Single Senior Citizen travel

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Sep 1st, 2012, 11:08 AM
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Single Senior Citizen travel

Can anyone provide me with information about travel organizations for senior citizen single travelers? Recently widowed I would love to travel, but fear that I would be a 3rd wheel at a dinner table on a cruise. I would love to know of any travel groups that specialize in world travel for people my age, over 65! Thanks for any help you can provide.
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Sep 1st, 2012, 11:29 AM
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Here is an article I found that might be helpful to you:

http://seniortravel.about.com/od/tou...or-Singles.htm

First off, let me say that I am sorry for your recent loss. There are many people that travel alone so you would not be the only one doing so. However, If I were in your shoes, I would feel more comfortable being part of a group vs traveling alone. My husband and I cruise frequently and there have been many occasions when our dinner companions have been single/widowed and traveling alone. There has never been an issue w/ anyone being uncomfortable sitting w/ a group and feeling like a 3rd wheel. Everyone gets to participate in the dinner conversation so it doesn't really matter unless it makes you feel uncomfortable. However, if you were cruising you would pay the same rate for your cabin as a single vs a couple. If this is something you think you might be interested in check out a few cruise lines and itineries to see where you might like to travel. Doing a European cruise would give you the opportunity to mingle and meet others in your age bracket. There are so many activities onboard a ship that you would not feel as alone as you think. There are book clubs, cards, lectures, etc. onboard a ship.

If this is not something you are interested in, then look for a travel group such as those mentioned in the above website. My sister is a widow and when we travel we invite her to go with us. Sometimes she has a friend that will accompany her but she has traveled alone with my husband and I.

Here is another website I found:

http://www.bestsingletravel.com/Sing...Vacations.html
They have some great itineries on this site.

So just decide on your destination and go ahead and take the plunge. Good luck.
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Sep 1st, 2012, 05:53 PM
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I am sorry to hear about your loss, however, no reason not to travel! I know one recently widowed woman who has been doing a lot of Rick Steves' tours. I am divorced, not widowed, and a senior, and I travel independently. Perhaps you don't want to start out on solo trips, but do bear the possibility in mind.

However, I don't cruise. That's largely because I get bored on boats, and hate the idea of arriving in an interesting town with hundreds or thousands of other cruisers just for a few hours, but also because of the extra cost of cruising solo. You also need to watch out for single supplements if you take tours.
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Sep 1st, 2012, 07:28 PM
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We loved a Road Scholar (aka Elderhostel) trip; there were couples and singles. Different sets of friends have liked Grand Circle and OAT (Overseas Adventure Travel).
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Sep 2nd, 2012, 07:27 AM
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My single retired friend travels every year with Elderhostel (renamed recently). Her groups are always nicely mixed. She's been all kinds of interesting places. I've encouraged her to travel solo, but she is more comfortable going with a group. I think Rick Steves is another good suggestion.

