Retirement Talk for Boomers, Seniors and RetireesWhat to do with the Rest of Your Life?
Episode 111 Part 4 Road Trip: Why Travel?
“I wanted to see where man
was born.” That’s the reason I travelled to
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I know a lot of people who travel and they like to go first class. They stay in beach resorts or Hilton Hotels. My experience has always revealed the similarities of such places. A teacher colleague of mine traveled the world and went from Hilton to Hilton; and then shopping to shopping. I don’t quiet understand it. I guess different people are excited or enthralled by different experiences.
Now we are perched on the threshold
of another trip; a road trip across the good ol’
Doing something different
with my life has always held a great deal of appeal. Keeping a certain
consistency is good but sometimes the call of the open road is strong. Some of
us want to see something different, be somewhere different, met different
people. A trip spaced out every few months, or every few years, can be real
nice. Plus that, my wife wants to go. She has been talking of taking a long
road trip for several years but something has always popped up that seemed to
be better. This time our diversion came in the way of a home exchange with an
These podcasts have evolved into a project that also support a road trip. I want to talk to locals as we move along and find out a bit about their retired lives. Why is this a, “good, or bad”, place in which to retire? What do you do with yourself in retirement? These two questions might serve as a way to meet people and strike up conversations. I want to explore different regions of the country. Perhaps there is a difference in people’s desires, expectations and experiences.
Hopefully the two basic questions will lead into a more varied exploration of people and their values. I would like to get into the uniqueness of each person; find that “story” that all of us have lying within.
This type of trip also appeals to me because it will allow us to take much of our daily life along with us. We will take our bikes. I will take my guitar. Brenda will take her paints. Then by taking a laptop and a small microphone I will be able to do these podcasts from the road. We will see how that goes. I’m sure that the time we have to spend with all of these things we bring along will be limited. Some days will be consumed with driving. However, we have a well known habit of going slow and stopping often. Sometime during most days the bike, guitar, and paints will be used – at least a little.
I suppose a big reason for travel is that it is highly valued and pumped by our culture. The papers, television, books, etc all hype the exotic world of – just over there; somewhere else. We seem to always want what we don’t have. If we live where there is snow, we dream of sandy beaches. If we live in the city, we dream of the bucolic country side.
I really don’t want to go
anywhere. Then again, I have this urge to do something different. Be somewhere
different. It is sort of a schizophrenic situation; if we could only be in two
places at once. So the great compromise sets in: stay in the
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