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Old 03-29-2007, 02:48 PM
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There's an article in today's Honolulu Star-Bulletin newspaper claiming the best time for people to travel is when they are in their 50s and 60s.

What a bunch of nonsense. The best time to travel is your 20s and 30s -- before arthritis and other health problems make it difficult or impossible to hike in the wilderness or learn SCUBA diving.

I nearly waited too long myself. I was 35 before I started serious traveling. By the time I was 50, I was too old to enjoy travel to the full extent any longer. Now I'm 62 and I wouldn't try a long trip if someone else paid for it.

I'm sorry I didn't start traveling in my early 20s when I would have been the most eager and open to new places. I should have been backpacking through Europe or hiking the Himalayas. Instead, I resigned myself to a 9 to 5 office job that did very little to open my mind to the real world.

My education suffered because travel actually is broadening. It not only allows you see new places and meet people who live differently, it forces you to draw out untapped resources within yourself. You can learn as much about yourself while traveling as you do sightseeing.

There's plenty of time to pursue a career when you get older and travel becomes more ordeal than enjoyment. Don't wait too long -- tick tock.

"The earth was made round so we can't see too far down the road and know what is coming." -- Isak Dinesen, Out of Africa
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Old 03-29-2007, 03:17 PM
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Well done - no edits from this pen - I know the original article was written for those with money who made more money under the Little Shrub and therefore can pay for all the health in the world, and travel first class.
Screw 'em! (Is that too rude - sorry!)
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