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Travel advice to your younger self

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Three years ago, my husband and I traveled to Europe for the first time. We spent 2 weeks in Italy and loved every minute of it. After that trip we were hooked, and we knew that international travel would be a priority in our lives. Last summer we spent 17 days in Germany, and this summer 17 days in France.

We have made some changes to our lifestyle to make travel possible. We celebrated being empty-nesters this year by moving to a smaller home so that we can be mortgage free in 10 years. My husband and I also now spend 5 days a week at the gym, to make sure that we are physically able to travel.

We are in our 50’s and would like to be able to retire in about 9 years. Until then, it will only be possible to take one, 2½ week trip per year during the summer - I am a teacher and can only travel during school breaks, and my husband’s job limits the number of consecutive days he can take off. After retirement we would really love to be able to spend several weeks a year in other countries

So, my question to all of you who have been traveling for years and have accumulated a wealth of both good and bad decisions…

What advice would you have given your younger self so you could be the best prepared for as much travel as possible?

What are some of the good decisions that you made? What would you do differently?

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