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Registered: ‎12-10-2008

Re: Love to travel solo

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I do all my travel solo, what there is of it. These days I fly from California to Texas once a year, where my friend from work and her husband spend half their retirement year in a motor home. Two years ago, I must have looked 75 (off by a year), because no shoes to remove in the faster trusted traveler lane, which accepts the elderly. Had a fine time seeing San Antonio, Corpus Christi, reminiscing about our experiences over ten-plus years of casino life. Last year was a different story. I always send them fruitcake for Christmas. Last year I didn't get around to it, looked up "can I bring food?", and wrapped up two loafcakes, wrapped in whiskey-soaked paper towels, finished off with bubble wrap. Who would have thought they'd scan like bricks of cocaine? There I am, standing nervously while an older man (60s) ran a flat stick down the sides of my suitcase, lifted a flap, and there they were. I said "fruitcake, really". He was opening the bubble wrap, and asked, "like my grandma used to make?" As the fumes must have been wafting over him, I answered, "With whiskey, like my grandma used to make. Please don't take them." He let me keep my booty, and we all enjoyed them when I finally got to Texas. Won't do that again! Then the trip back--it was right after that man had been dragged off the plane, and there the guy was in the window seat in front of me. Drunk, yelling about when were we going to leave, he wanted to go home. An airline official came and asked him to come to the front. He said they'd have to drag him off. People are telling him to calm down. I was texting my son back home, who said that it was too late to calm down. A half hour or so later, two big cops came. He hitched up his jeans and they took him away. We got home over 90 minutes late. Personally, I think airlines should keep an extra supply of something, anything, on hand to reward the rest of us. But I guess that's like rewarding a child because he doesn't misbehave.

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Re: Love to travel solo

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My trip to revisit Italy started out solo, but morphed into two busloads of happy wanderers. We were stationed in Bella Napoli in the early 70s, but with an infant to two-year old, and my husband's critical job, we couldn't go far. So, long after he died, and our kids were grown, I happened to see an ad for a tour of Italy. Wow! That's for me. I called the number, and shy as I am, it wasn't easy. Turned out there was another woman who would like a roommate. We met for coffee, hit it off, and we all embarked on the trip of a lifetime. Pompeii was on the list. However the guides were on strike, common in Italy, so Herculaneum, which I'd seen. A shame, because in the 70s, women weren't allowed to see certain parts of Pompeii, as the pornography would offend our delicate sensibillities. Rome and the Vatican, not to be missed. I'd been there, but Rome! Florence is a great walking city, Siena, home of the Palio race, where the fastest horse wins, rider or not. We ended our trip in Venice, two days of high tides, full moon, the only rain we saw, and water bubbling up from the grates. My pictures of St. Mark's Square are awash. Along the way, great hotels, fine food, of course, lots of wine, and pictures galore. My only regret is anticipating a drive through Naples. But alas, it came at night. Thirteen years later, some of us still keep track of each other on Facebook, and if the opportunity ever came up and I could afford it, I'd be first in line!

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Solo for me was either sit at home or go somewhere without a travel partner, eat dinner or go to a movie.  Ater a couple of times I realized I was ok on my own and ventured further.  Have traveled alone to many places in the U.S. but the beauty of Sedona and Mt Shasta has so far surpassed everything with high energy spots and Sedona is a rare place I've been to more than once - the whole surrounding area is totally captivating up Grand Canyon, Utah, Colorado with so much to see inbetween but haven't explored the western portion just yet.  Overseas travel has also been solo but joining a group or tour at the destination - a bit more expensive but find that way, hotels, land transportation and food are pre-booked and will be able to see more sites than having to figure it out on my own. Singles usually have a higher rate but most tours will find a roommate if you are willing to share and want to save money. Just be aware that most require you to book and pay for your own R/T flights to/from the meetup destination above and beyond the cost of the tour.  Someone mentioned a cruise - yes it's a great way to travel alone whether you book a single cabin or if willing, ask to be paired with a roommate (cheaper).  Some may luck out as a single if no one else asks for a roomie.  You won't lack for people to meet, share dinner with or go to onshore sites with.  My next journey is wanting to see the northern lights - just haven't figured yet the best destination to go to. BTW - I'm 73.