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Around the World in 80 days

Another post (about traveling around the world) reminded me that some of you might be interested in this.

A couple of 81 year old ladies from my hometown (one I know and one I don’t) are on their way around the world, using the airline pass. They had planned this for the year they turned 80, to be done in 80 days; but Covid. So they are “still on the run at 81”. :) So far they have been to Antarctica, Easter Island, and I think are now in Spain.
https://aroundtheworldat80.com/f/around-the-world-in-80-days-at-81

Also on FB https://www.facebook.com/SandyandEllie
I think CBS plans to catch up with them in London.

Goals!

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What a great story - good for them! It’ll be quite something if they’re featured on CBS. So are they traveling by balloon at all, I wonder?

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Thank you for sharing this inspirational story! I immediately thought of the Around the World in 80 days song. (Perry Como rendition) LOL! I wish them a memorable journey.
Edited to add: Enjoyed this quote from their FB page: “If we were meant to stay in one place we’d have roots instead of feet.” - Rachel Wolchin

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Pray for them. Going around the world via air would be somewhat difficult to execute as so many things can happen--missed planes, missing luggage, lost room reservations.

My college roommate was in Easter Island yesterday on a Around the World cruise (5 months) out of Florida. On the ship, they're being well provided for. Heck, for $88K a person they should have some luxury trip.

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88K. Wow. That's an inspirational amount of money. A real treat for the elite. Doubt it's a hardship compared to the vast majority of the world.

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This is great. Good for them! Thanks for sharing their story and those links.

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A lot of the writing is a little simplistic but they have already had many grand adventures, including being in Syria in 2011, no cash, and needing a quick exit. I am pretty sure a missing suitcase wouldn’t make them blink an eye.

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” Helen Keller

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Thank you so much for this post and links. I already signed up for updates. How exciting for them! An inspiration.

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Good post TexasTravelmom.

I was thinking of something like this - although not 80 in 80 - when I saw the other post about somebody going next year.

With a bunch of planning anything is possible

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What a great inspiration.
Here I am, not at 80 nor close to it, being discouraged by the flight hours to India.
After reading this I may have reconsider :-).

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Thanks for posting this, TTM. This is such a cool trip; good for them! I signed up for their updates too.

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I love this adventure!!! I hope when I hit 80 years old my spouse says " Honey lets go around the world"!!

I work around so many people who do not see life as an adventure, they just seem so unmotivated to get outside of themselves. One of the reasons I travel is that it keeps life exciting, even when your in France and there's a train strike or in Italy and we're lost in the streets of Venice or running to catch the ferry to Naxos island. Nothing expands your understanding and knowledge like travel!

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These ladies are so inspiring and I have signed up for their travel updates. Thank you for posting this TexasTravelMom

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What a great story!

My grandparents were always so adventurous. I really wish they were still around to hear the stories. I remember a few, but it was so long ago. When my grandfather retired, they did a trip around the world for two solid years. To add to that, my aunt who was a paraplegic was with them. This was about 1970 or so. I cannot imagine doing that now with my aunt, much less back then, but they did. I do remember the day they arrived back in the states. They lived in CA, but flew into PDX for some reason and we were the first family to welcome them home. I can still picture what my grandmother was wearing etc. I have several things that they sent us from their travels and they mean so much to me now as an adult where I have the appreciation for what they did.

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Yeah….. I knew about their extensive Africa travels but the rest had slipped by me till this trip. I am using them as inspiration - and also as back up fuel in case my daughters think I am getting too adventurous! Ha!

I love this quote from a newspaper interview before they left:
“Are you scared?” they have been asked.
Ellie’s answer always is “What would we be scared of? We have lived a full life. If we fall out of a hot-air balloon (in Egypt) or fall off an iceberg in Antarctica, we have two husbands waiting for us in Heaven. So no, we’re not scared.”

I want to live the rest of my life, not as a dare-devil, but with no regrets for things I wish I had done. And in the belief that, by and large, people are good everywhere.

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Thank you for posting. I love this. What an inspiration! Can't wait to read about the rest of their travels.

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And I am seeing more updates on their Facebook page than blog posts, in case that works for anyone.

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What fun! Turning 75 next summer, I've started re-thinking our celebratory trip... Thank you for sharing this delightful story about two wonderful and inspiring adventurers.

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So endearing. Love the part where they are showing off their double knee replacements! Traveling is the only reason why I will put myself through the ordeal and these two ladies make a good case for signing up. Thanks again for the update.

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I'm checking out their FB page - thanks! Such a cool idea! I hope I'm able to do that when I turn 80!

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That's a really great (and ambitious) idea. Glad they're documenting it all. I'd love to do something like that one day.

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Somewhere, Charles Kuralt is depressed that he did not live to see this.

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Great post, thank you!

I was just looking at their blog page and photos and unexpectedly got a bit emotional while looking at it. What an adventure!

What an inspiration! New bucket list item for me! Loved this.