Travel Tips Needed
September 21, 2012 7:07 AM Subscribe
Travel for Dummies filter. I am in my early fifties and have rarely travelled. I'd love to do more of it, but have a few health/financial challenges. Can you give me your tips for how you make travelling as easy and rewarding as possible? Bonus points for suggesting possible low-cost destinations or ideas.
posted by purplesludge to Travel & Transportation (14 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
My travel experience consists of day/weekend trips for family/business/professional development and six weeks for a course when I was much younger. I've flown a few times but mostly have driven.
I have two main challenges. First, due to a couple of ongoing health issues, I am often very weak or tired and have low stamina. I also have a low immune system, which means that periodically and unpredictably I can get hit with a disabling cold, flu, etc. I'm under the care of a physician and a naturopath and am managing things quite well--but some things can't be predicted.
Secondly, our financial situation is not great. We're in debt and although my first priority is paying it off, it will be quite a few years. I'm not getting any younger, and my health may worsen. I'd like to travel, even just a little bit, while I still can. But our finances obviously limit what I can do.
I say what "I" can do because my husband has never cared to travel and now has a disability.
So I'd like to have your input on three things:
1. Given my inexperience with travelling and my health, I'm wondering what tips you would have for enjoying the experience without exhausting myself?
For example, I know not to plan to do too much in one trip because I'll be overwhelmed and exhausted.
2. What travel hacks do you have just in general for getting the most out of the experience or making it run more smoothly?
For example, I learned early in my business travelling that it was important to take a few minutes to unpack as soon as I got to my hotel room because when I came back from meetings and dinner I would be exhausted and it was great to just walk into my hotel room and do my evening routine and go to bed (without having to unpack then).
3. Do you have any suggestions for where I could go or what I could do that would be economical? Realistically I couldn't take any more than a long weekend away from work. I am in Canada, and can figure out the normal tourist attractions, but would love to explore off the beaten path. I would also like to go to the US and would love to travel internationally some day.
Factors to consider: I like to admire nature but don't enjoy camping; wandering in museums/art galleries etc. exhausts me; I don't enjoy shopping; I love music but not live shows very much; I speak enough French to get by in a French-speaking environment; I'm an introvert who functions well in social situations but prefers her own company.
Any and all tips would be *greatly* appreciated.