Hello and welcome to Globetrekker Grandma!
I am an adventurous 62 year old retired American woman who would love nothing more than to spend my time traveling when I am not with my kids, grandkids and great grand daughter.
Recently I returned from a gloriously delightful 10 week solo trip to Scotland, southern England, Cornwall and Ireland; a trip I have been dreaming about for years. I also had the wonderful privilege to meet the most delightful people along the way. During our candid conversations the inevitable question would be asked of me, “Are you traveling alone?”
“Yes indeed, I am and enjoying every minute of it! I get to do what I want, when I want and IF I want!”
“Well you’re awful brave!” most would reply, “don’t you get lonely?”
I don’t get lonely; I enjoy my solitude and if at any time I desire a conversation with another there are usually any number of the most interesting people around me at any given time. All I need to do is be my friendly self and engage another human being nearby – take an interest in them, and they usually open right up. Before I know it, I have a new friend or at the very least an acquaintance.
Many of the people who asked me these questions were women with a dreamy, ‘wish I could do what you are doing’ kind of look in their eye. Through this blog it is my desire to share my experiences of international travel with others (particularly other women) and hopefully encourage others to have the courage themselves to follow their desires and travel as well. It is not only possible and very doable but what a kick in the pants experience it is to enjoy and savor.
Who knows? Perhaps I will even make a few new friends and contacts in the process, get to know other travelers like me, or find another location to travel to, I am open to all comments, suggestions and feedback.
I will first share with you the planning process I used to undertake such a long 10 week trip, my itinerary, places I stayed, etc., providing web links so you too can access these locations. I will also provide many many photos for inspiration and encouragement. It is my sincere desire to inform, educate, and inspire wanna be travelers.