The 80-something Traveler
November 10, 2022
Disclaimer: For some of us, health, care-taking demands, or financial issues may preclude travel (other than from an armchair).
For those who love travel as much as I do, but are hesitant about it, I am here to tell you to go. We have lost so much because of Covid. We have isolated ourselves and missed much that enriches our lives. Move on with a mask, but move on.
From my first solo trip abroad in 1964, clutching Arthur Frommer’s “Europe on Five Dollars a Day,” travel has been a priority for me. But other than business trips, I traveled exclusively with Peter until his Parkinson’s Disease made that impossible.
An April trip to Berlin with Jeremy’s family showed me that I could handle in-airport hikes and time change, but as an 80-something, how long can I expect to be able to travel? My philosophy, covid and age affected, doesn’t count on my going until the plane to my destination is in the air and I am on it.
My trip to Brazil’s Pantanal showed I can travel as long as I am not adverse to accepting help putting my carry on overhead or climbing out of a large row boat.
As we age, we must adjust our expectations, but still do what we love.
Good on you, Judy! Go for all the travel you can, and enjoy it.
Posted by: Maureen | November 10, 2022 at 09:18 AM
Good for you! After all - we only go around once! There are no "Do-overs!"
Posted by: Irwin Lengel | November 10, 2022 at 09:44 AM
I sense your recent trip has given you the confidence to maybe think about another trip?
Posted by: Anne Brew | November 10, 2022 at 10:10 AM
My wife and I were one of the people who met you at Ibirapuera Park (in Saint Pollution.... oops! Sao Paulo) before you went to the Pantanal.
On that occasion I spoke briefly with you, but I was hoping that everything went well with you and that your trip exceeded your expectations.
I am very happy to know that this trip has changed you inside: yes, you can!
Your son Seth knows a lot of places here, come back more with your amazing family, friends...
Posted by: Matheus | November 10, 2022 at 02:10 PM
Judy. I’m so glad you are able and willing to travel. I find myself in the same situation. My mobility is deteriorating and I have an upcoming 4 week trip beginning in about 10 days. Since I don’t know what kind of condition I will be in by the end of the trip, I am not sure whether to cancel or carry on. You are an inspiration to carry on.
Posted by: Howard | November 11, 2022 at 11:51 AM