for older folks, looking for tips on retirement travel, and like us, setting off (or continuing) their own travels across the globe.