Thank you all for so many wonderful posts and giving me so many things to consider! I'm currently 59, and still have (God willing) some good years left to travel. The problem is, the more places I see, the more I want to visit, or revisit, like Mary and Mardee. Adding new places and visiting them again and again keeps me from going somewhere I haven't been, which makes me think I may run out of time before I run out of my intended trips!
Pam- those tour itineraries, especially the Fall 2025, are amazing! And, with your enthusiasm, I wonder if you'll be getting any kickback for filling their tours for them, 😆.
mchpp- I never considered the use of webcams to help me decide if I wanted to visit somewhere! What a unique idea for utilization of technology!
Allan - I think that you and I have a similar philosophy to try and get the independent, and more difficult travel done while I'm younger! I once worked in Germany, and my contact was a man who had been all over the world, spoke seven languages, but had never been to Neuschweinstein. I asked how that could be, and he told me he was saving the shorter trips for when he was older and didn't travel as well. I feel the same, which is why I haven't seen much of the western US national parks. I also feel as though I will at some point take more guided tours or train travel when I'm older, which is why Banff keeps getting pushed back, even though it's been at the top of my list for years.
CWSocial- I love the idea of you revisiting Budapest primarily to see the ballet performed in a beautiful opera house!! That kind of passion for travel makes my heart sing!
Paul - the way you categorize your future trips is ingenious, and I'm going to have to borrow that! Instead of being specific about locations, your method seems like it would be more flexible and allow for visiting more places on one trip! Awesome!!
Mikliz97- I know that you are just as passionate about Iceland as I am! My gosh, this summer when it was hot in upstate NY, I keep wanting to just hop on a plane for a long weekend!! Greenland and the Faroe Islands sounds like a trip I'd really enjoy! I hope that your knee replacement goes exceedingly well! My neighbor just had it done, and within two weeks was back to nearly 100%. Amazing what medicine can do these days!
Someone had posted that the older they get, direct flights are a major consideration. Also, who can pass up some of the deals that you find on sites like Travelzoo and Sherman's Travel? I'm going to have to find a way to quell my FOMO, keep up the exercise so travel remains an option, and get busy packing!! Cheers all!!