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Stamina and Inconveniences

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In our 40's we realized that we should visit those places that require stamina and tolerance for a variety of inconveniences. And highly recommend that approach to those with means and time. We have always traveled independently, as my wife likes to paint what she sees, sitting an occasional cafe and watching how people live, eating the local cuisine, and visiting cities, countryside, and small towns at our own pace according to our own interests.

But as we have gotten older we no longer like schlepping our bags and moving about as much. And when I read about tours like Untours, National Geographic, and Roads Scholar, I wonder about lost freedoms. We have never cared that we do not speak the local language or that we cannot read the signs to us that was part of the adventure. We have our own curiosity, not that of what a tour guide prescribes.

I doubt we will ever take a tour in Europe, more than a day trip, but it is looking more and more as possibility for Asia and Middle East.

I wonder what some other aging experienced travelers have experienced. Thanks.

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