I am sorry for your loss.
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Sep 4th, 2012, 03:02 PM
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Thank you all, first for the great information you have imparted, secondly for your very kind and thoughtful sentiments. I will consider all of your advice and look forward to investigating further the above-mentioned sites.
Much, much thanks!
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Sep 7th, 2012, 06:43 PM
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I too was widowed 7 years ago.My husband and I took lovely trips each year. Many times we would see a single person dining alone and we would ask if they would like to join us. It usually turned into a lovely evening for us and the new friend we met.
I decided to continue traveling solo since the idea of a regimented trip does not appeal to me.
I am now 82 years young and absolutely loving my trips.I do miss my husband in my travels but on each trip i go to a place we vacationed in together and a new place.
I usually go to Europe for a 6 week trip, rent apartments and just absorb as much of the local life style as possible.
I urge you to try some trips either with a group or solo,
You will probably love the experience.
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Feb 6th, 2013, 11:56 AM
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My father was recently widowed three years ago and he and my mother travelled all the time. He is looking to go on a nice trip, but would like to go with a senior travel group. Thank you for posting this information.
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Apr 20th, 2013, 04:04 PM
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Well, I get encourage to explore myself! thank you! I really going to try, however, also want, last try, to find a TRAVEL ROOMMATE, means, to share cabin in a cruise, to pay base in double occupancy, I have in mind a cruise in May Barcelone to Venice or Venice/ Barcelone, 12 days, I will prefer a lady, but if respectful person, can be a decent man...please no think weird things, I am decent lady 56, looking for a travel roommate is all...if interested let me know ASP to discuss conditions,THANK YOU! Irna.
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May 10th, 2013, 10:38 PM
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l am a recent widow of 2months and not a senior yet . is there vacation trips that a person can go with a group around their age . its been a very long time for me doin anything
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May 11th, 2013, 05:59 AM
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donna - sorry for your loss. You don't give your age, but once you get past the under-35 age band, there is not much aimed at a specific age group, aside from what is now Road Scholars (US), and Saga (UK). If you want to go with a group, more important to look at the size of group, reputation and destination. If you are reasonably active Rick Steves is a reasonable starting point for Europe. If you have lots of money you might look at Tauck.
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May 22nd, 2013, 10:25 AM
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I am trying to put together a low to medium budget trip to Australia. I am single female hoping to find others going. I am mostly interested in the east coast. Tentative dates are 9/3/13 Sydney arrival, 10/1/13 Sydney to Aukland, a cruise around NZ, maybe, 10/15/13 back to Sydney and then to DFW (USA) and home, Pensacola, FL . I"ve not booked the flights, yet, but have all the dates, times, and flight numbers. Ordered books hoping they will help me. Any thoughts or recommendations would be appreciated
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May 22nd, 2013, 05:04 PM
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Sunshyn: You really should re-post over on the Australia/the Pacific Forum.
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Jun 21st, 2013, 07:43 PM
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Sunshyn - I am a widowed Senior lady very interested in exploring beautiful Australia. And hopefully, not totally alone - I found your post on Fodor's and thought I would respond to your inquiry. I would be interested in working with you for this adventurous trip. It appears you have worked diligently on the trip details - what do you need to confirm the trip? more folks to commit maybe? maybe we could make arrangements to work out the details in some other forum.

I really am serious about this. Maybe the post from janisj suggesting the Australian/Pacific Forum turned out to be the way for you to go. my personal e-mail is [email protected]

please feel free to contact me at that address. Meantime, if I don't hear back from you I will check the Australia/Pacific Forum website

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Jun 22nd, 2013, 06:06 AM
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HI NANCY!

I JUST WROTE TO YOU FROM MY GMAIL ACCOUNT. I FORGOT TO ATTACH THE PICS I SAID I WOULD SEND, SO WILL TRY TO DO THAT NOW. I HATE THIS HALF ENGLISH HALF JAPANESE LAPTOP WITH WINDOWS 7 IN IT. I USED XP FOR SO MANY YEARS.

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Nov 17th, 2013, 07:54 AM
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Hi to all of you...

I have been a senior single for a number of yrs. If I am going half way around the world I plan at least 4 to 6 wks because I am an EXPLORER! Last big trip was to the UK, England, Ireland & Scotland by myself & I felt completely safe traveling public transport & renting a vehicle for over 6 wks...but what has gone on in the world the last few yrs & talking to friends from Germany, decided I don't want to travel especially EUROPE or Australian on my own any longer. However trying to find a "like" explorer with the time & money to "play it by ear" & the energy has gotten really hard. And yes, I have explored all the website mentioned. Thought I had a friend that talked about Europe but his idea (and he has never travel outside the US) was 14 day tour sooo....

Gave up on Europe until next year...BEST HINT: travel off season. Europe plans leaving after Sept 1 & back by Nov 1 at latest for ski season. Yes, I am an avid skier & skied Austria & New Zealand but WHISTLER is my winter home, so if you want to visit, catch me here. In the meantime, Australian, at least a month, is on my Bucket List too. Anyone interested, lets start planning now!
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Nov 17th, 2013, 08:14 AM
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You claim to be an "EXPLORER" (in caps no less!) and don't want to travel on your own in Europe and Australia? Come on! Hard to think of anywhere more safe. I (senior, female) spent two months traveling solo in South America last year, public transport and a few flights, if you're an "EXPLORER" what does that make me?
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Nov 17th, 2013, 10:40 AM
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>>. . . decided I don't want to travel especially EUROPE or Australian on my own any longer.<<

Why on earth not? I personally travel to Europe almost exclusively on my own - partly because I have more disposable income and free time than many of my friends, but also because i enjoy solo travel, and not having to answer to others.

(and OZ/NZ is on my bucket list)
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Nov 18th, 2013, 06:57 AM
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There is nothing happening in Europe or Australia where you would not be safe.
I would love to know what your freinds in Germany told you.
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