We're planning a Spring 2008 trip to Europe, and would like to hear from folks in our age group...63 and 60...who have backpacked, used Hostels, or otherwise been adventurous and creative in your travels. We're doing London, Paris, Rome, and Northern Italy!
Go for it!
During the summer of 2005, my dauther and I (64 then) visited 8 counties in 8 weeks. The shortest time we spent in one place was 2 days. The other places we spent from 3-8 days.
We each took, a Rick Steve's 21-inch Roll Aboard, 4 sets of clothes, 2 pair of shoes and 9 pounds of photo stuff.
We stayed in many hostels, B&Bs and hotels. We found that we spent so little time in our rooms - it did not matter that we were the oldest guest. We were treated great.
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I am a mature traveler tol Chuck so good for you. One note, hostels are full of young happy people and if you are a light sleeper you might not appreciate the singing and shouting at 2 a.m. when you want to get up early to hit the museums before the crowds, I would use hostels in big cities sparingly and use B and B's, the smaller less touristy areas are better for hosteling. and I have gone some out of the way places where the hostels were virtually empty and we got 6-8 room dorms to ourselves. good luck and have fun!